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I have a CM Storm Scout and I love the case. It has a decent amount of air flow. The only concern I have though is when I upgraded to my 6950 I no longer have a reference style cooler so the hot air is not being pushed out of the back as much as it used to be. I'm assuming a good portion of the air is being pulled in through my H50 then pushed out. Prior to the swap you could feel a ton of hot air being pushed out of the back. Now you really can't feel any air coming out of the "vents" on the bracket.

As it sits now I only have two exhaust fans, a 140mm up top and the H50 P/P setup. I have several intake fans though, 2x 140mm in front and 2x 120mm fans in the door. While it has a decent amount of cooling I think there might be some cases that offer a better solution (IE more exhaust fans). My main goal is to lower the temps so I can OC my GPU more. As it is now I have a modest OC of 950 / 1400 with "gaming" temps in the mid 70's. The card will easily do 1000 / 1450 but the temps end up in the mid 80's. I would like to get temps down to the mid to upper 70's for the 1000 / 1450 OC. Would a new case be able to do that or is the cooling setup that I currently have going to be pretty close to the best I can do?
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Eyeballing this one: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced

Think it would cool a good bit more than my current setup?
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Eyeballing this one: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced

Think it would cool a good bit more than my current setup?
Which XFX HD6950 1GB non reference cooling version you have?
The dual-fan one (pic 1) or the single central fan one (pic 2)?

Regardless, it dumps at least half of its heat inside the case via its front. This heat dump should be directed out of the case in a clear and distinct airpath as soon as it is ejected from the card's front. And this airpath must not come across other airpaths.

And I think the HAF932 can provide good thermal management for this kind of internal heat dumping. Taken away HAF 932's default top 230mm exhaust fan, three 120mm fans can be setup there, forming a 'top-exhaust' approach. But since you are using a H50, I suggest you to use the leftmost position (as shown in pic 3 below) for the H50 fan-rad. At that position, it minimizes any hot air exhaust from card to pass through the rad, thus giving optimal performance for the H50.

See pic 3 for a total explanation of this solution.



Edited by windfire - 5/18/11 at 7:29am
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Wow.. very nice info +REP for you..

I have the first pic.. the dual fan setup and while gaming the fans run at 100% as they are not very loud.

Edit: I'm looking at the case further and it appears as if you have the ability of replacing the 230mm on the door with 4x 120mm as well. This would help when I finally take the plunge on a crossfire setup. I think this will be the case for me.
Edited by Mudfrog - 5/18/11 at 7:37am
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try setting the side panel fans as exhaust.
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog View Post
Wow.. very nice info +REP for you..

I have the first pic.. the dual fan setup and while gaming the fans run at 100% as they are not very loud.

Edit: I'm looking at the case further and it appears as if you have the ability of replacing the 230mm on the door with 4x 120mm as well. This would help when I finally take the plunge on a crossfire setup. I think this will be the case for me.
Yes, this is a strong advantage of the 932. You can install 120mm fan to any or all four positions. This versatile feature has 2 uses:-
a. push more air into the gap between 2 cards (in SLI or CF)
b. allow you to move the fan(s) around to match with any internal heat dumping card and/or provide focus airflow to a vertically oriented heatsink-fan.

The main 'weakness' of 932 is that it does not have native air filters.
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