10GB+ ethernet workstation heat

cheezehead

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For those running server 10/40GB Ethernet adapters in their desktop/workstation setups designed for low airflow, how did you choose to cool these cards designed for high airflow cases? PCI slot coolers? oversized heatsinks? Re-purposed CPU coolers? water cooling?
 

abq

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I velcro'd a low rpm chassis fan to floor of case, blowing on my adapter card.
 

i386

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Noctua 3k rpm industrial fans in the front and rear of my lian li pc-a75 chassis.
Enough airflow for the cx3 40gbit nic and an iodrive2. Sadly the industrial fans are not enough for cooling a 12gbit hba/raid controller.