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I wouldn't expect to see a large improvement coming from your current case in GPU temps, but I also wouldn't expect to see worse temps. I'd say they will be within 2-3C of you're current temps in either direction, but your GPU's cooler (the reference EVGA one right?) is not a horrible one for this type of case, not ideal but not bad.
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My RV03 is out for delivery right now. UPS can't get here fast enough. biggrin.gif
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Having a little trouble.. The power cable needs to be a few cm longer but I can't find the twisty thing I'm supposed to release. How do I get to it?
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OK I'm gonna help you again because you're obviously in the middle of your build, but when you get the time you really need to read this entire thread. There is a whole lot of good info in here as well as all the answers to the questions you have.

Here is the post with the info you are looking for, just follow the cable with the PSU removed and you will see the twist tie. Pictures are in the first post in this thread.
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This was an awesome thread, really helpped me with my recent build of the Raven 3. I can vouch that while small, it's still got some HUGE space in it. I fit my two 6970s above an RX240 rad bottom mounted with push / pull fans on it. While they're touching.... It still works rather well. About the only thing I found about this case I didn't like, was that they put "water cooling" holes around the top-front of the case... Around where there's no mounting area confused.gif. Aside from that, an exceptional case, and a huge thanks goes to Balthazor and everyone else who commented for this wonderful thread!
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Thanks Diber and I agree, I'm sure that Balthazor can take pride in having such a wealth of RV03 info, I'm certainly glad to be a part of it.

I also don't really understand the grommet placement for watercooling. I think that while this case can accommodate WC, the grommets specifically were kinda just included to check a feature off, I think they would have been better used in the back where it's just bare metal. That said even though this case can do WC adequately well it was really aimed for exceptional air cooling so small WC oversights aren't the biggest deal IMO.
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Originally Posted by juano;14440795 
That said even though this case can do WC adequately well it was really aimed for exceptional air cooling so small WC oversights aren't the biggest deal IMO.

Meh, some longer run hoses, nothing big. The only thing that this case doesn't do exceptionally well is cater to a lot of monitor connections. I'd hate to think what it'd be like to do 6 monitors.... I've got my 4 in there, and they're rather cramped (Though the WC tubes don't help much I suppose tongue.gif)! Aside from that, it was a dream to work in! The lower 5.25" bays were empty, allowing for a little bit of tube to wander in (CPU -> Rad) and up top, there was enough room to not need 90 deg fittings to not crimp a hose on the holes.

By far though, my favorite feature was the nearly 1.5" of space behind the motherboard (Unless you've a HD back there). The entire side is blank, making Cable management the easiest (by far) part of the entire build!

Here's a picture of the case if you want to see how a WC loop works in it.
2011-08-01221006.jpg

I've gone through a lot of cases, and I think I've finally found one I can stick with for awhile!
post #288 of 425
That looks good man! thumb.gif

Only thing I might see a way to improve is like I mentioned trying to run the hoses out the back, I would probably just cut out the grill for the rear fan (leaving the fan mounts) and just run em through there. Like you said though just a longer hose run shouldn't be a big deal, but I'm sure you know more about WC than me, not very well versed in it myself. Oh one other thing I think I noticed, do you still have the dust filters on the bottom? I think I would still use those, or some form of dust filter.
Edited by juano - 8/2/11 at 3:45pm
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post #289 of 425
I just finished my build and started her up! Everything works great and cabling was extremely easy. The case looks a lot nicer than my Antec 900 and is a whole lot quieter. Sadly, the temperatures are not as good, but that's only because I only have the stock fans on. Tomorrow I'm going to be installing a replacement fan on top, a rear intake, and two in the HD cage.

Used to get 26C idle on my Antec 900 and I'm getting 32C idle on the RV03. Hopefully AS5 will make up the difference when it finishes setting


juano, thanks for the info but I found it 2 minutes after I posted biggrin.gif
Edited by nezzarix - 8/2/11 at 7:46pm
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I think if I really wanted the 90 degree orientation and water cooling I'd go with the TJ11, which is huge. But for air cooling this RV03 is a nice and neat solution. I personally found that added front and rear fans didn't contribute much to cooling, but your mileage will vary based on your hardware and heatsinks used.

I haven't had any heat issues with this case, and my tri-sli setup is cooled sufficiently without noticeable noise.

Unfortunately one of my USB 3.0 ports, at the top of the case, is giving me errors when I try to use it. It is definitely one of the ports (or the connected cable.) It just isn't worth sending back to replace that one port.

I notice the error when I try to transfer files to a USB 3.0 device; it randomly disconnects and gives me 'can't read media' errors. No such issues with the other port. Swapping components around identifies the case's port & cable as being the culprit. Fortunately the other port works fine.

Anyone else experience this?
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