Originally Posted by steelbom;14411502
I see. I'm starting to lean towards the HAF-X as I'm not willing to give up having DirectCU II cooling on my cards.
Thanks a lot for the information. I see, I was unaware that the hot air is expelled via the front of the card. Will this also be a problem in the HAF-X?
DirectCU II is probably one of the 'nastiest' cooling designs in terms of internal heat dumping as it actually dumps heat omni-directionally, with the exhaust via the front being a part. Some less nasty cards (like reference GTX560 Ti) dump internal heat via the front only.
Internal heat dumping is always a challenge and no chassis is immune to this thermal headache. However, some cases are more flexible to handle this issue.
With cases like RV02, it is just almost impossible to handle this internal heat dump optimally. With cases like HAF-X (or HAF 932 or 690 II Advanced), one solution is to use an 'top exhaust' approach. With this workaround, internal hot exhaust from card is pulled up and extracted out the case via case top by strong exhausting fans. The CPU cooler is also oriented upward, exhausting toward the case top.
Read this thread where I have demonstrated this solution where a DirectCU II is put inside a CM 690 II Advanced. Note my post #15.
The case of ''reference cooling in RV02E vs
DirectCU II in HAF-X'':-
RV02E excels at its best with a traditional cooling card. But the DirectCU II definitely is quieter than a reference cooling card. So, this is hard to say.
If I have to choose, I will give the priority to the card first. In other words, card over case. I will choose a card and then choose a case to match the card. The purpose of a case is to house its tenants and bring out the best of the card. IMHO, it is a little odd to choose a card in order to bring out the best of a chassis.Edited by windfire - 7/31/11 at 5:19am