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post #1 of 8
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Hello All,

I'm looking to put together a rig soon and while looking at CPU cooling options, i found out Corsair has/plans to release their H100 unit fairly soon. Problem is, I'm not sure if I can fit it in the case I'd really like to use: Fractal Designs' R3.

Now, I know the grill/hole spacing on the top of the R3, but I can do some light molding to get it fixed to the top. However, the question remains, "Will it fit?"

So, what I was hoping some of you may be able to tell me:

1.) How much space is there from the top of the inside to the top-most hole for the motherboard to be mounted? i.e. where the motherboard/cpu block will be mounted. (i've looked at pictures, and using a ruler and official dimensions, it looks like it is ~50mm)

2.) What is the distance from the side of the case to the mobo tray? (I'm guessing its slightly more than 160mm, bc the NH-d14 [which I am considering heavily, as well] is supposed to fit. Barely.)

3.) How thick is the h100 (or h80--bc they look the same) cpu block? I ask bc i'd like to know, if it becomes necessary, could the block be behind the radiator?

My thought is the h100 COULD fit, but it would be tight.

So, if any of you are willing to help me out, i would be eternally grateful, and you would all be rewarded with pics of the final build.


(Also, if by some improbability, my question has been answered elsewhere and has eluded my search terms, i apologize, and would also be grateful for a link!)

relevant tags: H70 h80 h100 corsair fractal design r3 nh-d14 space spacing water cooling frogs kitteh cheezeburger
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post #2 of 8
it can but the fans and rad wont fit inside... there isnt enough space for that and the board.. i tried with a thin rad and slim fans still wouldnt work. you can mod the hd cage to allow you to put a 240 rad up there.. but it wont get teh air it needs. only recomendation is if you rly want it mount the rad to the inside and the fans in push on the outside along the top
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it can but the fans and rad wont fit inside... there isnt enough space for that and the board.. i tried with a thin rad and slim fans still wouldnt work. you can mod the hd cage to allow you to put a 240 rad up there.. but it wont get teh air it needs. only recomendation is if you rly want it mount the rad to the inside and the fans in push on the outside along the top
where did you run into trouble? from what im able to tell, there should be 50mm of space above the Mobo, which is pretty much the thickness of the h100. also i should be able to mount the rad as close to the side pannel as the fan grill holes will allow, whch should give room for at least a LITTLE overlap of rad and mobo.

do you have any pictures or measurements you can share?
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post #4 of 8
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would it be possible for someone to humor me and measure their R3 for me? i have a hunch i can make it work....
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post #5 of 8
Im listning. Planning to buy the Define R3 and use the H100, if we wont get any responses until then I will post pictures of my work with it. Mabey im going to cut the top off a bit and pull it out on the top and figure out som mesh to protect the radiator.
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post #6 of 8
This was posted a while ago, hope it helps you guy's.

http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...l#post14105409
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post #7 of 8
From what I remember you can barely fit a fan above the mobo much less a radiator.
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post #8 of 8
1. Just measured it's about ~35mm from the inside of the top of the case to the MB itself.

2. It's enough to fit the noctua nh-d14, I have one in there! It's tight but not a problem at all.
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