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post #11 of 16
As we are on this topic of CPU cooler with FT-03, I might just as well to comment on a related topic, ie type of graphics card's cooling.

In order to take full advantage of the cooling design of FT-03, it is imperative to use a graphics card with traditional 'card front intake and rear exhaust'. GTX570 is an example (pic 1). The card's front intake fan will breathe in fresh air coming up from case bottom and then exhaust via its rear through the case top. Perfect and optimally done (pic 2)

On the contrary, cards that dump heat internally, especially via its front, need to be avoided. GTX560 Ti reference cooling is an example (pic 3). So is non reference cooling by Asus (pic 4). Majority (~60%) of heat will be exhausted via the card's front. The hot exhaust air will take the following 3 escape paths which are all non desirable:-
A. to the right: hot air will likely go through the CPU heatsink-fan
B. pushed back due to uprising fresh air from case bottom
C. to the left: hot air will be sucked into the intake fan of the graphics card
(See red arrows in pic 5)

So, keep in mind when you choose your graphics card.




post #12 of 16
could consider the noctua nh-u12p rather than the nh-c14
post #13 of 16
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@windfire really appreciate all your posts great help!
i did see you posted the video card exhaust "issue" on another thread yet i still bought a gtx570 TF3(had to take amazons deal on it) being that on other forums and on here i have seen people using TF2, TF3 and DCUII on this case and none really did post that they had major issues with heat, worst case scenario i sell it and get one with rear exhaust

@erik257 i did look into the NH-U12P, for some reason I did not like it, dont remember what it was though.
Really want to thank you for your H80 thread
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Originally Posted by schizox View Post
@windfire really appreciate all your posts great help!
i did see you posted the video card exhaust "issue" on another thread yet i still bought a gtx570 TF3(had to take amazons deal on it) being that on other forums and on here i have seen people using TF2, TF3 and DCUII on this case and none really did post that they had major issues with heat, worst case scenario i sell it and get one with rear exhaust

@erik257 i did look into the NH-U12P, for some reason I did not like it, dont remember what it was though.
Really want to thank you for your H80 thread

Good to know that you are aware of this matter.

Let me clarify. When a non traditional cooling card is used inside a FT-03, one is unlikely to see BSODs due to overheating at all. It is just that the graphics card will not obtain optimal cooling. Or, put it in other words, FT-03's cooling design advantage is not being utilized to its full potential.

Here is a link with numbers for reference:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...review-21.html

And here is Silverstone's own advice (regarding RV-02):
Quote:
When choosing a graphics card, we recommend models that have fan blowing exhaust air to the rear slot. This will ensure smooth and efficient airflow within RV-02E for maximum cooling performance.
See pic below taken from the RV-02E installation note.
(I have to applaud for Silverstone's 'honesty' to make such a note. They are, indeed, 'responsible' chassis maker because bringing this issue to light will certainly turn away a number of potential buyers of their cases. But they still do it. )

With graphics card dumping heat inside a case, there are actually some members who report in this form that they are satisfied with the temperature numbers. But there are also others who are not happy. So, as long as you know this issue, you are all set.

Basically, I give warning to people prior to their setting up such a combination. After that, if they are happy with the thermal numbers, I just keep my mouth shut. But if they are not happy, I will then offer remedy advices.

Edited by windfire - 7/18/11 at 4:47pm
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by schizox View Post
@erik257 i did look into the NH-U12P, for some reason I did not like it, dont remember what it was though.
Really want to thank you for your H80 thread
lol, i actually don't like noctua coolers in general, they're bulky and i can't stand the colour scheme...

when choosing the cooler, i'd think twice about the size, that angled intake fan in the ft03 limits the size of the cooler quite a bit. i was thinking about putting together a ft03 build for my girlfriend, and i watched this on youtube, maybe you will find it useful


glad you found the h80 thread helpful, in fact maybe an h60 or h80 would be a good fit for your build
post #16 of 16
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the colors oh the colors of noctuas stuff but they work and really well
regarding the angled fan, a buy at the bit-tech forum (Lankius Maximus and Fingers66) pointed out to use a slim fan (Scythe Slip Stream Slim 120x120x12mm)
this is a pic they posted:



the cooler being used is the Tranquillo

just to be on a safe side i ordered one scythe 120x12mm and one yate 120x20mm

the H60 or H80 was actually my first choice of cooler for this build
just wanted an aircooling option for backup (and now might end up using it as the main cpu cooling option)
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