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Positive or negative doesn't really matter as far as a side panel fan over a cpu heatsink is concerned. And it isn't theory, it's something that has been proven time and time again. You even support it by your use of a heatsink that has the fan blowing down on the motherboard. Of course it would help as the side panel fan would be blowing cooler air directly into the heatsink fan. On a tower heatsink blowing air onto the top side doesn't go into the heatsink fan, it bounces off of the top of the heatsink and the sides of the fan (or fans in a push/pull setup) and serves no useful purpose. If it does anything at all it will disrupt the proper front to back airflow within the case that is directing air into the heatsink fan which can cause cavitation of the fan blades lowering the CFM and static pressure causing temps to climb. Very little if any of the air from that side panel fan directly over a tower heatsink would ever get to the motherboard to have any cooling effect at all. I've done an extensive amount of testing on this over the years. I've tested how systems react and how temps are affected using thermal sensors placed on the boards componants using an equally sized tower heatsink and ones that blow down on the motherboard and while the motherboard component's temps may decrease, the cpu temps are so much lower with a tower cooler that the effect is negated. One is better served by placing a couple of smaller fans directly over those components instead as that will result in considerably lower component temps. This is especially true if you does much OC'ing. If you run at stock speeds then yes, a heatsink that blows down on the mobo will be just fine, but not when you really OC a system.

These are not just my findings, but a lot of other very knowledgeable people's as well. There will always be isolated cases with differing results, but they are few and rare.
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This club also for the 690II cases? If so I'll post up some pics of mine when I get the second wave of fans in.
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post #13893 of 19729
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This club also for the 690II cases? If so I'll post up some pics of mine when I get the second wave of fans in.
yep any 690/ii cases
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yep any 690/ii cases
Well I took some pics when I did some cable management and added a 120mm fan on the drive cage blowing on the vid cards. I have 2 140mm Aerocool sharks and a 120 x 12mm on the way for the side panel since the standard 25mm thick fan will not clear my CPU cooler. Pic will be soon when I get better lighting.
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post #13895 of 19729
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Well I took some pics when I did some cable management and added a 120mm fan on the drive cage blowing on the vid cards. I have 2 140mm Aerocool sharks and a 120 x 12mm on the way for the side panel since the standard 25mm thick fan will not clear my CPU cooler. Pic will be soon when I get better lighting.
i have 3x 140mm nzxt on the bottom and front
4x gt-ap15 for the rear, top, front

didnt bother with side panels, heard they rattle too much
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Hi,

I have a 690 II Plus, with insides as per my rig below. I've only removed the rear fan grille to try and lower the sound a little.

Case Cooling:
- Stock 140mm LED front intake
- Stock 120mm rear exhaust
- Thermalright TY-140 top exhaust

The case is decently quiet with the above, but I'm still aware of some hum and air passage through the grills/mesh. I'm considering relocating the intake fan to the left side of the 3.5" drive cage, to see if it affects the sound profile at all. Also hoping to replace the CNPS10x Quiet with a Mugen 2 and p/p Gentle Typhoons in a month or so.





The cable management isn't completely as neat as a few examples I've seen here, but it's fairly neat and there's no airflow obstruction.

I would've appreciated a removable 3.5" section, to free up the airflow down there
Edited by flarkit - 12/26/10 at 1:49am
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Hi,

I have a 690 II Plus, with insides as per my rig below.

I would've appreciated a removable 3.5" section, to free up the airflow down there
The bottom four bays are removable. Only the top two are riveted in.
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The bottom four bays are removable. Only the top two are riveted in.

/has a quick look inside the case

Waddya know... it does look like you may be correct! Guess I'll be trying some different HDD arrangements in the near future. Right about when I intend to move the intake fan to the opposite side.

Thanks for the input!
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Hi,
The Zalman cooler looks pretty sexy in there dude. Nice rig.
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The Zalman cooler looks pretty sexy in there dude. Nice rig.
Thanks Aaron. However, with ambient case temps of about 40C and a 10% OC (3.74GHz), I've hit 61C on the CPU. The 140mm top exhaust helped to keep it below 60C, but I want to get a push-pull setup and it sounds like the Mugen2 is a good option for that.
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