Couple of questions about gtx 670 sli?

#1 Posted by awax187187 (190 posts) -

1: Would gtx 670 sli be capable of 1440p?

2:Can you run gtx 670 with the stock coolers I'm running the galaxy gtx 670, also I do have an aftermarket cooler for my CPU?

#2 Edited by groowagon (2757 posts) -

1. yes

2. ofcourse you can. they are designed to be used with stock coolers even in SLI. you do have aftermarket coolers for your CPU. what you can use depends on your socket. you don't need it, but you might want to consider it if you wanna do some overclocking.

#3 Edited by JigglyWiggly_ (23455 posts) -

Yes, yes.

I have 670's in sli with the stock cooler. Overclocked to 1200mhz core, they get to about 98c on max load. This is using the default fan profile which is very unaggressive. I can put my own fan curve and then can run very cool, I just don't want to listen to them. I put some custom bios on them a long time ago which I think raises the voltage from 1.175 to 1.212 or something, and makes them not throttle under higher temperatures.

Had the top one for about two years, bottom one was refurbrished. Both are still doing great with no signs of failing.

Idle at about 48c inside of a medium sized closet in a micro atx case.

Yours will obviously run cooler than this.

#4 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (3628 posts) -

@JigglyWiggly_: That's pretty warm man!

1: Would gtx 670 sli be capable of 1440p?

2:Can you run gtx 670 with the stock coolers I'm running the galaxy gtx 670, also I do have an aftermarket cooler for my CPU?

Yes and yes.

#5 Edited by maynardburger (187 posts) -

Yea, I don't know why you'd run your GPU's that hot on purpose. You're just asking for failures, not to mention creating a lot of extra heat in your smaller case in general, affecting other parts of your computer.

Anyways, a single GTX670 is good enough to play quite a few games in 1440p as it is. I've got Dark Souls II maxed at 1440p(downsampled to 1080p) with room to spare. The most demanding games are obviously more difficult, but no doubt a 2nd 670 would make it fairly easy in most cases.

#6 Posted by Klunt_Bumskrint (3628 posts) -

The only problem you'd have running 670's would be if they were 2Gb versions.

I had 680's and the only reason I sold them was because they were maxing out the 2Gb Vram on a couple of games. Apart from that they ran 1440 fine.

#7 Posted by SrgtSaggy101 (1863 posts) -
#8 Posted by Ribstaylor1 (436 posts) -

I'm currently using a gtx 770 4gb which is a little better then a gtx 680, and it is running games at ultra with low aliasing at 1440p anywhere from 38-60fps. So you should be able to run games on medium/high at 1440p with a single gtx 670

#9 Posted by MonsieurX (29455 posts) -

I'm using a single 670 2gb at 1440 and it's not that bad

#10 Posted by maynardburger (187 posts) -

@maynardburger: is your monitor native 1080p?

Yes. But if I run at a game at 1440p to downsample to 1080p, it has the exact same performance demand no matter what monitor I'm using. So its 100% representative of what it would take to run a game at 1440p on a 1440p monitor.

#11 Edited by JigglyWiggly_ (23455 posts) -

Yea, I don't know why you'd run your GPU's that hot on purpose. You're just asking for failures, not to mention creating a lot of extra heat in your smaller case in general, affecting other parts of your computer.

Anyways, a single GTX670 is good enough to play quite a few games in 1440p as it is. I've got Dark Souls II maxed at 1440p(downsampled to 1080p) with room to spare. The most demanding games are obviously more difficult, but no doubt a 2nd 670 would make it fairly easy in most cases.

This is offtopic, but according to who? Only component that could fail are the hard drives, which I keep cool. Laptop gpu's run even hotter and so does the whole amd 290/290x.

GPU's don't need to run particularly cool to not fail in my experience.

#12 Posted by maynardburger (187 posts) -

@maynardburger said:

Yea, I don't know why you'd run your GPU's that hot on purpose. You're just asking for failures, not to mention creating a lot of extra heat in your smaller case in general, affecting other parts of your computer.

Anyways, a single GTX670 is good enough to play quite a few games in 1440p as it is. I've got Dark Souls II maxed at 1440p(downsampled to 1080p) with room to spare. The most demanding games are obviously more difficult, but no doubt a 2nd 670 would make it fairly easy in most cases.

This is offtopic, but according to who? Only component that could fail are the hard drives, which I keep cool. Laptop gpu's run even hotter and so does the whole amd 290/290x.

GPU's don't need to run particularly cool to not fail in my experience.

According to experts who deal with this stuff for a living.

CPU's, motherboards, harddrives and even the power supply are all things apart from GPU's that need ventilation and cooling. 98c would be hot for a normal ATX case. With a micro, you're dealing with the same amount of heat being trapped in an even smaller space.

Doesn't automatically mean you're going to have problems, but some people can go smoking cigarettes their entire lives and never get cancer, too. Its just the risk factor involved. You say you know you can run it cooler, so I don't understand why you wouldn't.

#13 Edited by JigglyWiggly_ (23455 posts) -

Eh, it depends where the heat is. SMD components are not really going to fail from excess heat other than put some load fatigue on the solder.

The electyolytic caps in the psu absolutely. I keep my psu cool, the caps are mainly samxon and fuhjyyu in there and a hitachi on the primary. They're only 85c rated and the psu is 8 years old which is why the psu is on the bottom and the exhaust is pretty cool.

Hard drives don't like heat I know.Temps don't go above 40c on them and they're running good.

As long as you keep the caps cool on your mainboard as well, it's fine.

GPU is a blower style too, so the temperature inside is pretty good.

#14 Edited by SrgtSaggy101 (1863 posts) -

@maynardburger: yeah i know , just heard it could be bad for your monitor I was going to down sample.

#15 Posted by maynardburger (187 posts) -

Eh, it depends where the heat is. SMD components are not really going to fail from excess heat other than put some load fatigue on the solder.

The electyolytic caps in the psu absolutely. I keep my psu cool, the caps are mainly samxon and fuhjyyu in there and a hitachi on the primary. They're only 85c rated and the psu is 8 years old which is why the psu is on the bottom and the exhaust is pretty cool.

Hard drives don't like heat I know.Temps don't go above 40c on them and they're running good.

As long as you keep the caps cool on your mainboard as well, it's fine.

GPU is a blower style too, so the temperature inside is pretty good.

Fair enough man. You sound like you know what you're doing.

@maynardburger: yeah i know , just heard it could be bad for your monitor I was going to down sample.

Oh ok. Its really not bad for your monitor. Theoretically, there's the possibility of it damaging your monitor, but its mostly unheard of. Especially with a modest resolution of 1440p, which should be pretty easy to do without messing around with timings and whatnot.