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Nice, you gonna post those pictures in the first post or here? What are your subjective impressions of the noise levels of the AP181s?
I'll re-work the first post and append / replace certain pictures, once I play with the system a bit and do some testing. Probably be a few days.

The AP181s are certainly noticeable on high. On low they still feed my triple GPU setup a good amount of air.

If I get my GPUs into the 80 degree range, their fan noise is still far, far less than the AP181 on high. So I'll probably run the system so the AP181 doesn't kick-in to high RPMs until the GPUs reach 90C.

I haven't stressed the CPU yet. During the few GPU tests I ran last night the CPU core temps all stayed in the high teens / low 20s.

Unfortunately my Sniper board has a problem with a couple of the headers, and it appears one of my PWM splitter cables is causing an issue, so I'm only able to control a certain number of fans. I may get some PWM splitters to have some better control over the remaining fans. I currently have it configured so that the AP-181 feeding my GPUs and the CPU fan are controlled, all of the remaining fans are running at something less than 100% but can't be manipulated using the headers.
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That's cool that you can link the PWM to your GPU temperature, I haven't gone to in depth on it yet but I think I can only set up PWM linked to my CPU temperature on my Asus board, that's okay for me thought as I will only have 1 PWM fan, the one I posted earlier as a top exhaust. Looks like I will have to run the AP181s on low then to keep my rig as quiet as I'd like, I don't expect them to be silent of course but are they atleast what you would call quiet on low?

Don't replace too many pictures on the first page, just add more. I really like having so many to look at if I wanna check a clearance or something, 56K be damned.
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The 180mm fans are pretty quiet on low. You can't really hear them.
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I was reading that Chinese review I posted earlier but this time in English with google translate and I noticed this article linked at the end of it. It shows their testing on the heat pipe orientation question we had earlier, about how much of a difference there may be from coolers where once rotated the heat pipes face down, and uhh it looks pretty significant, as much as 20C degrees in furmark.

Stance, did you get your RV02R in yet? I'm curious to see if you can corroborate the huge increase in temperatures this site reports with the AXP.
Edited by juano - 4/30/11 at 11:56am
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Now I kind of want this case. If only I could find a place that had free shipping. I think I would paint the ugly champagne lines black.
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Stance, did you get your RV02R in yet? I'm curious to see if you can corroborate the huge increase in temperatures this site reports with the AXP.
I ended up with a regular RV02, since the E could no longer be delivered. Anyhow, I'm afraid things aren't looking too bright, atleast when comparing idle GPU temperatures to my Antec 902.

Used to be around 30°C, while it now seems to be no lower than 35°C in the RV02. I'm still finishing the PC along with a fresh W7 install and better cable management, so I'll let you know how the end results turn out.

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Now I kind of want this case. If only I could find a place that had free shipping. I think I would paint the ugly champagne lines black.
Same here, it's one of the 3 major flaws in the RV03's exterior to me. The others are the window's shape, which should've been a square, and the unattractive PSU outlet grill.
Edited by Stance - 4/30/11 at 12:17pm
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Thanks alot for posting back so quickly, but I think that it's going to be the load temps that make or break this. I suppose I could get a Twin Frozr III 570 that is supposed to not be hindered by this case design but I really like my Asus triple slot.
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post #178 of 425
Indeed they will. Though the indications are making me anything but happy. I wonder if the RV03 makes a large difference here with additional (exaust) 120mm's.
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At stock configurations the RV03 only has 1 120mm top exhaust same as the RV02. Regardless though, the issue here isn't heat not being exhausted away from the heatsinks, it's heat not making it to the heatsinks because the heatpipes aren't working in the rotated case due to gravity hindering the capillary return of the vapor.
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It's not as bad as in the review, but it's certainly a bummer to see GPU temps this much higher than in the Antec. An 11°C increase in max. load at stock settings/fan.

On the bright side, CPU temperatures are doing great. Still have 12 days left to possibly swap this case for something else, but I'm not quite sure yet.
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