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Here is the mod I did to my R4. Once I added SLI 970's my case temps went up to 48c. Now with this side exhaust fan temps are down to 37c...

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Originally Posted by Slink3Slyde View Post

In my experience its subjective. I had and MSI Twin frozr 3 HD 7950 that was 2-3 c cooler with an intake on the side in my old case, but the ACX cooler in my EVGA Gtx 780 cools better with exhaust. Generally its said reference cards with blower types are better with side intakes though. Personally I would advise to try both and see which works better for you. Its not that hard to flip a fan around and test for yourself. smile.gif It can depend in many factors.

Sure. I speak specifically of the R4 with an open air 290. You also have to consider other temps though, side fan as intake on hot gpus in xfire raised mobo and cpu temps for me, though it was worth it since the gpus were the hottest components and my mb/cpu temps remained acceptable. But Puget iirc did conclude that as a general rule, intake side fan works better for gpu temps..

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I can see SLI or Crossfire how it would really benefit the top card due to the bottom card choking off a lot of airflow.

You know what works even better is this:

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It's a $10 fan bracket from moddiy, it's just a pci bracket with clips to mount 1-3 80/92mm fans you provide. Assembled it looks like this:




If you have one card you can insert it into a pci slot a few down from your gpu, if you have xfire/sli and a +1 expansion slot to the side like the R4 has, you mount it perpendicular to the cards and it works wonders. When I had a Tri-X 290 on top and a PCS+ 290 below it, my temps in Far Cry 3 looked like this with ambient around 20-22:



Pretty freakin stellar imho.

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Here is the mod I did to my R4. Once I added SLI 970's my case temps went up to 48c. Now with this side exhaust fan temps are down to 37c...

Just eyeballing it, your diy fan mount is placed higher than the fan mount on the solid panel R4. The bottom card for sure is not benefitting. In any event, yeah, more exhausts, anywhere in the case, almost always means lower case temps. But what about the component temps? And did you try intake?
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As I said it depends in many factors such was what your other fans are doing, thats why I suggest its best to check yourself. I always remove all pci slot covers and have and intake directly to the front of my cpu cooler so I avoid the worst of the GPU heat mixing into my cooler intake. Airflow ideas are like. .... Everybody got one: p smile.gif
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Thanks a lot for your help contray, it is very much appreciated :-)

edit: another newbie question, but will I be able to monitor the temperatures inside the case with firmware that comes from the components, or will I have to buy something to measure them?
Sorry for the late answer but haven't been at home the whole weekend.
There are alot of monitor programs you can download to check out temps.
I'd recommend you HWMonitor since it's easy to understand and that's what I guess you want. smile.gif http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

EDIT: Anyway, did you get the help you needed where to place the fan? Hopefully you listened to me and placed it in the front. biggrin.gif
Edited by Wezzor - 11/9/14 at 11:31am
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Sorry for the late answer but haven't been at home the whole weekend.
There are alot of monitor programs you can download to check out temps.
I'd recommend you HWMonitor since it's easy to understand and that's what I guess you want. smile.gif http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

EDIT: Anyway, did you get the help you needed where to place the fan? Hopefully you listened to me and placed it in the front. biggrin.gif
Yes, I followed your advice, it'll be in front biggrin.gif Thanks a lot for your help, I'll check out the program!
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Just eyeballing it, your diy fan mount is placed higher than the fan mount on the solid panel R4. The bottom card for sure is not benefitting. In any event, yeah, more exhausts, anywhere in the case, almost always means lower case temps. But what about the component temps? And did you try intake?

Might be a little higher, but over all the fan works great exhausting all the hot air from both the gpus. The bottom gpu never gets over 65c, temps in the case dropped 10-15c. I have not tried the fan as intake, for the only reason Im not sure how to add a filter over the fan because of its location.
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Might be a little higher, but over all the fan works great exhausting all the hot air from both the gpus. The bottom gpu never gets over 65c, temps in the case dropped 10-15c. I have not tried the fan as intake, for the only reason Im not sure how to add a filter over the fan because of its location.

Oh duh I was thinking bottom card does not benefit with that fan as intake but you have it as exhaust.

Doesn't the exhaust there create an airflow path that diverts the front intakes away from the cpu cooler? Are you using a bottom intake?
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Oh duh I was thinking bottom card does not benefit with that fan as intake but you have it as exhaust.

Doesn't the exhaust there create an airflow path that diverts the front intakes away from the cpu cooler? Are you using a bottom intake?

No I think it really just funnels out the hot air from the GPUs. I have 2 140mm intake up front, 1 140mm intake on the bottom and an H100i set up as intake on the top of the case using 2 120mm fans
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No I think it really just funnels out the hot air from the GPUs. I have 2 140mm intake up front, 1 140mm intake on the bottom and an H100i set up as intake on the top of the case using 2 120mm fans

Ahh your CPU is h100i cooled so you don't need the front intakes to feed a CPU cooler. That's a good setup, probably the best possible scenario to run hot Gpus in the R4. You get the air from the h100i cooling your vrm heat sink too. If you were using an air cooler on the CPU I think the side exhaust would probably hurt CPU temps.
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Here is the mod I did to my R4. Once I added SLI 970's my case temps went up to 48c. Now with this side exhaust fan temps are down to 37c...

If I were you I would cut out the side panel for a fan, not only drill a few holes. It makes a big difference in airflow. It must have ridiculous airflow restriction with the few drilled holes.
Even the stock meshes like you have on the rear fan, restrict air a lot.

A good hole saw should do the trick, clamp it between wood from both sides, use a guide hole. That's what I would do.
Edited by JackCY - 11/11/14 at 2:24am
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