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post #1 of 4
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Hello fellow FT03 users.

I recently assembled a system using the FT03 and a Tuniq Tower Extreme 120 for my brother:

Rampage III Gene
980x (stock)
6GB of Kingston HyperX running at 1866 (rated at 2000)
5870 2GB Sapphire Vapor-X (stock)
One HDD in the hot swap bay
1200w Silverstone PSU

Because of the size of the Tuniq CPU cooler I removed the fan intake bracket and fan right below the CPU, forcing the system to rely just on the CPU cooler fan to intake cool air from outside the case and pull it through the cooler.

I got it up and running with Windows 7 installed, and temps seemed fine, so I shipped it. My brother set it up and now the CPU temps are crazy. During gaming they reach 100C! At idle the core temps are in the high 50s to mid 60s. These are crazy hot temps for a stock CPU.

I'm thinking that such hot temps can only be because the cooler was knocked off-kilter during shipment and is no longer making (good) contact with the CPU.

Such high temps can't be attributed simply to the missing angled intake fan, can it? I mean those temps have to be the CPU cooler not making contact with the CPU, but I wanted feedback from the community regarding the FT03 and that angled intake fan below the CPU. Is it absolutely essential? Should I replace the cooler completely for something thinner to allow for the installation of the angled intake bracket and fan?

Fortunately all the heat protection options are turned on, and the CPU is running at stock, otherwise I'm sure that CPU would have fried itself.
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post #2 of 4
I reckon the high temp is 99% due to the mis-alignment of the Tuniq Tower during shipment.

The pic below shows the airflow path. Removing Fan 2 should not have such a high thermal impact.

So, better tell your brother to open the case and check the mounting of the cooler. And make sure all fans spin properly.
post #3 of 4
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Thanks. I had him read off the BIOS fan speed reading for the fans, and they all appear operational. He doesn't feel comfortable reseating the cooler, as he has fried a system previously by not connecting the proper PSU cables; that pretty much undermined his confidence with anything 'inside' the case. I'll have to go fix it for him at some point (he lives across the country from me.) Until then he is going to minimize his use of the system.
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post #4 of 4
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It was misaligned.

I convinced him to lay the system flat and unscrew the heatsink, then tighten each screw a bit in turn until they were all hand tight. Now temps are in the expected ranges.

Thanks for your input.
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