They still have 500+ in stock, but I'm going to finish this build with the Yate Loon medium speed fans. They seem fine to me and they get good reviews. This case is meant to evolve and be re-built. I may re-visit the idea of the AP15's in the future. Thanks...
Well, I've been busy designing the plumbing system and drawing stuff. This first screen shot is of the whole system. I wanted to have quick dis-connects from the MB tray and the case. So, you see one QDC going into the bottom chamber and one going into the top. I also found Sketchup models on the net for the PSU, MB, GPU, Rads, Fans, CPU Waterblock, and some fittings. I did "leverage" the MB tray and back I/O plate from the TH10 Sketchup model from Kinz0. I drew the rest.
The next screenshot shows the inside of the bottom chamber. There are two GTX 560 (140.4) rads in there, plus 16 140mm Yate Loon medium speed fans working in push/pull. The bottmon rad ports are connected with a T-block so I could connect a drain port at the lowest part of the waterloop. I will have to remove the bottom cover plate to get to this drain port once this rig is in service. I will probably use the Danger Den SLI connectors instead of the standard fittings and tubes I drew. Oh, and I'm going for the Black and Red color scheme in case you couldn't guess.. I intend the sleeve most, if not all, the wires in red with a few black.
The next screenshot is just a closeup of the MB chamber. I intend to use the XSPC Raystorm CPU waterblock, but I found a similar EK waterblock on the net. So, I didn't have to draw one. And, I will close the loops between the GPUs in real life. I was getting tired of drawing.
This next screenshot shows how much room there is between the rads. With shallow rad mounts, you have about 220mm between the mounts. If you then add GTX (56mm thick) rads, and 25mm thick fans, you have about 58mm between the inner fans in the middle. Remember that the outter fans go on the outside of the rad mounts. This uses some of the space between the rad mount and the outter grill. This was a great idea by CaseLabs. With this configuration, you have about 111mm between the opposing G 1/4 ports. My calculations indicate that I need to use 20mm extenders between the rad and the 90 deg fittings in order to clear the fans. I think I will order some 25mm extenders just in case. But, then I think the two opposing 90 deg fittings might touch in the middle if I did that. We'll see.
These dimensions are the same in the top chamber when using shallow rad mounts, GTX series rads, and 25mm thick fans.
Now that the plumbing system is designed, I can order the parts. While I wait for those to arrive I will actually build something!
I will build the custom wiring for the fan circuits. Each set of fans will be sleeved as a single bundle (in red) to a single channel on one of fan controllers. I hope to have all 32 fans wired before the plumbing stuff arrives. We'll see how that goes.