Another epic day of progress has been made on APIS, picking up from Saturdary me and TJ worked in parallel to complete the loop and paint the Corsair fan rings. I started by making the two tubes for the graphics cards. As the midplate is so substantial the tubing could be used to support the GPU's, so to alleviate any sag I laid the case on it's back to measure up giving a unique view of the pass-through plate from it's polished side.
To help all of the tubing push together, and come apart I used a small amount of silicone grease to lubricate the o-rings. Being water resistant it also helps things to seal and won't float off around the loop.
Meanwhile TJ got to work priming the fan rings he had prepped on Saturday.
The first GPU was installed, supported perfectly by the tubing.
A few yellow coats on the fan rings.
Installing the top card with the lower one so rigidly was very challenging, the easiest way I found was to remove the terminal block so it could be pushed down and then re-united with the card itself.
The next and final pieces of tubing to be cut were for the lower radiators. After neatly wiring all the fans into a PWM splitter PCB, I offered up the radiators and fans all assembled on the floor panel.
Much clear coat later the fans were looking great.
So then we brought out progress together, very striking and a great match for the case! They were still a little tacky at this point but we managed to very carefully piece them together.
Following that we removed the stickers from the mechanical drives keeping the back side looking just as clean and visually balanced.
Lovely glimpse of EK radiator and coolant channel, and this is 'just' under the PSU.
Fans looking great, TJ did an awesome job.
Very pleasing repetition with the tubing runs. So many tiny and precise details on this which aren't even visible.
Prepare for coolant pics, much yellow, soon!