Originally Posted by glenquagmire
Thought to share this so that everyone can see my heating issues could be attributed to fan mounting in the Fractal Design XL R2 case....I did some homework.
Yes I took off the clear film. Good to ask though, because I had to remember if i did.
Room temps are around 77-78f. I have the PC in the laundry room, directly under and air vent on a shelf. My temps werent too bad on IBT but when I did Prime it was bad. IBT I passed all test on Very High and Max both as 10run and 20runs. The Prime test was the 62-65 degree temps.
See this pic:
The rad is bolted to the front of the case but the fans that are pushing air, can be either 140 or 120. Reason I say that is, with the 120 fans, I have a gap around the rad. Since the push fans mount to the case and not the rad, I wonder if air is escaping around the rad?? (see pics)
Just bought the IC Diamond 24 karat paste. Mailing to me.
Its hard for me to believe that he monsta rad with the corsair sp 120 high performance in push pull isnt sufficient enough for good cooling. It has to be something I am overlooking.
I do have the second rad I am not using that I could mount, I also have 2 more SP120 High performance fans coming, so I could use it, but not sure yet. Seems overkill two rads on a cpu. I intended to use the second rad on a mobo waterblock if I ended up doing that.
Dude honestly a monsta rad is way overkill if you only cool the CPU, like i said before you would me better of with an 280 low density rad with some good 140mm fans.
There are plenty of good 140mm fans to choose from.
Also from what i see from your picture you posted here, the fans are not mounted correctly to the rad so there is an air gap between it so they leak air all around your radiator. Also i seen that the air is very restrictive because of the anti dust panel, i have the same with my Corsair obsidian 650D case the anti dust cover on the front is very restrictive so i need to clean it several times a week.
How is the flow in your loop? i heard some people talking about poor flow with an bay reservoir because of the restriction of the bayres.
i am absolutely positive that when you mount the rad on the top of your case with good fans on it and 2 of the Corsair 120sp's in the front of your case blowing fresh air in the case you would have much better temps than this because your temps are way too high for that kind of setup mate.
I mean i outperform your cooling setup with my h100i, you should run at least 10c lower temps than me, i don't say this to bash on your setup but i wanted to show you on how poorly it performs and you get get much better temps.
How much TIM do you use on the CPU? and how do you apply it? Its important for cooling that you use the pea method and only a grain of rice is more then enough because the die of the CPU is in the middle so there is absolutely no need to spread or use any more TIM than necessary.
In the beginning i used to much TIM and got bad temperatures, later i used the pea method and apply a very small amount of TIM on it and my temps dropped by 6c! so that shows me how important it is on how to apply TIM.