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Magnum M8 - Is Air-Cooling only a viable option?

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Hello,

I really love the look of the stuff you guys are doing here at Case Labs. I also appeciate the fact that you have really taken the time to think about what all is needed in computer cases (such as the extensive cable management options you've built in). The attention to detail you all have is worthy of some serious kudos.

I do have a question for you though. Would setting up an Magnum M8 to be cooled strictly with air be a reasonable option? I know the case is optimized for water cooling, but could a Magnum, loaded down with decent fans compete with cases like the Level 10GT, Raven, or HAF-X? I figured I'd ask, as I'm sure you guys have played around with many configurations of your case.

Also, as a little bonus question...if the answer to the above is no, would you ever build a case strictly to be the ultimate air-cooler? Thanks in advance.
    
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It kinda defeats the point but it will work. YTou will have "hot spots"....areas of the case that get little or no airflow. As for the ultimate air cooler, the sheer noise will annoy you, one of water cooling's best attributes.
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Thanks Konig-Wolf smile.gif

Yes, the M8 will air cool very well - this is from someone with almost 30 years experience in air cooled enclosure design wink.gif I can't think of any other case that come close to the number of options the M8 has, but I'm not exactly impartial - lol! Seriously though, take a closer look at the case and options and you'll realize how much control you really have. smile.gif
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A great way to cool any magnum chassis with air would be to have fans pulling cool air from the bottom and throwing it out the top in a wind tunnel topology. The optional brace can be used to mount smaller fans to focus turbulent air at potential trouble spots like between the graphics cards.

We could use a sliding filter housing for dust control in high cfm setups tho smile.gif

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Originally Posted by DragonFireSG;13838037 
A great way to cool any magnum chassis with air would be to have fans pulling cool air from the bottom and throwing it out the top in a wind tunnel topology. The optional brace can be used to mount smaller fans to focus turbulent air at potential trouble spots like between the graphics cards.

We could use a sliding filter housing for dust control in high cfm setups tho smile.gif

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I was thinking the same. My 360 rad is sitting on the bottom and I have three fans up top pulling that air out. It does great, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for an air-cooling only. The amount of fans you can fit in this case is insane. 19 fans in total if you want... though you may as well just buy two box fans and sit your gear on top, lol.
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Originally Posted by XNine;13869530 
I was thinking the same. My 360 rad is sitting on the bottom and I have three fans up top pulling that air out. It does great, so I don't see why it wouldn't work for an air-cooling only. The amount of fans you can fit in this case is insane. 19 fans in total if you want... though you may as well just buy two box fans and sit your gear on top, lol.

Having seen the sheer size and solidity of the M8, I think someone should undertake a mod to mount a box fan as a side intake.
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Originally Posted by Alecthar;13869660 
Having seen the sheer size and solidity of the M8, I think someone should undertake a mod to mount a box fan as a side intake.

Undertake this project with care. The AC motors of table fans can generate undesirable EM interference. Also, with such a large blade so near the object being cooled you will likely have uncooled dead zones forming.

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What about filtering on the air intakes for M8? What would be the best way to filter them without extensive modification or making the case look ugly as sin? I live in a high dust environment, and quality filters are a must, even with positive case pressure.

Magnetic filters won't work because they don't stick to aluminum...I don't want the kind of external filters you screw on, as that would be fugly...any ideas from current M8 owners?
    
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Not to be rude or anything but why are you considering buying a $400 case and putting air cooling into it? Why not just spend the extra $150 or so and get a watercooling kit?

Just wondering mate! smile.gif
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http://www.demcifilter.com/

Demciflex screens seem to be a good option. You will need to apply an adhesive magnetic gasket though.

I will be using their solution for my air intakes. The filters will be applied on the inside of the chassis panels. TBH I think they look pretty ugly which is why they are going inside smile.gif

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