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post #12691 of 16139
Just finished up a build in the Define S

i will say that this sucker is a breeze to work on









Even with the individually sleeved cable and 4 hard drives, cable management was easy and the backpanel went on without issues.,
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post #12692 of 16139
Hey everyone. The Define S seems to be about the perfect WC case at a super low price!

Seeing a lot of sweet builds here. Thinking of going over to a Define S from my Air 540...I see a lot of you are using EK Res that seem to be smaller than the XSPC Photon/D5 I have.

Just wondering if I can get fans, an AX360, and then a XSPC Photon 170/D5 combo in the front...or will I have to put the fans outside the frame and lose the filter?
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@ anotheraznguy, what are your room and hard drive temps like?
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Originally Posted by dreameer111 View Post

@ anotheraznguy, what are your room and hard drive temps like?

Ambient temps were 29C today, I was doing a lot of benching and stress testing with the side panel on.

2 980 Ti's peaked at 55C
The 5820 at 4.5 ghz on 1.28v hit 63C
The Harddrives Ranged from 37 to 41 C with the SSD being 41C since i am assuming that it is closer to the mobo than any of the other HD's

I did not however run Crystaldiskmark so this was under normal usage and not stressing the hard drives. Since i have 2 barracuda's there operating temp is 60c.

In terms of the fans that i have, They are set to low speed under
Also in terms of fans. I have them set to run at low speeds until the 65C cpu threshold hits and they ramp up to near max.
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post #12695 of 16139
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FD fans don't run well when in horizontal inverted position, they vibrate. At least both my FD R4 fans do.

I was talking more about the temperatures. Sure I wouldn't use a crappy sleeve bearing fan for horizontal position.
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GPU over 80C on load is not good :/ But I get it, that's what Nvidia sets their card fan profiles for to keep the cards quieter and burn them instead until they throttle performance by reducing boost clock and voltage, which I guess is at 85C.

These cards are fine until over 90C, that's when real throttling starts. For example GM204's max temperature is 98C, for GM200 it's 92C for 980 Ti and 91C for Titan X. Anything below that is good.
And why are you whining about the cards reducing boost clock? It's not guaranteed. All you're gonna get is the base clock. Anything higher than that is just extra.
Also nvidia setting card profiles? That's an Asus card with Asus cooler. All nvidia does is it defines a stock target temperature which can be adjusted according to ones needs. For example 84C is nowhere near too hot. Quite a normal temperature after all.
And there's a thing called custom fan profile. If you're not happy with the temperatures, increase the fan speed..

"to keep the cards quieter and burn them instead" LOL is all I have to say.

Who's the one "burning" GPU's here?
burning_cards.png
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/R9_290X/32.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/R9_290/30.html

And here's the Strix 980 with it's stock fan profile vs the quietest 290X TPU has reviewed.
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Edited by lagittaja - 6/8/15 at 3:56am
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post #12696 of 16139
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The milk machine.

lagittaja: 980 165W (but in reality breaches it), 780Ti/980Ti 250W
280x 250W, 290 3xxW unofficial

The reference blower on 290s is awful.

To each their own, if someone wants to cook their components why not. Yeah some cards do allow custom fan profiles to a certain degree. Reference blowers usually suck, but then I haven't seen a blower fan that didn't compared to normal fans.
I take boost clock as guaranteed, as in the cooling should be efficient enough to keep the clock at maximum. Which is not an issue for 280x at least. But for some other cards it seems to be when they are hitting their power, amp. or temp. limit. If a card can't do it I look elsewhere for a better product.
Edited by JackCY - 6/8/15 at 6:33am
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Well done!, looks great.
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post #12698 of 16139
@ anotheraznguy - Nice build thumb.gif

Just finished up my Define S build and thought I would share...







post #12699 of 16139
@chuckfarnham

Looking good too. Were you not able to fit the rear fan? looks like you are running a 420 rad up top. And i also see you somehow squeezed in a bottom fan.

Have you tested your idle and load temps yet?

One thing i noticed w/ the Define S is that at idle with my fans moving extremely slow, my VRM temps will start heating up to 60C idle.
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@chuckfarnham

Looking good too. Were you not able to fit the rear fan? looks like you are running a 420 rad up top. And i also see you somehow squeezed in a bottom fan.

Have you tested your idle and load temps yet?

One thing i noticed w/ the Define S is that at idle with my fans moving extremely slow, my VRM temps will start heating up to 60C idle.

Yeah with the 420 rad up top you lose the rear fan. I didn't realize that when I was planning out the build. So I added the intake fan at the bottom of the case to help with airflow. That way I have 3 intake fans and 3 exhaust fans.

Here are what I have recorded temps wise. My office stays around 24C.

CPU idles around 28C and hottest core at load with Prime95 hits 64C (overclocked to 4.4Ghz @ 1.248V)

GPUs idle at 25C and hottest while gaming has been 44C (Crysis 3 Maxed out @ 144hz)

I'm really happy with the GPU temps. On air they would quickly get to 80C+
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