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So I am air cooling SLI 680's in a phantom full tower, and have a question regarding the side panel. The side panel has 2x 120mm fans, and I think if I take the panel off, temps wouldn't be much of an issue. Although, I am wondering if taking the side panel off would make my gpu's extremely dusty. I see a lot of people doing it on air cooling, and I feel cosmetically it would make me feel better. Any responses/opinions would be great!

Thanks!
- Dan
post #2 of 4
This really depends on the environment that the computer is in. If you live in a relatively low dust climate - somewhere with enough humidity to keep dust out of the air - and have a pet free environment, then you're likely okay going without the side panel.

However, this also depends a lot on which case in particular you have. Bear in mind that many companies design the airflow of their cases (Especially the high end ones) with the side door on, so you may not see any temperature drop at all on your GPU's. There's even a chance that temperatures will increase without the side door in place.

Also, remember that the noise levels likely will increase without the side door in place.

If you go ahead and set up your system in Rigbuilder, it will give everyone the opportunity to give you the best, most informed advice for your particular setup.
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Originally Posted by SDBolts619 View Post

This really depends on the environment that the computer is in. If you live in a relatively low dust climate - somewhere with enough humidity to keep dust out of the air - and have a pet free environment, then you're likely okay going without the side panel.

However, this also depends a lot on which case in particular you have. Bear in mind that many companies design the airflow of their cases (Especially the high end ones) with the side door on, so you may not see any temperature drop at all on your GPU's. There's even a chance that temperatures will increase without the side door in place.

Also, remember that the noise levels likely will increase without the side door in place.

If you go ahead and set up your system in Rigbuilder, it will give everyone the opportunity to give you the best, most informed advice for your particular setup.

I appreciate the response! I'll go ahead and do that right now.

- Dan
post #4 of 4
all the above are true. if your cards are reference design,i would try to keep the door on. i found cleaning reference cards to be a pain. so the less dust the better for me.
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