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I installed my Corsair H60 yesterday and I wasn't thrilled with the temps but they seemed pretty good. I used the H60 fan for push and the rear fan that came with my P183 for the pull. In case it matters, my pump is plugged into a sysfan jack. I used to top out (with my AC7) around ~70C at 3.6ghz and I bumped it up to 3.8ghz and was again topping out around 70C with my H60.

Tonight I played BC2 for a couple hours and to my horror saw that my cores had gotten up to 78C!

I think the culprit may be my 570 Classifieds which have a side vent, putting hot air back into the case. The vents put hot air out right below where the H60 fan takes it in.

I reseated the water block and rotated the fans around to be intaking air from the outside. Under prime95 they are still topping out around 70C (72C right now).

The question is what will happened during an extended gaming session, I'm hoping the cool intake from the outside will at least partially negate the gpu effect (though now the exhaust from the GPU is coming out below where the H60 is taking in).

Worst case my CPU still gets too hot and now my GPUs get too hot because the air in the case is hotter.

If "upgrading" to the H60 (which should absolutely blow away my old cooler) means I can't even run my core at a higher speed I'm going to be pretty upset.

Any ideas? Suggestions?

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Edited by Jarobata - 10/27/11 at 8:42pm
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It looks like your GPUs vent out the back where the fans on the rad pull in from (air is most likely already hot, and being fed through your rad). Have you tried flipping the top fan so it pulls in air, then flip the rad fans so they vent out the back like the cards?

The case has some restrictions to airflow from the front because of the front door. Is there enough airflow through the side vents to allow for a front mounted fan to pull air in from the front to fee the rad fans cool air? You might have to move your HDDs around to open up the front for more air flow.

Just some thoughts...
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i would get better fans. the one taht comes with is ok but some high rpm fans set at medium are best. i ran an h50 with 2 scythe kaze in push pull venting out the back and at 3.8 on an 920 with HT on was getting mid 70s under load in prime 95. during gaming i was gettin mid 60s
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It looks like your GPUs vent out the back where the fans on the rad pull in from (air is most likely already hot, and being fed through your rad). Have you tried flipping the top fan so it pulls in air, then flip the rad fans so they vent out the back like the cards?

The case has some restrictions to airflow from the front because of the front door. Is there enough airflow through the side vents to allow for a front mounted fan to pull air in from the front to fee the rad fans cool air? You might have to move your HDDs around to open up the front for more air flow.

Just some thoughts...
Pulling in from the back is my new attempt. If that fails I may try having the top pull down and exhaust out the back but then I have no exhaust for the interior of the case.

All my HDD's are actually mounted in the bottom of the case. I could go back to the original configuration and retro-fit an intake fan at the top of the case but it will still be pulling hot air in from the GPUs.

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i would get better fans. the one taht comes with is ok but some high rpm fans set at medium are best. i ran an h50 with 2 scythe kaze in push pull venting out the back and at 3.8 on an 920 with HT on was getting mid 70s under load in prime 95. during gaming i was gettin mid 60s
Should I just replace the H60 fan or both? The other one is an Antec Tri-cool which I think is decent. Your temps don't sound great either, I don't understand how this thing is performing so poorly.

My last thought was figuring out a way to mount the radiator in the front of the case but this would still be filling the case with hot air.
Edited by Jarobata - 10/27/11 at 10:04pm
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post #5 of 23
I spy a top exhaust port. Are you able to run your setup from that port? That would still leave you a rear port for exhaust.

Id suggest as an intake (cool air in through rad) and second the new fan suggestion made above.

Im not familiar with your case - is there a front bay in your case?. The H series love front bays. If you have a good rear exhaust, case temps arent an issue.

Addit: AP-15 are, IMO, the best fans for these coolers.
Edited by Sethy666 - 10/27/11 at 10:11pm
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get some decent fan and see what you got. or try installing it intake from top and let the antec fan exhaust to the back...

Use the corsair fan alone for now i'm sure you would have better temps than now. also. is your H60 corretly sit?


The best way to have great temps is intake from top with push/pull made of great fans.


finally, your case doesn't seem that great for airflow.
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I spy a top exhaust port. Are you able to run your setup from that port? That would still leave you a rear port for exhaust.

Id suggest as an intake (cool air in through rad) and second the new fan suggestion made above.

Im not familiar with your case - is there a front bay in your case?. The H series love front bays. If you have a good rear exhaust, case temps arent an issue.
The radiator won't fit in the top port.

I'd have to retro fit it, there isn't a fan spot.
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The radiator won't fit in the top port.

I'd have to retro fit it, there isn't a fan spot.
Hmmm.

Suggest keep where it is, configure to intake with push/pull. You can have one of the fans outside the case if its too much of a squeeze.

To mitigate the heat draft from your GPUs, you could fashion a shield out of cardboard or such and place the shield at the bottom of the fan / fan port to deflect the hot air. It might sound ghetto but that should work until you can figure out a more suitable solution... new fans etc.
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I just moved my rad to my 5.25' bays to free up the back exhaust spot.
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I just moved my rad to my 5.25' bays to free up the back exhaust spot.
That's my current plan, undo the block, rotate it 180 degrees, mount the rad to the front, restore my rear/top exhaust. Seems like the best possible option. If that doesn't give me reasonable temps I'm going to be very annoyed. I'm not planning on reapplying thermal paste as I just put it in on Wednesday, if anyone thinks this is a terrible idea please let me know.

As everyone says, this is making me just want to buy an XSPC 360 lol.

I'll post up after.
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