Solved

T5500 GPU Case Question

HI and Happy Thanksgiving,

I was wondering if anyone can tell me which GTX 1070's physically fit in the case? we are running a mini 1060 at the moment which is running excellent but want to do an upgrade. We originally went with the mini for space requirements but as xmas is coming I figured I would update it for my son. I have removed the top most swing style hard drive bay so I have the length figured out (read this on another forum post) I was hoping someone has done this and can give me some advice on which one to GTX 1070 buy as far as the height so I can close the case.

Also, we have most of the expasion slots filled (Upgrading to usb 3.0 and the file system to sata 6) so maybe the blower style is recommended for heat? I never bought a blower and always went with the fan style so maybe someone can tell me if a blower style 1070 would be a better option.
'
As always thanks to all who answer and I appreciate you taking the time to reply,


T5500, (2) X5680, 36gb Ram, Zotac 1060 mini, USB 3.0, Sata 6gb, 500 gb SSD, (2) 1tb 7200 rpm.
Reply to Brian001
10 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about t5500 gpu case question
  1. Hi ... hope you had an excellent holiday.

    Have installed a Gigabyte 1070 into a T3500 which is basically same dimensions as your 5500. We did change to an aftermarket PSU as well. That will not be a problem with the 875w 5500 PSU since it has five 18-amp 12v rails, two of which are dedicated to each of the two individual PCIe connectors. Simply use a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter as needed.

    If you are limited on space above the now upward facing card fans a blower style may be your best bet. They do tend to be more noisy. If your configuration allows would be good idea to mount a short card directly above the GPU to ensure max flow to the intake fan.

    Hope that helps.
    Reply to Susquehannock
  2. Susquehannock said:
    Hi ... hope you had an excellent holiday.

    Have installed a Gigabyte 1070 into a T3500 which is basically same dimensions as your 5500. We did change to an aftermarket PSU as well. That will not be a problem with the 875w 5500 PSU since it has five 18-amp 12v rails, two of which are dedicated to each of the two individual PCIe connectors. Simply use a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter as needed.

    If you are limited on space above the now upward facing card fans a blower style may be your best bet. They do tend to be more noisy. If your configuration allows would be good idea to mount a short card directly above the GPU to ensure max flow to the intake fan.

    Hope that helps.
    Reply to Brian001
  3. ok now I have another question. Which PSU did you use?? I was under the assumption that the T3500, T500 and T7500 had proprietary PSU's? If not I"ll be ordering that a.s.a.p.

    For the GPU I"m going with a blower I think just to keep the heat out of the case. I did take out the upper metal support for the hard drive so I think the length is ok like you said before. I was kind of concerned about the height as the 1060 mini I put into the case barely has room and there are so many 1070's.... I figured I would ask before I purchased.

    Thanks as always.
    Reply to Brian001
  4. Not proprietary that I have experienced. Only issue is the holding tabs on roof of the case for the Dell PSU. Bend those up and out of the way and an aftermarket fits. You will see what I mean once in there.

    We went with the 550w Seasonic G series. Nice hefty single +12v rail. Only spec lacking was +5vSB (2.5a vs 4.0v for both T3500 and T5500). It is my understanding that is to provide extra power for Ethernet under standby mode in a networking environment. Not using it as such we have not experienced any problems.

    Please bear in mind that was a for a T3500. Finding a replacement for the T5500 unit will be more difficult given they have two 8-pin EPS connectors and have stronger 3.3v and 5v rails to power second CPU and RAM on the riser.
    Reply to Susquehannock
  5. Thanks Susquehannock,

    Still have not decided. the PSU issue I am also still looking into. Since my son's T5500 is using the spare 8 pin for the riser card it looks like I'll be using the two six pins for the power to the 1070 if I go that route. (You were talking about going with the 2 six pin to 8 pin adapter right?) Might just get a T7500 PSU and throw it in there. That has another 8 pin but I would have to go used and you can never tell with those.

    And of course now I'm looking at the TI 1070 and Vega. The vega looks like a little monster as far as power requirements.
    Reply to Brian001
  6. Best answer
    "(You were talking about going with the 2 six pin to 8 pin adapter right?)"

    Depends on 1070 you get. Many only need one connector. Most of the better ones require one 6-pin and one 8-pin. Like I was saying, that T5500 PSU is set up for 18 amps to each of the 6-pin connectors. So a single 6-pin to single 8-pin should be fine.

    There is much confusion about power & PCIe connectors. The standard is 75 watts minimum (not maximum) for 6-pin PCIe and 150 watts for 8-pin. That is a function how the PSU is set up, not the connector itself.
    Reply to Susquehannock
  7. Ok this changes things. So you are saying that I can do single 6 pin to an 8pin and be pretty good as long as it's under 150 Watts. The 75 watts was limiting me on what to get. If I did a 2 six pin to eight adapter.. then it should in theory run the GTX 1070 ti blower.. at least if I am understanding what you are saying. And yes I was also confused on this.
    Reply to Brian001
  8. You will be fine with single 6-pin to single 8-pin in this instance.

    Most 1070 top out below 170 watts total under heavy gaming. Board slot can handle up to 75 watts by itself. PCIe connector taking up the rest. So as you can see, fact that your PSU is capable of providing up to 216 watts to each (165 watts with all five 12 volt rails fully loaded at 825 watt total draw) of the two 6-pin connectors, you have plenty of overhead.

    [edit]
    Personal experience ... have seen this T3500 with RX 480 peak above 205 watts total draw during heavy gaming. Has worked flawlessly for over a year. So I know the single 6-pin using 8-pin adapter is certainly capable over 75 watts.
    Reply to Susquehannock
  9. As always thank you Susquehannock.

    Going to go with the single 6 to 8 pin adapter and see what happens. Terrible thing is that I have to wait until my son opens up his Xmas present before I get to play with it. :)

    If I don't hear from you again have a great Xmas and I really appreciate your advice. You have saved us so much time since we started building these workstations.
    Reply to Brian001
  10. oops make that two six pin connects to eight pin. read it again. Still great! :)
    Reply to Brian001
Ask a new question Answer

Read More

Cases