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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Reworker View Post

As an owner of a Cosmos 2 and a FT02 I totally agree with psyclum's comments. The Silverstone cases with 90° rotated motherboards and best served by using reference GPU's. The hot air is simply exhausted through the upwards facing PCI slots.
Juano, a user who has posted extensively in the Raven RV03 thread has explained why cards like the Direct CUII are not suitable for this type of case, and conversely as to why its possible to use another non-reference design like the MSI Twin Frozr.
One last thing to mention is that even using reference cards, the PCI slot area at the top of the case will heat up when the GPU's are under load. The TJ11 even has a warning symbol in this area to alert users that the surrounding area will be hot to the touch.

I suggest is it possible open a new thread for newbies who want to build a new rig for reference guide.As in my scenario i been using for 3 years ft02 then know about this incredible case issues.
post #12 of 18
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I suggest is it possible open a new thread for newbies who want to build a new rig for reference guide.As in my scenario i been using for 3 years ft02 then know about this incredible case issues.

the GPU cooler issue is fairly well known. it's even indicated in the users manual for the FT02 (tho not explained in detail like it was here) as you can see, if you ask your questions nicely, you'll get your answers here every time smile.gif it's unfortunate you spent $1000+ on cards that weren't compatible, but they should still work perfectly in any other conventional cases. the directCU2 cooler is still a top of the line cooler, it just doesn't work well with the vertical mount system of FT02
post #13 of 18
Will the newer design of the DirectCUII cooler on the GTX 670 fare better in the FT02?
It looks like the fins are now perpendicular and the heatpipes aren't vertical.

Here's some pics:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670_Direct_Cu_II/4.html
post #14 of 18
if you examine the cooler

400

you will see that it uses 3 heat pipes and when mounted vertically, the top 2 pipes extends below the heat source and the 3rd pipe is entirely below the heat source, the top 2 pipes does not extend below the heat source further then 2 inches (rough limitation of the wick's capability to draw liquid up a vertical pipe) so they will still work. however the 3rd pipe is entirely below the heat source and travels beyond 2 inches of vertical distance from the heat source which renders it pretty much useless for cooling purposes.

so, will it still work? sure. the 670 is not a very hot card and 2 heat pipes with good fin orientation should be able to overcome the limitations of vertical mounting. but it's not going to work as well as if it was mounted in a conventional case where all 3 pipes are working towards cooling.

with that being said, I would say it's fine because FT02 is exceptionally well designed case with a intake to exhaust distance of less then 13 inches. which is a very short and direct path for the air to travel. that benefit should overcome the limitations of the vertical mounting. essentially, the over engineered air cooling capabilities of the FT02 should overcome the shortcomings of the vertical mounting of that particular cooler.
post #15 of 18
Thanks for the great breakdown! I've got one on the way so we'll see how well it does in the Fortress.
post #16 of 18
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I have decide to convert to liquid cooling system as well as changed to new cosmos ulta tower case.Is pretty cool case only bad point is plastic exterior and weight is too heavy.After survey and calculated my damaged of spending cost me est 2k for running 2 loops system of liquid cool.But still ft02 is still the best of the best for air cooling.
post #17 of 18
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I have decide to convert to liquid cooling system as well as changed to new cosmos ulta tower case.Is pretty cool case only bad point is plastic exterior and weight is too heavy.After survey and calculated my damaged of spending cost me est 2k for running 2 loops system of liquid cool.But still ft02 is still the best of the best for air cooling.

if you MUST go liquid, there is always the 540 option for FT02 biggrin.gif lots of modding time though smile.gif but a single 540 will easily out perform the dual loop you are thinking about smile.gif
post #18 of 18
It doesn't look like too much modding. Here is a video of the process. If you remove the fan filters and get some sort of magnetic filters for under the case, it looks pretty easy. If you keep them in, you just need to cut a piece of the motherboard tray off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhGN2rj0xr4
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