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post #4891 of 5046
Just got done testing the High Airflow front panel and figured to write a small review if you will. Sorry I didn't take pics, but there are some elsewhere in this thread.

To give you an idea of what I'm testing with:
GTX 980 & i7-4790k (overclocked & on water)
2x Alphacool ST30 240mm
6x Noiseblocker Multiframe S2

Filter: The panel comes with its own dust filter which has a mesh slightly coarser than the default filter, but should still do a good job of keeping dust out. If you want, you can keep the default filter as an extra level of dust protection, but you will see roughly 1° higher temperatures.

Performance: Using the high airflow panel appears to have improved the water temperature by 3° compared to the normal panel. Testing with my fans at ~50% i.e. 650 RPM.

Acoustics: Now obviously more noise will leak out the front and I've also noticed the fans start "droning" at higher RPMs which did not happen with the default panel. I turned down the fan RPM's to the point that the noise level was the same as with the old panel - and I still got better cooling by ~2°! So the panel does a great job of providing more airflow to the case, and noise is not going to be an issue if you fine tune your fans.

Looks: well that's the subjective part but I think it looks sweet. The grill matches the top grill and it gives the case a sort of racecar look biggrin.gif You can see the fans through it, would look even better if they're illuminated. Maybe I'll get an LED strip to put behind the panel.

Overall a solid recommend from me, I can see why Corsair opted to use a similar panel by default in the 450D thumb.gif
post #4892 of 5046
Where can I purchase a slot loading optical drive mod for this case?
post #4893 of 5046
Quote:
Originally Posted by FXformat View Post

I'm getting this case to do a 2nd build, quick question guys...i have an XSPC dual bay pump/res combo that mounts in the optical bays area...how do i fill the reservoir since it's on top of the res, and i'm doing hardlines so i can't really move the pump out to fill it after i put the lines on. Are there enough space for me to fill the res after it's mounted?


Sorry this is kind of a late reply and you've probably already figured it out but you you can mount the res in your dual drive bays and remove the front panel and i/o shield you can fill it that way. I have a monsoon res that has a similar fill port and this worked! Good luck! I've attached a few pictures of what I'm talking about smile.gif



Edited by Doran - 2/8/16 at 2:33pm
post #4894 of 5046
Quote:
Originally Posted by scrawl5 View Post

Just got done testing the High Airflow front panel and figured to write a small review if you will. Sorry I didn't take pics, but there are some elsewhere in this thread.

To give you an idea of what I'm testing with:
GTX 980 & i7-4790k (overclocked & on water)
2x Alphacool ST30 240mm
6x Noiseblocker Multiframe S2

Filter: The panel comes with its own dust filter which has a mesh slightly coarser than the default filter, but should still do a good job of keeping dust out. If you want, you can keep the default filter as an extra level of dust protection, but you will see roughly 1° higher temperatures.

Performance: Using the high airflow panel appears to have improved the water temperature by 3° compared to the normal panel. Testing with my fans at ~50% i.e. 650 RPM.

Acoustics: Now obviously more noise will leak out the front and I've also noticed the fans start "droning" at higher RPMs which did not happen with the default panel. I turned down the fan RPM's to the point that the noise level was the same as with the old panel - and I still got better cooling by ~2°! So the panel does a great job of providing more airflow to the case, and noise is not going to be an issue if you fine tune your fans.

Looks: well that's the subjective part but I think it looks sweet. The grill matches the top grill and it gives the case a sort of racecar look biggrin.gif You can see the fans through it, would look even better if they're illuminated. Maybe I'll get an LED strip to put behind the panel.

Overall a solid recommend from me, I can see why Corsair opted to use a similar panel by default in the 450D thumb.gif

I'd really like to see some pictures of the front intake high airflow panel with the fans mounted behind if possible, your description was nice and now I'm wondering about buying it or not... smile.gif
post #4895 of 5046
Ok sure, have some potato cam pics







It's not that easy to see through but I think that's mostly because it isn't lit from the inside, should look nice with LED fans

The fans that I have are kinda stealth

post #4896 of 5046
Quote:
Originally Posted by davidkoleda View Post

I'd really like to see some pictures of the front intake high airflow panel with the fans mounted behind if possible, your description was nice and now I'm wondering about buying it or not... smile.gif


post #4897 of 5046
Very nice Doran. Looks like you took out the front panel's filter?

What happened to your front IO?

How did you get the Monsoon res to sit flush with the case? Mine doesn't.
post #4898 of 5046
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doran View Post

Sorry this is kind of a late reply and you've probably already figured it out but you you can mount the res in your dual drive bays and remove the front panel and i/o shield you can fill it that way. I have a monsoon res that has a similar fill port and this worked! Good luck! I've attached a few pictures of what I'm talking about smile.gif




Thanks bro, but I ended up building it with flex tubing, I did think about removing the panel but the full port is recessed back pretty far to do rigid lines, with rigid lines everything cannot move once you start to fill it, so I built it with soft lines and sold it. Is yours finished, can I see the end results?
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post #4899 of 5046
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Thanks bro, but I ended up building it with flex tubing, I did think about removing the panel but the full port is recessed back pretty far to do rigid lines, with rigid lines everything cannot move once you start to fill it, so I built it with soft lines and sold it. Is yours finished, can I see the end results?

Yeah I hear ya. I saw a 350D build on here where the guy used the same res as is but drilled a hole in the top of case to access the full port. But when I mounted the monsoon res I realized the thing stuck out pretty dang far and sure enough after removing the front panel the fill ports were right there! Just finished the build last weekend. Just a little mini loop for now, waiting on Pascal then I'll probably add a 120 rad to the back and update the loop to incorporate the video card.



Edited by Doran - 2/12/16 at 12:24pm
post #4900 of 5046
Super clean build doran. Your build is making me second guess my choices for parts, trying to W/C my sig rig.

I have mobo/cpu/gpu blocks. I'm running 2x 240mm EK PE radiators up top and up front. I have a EK Pump/Res combo that I was going to mount to the front radiator, not a huge fan of the 5.25 Pump/Res look. But in our case being as cramped as it is, i'm thinking about it again.

I may switch out my current GPUs for 980 TIs and W/C as well, if I go that route I will cut the drive bays out and run a 360mm XE (thicker) and then mount the pump and res a little higher to clear the top of the 1st card. Cause I can't run a thicker rad and pump/res because the limited space between the GPU/RAD.

Looks awesome though!
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