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Corsair h80i; Top of case, or on rear exhaust?

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I'm inquiring regarding the best position to place the corsair H80i in my NZXT Switch 810 case.

From researching and reading the manual, it is pretty clear that INTAKING is the best fan setup, so I have that figured out.

I still cannot decide whether having the radiator set-up on the rear side of the case is the best, or if on top of the case is the best?

Can you please look at my pics and help me?

If I place the Corsair h80i on the top of the case, I will have to turn the other 2 fans around (exhaust) and make them intake fans to match the airflow of the Corsair h80i fan that is RIGHT NEXT to them correct? Then I could have the rear fan exhaust once again.

What do you guys think?

Please see my signature rig pics for visuals.
post #2 of 7
To begin, having it as intake or exhaust is only a couple C difference. If you're not regularly pushing your chip to the extreme limits, such differences can be 'neglible'. As is, your layout is perfectly fine.

The most optimal layout will be H80i as top intake, with a fan filter for top intake, and rear fan exhaust. This is overall positive pressure, and filters will keep dust away from your components.

You could also switch the orientation of your H80i as rear intake and all the top fans as exhaust. You could also have one of the fans be located at the bottom as intake to draw air to your video card. But that may induce an overall negative pressure and dust could get in through the cracks.

If I were you I'd just leave things as-is.
post #3 of 7
I think you would have an unnoticable difference if you ran it as intake or exhaust. Its not going to make or break an overclock. I like to run my radiators as exhausts, i never saw the point of dumping hot air into my case.
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post #4 of 7
Intake at the rear and you will be good.
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To begin, having it as intake or exhaust is only a couple C difference. If you're not regularly pushing your chip to the extreme limits, such differences can be 'neglible'. As is, your layout is perfectly fine.

The most optimal layout will be H80i as top intake, with a fan filter for top intake, and rear fan exhaust. This is overall positive pressure, and filters will keep dust away from your components.

You could also switch the orientation of your H80i as rear intake and all the top fans as exhaust. You could also have one of the fans be located at the bottom as intake to draw air to your video card. But that may induce an overall negative pressure and dust could get in through the cracks.

If I were you I'd just leave things as-is.

if I put the H80i as the top intake as you suggested, I still have 2 other 140mm fans on the top. I have to set those to INTAKE to match the corsair h80i that will be intaking correct? that is most logical? or are you implying to have the other top 2 fans exhaust while the corsair h80i sits on the top INTAKING?
post #6 of 7
The other two fans will be intake, yes.

You can even divert one to the bottom of the case as intake also, since the rearmost top fan doesn't really do anything.
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The other two fans will be intake, yes.

You can even divert one to the bottom of the case as intake also, since the rearmost top fan doesn't really do anything.

Interesting. I'm going to try this set up tomorrow and see how my temps do thank you!
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