I am going to answer once and for all the question everyone considering the RVZ02
is asking, "What kind of cooler design should I get for my GPU? Blower or Open?
Well, This is my rig
i5 6500 + MSI ITX mobo,
Intel SSD+2.5" Hitachi HDD
Noctua L9i Cooler
Silverstone SFX-L 500WRVZ02 Non-Windowed Version
So, I managed to get my hands on 2 different types of GTX 1070s from Asus. 1) Asus GTX 1070 Turbo (Blower Style)
2) Asus GTX 1070 Strix OC (Open-Air)
Ambients are 25
Degrees, All temperatures mentioned below are with the filtered side panel on, so windowed versions without the dust grille should be able to shave 3 degrees away.
First off, The Asus Turbo (running Battlefield 1 Open Beta),
Max Temps @ 85 degrees Celcius
Noise level: Borderline Unbearable when placed 40 cm away from me. Fan is @ 81%Disclaimer
: I am running Battlefield 1 at max settings to get these results. When I run Overwatch, I hit 89 Degrees, even higher than Heaven Unigine for some reason.Moving on
The Asus Strix Gaming under same ambient temps.
Max Temps @ 74 degree Celcius
Noise Level: Audible, not annoyingly so. Fan is @ 73% And its the DCU cooler so it's quieter than the reference blower design.Disclaimer
: I am running Heaven Unigine at 1080p at max settings to get these results. When I run Overwatch, I hit 76 Degrees, with the fans getting no louder.
Which cooler should I get for the RVZ02?Answer: Definitely, an open air design (as stated in the manual)
- It cools better, it is softer. Only issue I can see is it heating up the HDDs and SSDs at the back. But, unless you are going to be running the GPUs really hard 24/7, I see no issue.
This experiment is simply to confirm the statements that Silverstone mentioned regarding GPU cooler designs in this case. I am aware that many people are asking about this for the longest time, without any concrete proof as reply. So, feel free to link them to this post if you can.