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Originally Posted by steelbom;14411327 
Eh? Thanks for the tip... what fans did you order?

they seem to hit something in the fan assembly. it's sounds like my computer is going to explode everytime i turn it on , but the noise eventually goes away after a while

i ordered the white 180mm silverstone fans
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Originally Posted by BankaiKiller;14411723 
I think the Rosewill ARMOR Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case is best for airflow. it wrecks the competition. voted editors choice by legitreviews on newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147047

That's some nice monster cooling going on. Only problem is it collects. dust like crazy, but I just spray air on it twice a week. This think can cool a tank pretty well, pure airflow and ventalation case.

It is pure opinion but this was neither of the choices the OP wanted.
     
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In my HAF X case I did custom dust filters (Most cases dust filters sucks), by using fabric sheets. 2 layers worth, still get great airflow, with little dust even after 3 months use.

Just use a can of compressed air and a vacuum, 40 mins later all clean.

That cooler & heatsink is only for the reference GPU only, custom ones dont work. The card I have is the one that sounded like a jet engine...
    
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Originally Posted by wolzen;14411754 
they seem to hit something in the fan assembly. it's sounds like my computer is going to explode everytime i turn it on , but the noise eventually goes away after a while

i ordered the white 180mm silverstone fans

Remove the fans and space them away from the mounting base with some folded paper. The sound you're hearing is because the blades have fallen slightly and are slapping the mount underneath (where the dust filter sits). You don't need to replace them at all.
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3;14411833 
In my HAF X case I did custom dust filters (Most cases dust filters sucks), by using fabric sheets. 2 layers worth, still get great airflow, with little dust even after 3 months use.

Just use a can of compressed air and a vacuum, 40 mins later all clean.

That cooler & heatsink is only for the reference GPU only, custom ones dont work. The card I have is the one that sounded like a jet engine...
Ah, I see. Would the ref GPU + cooler & heatsink run cooler than a DCUII do you think?

I really want to go with the RV02-E but... it won't work well with a DCUII. I wonder if a reference card will run quieter and cooler in a RV02-E than a DCUII in the HAF-X?
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CM fan club at it again.

i had a HAF-X originally, but the raven is much better at cooling. this goes for card like TF as well with the heat pipes and such, not just rear exhaust. the GPU temps dropped ALOT in the raven.

not working with those types of cards is bull****. any card would "run quieter and cooler" in the RV02 because you could get better temps with lower fans speed. my 6870's were at 45% in the HAF-X and very audible, they were at 36% in the raven and still got better temps.

Untitled-2.png - idle temps with two 6870's @ 1000/1150 1.26v 30-36% fan curve

Untitled-1.png - immediately tabbed out of two hour BF:BC2 session

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2011/06/08/silverstone-raven-rv03-review/3
http://www.overclock.net/12652610-post10.html
Edited by FLCLimax - 7/31/11 at 5:08am
post #27 of 30
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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.
Thread: http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/1002960-cm-690-ii-advanced-need-fan-2.html

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
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Originally Posted by windfire;14412125 
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.
Thread: http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/1002960-cm-690-ii-advanced-need-fan-2.html

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.
Thanks a lot for your reply. I'm very conflicted with what case to go with! Tis' so hard to choose! lol!
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Reason I went with my RV02B-W was because;

1. The x3 AP-181 fans are damn great to cool the GPU's specially Multi-GPU solutions like in my case (x2 HD6970).

2. It has fan filters everywhere, I've had this case for 7 months and I've yet to see any dust inside the case (Only in the fans).

3. The 90º-sided orientation, I just love it. biggrin.gif

Both cases are great, just go which whatever you like the most, the DirectCU II coolers work great in the RV02B-W too, I have tested it my self with an HD6950 2GB DirectCU II.
    
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Originally Posted by kcuestag;14459236 
Reason I went with my RV02B-W was because;

1. The x3 AP-181 fans are damn great to cool the GPU's specially Multi-GPU solutions like in my case (x2 HD6970).

2. It has fan filters everywhere, I've had this case for 7 months and I've yet to see any dust inside the case (Only in the fans).

3. The 90º-sided orientation, I just love it. biggrin.gif

Both cases are great, just go which whatever you like the most, the DirectCU II coolers work great in the RV02B-W too, I have tested it my self with an HD6950 2GB DirectCU II.
Thanks for your input. I see, I'm glad to hear that. I'm not sure if you've tested this config in your system, but is it quieter with one reference 6950 or one DCUII 6950?

The dust filters are a big plus...! I don't like cleaning cool.gifbiggrin.gif
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