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SLI GTX 460s

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#1 soulshard


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:01 PM

Hey guys. I am beginning to heavily consider upgrading my one GTX 460 to a SLI configuration before battlefield 3 comes out. The only thing that stands in my way is heat though. My single 460 reaches 84-86 degrees regularly while playing bad company 2 and crysis 2. Now i feel like if i stick another 460 right next to that i could see the temps sky rocket. So my question is, would i need some sort of aftermarket cooling or exhaust of some sort to get this done? if so what would you guys suggest? or is this entirely normal and completely possible to do this without after market cooling? thanks!


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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:32 PM

I ran a pair of 4870s in Crossfire on an X58-UD4P for awhile, and the top card does run hotter. Personally, I never had a problem caused by the top card being warmer, but being the anal retentive person I can be, I made a bracket and mounted a 120MM fan blowing on the cards (no side cover so no clearance problems). I think after all the tweeking the top card ran about 4C warmer (Furmark)than the bottom.

Real world, it should work without a hitch assuming your case has adequate ventilation, thats the key.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:48 PM

Or you could maybe max out the GPU fan for both of them.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:34 PM

have you taken the time to up your fan speeds?
I run folding at home on both of my 570s and they never get over 65C with my
ambient temp around 80F currently

there are several great programs that you can use to tweak your fan speed
rivatuner works well
and most of the nVidia cards ship with some sort of software bundled mine are
evga and the program Precision is a desktop ap that lets me tweak gpu speeds an fan speed

other than that make sure you have your air flow in the case rite,
ya know front to back etc
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