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post #7731 of 10491
Hi all, future club member here. Just pulled the trigger on a HAF XB Evo, to replace my current Frontier SH09A case. The components going in are: Asus P8P67 Deluxe, i7-2600K w/ Corsair H60, Gigabyte HD 6850, 8 GB Kingston HyperX, 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO, 750 GB WD Caviar Black, Corsair CX600. The system was initially built on a budget, with most of the money going towards CPU and GPU power, and I've slowly been upgrading the rest of the components - adding the SSD, switching to liquid cooling from stock Intel HSF, and now it's time for a new case.

I was also strongly considering the Corsair Carbide 540 Air, but ultimately was turned off by the higher price tag, vertical 5.25" slots, less modular construction and, well, the fact that in the end it's still a tower, whereas the enthusiast in me wanted a more exciting form factor.

Anyway, I wanted to clarify a couple of issues while I wait for my XB. Apologies if these have been answered before, but at 770+ pages this thread is a bit long to read through.
  1. I've read reports about people frying their drives in the front X-Docks. Was this determined to be solely due to misplugged Molex connectors? Or is there reason to be concerned about the hot-plug PCB itself as well?
  2. Also, I read that CM came out with a revised hot-plug PCB that adds reverse polarity protection and moves the Molex connector off-board. Does the XB Evo ship with this PCB, or does it have the same one as the original XB?
  3. I was thinking of putting both of the drives in the X-Docks (hence the above questions). Is there any advantage, e.g. in terms of cooling, cable management or acoustics, to putting them in the rear drive cage instead?
  4. Are the stock 120 mm fans good enough for a non-OC setup? Any significantly better aftermarket alternatives that I should be considering?

Thanks in advance!
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post #7732 of 10491
Welcome!

To answer your questions to the best of my knowledge:

1+2. I believe the issue is resolved, and all XB's sold today (non-EVO and EVO versions) have the updated pcb. It now uses a SATA power conector harness soldered onto the board instead of molex, and the SATA data ports point upwards.

3. Without modification to the case, drives in the x-dock will be running hotter than those in the hdd cage. Also I found that cable management was easier in the hdd cage than the x-dock bays because your psu cables run near the pcb and space can be tight.

4. In the non-EVO version the fans are garbage, but I cant say much about the jetflo's in the EVO version.
post #7733 of 10491
thanks next month I'll be switching to Liquid cooling aka Corsair H75 with 2 af120s blue led for front and a Cooler Master Megaflow for top exhaust I wanna keep my system nice and quiet and cool after that gonna upgrade to a 780 ti and a ssd to get rid of the loud hard drive in my rig.
post #7734 of 10491
This is what I did to drop temps on my drives in the x-dock by about 5 degrees.

post #7735 of 10491

Yeah the EVO definitely has the upgraded X-Dock. JetFlo's are supposed to be pretty decent. I heard they get loud at full speed, but also move a bunch of air.

    
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post #7736 of 10491
must fans get loud at high speed.

In other news..I'm going to replace my front rad fans (AP15's). Thinking of either the NoiseBlocker NB-eLoop B12-3 1900RPM or the Corsair SP120 HPE 2350RPM.
choices, choices
post #7737 of 10491

Why would you do that? Pretty much anything is a downgrade from AP-15's, except maybe AP-00's

    
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post #7738 of 10491
I have a Rev 1 XB and still use the Molex PCB (I am not an idiot and know how to plug in molex properly). A friend bought the Evo version and likes it as well, the fans sound about the same, but his does move alot of air. Tho they are "Jetflo" fans, they are NOT Jetflo fans. Looking at them you can tell they aren't the standard that went in the EVO, but I replaced my Rev 1 stock ones with actual JetFlos from Fry's/Newegg, and there is a MAJOR difference in sound and flo.

Jetflos are loud because they spool up to 2000 RPMS at max, the EVO fans do not, at least I haven't heard his spool up that much. Mine runs on a multi fan power block at 100% and it sounds like a Hoover, but I like the temps they keep it at. I am about performance, not sound. Plus its not right by my head so it doesn't annoy me, cant hear it over the speakers. thumb.gif
post #7739 of 10491

What do you mean by they're Jetflo's but not Jetflo's?

 

I've seen the EVO advertised as coming with Jetflo's and Xtraflo's at different times. Are they Xtraflo's?

    
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post #7740 of 10491
Could be Xtraflos... but they are different from them as well. Its like a unique fan specific to the EVOs. I haven't seen them before, but its advertised as the Jetflos, but they aren't. I know because I dremeled out the honeycomb on his front panel and when I pulled it off, I was like "These aren't like MY Jetflos"... but they aren't like the stock fans my Rev1 came with either...

XtraFlo

Notice the clear blades, curved, but transparent despite the fact its black.

My XB has blue LED Jetflos on the inside, 2 blacks hiding behind the front panel for that sleek look, notice the difference

My Jetflos look like this, only the blue ones have LEDs and wiring done on the inside of the frame. The frame gives it away.

My friends are more like the Xtraflos, but the blades werent transparent. But it was marked as including Jetflo Fans... he didn't care, gonna replace them later anyways.

Just odd.
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