Originally Posted by slimbrady
I just wanted to say to anyone that is currently doing testing on setups with MB, NB, SB temps etc..in mind as well as their CPU temps to remember that's it's not really going to be an accurate representation of how you'll be using your computers if you just set up your cooler and run Prime95....I have a feeling this is what a lot of people who say that intake from top never increased their temps on other internal components. Or perhaps they just have enough airflow to combat the issue but I think it unlikely for most.
I would suggest getting those video cards/NB's nice and warm with a GPU heavy game or application and THEN stressing the CPU on top of it with prime95(ITB and Linx while excellent at what they're designed for are a little over the top IMHO and not really realistic representations of what the actual CPU stress 99% of users are going to be generating on a daily basis).
Actually if you look at my last test I ran FurMark, video card running at 67 degrees and Prime95 large FFT to not only heat the cpu but atleast the NB. As everyone has stated and knows out side cool air will cool the cpu the best,....BUT if you're running a high o/c the rest of you motherboard components will heat up more due to the heat from the rad.
It's a balance that has to be found based on YOUR particular setup,...NO ONE ELSES!!! You have to take the time and experiment with all the suggestions here and find one that is an acceptable compromise of cpu and component temps for YOUR setup.
My RE so happens to have an LCD display so I can see that my cpu "never" gets above 45 degrees while playing Dirt2, whereas the NB, SB, MB, PW and video card temps all go up as you would expect in a modern PC gpu intensive game.
What the H50/H70 need are two things:
Quick disconnects and a flexible duct to attach to a front 120mm fan!! Those two things would solve allot of installation and cooling issues