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I wouldn't care about what air flow goes where to be honest. As long as fresh air is getting into the case, it's fine. I think you're worrying WAY too much about video card cooling. If you were really concerned about the GPU temps, you would do watercooling. *Cough* Storm Trooper is better at watercooling *Cough* The GPU air cooling is very good, especially MSI. Even the reference coolers are good.

yeah good point about watercooling, not really something I want to do with this Case as it's also going to be an encoding/internet box so it will be left on unattended most of the time.

What do you think about the NZXT Switch? I'm going to throw that back into the ring. Has that got the potential to be a lot better if you were to change the fans in it? I suppose that would push the cost up and defeat the purpose of it a little bit.
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I don't have any experience with the Switch 810. As far as I know, it's a fantastic water cooling case. That's what full tower chassis' are for. But, you're going for the best air cooling, the HAF XM destroys the Trooper and Switch. The Trooper and Switch will destroy the HAF XM in watercooling. Two are full tower, and one is mid tower. You can't really compare the three too much. Mid towers are generally better with air cooling because they're smaller. I'm trying not to sound mean, but I'm trying to get the point across rolleyes.gif.

It would be different if you were comparing the HAF X and the HAF XM. They're both air focused cases. Trooper and Switch was MADE for watercooling, so the air cooling won't be as good, even if you change the fans.
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post #23 of 51
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I don't have any experience with the Switch 810. As far as I know, it's a fantastic water cooling case. That's what full tower chassis' are for. But, you're going for the best air cooling, the HAF XM destroys the Trooper and Switch. The Trooper and Switch will destroy the HAF XM in watercooling. Two are full tower, and one is mid tower. You can't really compare the three too much. Mid towers are generally better with air cooling because they're smaller. I'm trying not to sound mean, but I'm trying to get the point across rolleyes.gif.
It would be different if you were comparing the HAF X and the HAF XM. They're both air focused cases. Trooper and Switch was MADE for watercooling, so the air cooling won't be as good, even if you change the fans.

yeah, I know what you are saying and I definitely got the hint, but all the Cases have something that I like. I like that you can use XL-ATX sized boards in the other two cases, but you obviously can't do that with the HAF XM. It doesn't seem I can tweak the Stormtrooper much by adding better fans for cooling as there isn't really anywhere to mount then, apart from turning the HDD cages parallel, but that would totally screw the case up for me. If I had to turn the cages parallel then the cables would get in the way of the vid cards and it would be harder to pull the hard drive trays out without taking out your vid card.

With the Switch though, that uses 140mm fans, and as you said, 140mm fans all pretty much suck, so I wonder if you could actually boost the air cooling potential by simply swapping out all those 140mm fans and replacing them all with decent 120mm fans instead? Maybe that is a question I should ask in the Switch thread. Again, don't jump on me, I know that it is primarily a water cooling case and simply changing fans aren't likely to make it the king of air cooling cases, but I am just curious about the possibility of improving the air cooling performance of it.
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post #24 of 51
Possibly. Go ask in their thread. NZXT makes decent 140mm fans so they might be good stock.
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I personnaly love my 600t white, has the features you want and can fit eatx boards. But i understand the look isnt for everyone.
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I personnaly love my 600t white, has the features you want and can fit eatx boards. But i understand the look isnt for everyone.
I have that case too. Not the greatest of air cooling. It's nice looking, but you really pay for the "Corsair" name.. tongue.gif
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I have that case too. Not the greatest of air cooling. It's nice looking, but you really pay for the "Corsair" name.. tongue.gif
I dont have a problem with cooling, is a lot better than my previous case anyway smile.gif You pay for the name but you also pay for quality wink.gif
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post #29 of 51
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Alright, I posted in the 810 thread and I will see what they have to say. I'll also have a quick look at the Corsair case and see if that is any good, but from the above comments I don't think I will be happy with the cooling performance.
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post #30 of 51
It has decent cooling. It's not like awful, but it wouldn't be as good as your other choices. The radiator options on the 600T is awful. Idk if you care about that, but you might in the future if you do water.
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