Having ordered a two tone S5 the other day when the window opened, I wanted to revisit the idea of putting a rad, either 240 or 360 in the drives compartment to allow for windows in the top and front.
I searched for build logs with rads in the drive area, but came up with zip . .
Anyway, thanks to the pics in the tech gallery on Caselabs, some really good dimensions for the S5 are easy to work from.
It really seemed that there might well be a rad with truly minimal width additional to the 120 mm core, and with a minimalist bracket, that having a rad in the drive compartment should be doable . . .
So I looked at rad specs, and the Alphacools are really narrow, the UT60 spec'd at 126mm, and the XSPC rad brackets spec at 130mm, which should then have 5mm clearance.
I measured the XT45 360 I had handy, and it was 124mm so I thought it was worth checking out and ordered some of the XSPC brackets.
Turns out that this should actually work, . . .just surprised that I haven't seen it done . . .
Your thoughts please . . am I missing something . .
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I wanted to do exactly this to my S5-D when I got it. Even ordered the S8 side mount to see if it would fit or could be modded... However there is one more measurement you need that they didn't show though - the opening size (taking the lips on both the midchassis and baseplateinto account) is 124mm. There was one build in a S3 early on in this thread with a 240mm rad in place, no build log though. They did it by cutting through and hard-mounting the rad to the inside of the midchassis. That approach might be your better direction, I think you could just barely fit a UT60 + push fans that way.
I did find that that area fit a SFX psu very nicely, however. The rear venting cuts out to match the psu almost exactly
Found one in a s3 but I recall another one in a S5 with pics of the two fan holes and rad drills on the mid bottom chamber plate.
Thanks for the link . . I knew some of you younger folks would have a better memory than I do these days . .
I thought about the UT 60 and mounting it to the mid chassis panel with push fans on the outside . . .
There's enough space between the upper and lower panel lips to clear the 120mm fans, but probably not the 126mm width of an Alphacool rad, so you'd kinda have to have that assembled when you assemble the case.
Using the XT45, everything would fit inside the panel lips and still have almost 10mm to the mid chassis, the PSU side of which could possibly have a pull fan for better flow thru the rad.
It also looks like it could be installed by removing the 2 screws and tweaking up a tad on the mid chassis to get the rad in under the lip, and then re-installing them once the rad was in the chamber.
I'm really kind of impatient to try this out, now that it seems so doable . .
Just wish I didn't have to wait so long for the S5, but like all the other CLs . . . It'll be well worth it, I'm sure.