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Originally Posted by Ariolander View Post

Just got my DeciFilter magnetic dust filters for my HAF XB.

Did you all stick the filters on the inside or outside of their appropriate vents?

CptAsian said it perfectly. I mounted them inside for looks and the front intakes are quite annoying to clean. Have to remove the front grill every time. Also,
I had to install clips on the sides to stop the filter from rubbing on the fan motor cover. The magnetic adhesion is not great enough to prevent this at high airflow.
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Originally Posted by UdoG View Post

What is your experience regarding the heat transfer paste which is included by Corsair H80i GT? Should I replace the heat transfer paste and use e.g. Thermalright Chill Factor3?

I somewhat disagree with common sentiment on this now. Linus has a video out about this which matches my personal experiences in that unless you're doing extreme overclocking where every degree matters, most stock thermal pastes will perform almost exactly as well as performance pastes at stock clock normal operating temperatures. Yes, avoid the metal paste. That one has been disproven as better and it effectively ruins your block. I'd use the stock paste and replace it a year after operation simply because the paste could use a refresh and you won't buy stock paste to replace.

Also, if you buy large tubes of thermal paste, be aware that they shouldn't sit around for months on their sides and they do dry out. Consider ejecting the material onto a clean surface and mixing it before application of the paste is several months or a year old and the metal particulates have separated from the non-metal material. You can see this if your paste appears watery around the edges.

I would argue that a properly mixed paste will give you
better performance increases than trying different pastes. Also, the amount you use makes a huge difference. Check Linus' video or other sources for the proper quantity and application method per processor and cooler, etc.
post #10292 of 10499
OK - first pictures of the Gigabyte GTX 980 TI Waterforce. The second card (SLI) will come in the next days...



Edited by UdoG - 1/26/16 at 9:14am
post #10293 of 10499
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Originally Posted by UdoG View Post

What is your experience regarding the heat transfer paste which is included by Corsair H80i GT? Should I replace the heat transfer paste and use e.g. Thermalright Chill Factor3?

Or you can just go with arctic silver 5. Can't go wrong with AS5.. pretty much "The Standard" for what.. almost 10 years now I think?

I use Shin-Etsu paste myself. It's an OEM paste that most vendors (Corsair I believe) use for their "Stock" TIM they ship with their products and many, many different brands sell it as "Brand-Name Shin-Etsu Thermal Paste". Like MASSCOOL Shin-Etsu Thermal Paste, etc. Works as good as AS5 for me for a few years now and easy to apply and it's cheap depending on where you get it.
post #10294 of 10499
Quality (longevity) > Noise > Cosmetics > Price > Performance

I don't care about temps anymore because at the end of the day, I'm well under the safe temp limits. If you are absolutely in dire need of better cooling
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Originally Posted by kithylin View Post

Or you can just go with arctic silver 5. Can't go wrong with AS5.. pretty much "The Standard" for what.. almost 10 years now I think?

I use Shin-Etsu paste myself. It's an OEM paste that most vendors (Corsair I believe) use for their "Stock" TIM they ship with their products and many, many different brands sell it as "Brand-Name Shin-Etsu Thermal Paste". Like MASSCOOL Shin-Etsu Thermal Paste, etc. Works as good as AS5 for me for a few years now and easy to apply and it's cheap depending on where you get it.

I think Gelid Extreme is the top stuff.
post #10295 of 10499
So my secondhand Corsair H80i that I got for free from a friend recently developed a bad case of pump whine so I replaced it with a Noctua NH-D15. The Noctua is so tall I can't use my 200mm exhaust fan anymore and the removal of my 200mm fan seems to have caused issues with some of my other components (why I added it in the first place).

Despite the HAF XB's excellent front to back airflow on the CPU side, I am having issues venting the massive amount of heat my HD 7970s generate. There is so much heat generated from my cards that I can feel it radiate from outside the case and my Sabertooth X79 is giving me warning that components next to my PCI slots are getting hot enough to trigger my mobo software's 'thermal radar' heat alerts.

I know many people don't think the 200mm fans do nothing but in my case it seems it was necessary. Now that I can't use it anymore does anyone have any recommendations for improving ventilation on the PCI side of my case? Should I invest in a PCI slot fan or something? If so anyone got any recommendations?
Edited by Ariolander - 1/28/16 at 12:27am
post #10296 of 10499
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Originally Posted by Ariolander View Post

So my secondhand Corsair H80i that I got for free from a friend recently developed a bad case of pump whine so I replaced it with a Noctua NH-D15. The Noctua is so tall I can't use my 200mm exhaust fan anymore and the removal of my 200mm fan seems to have caused issues with some of my other components (why I added it in the first place).

Despite the HAF XB's excellent front to back airflow on the CPU side, I am having issues venting the massive amount of heat my HD 7970s generate. There is so much heat generated from my cards that I can feel it radiate from outside the case and my Sabertooth X79 is giving me warning that components next to my PCI slots are getting hot enough to trigger my mobo software's 'thermal radar' heat alerts.

I know many people don't think the 200mm fans do nothing but in my case it seems it was necessary. Now that I can't use it anymore does anyone have any recommendations for improving ventilation on the PCI side of my case? Should I invest in a PCI slot fan or something? If so anyone got any recommendations?

What intake fans are you using? A pair of high quality 140mms can move a lot of air. The stock 120s, not so much.

Are you willing to mod the case? Specifically, opening up the front intake area. Removing the plastic grille on the bezel reduces restriction. Standard mods to the rear include removing pci covers and cutting out the rear exhaust grille.

That's what I've done with my XB, modded front intake, installed a pair of Noctua A15s in a custom shroud. With a 380x and a 5675 at 4.4ghz with a D15 temps are not an issue. 60c CPU max temp in IBT. 380 barely hits 70 under load. But, I'm not running a multi gpu setup. Could also install a high airflow exhaust fan.

If you wanted to return to 200mm in the roof use, could mount a pair of high performance 120mm fans on the D15, like the Darkside 1850 PWM GTs. Probably only increase CPU temps by 2-4 degrees. (D15 is 160mm without 140mm fans). Then use the D15's A15s as intakes.

You could ziptie a 120mm to the top above the GPUs and clear the D15. Or make a new top window with 120mm fans ala Contay. Could even add a 120mm intake on the GPU side of the case.

Just curious. Since the XB is also an open testbench case, what are the temps when:

A) Front bezel is removed
B) Top removed
C) All panels removed

The XB is a cooling playground. Just have to play around and find the sandbox, er, airbox that suits your system needs.
post #10297 of 10499
@MicroCat Thanks for the input. I will start from the least to most intrusive options first.

Based on your input I just ordered 2x Noctua NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM 140mm fans to replace my stock 120mm intakes. From there the removing the plastic grille is an easy enough mod so will try that next.

In terms of improving exhaust/maintaining front->back airflow can exhaust fans be fitted on that vent above my PCI slots? Whats the largest do you think I could rig up there? 40mm, 50mm, or maybe that is not a good place to fans?

CPU temps aren't too much of a problem for me. D15 does great work, its the mobo components that are setting off alarms. 120mm fans on the D15 probably wouldn't hurt too much and with some spare 120mm fans when the NF-P14s arrive I will see what I can rig up to the roof of my case.
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I've just tested the scenario and a single 120mm will fit on top over the GPUs without getting the nibbler out. A pair of 120s will require some 'metalwork' tho.

What MB component is triggering the alarm?
post #10299 of 10499
You might want to create shrouds for the shiny new 140mm intake fans - helps pull through the front grille. Shrouds are mounted to the case, fans to the shrouds.

Some options are:

Phobya 7mm thick shrouds

Phobya 20mm thick - Thicker is better! ;-)

If you decide to swap out the A15s for 120mm, here's the link to the Darkside GTs 1850rpm PWM 120mm
post #10300 of 10499
For anyone interested in the DeciFilter's performance, I just did my first cleaning and was absolutely amazed at how clean the inside is compared to the filters. It ran for 6 months before I cleaned it.

I used small binder clips and a piece of small, black, square rubber to protect the filter rim. They fit perfectly and allow me to stretch the filter over the fans without it retracting due to poor magnetic adhesion. I also used a large shrink wrap tube, taped to the frame, to hold the filter away from the fans. They're 3K RPMs maximum so they absolutely do suck the filter against the fan which will rub it away.
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I then removed the binder clip "legs" and stored them aside because they're ugly and unnecessary for this purpose, like leaving a screw driver in a screw.

For cleaning, I recommend carefully sucking the dust away with a vacuum, which does not touch the filter. It's very sensitive to tearing, then blowing excess dust out of it in the opposite direction it's drawn in by the fan, so as not to force dust into the filter, then finally wiping it down with a soft, wet cotton ball with the filter on a clean, flat surface, like glass.
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