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Node 304 / Gigabyte Z77N / Corsair H90 Compatibility?

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Hello everyone! wave2.gif

I'm new to OCN and I have been reading the Node 304 threads with much interest for a while now. I recently completed a new Node 304 build:

Corsair CX430
Gigabyte Z77N-WiFi
Intel Core i5-3570K
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Gigabyte GTX650TI 2GB
Samsung 840 250GB

I have to say, I absolutely love this case! Such a great design with some seriously smart engineering. I do quite a bit of gaming and so the next thing I want add is a Corsair water cooler. I have been looking at the H90 as it will match up well with the existing 140mm Fractal Design exhaust fan and offer slightly quieter operation than the 120mm H80. Having read through the threads relating to this, the H90 has been successfully installed in the Node 304 with AsRock and Asus motherboards. However, I haven't found any threads relating specifically to an H90 in conjunction with my Gigabyte Z77N board.

My prime concern is that the H90 might conflict with the front USB3 and CPU power cables (see photos below). The CPU power socket cable is pretty flexible so I'm not massively worried about it. However the front panel USB3 cable isn't very flexible and so might conflict with an H90.



I guess the worst case scenario is that I have to do without the front USB3 ports or swap them for USB2 (the header is further away from the rear of the case). Alternatively I could go with the H80 which will presumably offer more clearance.

If anyone has any experience with the H90 and Gigabyte Z77N board, I would really appreciate your advice on this.

Thanks in advance!

Kimmo.
post #2 of 7
Get the H80i, it offers better performance when compared to the H90 because of the thicker radiator. Now my question is am I able to run a push/pull configuration with the H80i
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Originally Posted by Nivaku View Post

Get the H80i, it offers better performance when compared to the H90 because of the thicker radiator. Now my question is am I able to run a push/pull configuration with the H80i

I get what you're saying; the H80 is tempting and will certainly offer better clearance for the USB3 header but if installation of the H90 is achievable I think I would prefer it. It would be a nicer fit (with no gaps in the rear mesh) and I can also use the Fractal 140mm fan together with the bundled Corsair 140mm fan in push/pull. Plus the 140mm fans should be able to run a bit more quietly with their larger diameter.

Hopefully someone that reads this will have already tried the H90 with this motherboard/case combination and can advise me if it fits well. I'll be ordering either the H90 or H80 tomorrow and I will update the thread with my progress. Hell, I might even order both and keep whatever works best thumbsupsmiley.png
post #4 of 7
I would say you're good to go with the h90. Just be careful of the caps near the socket. People have gotten the kraken to fit in the node and the h80 (which as the same pump as h90) fits the z77n-wifi.
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Originally Posted by llythrus View Post

I would say you're good to go with the h90. Just be careful of the caps near the socket. People have gotten the kraken to fit in the node and the h80 (which as the same pump as h90) fits the z77n-wifi.

Thanks for your help - I reckon I'm safe enough with the H90 but only one way to find out I guess.

It's funny how things work out though; I have been reading threads about over-clocking on the Gigabyte Z77N. Curiously for a Z77 board it doesn't offer any control over core voltage, which limits options as far as extreme over-clocks are concerned. If I had known this before I bought it, I would have went with the Asus board instead. Regardless, I tried out some turbo multiplier increases on my 3570K yesterday evening. So far I have been able to achieve a very stable 4.2GHz on the stock cooler, with temperatures sitting at about 80C under 100% load. From what I have learnt so far, it probably won't stretch much further than that.

So now I am wondering whether a water cooler is even worth going for if I'm limited to a 4.2GHz OC. Sure it will keep the temperatures nice and low, but 80C isn't in the "danger zone" as far as I'm concerned. Perhaps a nice low profile air cooler would suit my purposes better. Can anyone recommend a good model?
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Having had a good think about it, I decided that a water cooler is definitely overkill considering my limited over-clocking options on the Z77N board. I decided on an Akasa K32 high performance air cooler, as it has roughly the same footprint as the stock Intel cooler but a much better fan and heatsink design. With 80°C on a 4.2GHz Turbo OC using the stock cooler, I'm expecting the Akasa cooler to shave 10-20°C off and hopefully the fan will run more quietly as a bonus. I'll update the thread after installation and testing.
post #7 of 7
i use the H90 in the node. Its a very tight clearance with the back part of the video card. No cooling issues here.
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