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Old 02-11-2010, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Going SLI worried about heat.

So I just ordered another EVGA gtx260 and i am going SLI. I plan to oc' the cards along with my CPU when I get my mother board problems figured out. I don't think with the all the oc'ing my cards stock heat sinks are going to do the job. What aftermarket hs would you guys recommend for a decent price?

EDIT: Just found the Thermalright HR-03 GTX. Can anyone vouch for it or is there a better option?
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This is GTX 260 compatible. I'm using these with my GTX 280's in SLI.
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You don't really need aftermarket cooling... wait until you actually have the cards running in sli and see what your temps are. then if you dont like them buy a new cooler. or just up the fan speed...
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Default Re: Going SLI worried about heat.

I've heard those Thermalrights won't work in SLI...that they are too big once you get a fan on 'em. Honestly, I think you'd be fine with stock coolers if you don't get too crazy. If you go aftermarket, go liquid :P
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You may want to wait and try them.....you may be surprised as I have just went to GTX 260 in sli and just by turning the fan speed up to 70% the highest the cards got was 73c on Crysis

Other games it is cooler than that.....I ordered a 120MM case fan to put on the side of my case to blow cool air on the cards.....this will do fine I am sure.

You may want to try them out before you spend $100 on new heatsinks.

When I was running my gpu fans at 40% the cards got to about 78c at times in Crysis.... turning the fans up to 70% from 40% dropped the gpu temp 5degrees for me.
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Default Re: Going SLI worried about heat.

I have 2 260s, and fold 24/7 on them, and they vstay under 70C with the fan set at 55%.

I have the airflow clear as can be straight to the cards, and its all good.

I wouldn't get new cooling till you have the heat issue.
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Sounds good guys. Is it true you dont need sli bridges anymore?
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I am not positive...I use a bridge with mine.
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Default Re: Going SLI worried about heat.

My SLI works without a bridge but you will lose some performance.

Do a Google search for Nvidia SLI Bridge Connector and you'll find a bunch for sale. I saw them for as little as a $1 on ebay.
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I have a whole bunch from when I bought my first 260. I just herd with the new drivers and x58 boards the hardware is on the board.
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