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One thing adridu's testing makes clear: even vented slot covers are an impediment to airflow.

I knw this is asking a lot, but could you do a test that compares airflow with slot covers on and with all unused slot covers removed?

In my own case I removed not only the slot covers but the metal strips - they look like pillars - between the slots. I now have an unimpeded space in my backplane.
That is brilliant! I stole the vented slot covers off an Antec 902. but that is brilliant to remove the piler's and not even use the vented slots at all
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Got rid of those with a Klein nibbler. I'm looking at getting rid of the other pillars. I don't think I need them at all.
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LOL, have you ever thought about just having a tech bench?
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see i am tempted to remove the pillars, but idk if i would change things around, so i might need them, but they don't really impede my airflow
   
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LOL, have you ever thought about just having a tech bench?
Like this one?




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see i am tempted to remove the pillars, but idk if i would change things around, so i might need them, but they don't really impede my airflow
I think the HAF X vid shows that they probably do.
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hmm i guess its just hard to imagine how such small pillars can impede air flow. I guess when I am more settled with a build I'll cut those, but first I want my rear grill gone
   
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Did anybody end up getting an Azza case? My top fans gave out. Not that they moved much air, but I'm highly considering water cooling if I cant find a replacement.
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hmm i guess its just hard to imagine how such small pillars can impede air flow. I guess when I am more settled with a build I'll cut those, but first I want my rear grill gone
Compare the width of the pillars to the width of the slots themselves. Also: an obstruction sets up flow interference larger than it is. Somewhere I have seen a comparison of grills. The comparison points out that round obstructions like wires allow a more streamlined obstruction that allows air to pass around it more easily. Square obstructions like cut grills (and slot pillars, for that matter) cause a lot of interference with airflow.

From all of this I conclude that pillars need to go. If we need finger guards there, the wire kind would allow freer airflow.
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hmm, good point. But I guess if I had SLI gtx460s it would be more essential to remove them? as there will already be less airflow
   
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don't know. But I did remove the rest of my pillars:



To do it without putting metal chips into my case, I removed my hard drives, which are not fastened. I then put the case, backplane down, on an ancient Black & Decker Workmate:



Using a Klein Nibbler Tool I came up from below and quickly clipped the pillars off.

That part was quick. But I also took the occasion to swap some fans around, messed with PSU cables, explored the fan control software to my mb, and in general played in my toybox worked on my computer. A pleasant morning.
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