[SOLVED] SLI - Top card can't breathe. Performance hit if move 2nd card two slots down?

Alex Kiraly

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I've just upgraded my desktop to a Ryzen 3700x on an Asus Prime X570-Pro. It's my first time the CPU is not a bottleneck for the two graphics cards, but now I find out the top one can't breathe.

I'm running two Strix 1080 Ti's with a slot in between, which does not seem to be enough for airflow. I notice clock drops for the top GPU and temperatures up to 90 deg. The case is well ventilated. I wonder if I move the second card in the 3rd slot, would there be a performance penalty? The BIOS says it's best to put them in slots 1 and 2 for 3rd gen Ryzen CPU's, which I believe this one to be.

Also, if it would work, can I use a 3 way SLI bridge with just the first and last slot? The bridge would expect a second card in between, but I have to leave that empty for airflow.
 

Phaaze88

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The problem is that you're using the Strix model for SLI instead of the Turbo.
Standard fan coolers suffer in tight spaces - this is where blower cards excel.
 

Alex Kiraly

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Indeed the 3rd slot does not seem usable for SLI purposes, should have read the manual more carefully. I will try to strap fans to them. I borrowed these GPU's independently, I did not expect I would SLI them at some point (or have them in the same machine at all). Looks like I will have to improvise with fans, thanks for the help!
 

Alex Kiraly

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Here's a quick follow-up: I ghetto-attached two fans blowing from the side only (not in the middle of the two cards) because it looks like the Strix's blow hot air downwards and take it in from the side. This, together with a power limit of 90% for both cards and max temp target of 81 deg manages to keep clocks for both cards (because SLI) to 1680-1750 Mhz, with memory at 5505. Without the fans it goes up to 90 deg whatever power limit I set. It's ugly but it works, yay!


 

Vic 40

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Well fans do take air in and blow it over the cooler block which then will be pushed away via the sides,but seems you blow enough air over the fins to get temps down. Because fans take air in and have limited acces to fresh air ( which will be warmer because of the hot gpu below as well) probably why the upper gpu gets too hot/throttles.

Since it works good job.

Could also have tried to cable manage those sata cables out of the way and blow fresh air from that side in between the gpu's. Maybe one fan there blowing in between and the other taking hot air out of the fins. Anyway since it works is it up to you to experiment.;)
 

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