My render does not account for airflow or true fan placement. Its drawn that way to be easier to see as its not a 3D model you can spin around. The two pedestals are isolated from the main chamber but can be open to each other. For airflow the middle pedestal sucks in the air while cooling off the hard drives and the two bottom rads exhaust opposite to each other. The bottom pedestal is also ventilated front and back for fresh air to be drawn in. The top chamber does put a 360 into a 480 but the case is huge and the total rad real estate is equally huge. The heat would have to fight its way past 15x120mm of total rad space. I honestly don't think it will matter when cooling off a single CPU, a single GPU, possibly two GPUs, and the motherboard. The rads are 55mm in a single fan configuration. IMHO, push pull isn't worth it over single fans for noise, the minor performance gain, and cost. Even excess has a limit. Or that's not where I want the excess to go
I want at least two pumps for redundancy, the third was just to use the Dual EK D5 Pump Top and to give the build a bit of excess. I will also be using several XSPC 170 Reservoirs and want to insure the loop is strong enough to push threw all of them. External rads just moves your attention away from the showcase. Not into that idea.
That said, I suppose I could cut the front bay rad and do something else artistic with the space. 3x480 will be just as excessive and would not feed into each other. While I knew that there was a performance drop, I might not of known just how much. Thanks for the info.
Originally Posted by morencyam
You could buy the model that doesn't come with a pump and make a sealing cap for it. A piece of thick plastic with a rubber gasket would probably work using the existing screw holes
Good idea. Though I might as well put a pump in there since I want three. And three shiny EK D5 pump covers Edited by Neo Zuko - 3/6/14 at 11:24pm