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
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:
_* * <-- Card
___* 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.
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.Edited by brettjv - 8/18/11 at 11:02am