Originally Posted by Skwidbol
Would not having an AIO help in Jocelyn's setup? One of the reasons why i did not want to use an AIO liquid cooling on my ft03 mini is that the hot air from the radiator will circulate inside the case before it is released upwards.
Trust me, it doesn't circulate much, it goes pretty much straight out. Firstly inside the case, after you install all components, has like 5 litres of air volume. One fan can easily move all that air. Secondly all the holes in the top mean that's the place of least pressure. Thirdly, if you also have the PSU pointing to the CPU, then a lot of air is being pulled out, like a windtunnel effect.
The issue is the graphics card, which compartmentalises the GPU, and you often see in the FT03-mini that the hottest part of the case frame is on that front side.
Originally Posted by jlicht
Oh, the Titan cooler is >10" and requires modding the case? I thought of the OCUK card as the "best" solution for the mini.
How hot did it get? It's very difficult to find information or reviews about the blower cards because the dual fans are so much more widespread.
The superclocked EVGA card would be a cool solution, but of course it all comes down the cooling performance.
Sorry missed this initially because I posted the other answer at the same time.
I checked my build logs and I didn't write down what the exact temps were with air cooling. I think because the build focus was on showing the watercooling parts I skipped over that. I am sure that I tested the card (GTX660ti) as I usually do, by running folding@home for several days 24/7. If it would have been throttling, I would remember.
I actually have a EVGA 970 SC here in another build. I could try it in the FT03-mini. However it would be quite a bit of plumbing work to drain and pull out my watercooling loop, reinstall with air cooling only, and then put it all back as it was afterwards. Let me think about it, but no promises.Edited by WiSK - 1/10/15 at 3:57am