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Hak Foo

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Video card cooler, 2 slot limit
« on: December 05, 2012, 12:08:10 AM »

Well, I've got a 6870 now, and I don't trust its stock cooler, sitting at 56C doing nothing but decoding a 1080i video stream.  The case is amply vented, and the CPU idles in the low 30s, so I assume it must be the mediocre stock cooler.

I was considering the Arctic Cooling Twin Turbo, knowing how much I liked the Accelero S2 I used on an old 3650.  However, it appears to block three slots.

The board I'm on now is a MSI P67A-G45, which features three x1 slots, but not in the best possible layout for my needs:  from the top, it goes 1, 16, 1, 1, 16, PCI, PCI

I need two x1 slots-- one for 802.11n, one for TV tuner.  My options appear to be:

* Find a two-slot cooler
* Cram a x1 peripheral in the second video-card slot, which will likely throttle the top slot back to x8.  I suspect this is likely not the performance mess I fear it would be.
* Move the 6870 to the lower slot, and then I can access all three x1 slots.  That means "goodbye PCI options" and I'm not sure if the bottom slot will run at full speed anyway.
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Re: Video card cooler, 2 slot limit
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 12:25:20 PM »

I'd find a smaller cooler.
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Re: Video card cooler, 2 slot limit
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012, 02:14:19 PM »

I'm not a fan of water cooling but this does sound like an appropriate place to implement it. A water block for the GPU would be significantly smaller than a HSF.
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Re: Video card cooler, 2 slot limit
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013, 10:30:52 PM »

Post-script: got the Arctic Cooling anyway, used it as an excuse to dump the 802.11n card for powerline-ethernet, which was already installed for another PC.
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