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Originally Posted by AXiDER;14714846 
Hi all,

Just got some questions about how well the NZXT Phantom would fit my build. For the past 2 years I was running he build in my sig, except with 2 x Sapphire 4890 Crossfire sandwiched against eachother as the MB design does not leave any slot gap between GPUs.

That was totally fine, but recently after the fan on one died I decided to upgrade to 2 x GTX 570 (reference cooler). When my MSI ones arrived they actually came with GTX 470 coolers attached to them, and obviously I wasn't all that happy. After contacting MSI they immediately offered to replace the cards with GTX 580 Twin Frozr IIs, which was fine by me!

These arrived a week ago, but as is well reported on forums the Twin Frozr II coolers do not like to be sandwiched together as the open cooler design means that the hot air exhaust from the lower card gets sucked into the upper card trying to cool itself with hot air. Definitely not ideal, and results in dangerously high temps.

To fix this I could put the lower GPU in the third PCIe slot on my mb, leaving a 2 slot gap between the cards instead of 0. Unfortunately this isn't possible in my Antec 902, as that makes the lower card completely cover up the PSU's instake so both the GPU and PSU starve for air.

So, I've decided to retire my Antec 902 and move up to a full tower case. The main things I need:

1) Large enough space below the motherboard for me to put the lower GTX 580 in the bottom PCIe slot on my mb, leaving a 2 slot gap between the cards while still having room for the bottom card to suck in air above the PSU.

2) Good airflow, especially to the GPUs so their open coolers are sucking in cool air instead of each other's hot exhaust. Also don't want the hot air from both the cards overheating my CPU too much (not interested in watercooling at the moment).

3) Fairly quiet fans, as the Twin Frozr II coolers are nice and quiet so I'd rather not have that ruined by a noisy case.


My preferences have come down to 2 cases:

A) CoolerMaster HAF X - fantastic GPU airflow, but I REALLY find its design ugly.
B) NZXT Phantom - best looking (affordable) case I've ever seen, I'm in love with the white one, but from the reviews it seems it isn't very good at cooling the GPUs and I need to make sure the Twin Frozr II SLi setup doesn't overheat as is quite common with them in mid-tower cases or those with bad cooling.

Can anyone comment on GPU temps for SLi / Crossfire cards that use non-reference open coolers that push hot air back into the case in the NZXT Phantom?

Cheers guys!

I havent seen my 460's get over 55c un load. This is one of the BEST cases on the market today.
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post #4762 of 15204
Still debating between the Phantom (pure sexiness) and HAF X (enough airflow to stop the Twin Frozr II coolers on my SLi setup from overheating each other as they pump hot air back into the case).

Can the small side hard drive bay frame on the left be easily removed from the case, so that the air from the fan mount below it can blow up past the GPUs instead of being blocked by the frame I would not be using? Since the large side vent on the door is up too high to blow on the GPUs, my main concern is them getting a direct supply of cool air.

Also, does air from the front vent on the case (once a fan is added, I don't think the case comes with in place there?) go all the way though to the GPUs, or is it blocked by the hard drive bays?

Cheers guys! Just want to make absolutely sure of these things before I bite the bullet.
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post #4763 of 15204
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Originally Posted by AXiDER;14719622 
Still debating between the Phantom (pure sexiness) and HAF X (enough airflow to stop the Twin Frozr II coolers on my SLi setup from overheating each other as they pump hot air back into the case).
The phantom has enough cooling for your SLI setup. My 460's never get above 55 under full load.
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Originally Posted by AXiDER;14719622 
Can the small side hard drive bay frame on the left be easily removed from the case, so that the air from the fan mount below it can blow up past the GPUs instead of being blocked by the frame I would not be using? Since the large side vent on the door is up too high to blow on the GPUs, my main concern is them getting a direct supply of cool air.
You can remove both hard drives cages. the smaller one is about 10 screws and the bigger one is about 14 rivets. Then you can flip the smaller hd cage to mount it back on to the case. Also you can add a front fan to help the airflow into the case. Now if your talking about the side door 200mm fan. it does help cool the gpus.
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Originally Posted by AXiDER;14719622 
Also, does air from the front vent on the case (once a fan is added, I don't think the case comes with in place there?) go all the way though to the GPUs, or is it blocked by the hard drive bays?
Read above for this.
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Originally Posted by AXiDER;14719622 
Cheers guys! Just want to make absolutely sure of these things before I bite the bullet.

coming from an antec 900 to this case, I will never go back. Soooo much room to do everything you want. the ability to mix and change it up for water cooling or air cooling. I would nab this case over the haf.
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post #4764 of 15204
Quote:
Originally Posted by AXiDER;14719622 
Still debating between the Phantom (pure sexiness) and HAF X (enough airflow to stop the Twin Frozr II coolers on my SLi setup from overheating each other as they pump hot air back into the case).

Can the small side hard drive bay frame on the left be easily removed from the case, so that the air from the fan mount below it can blow up past the GPUs instead of being blocked by the frame I would not be using? Since the large side vent on the door is up too high to blow on the GPUs, my main concern is them getting a direct supply of cool air.

Also, does air from the front vent on the case (once a fan is added, I don't think the case comes with in place there?) go all the way though to the GPUs, or is it blocked by the hard drive bays?

Cheers guys! Just want to make absolutely sure of these things before I bite the bullet.

Small cage removal is easily done. I had a fan down there myself. The air pulled in from the front does flow through the case, but as you can imagine a bit of it does get pulled out by the front HDD cage.

My old room mate has the Haf X and I can say from experience I would buy the Phantom over it again any day. It's my favorite case to ever work with.
 
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post #4765 of 15204
Also I hear the Haf X is a big time dust magnet with all the holes in it.
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post #4766 of 15204
Update:

Added a second gpu for crossfire and some white extensions.

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post #4767 of 15204
i like the stock fans because they have higher cfm but i put the top stock led fan on the side
   
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post #4768 of 15204
Lights, I love it. I am going to come steal it from you. biggrin.gif
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post #4769 of 15204
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Originally Posted by xD3aDPooLx;14728134 
Lights, I love it. I am going to come steal it from you. biggrin.gif

Not before I steal it first!
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post #4770 of 15204
lol, im closer to him.
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