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mimicking Asus Sabretooth p67 thermal armor with acrylic?

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What's your guys' thoughts on this? i'm thinking of cutting a sheet of glossy black acrylic to "shield" my mobo, and then i can etch a design into a large enough open area (if there are any..). i'm not running a powerhouse computer, but my northbridge and southbridge are both still passively cooled (no fans on them O.O), and my ATX mobo isn't QUITE as wide as a normal full sized ATX board.

My main concerns are :is this gonna make it way too hot and shorten the life of the board that way, as well as will creating a thin corridor of acrylic near the mobo that may have air movement behind it create enough static to zap something? thoughts? ideas?
post #2 of 7
If its raised a bit off the mobo so that air can get under my guess is it wouldn't get hot enough to be a problem.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
yeah, i was going to raise it up hopefully atleast 1/3" to 1/2" away from the board, but i've got to figure out how i can do that. i was thinking of using mobo standoffs, but the ones i have are threaded differently from one side to the other..
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Originally Posted by OniFactor View Post

yeah, i was going to raise it up hopefully atleast 1/3" to 1/2" away from the board, but i've got to figure out how i can do that. i was thinking of using mobo standoffs, but the ones i have are threaded differently from one side to the other..

i did the same thing on an mITX mobo. I just put a fan inbetween nb/sb to get airflow into it. The sides kinda latch on like [_________] <- its upside down but you get the idea
post #5 of 7
from all my testing, the cover on/off does not make a difference, so as long as you have some air moving between your acrylic and the board, you are good, its more of a selling point, and the only reason I got it is for the super clean look. even adding the 50mm assist fan on the cover does not seem to do much, but, high quality parts, and a 5 year warranty is worth it for me.
post #6 of 7
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i would've bought the sabretooth in a heartbeat -- if it was socketed for AMD processors. :-\ now i gotta just make my own, right? haha
post #7 of 7
I love the thermal armor on my mobo. Just wish the Sabertooth X79 had continued on that path...
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