Originally Posted by Roxycon
What is my maximum thickness in the roof for a rad (480) if i populate all the odd cages? (1 dual bay res and 3 bay to 5x3,25" converter)
I was wondering that too. Jesse or someone with a case would have to answer it for sure, but from the pics and videos I scoured trying to answer that myself it looked to me like a 30mm and maybe a 45mm thick rad will fit without costing you the top 5.25" bay, but that's with no fans. I'm almost positive that with push fans on most any 480 rad, except maybe
a slim 30mm, is going to interfere with most anything you'd want to put in that top bay.
I might be wrong - hope I am - but I'm hoping to be running a 60mm (or at least a 45mm) thick 480 in push-pull up top, so I've already all-but kissed that top bay away for using it with anything except possibly a fan controller or something that doesn't extend very far into the bay.
Here's some of what I'm basing my assumptions off of. Look at this - or most any other - image of the case ...
1. Look at the 25mm thick fan installed.
2. Look at the top row of mobo standoffs which will be about ~7-10mm from edge of mobo. Jesse already noted that there is 70mm of clearance from top of mobo to top of case.I assume that means the standoffs should be approx 78-80mm from top of the case.
** I believe that the "~80mm" line is a tad lower looking than it really is on the front of the bays because it's measured from a point on the back of the case and the angle the picture was taken from, but for the same reasons the 25mm line should be pretty close to right on the money.
another edit: Here's another look at it. This is themodzoo's Jesse's 45mm rad up top in pull (no fans mounted below it) ..
So, given all that, what size rad (+ fan) do you think will fit without interfering with the top 5.25" bay?
Looks to me like only a 30mm rad with no push fan for sure & possibly
a 30mm w/ a push fan or a 45mm rad without one ought to just barely fit.
That said, not sure anyone would want to put a 45mm rad or a 30mm rad with a push fan there (assuming they will fit) with them sitting right on top of something like a disc drive or a res blocking airflow.
Come to think of it, looking at that image I did up, looks like if I did go with a 60mm thick 480 in push-pull I'd likely be sacrificing my top two 5.25" drive bays. Dayum! I think I'm going to start considering that I'll be putting a 45mm thick 480 up top after all. I can deal with losing the top bay, especially if there's a possibility I'll be able to still fit an Aquaero 6 there since it doesn't extend very far into the bay at all (even less if I take a dremel to the sides of it), but I wasn't really planning on losing two.Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 9/24/13 at 8:52pm