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post #101 of 2110
The Silverstone FT-01 is THE BEST air cooling case I have ever used and the air cooling temps I got in it have trumped all my friends. I wish I still had some pictures around, but here's how I had it set up.

I upgraded the 180mm fans to their Air Penetrator models to start, and these made a huge difference. The AP fans are amazing in this case. Secondly, I removed the top HDD cage so it was not blocking any airflow from the front fan to the graphics card. I then used some double sided tape to mount a 120mm fan on top of the bottom HDD cage to set up a "series" of AP fans straight onto the graphics cards. You have a TON of cool air pouring over them now.

For CPU cooling, you have an AP 180 mm blowing straight down onto the CPU heatsink, as well as 1 or 2 120mm fans on the heatsink blowing straight to the back of the case. 1 120mm in the back as exhaust, that is it.

My 920 with a crapload of voltage on it and at 4.0 ghz wouldn't break 65C with a Venomous X on it with pretty low rpm fans. My watercooling setup I have now beats the air setup, but my god for air you can't do much better.
post #102 of 2110
Once again, really nice thread about air cooling

Here is the airflow I got in my HAF-X case, and the temperatures I measured :


Airflow


Temperatures

Idle temps : web browsing.
Load temps : playing The Witcher 2 @ Ultra settings ( ubersampling off ) 1920*1200, GPUs and CPU @ 90-99% usage

Don't forget that this case comes with a 200mm on the side panel also, and mine is set as an intake to cool the vidcards.

I'll install a 120mm in the 5.25" bay just in front of the Noctua and relocate my BR drive at the top most slot, and cutting off the grill at the back is scheduled also ( and see if I can remove the rear 140mm exhaust fan for the wind tunnel effect ).
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post #103 of 2110
Those are some amazing temperatures! Especially considering you have a SLI Configuration. Curious though, what's that box in front of your power supply? How would you describe the noise level of your rig?

Can't wait to see more results when you make the tweaks you mentioned.
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post #104 of 2110
The "box" is just a cover to hide all the PSU cables And this setup is pretty silent ( maybe I'm used to it now ), it's quieter than my previous case, a Corsair 600T with stock fans, perhaps it's just a feeling because of the different pitch of the CM fans, less annoying
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post #105 of 2110
Interesting, silence is a very subjective thing though, haha.

I like the cable cover idea though, really helps bring together the clean interior .
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post #106 of 2110
Quote:
Originally Posted by Foolsmasher View Post
The Silverstone FT-01 is THE BEST air cooling case I have ever used
What other cases have you used ?
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that is rediculously cool temps you get on your computer, what program is that to measure the temps?
   
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Well, I figured out how to add my fan potentiometers in with out having to do something drastic..

1 on my rear side vertical PCI-bracket for the rear back fan, and two in the HDD cage.

Using one 3.5" bracket in an HDD holder, mounted securely and working well.
I removed the thermal on/off switch for the second potentiometer.



This controls the 5.25" bay fan and the fan mounted on my HDD cage that blows to the GPU.

Noisy at max setting, but this allows me to adjust for different situations, so for example, running Intel Burn Test on all 8 threads, and 3072MB memory, and 7 out of 10 runs my temp has only hit 62 tops on one core, others are staying in the mid to upper 50s.

I hear IBT runs the CPU hotter than Prime 95, so if this holds true, (Which I will run Prime95 to give another test for temperature information sake) then my temps are cooler than they were in all open case and compared to when my three fans were running at a minimum of 800 RPM speed.

The maximum is 2,500RPM on these three fans.

The side case fan is only running at bare minimum right now.

I also had removed the two grommet's at the top back of the case, and feel as much air flow pumping from there as I do the rear fan.
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post #109 of 2110
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Airflow



Don't forget that this case comes with a 200mm on the side panel also, and mine is set as an intake to cool the vidcards.

I'll install a 120mm in the 5.25" bay just in front of the Noctua and relocate my BR drive at the top most slot, and cutting off the grill at the back is scheduled also ( and see if I can remove the rear 140mm exhaust fan for the wind tunnel effect ).
At this point you are approaching what may be the optimal airflow plan for the HAF X. I believe that when you remove your rear grill and test temps you will find that your ceiling is too high to get a wind tunnel effect. I think you will need both top fans to continue with a mass effect instead. But please do the testing: fact beats theory every time.
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post #110 of 2110
Okay, instead of using the PCI brackets that cooler master provided with the fans, I modified a vented slot cover I have to hold two potentiometers. With out sacrificing much ventilation.




Also, I was curious... ehume, would that Nibbler tool safely cut out a fan grill on the back of a computer case?

If so, what would you use to keep from worrying about sharp metal edges of the opening?
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