As I was setting up my new server, I noticed that my LSI card was getting a bit to warm for my taste. While it was within operating limits, constant high temperature isn’t exactly what you want. Some local cooling was required.
While I couldn’t mount fan on top of the card, I could do the very best next thing – mount it next to it. As my mini-ITX motherboard used only one PCI slot in my 2U chassis, I had 3 slots to work with. So I used one low-profile PCI bracket and made an adapter to allow for mounting of 80 mm fan next to the card.
This sideway breeze was all that was needed to lower LSI chip temperatures from 65 ˚C to 35 ˚C. Not a bad drop.