Thanks for the support!Hi All. First post here.
Got my LZ7 case the other day so figured I should start looking into components. Does anyone have experience with or thoughts on using a dual fan card with this case (slotted GPU panel)? These Galax/KFA2 cards are reasonably priced and I have seen favourable reviews online, but wondering whether the LZ7 was designed specifically with a single-fan GPU in mind.
Galax/KFA2 RTX 2070 Mini - youtube
Galax/KFA2 RTX 2070 Mini - Product Page
I think a Galax/KFA2 RTX 2060 would do better (quieter) in the LZ7 but couldn't find any reviews.
Alternatively, does anyone have recommendations for a quiet and reasonably powerful card? I am looking for the quietest build possible for 1440p/60FPS gaming with an SFX PSU. I am willing to sacrifice some performance if that lowers noise.
Unfortunately the Galax/KFA2 dual fan cards are just slightly too long for the LZ7. Their product page lists them as:
- Dimensions(with Bracket): 190*126*41mm
Answering your question about dual fan cards compared to single fan cards - Generally a dual fan card that is full length will perform slightly better than the single fan variants, but a dual fan card that is shorter than reference usually means they need to use smaller fans to fit the length of the card, rather than 1 bigger fan for a single fan card.
The fans on the Dual Galax card look to be at most 80mm, whereas the MSI and Gigabyte single fan cards use a single 92m fan (I think), larger fans don't need to spin as fast to push the same amount of air and therefore you may actually find that a single 92mm fan is quieter than dual 80mm fans even after you have factored in temps and performance, etc.
The only way to know I guess would be to carry out a side by side performance test with both style of cards and see which performs better in a case that can fit both styles.
There is also the possibility of undervolting the card if you prioritise noise over absolute performance. In fact Optimum Tech just posted a video showing that undervolting a full length RTX 2080Ti in the Ncase M1 resulted in lower temps, lower noise and increased GPU clocks: