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I may be imagining things, but I could have sworn that the HD light on the RV03 flashed green... I just got back from a trip and it's red... Has it always been red?
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ZOMG MINE JUST TURNED RED FROM GREEN TOO!






No it's always been red flanked by two white ones. tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by juano;14591674 
ZOMG MINE JUST TURNED RED FROM GREEN TOO!






No it's always been red flanked by two white ones. tongue.gif

I guess that drive took a larger toll on me than I thought it would. Thanks:D
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I know this was posted before but has anyone tried the H100 yet? I'd be looking for a front mount preferably with an optical drive mounted
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If you've seen this post (which I hope you have because I said to look at that one in your other thread) then that's still the most up to date info we have. smile.gif
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Alright thanks juano
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Just picked up a shiny new RV-03. How's everyone liking theirs? Temps pretty good? Is it reasonably quiet?

I took it all apart last night just to see how everything fits together to plan my build. I have to say I'm NOT impressed with the whole way the front drive bays work. All these tiny ass screws, everythings all loosy-goosy if the screws aren't in place, and it took me FOREVER to get the internal fan mounts snapped back in place after I took them off. They just didn't want to snap back into place. The front one's went back on fine though.

I'm also not a big fan of the 'exposed filters' in the front. Seems like if you actually use the front fan mounts for intake fans, you'll end up with the front of the case looking terrible as soon as dust starts to accumulate in the filters. It's much cleaner-looking when the filters are behind some steel mesh, like the bottom front fan on my Sniper.

Frankly the whole setup in the front is kinda janky, and seems like it'll cause me some frustration in the longer term. Fortunately I'm mostly a 'set and forget' guy when it comes to HDD's. Not planning on changing my HD setup anytime soon other than maybe switching OS to SSD.

I'm running have 3 spinners + 1 drive optical, so I'm debating whether to use the front bays, or the drive holders in the back. Aside from the PITA mounting system, the front-mounts seem like the most convenient in terms of being able to run just a single 4-jack SATA connector to all four of my sata drives, plus they're assured of getting good cooling. It also would allow for a lot of extra room in the back for excess cabling if I didn't have 3 drives mounted back there.

But OTOH it'd be nice to just make the whole front into 2 'wind-tunnels', mounting four fans in the two 'bays'. Not sure that's really needed though as honestly this case seems like it has plenty of 'intake' capability even aside from the front fans headscratch.gif

BTW, pics I saw in reviews showed that the front contained 2 drive cages that held 3 drives each, but mine isn't set up that way ... it's just 6 'shelves' that slide in and out, no cage. Is that everyone else's is, too? Maybe those reviews I read they were using a prototype that got changed or something?

Anyways, just wondering how people who've had it for awhile now are feeling about the case after some time using it.

I'm also looking for ideas about just how to handle the Twin-Frozr II coolers, since obviously they're not really optimal coolers for a case like this. I'm thinking some kinda shroud over the 'bottom' end of the cooler that prevents the bottom case fans from blowing into the card's cooling fins (against the flow of the card's fans), but still allows the hot air to flow out of the cooler (at like a 30-degree angle) ... would be a good thing. Anyone made anything like that? Here's a crude drawing of what I mean:

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_* * <-- Card
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__* A*
___* I * < - Extension Shroud
____* R *

Something like that would prevent a lot of the upward-blowing air from interfering w/the operation of the card's cooler.
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Originally Posted by Balthazor;13190820 
A guy on another forum suggested they move the rear fan grille mount down a bit, to better provide air to the intakes of GPUs. Sounds like a great idea.

They should've made two spots on the back for intake fans ... both with dust filters. Even better, IMHO. Would've been perfect for dual-fan GPU coolers ... which so many non-reference ones are nowadays.
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I'm liking mine; it is smaller than my P193, which was also a water cooled system. I expected the RV03 to be noisier than it is, but some of that can be contributed to me reducing the fans to just the two AP-181s and two 120mm fans (one for the CPU, one for top exhaust.) All other fans were removed after determining that they didn't really provide much more cooling than the 180mm bottom intakes for the noise they generated.

I agree with your comments about the front filters and dust, it would be nice to have some sort of grille over the front for users who pursue the front intake option. I likewise agree with your assessment of the HDD mounts. They aren't the most user friendly, and certainly not for anyone who frequently changes HDDs. The RV03 is strictly for users that 'set it and forget it.'

Personally I'd try to put the three HDDs behind the motherboard, leave the space above the PSU empty for excess cabling, and place your optical at the top 5.25" spot. Then you can either go for max cooling with a bunch of front mounted fans, or max silence by just leaving the space empty or doing what I did: stuff six blocks of foam in that space. The cooling of HDDs shouldn't be a huge deal on that back tray, as long as you can get a little air circulating from the bottom intake. They'll be a little warmer than if you put them right in front with a fan, but nothing critical.

Your case with six separate drive shelves is what I got. It is possible reviewers were referring to how the front bays are divided into two sets since the 120mm fan mounts attach to three shelves each.

I wouldn't worry about the Twin-Frozr. Just stick it in and forget it. Based on this Puget article the orientation of your GPU and the effect of heat buoyancy on overall cooling is going to be minimal. The real cooling potential from the RV03 (and similar cases) is the ability to put large intake fans right by the components that need them without having to 'blow past' other hot components in the system.

If you are concerned, try it without any modification, and see what the results are. I believe a few other users have used smiliar GPU coolers without any issues, though, so I don't think you have anything to be concerned about.

Overall I like how quiet it is, but assembling it was a pain, and a few areas are sort of cheaped out. The PSU cable connection is a little annoying; the receptacle should be in the back, not the bottom.

I wish there was a nicer case option with similar features but a bit higher end, somewhere between the RV03 and the TJ11, which is just way too large for what I want. And how about some air filter sensors to tell me when my filters are clogged, like they do in nice cars?
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post #349 of 425
Hey guys I was looking around for different unique cases for my next case upgrade and this one caught my eye and I think I like its style. tongue.gif

Got a few questions though, I notice there are 2 magnetic filters at the bottom of the case which sems nice, I'm just wondering if those can be easily taken out for cleaning without moving the case at all? Or do you need to tilt the case each time in order to remove the filters and put them back in?

And also would you say this case is quiet if I just use the stock fans (set at low speed)?

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The stock fans are quiet at low and not terrible but still fairly loud on high. Low is 800rpm and high is 1200rpm IIRC and I think I could tolerate up to 1000rpm for day to day use. You can remove and replace the filters without moving the case at all, you may have to the first couple of times to make sure you get them lined up correctly when putting them back though but after the 2nd or 3rd time you'll know when they're on there right.
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