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Does rotating the hdd cage actually make a difference?

The side panel you linked looks perfect, here's to hoping the hk distributor carries it.

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I'll post some picks monday or tuesday once I'm done installing everything. I gained a 1-2c drop in temps on my GPU and a little more on the HDDs. I plan on replacing the stock fan with something that will pull air through the front mesh more effectively. This should net at least a couple more degrees C based on what I achieved simply by rotating the cage. Of coarse I have only two HDDs so more air can flow through than if it was full.

Even with right angle cables it was difficult to install the HDDs as shown in the pic above. I've seen others flip them around and were still able to tuck most of the cables out of the way. Check out the official club in my sig if you haven't already.

I'll be back around OCN Monday. Have a good weekend.
Edited by solsamurai - 9/2/11 at 1:52pm
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With my previous set up in the P183, my top card ran slightly hotter (79C) compared to the bottom card's 68C. Currently, the temps are reversed but to greater extremes. The top card runs at 65C and the bottom card has hit 99C on several occasions prompting driver crashes. These are temps with full fan speed. I have tried removing my Essence STX and the bottom card's temps drop dramatically back down to the mid 60's. Unfortunately, my AsRock Extreme 6 motherboard does not allow me to use the STX in the top slot because the NB heatsink is in the way. I have contacted AsRock's Distributor here in HK and they have said that they will void warranty if any physical damage or alteration has been made.
I have bolded the relevant issue: your sound card blocks the lower video card's air intake. Just as global temperature is dictated by the sun's output, your vidcard's cooling is dictated by the available intake. Closing off that intake closes off your cooling.

Playing around with side fans will not change this. In order to adequately cool your lower card you must either do without the sound card, get a different motherboard (one that does not block the top slot with an unnecessary heatsink), or get a slot extension that allows you to place your sound card in the quasi slot that is above the mb and parallel to it. And don't ask me where to buy those extensions because I don't know.
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I have bolded the relevant issue: your sound card blocks the lower video card's air intake. Just as global temperature is dictated by the sun's output, your vidcard's cooling is dictated by the available intake. Closing off that intake closes off your cooling.

Playing around with side fans will not change this. In order to adequately cool your lower card you must either do without the sound card, get a different motherboard (one that does not block the top slot with an unnecessary heatsink), or get a slot extension that allows you to place your sound card in the quasi slot that is above the mb and parallel to it. And don't ask me where to buy those extensions because I don't know.
Logically, that seems to be the conclusion, but I don't understand why I didn't have this problem with my P183 with the exact layout. That was kind of the main reason I initially made my post. I wanted to better understand why.
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Logically, that seems to be the conclusion, but I don't understand why I didn't have this problem with my P183 with the exact layout. That was kind of the main reason I initially made my post. I wanted to better understand why.
Maby the fact that the Antec case is a tad larger affected airflow that much? the antec is wider, longer and slightly taller...this might affect how the flow of air to the GPU section of teh case is? but that is a total stab in the dark.
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Logically, that seems to be the conclusion, but I don't understand why I didn't have this problem with my P183 with the exact layout. That was kind of the main reason I initially made my post. I wanted to better understand why.
Hmm. From your earlier posts it looked like you had switched motherboards when you switched cases. If you kept the same mb and video cards when you changed cases, it is indeed a puzzle.
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I'll post some picks monday or tuesday once I'm done installing everything. I gained a 1-2c drop in temps on my GPU and a little more on the HDDs. I plan on replacing the stock fan with something that will pull air through the front mesh more effectively. This should net at least a couple more degrees C based on what I achieved simply by rotating the cage. Of coarse I have only two HDDs so more air can flow through than if it was full.

Even with right angle cables it was difficult to install the HDDs as shown in the pic above. I've seen others flip them around and were still able to tuck most of the cables out of the way. Check out the official club in my sig if you haven't already.

I'll be back around OCN Monday. Have a good weekend.
What tool did you use to disassemble and rotate the HDD cage? Would that be the optimal placement of the cage? The connectors on the side closest to the front fan?
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i thought about rotating my hdd cage but too bad mine is attached to the case and i would have to drill it out
   
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What tool did you use to disassemble and rotate the HDD cage? Would that be the optimal placement of the cage? The connectors on the side closest to the front fan?
My case (Lancool PC-K62) has four little screws on the bottom and one on top of the HDD cage. Removing the screws allows the cage to be rotated. There are screw holes on the bottom of the case for both orientations as documented in the case manual. I like to hide my cables so I went the harder, more annoying route of orienting the HDD's so that the connectors/cables are facing the front of the case. Is was a HUGE pain to guide everything in there with two HDDs. One would have been a piece of cake. This setup yields more airflow in my case but may be different in yours. Hope that helps.
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I demand the pictures you promised solsamurai!
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Hi all,

Not very sure where else to place this, but i've been intrigued by silverstone's 90 degree rotated motherboard designs and how this affects aircooled performance.

Do you think it is possible to replicate or exceed that performance in traditional atx or inverted atx orientations in both single gpu and multi gpu scenarios within the same or similar sound envelope.

Thanks!!
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