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Yes, temps looking good. And top fan slots are use. Currently being tested in different combinations of fans.

I always recommend trying all intake with no exhaust (positive pressure) and cut out the rear mesh with one of these. One top intake blowing directly in front of the SA with the back top intake blocked off (no fan) yielded the best temps for me. See the "Positive Pressure Air Cooling" item in my sig for another useful thread on airflow. thumb.gif
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I always recommend trying all intake with no exhaust (positive pressure) and cut out the rear mesh with one of these. One top intake blowing directly in front of the SA with the back top intake blocked off (no fan) yielded the best temps for me.

I'll second this. All intake's, passive exhaust hole and amazing temps. My favorite part about this kind of Pure Positive Pressure case set ups is that there is minimal dust! you can filter ALL the air coming into the case with fan filters, with exhaust fans dust can be sucked into the case from all kinds of place's you can't filter.
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I'll second this. All intake's, passive exhaust hole and amazing temps. My favorite part about this kind of Pure Positive Pressure case set ups is that there is minimal dust! you can filter ALL the air coming into the case with fan filters, with exhaust fans dust can be sucked into the case from all kinds of place's you can't filter.

Yep, negative pressure FAIL. mad.gif
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One top intake blowing directly in front of the SA with the back top intake blocked off (no fan) yielded the best temps for me.

This was a combination of what I'm about to try out.
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I always recommend trying all intake with no exhaust (positive pressure) and cut out the rear mesh with one of these. One top intake blowing directly in front of the SA with the back top intake blocked off (no fan) yielded the best temps for me. See the "Positive Pressure Air Cooling" item in my sig for another useful thread on airflow. thumb.gif

Would it be worth trying this even if I don't plan to cut out the rear mesh? I like the idea of better temps, but at this stage I'm not exactly ready for case modding. Also, if I remove my rear 120mm fans I could use one on my side panel. If so should I set it as exhaust or intake?
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Would it be worth trying this even if I don't plan to cut out the rear mesh? I like the idea of better temps, but at this stage I'm not exactly ready for case modding. Also, if I remove my rear 120mm fans I could use one on my side panel. If so should I set it as exhaust or intake?

I did not cut out my rear grill and the positive pressure set up works great. Removing PCI slot covers or using mesh/vented ones is good too. As far as the side panel fan, it depends on its location, and your GPU cooler. If your GPU cooler vents ouside the case you should use a side intake(filter is nice). The only time a side panel fan should be exhaust is if your GPU cooelr is dumping tons of heat inside your case.
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I did not cut out my rear grill and the positive pressure set up works great. Removing PCI slot covers or using mesh/vented ones is good too. As far as the side panel fan, it depends on its location, and your GPU cooler. If your GPU cooler vents ouside the case you should use a side intake(filter is nice). The only time a side panel fan should be exhaust is if your GPU cooelr is dumping tons of heat inside your case.

Antec saw fit to include vented PCI slot covers which was kind of them but my GPU is interesting. My friend bought it up when he came to help me with my cable routing; my GPU cooler doesn't sit directly on the rear vent for the GPU (there's a sizable gap between the cooler and the vent) and so it's got me worried that the exhaust may not be going directly out the back. Here's an image to show what I mean:

Gigabyte_GV-N570OC-13I-rev1.0_card.jpg

Just look at that gap between the heatsink and the vent!
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Antec saw fit to include vented PCI slot covers which was kind of them but my GPU is interesting. My friend bought it up when he came to help me with my cable routing; my GPU cooler doesn't sit directly on the rear vent for the GPU (there's a sizable gap between the cooler and the vent) and so it's got me worried that the exhaust may not be going directly out the back. Here's an image to show what I mean:

Just look at that gap between the heatsink and the vent!

Yea, that is the kind of card that dumps most of its heat inside the case. Only trying it can tell you it it works or not. I would leave the side panel blank and see how just going positive pressure. After you get a feel for how your temps have changed you should then add the fan as intake and see what happends, and try it as exhaust...I'll bet there is little difference with or without the fan though.
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Yea, that is the kind of card that dumps most of its heat inside the case. Only trying it can tell you it it works or not. I would leave the side panel blank and see how just going positive pressure. After you get a feel for how your temps have changed you should then add the fan as intake and see what happends, and try it as exhaust...I'll bet there is little difference with or without the fan though.

It would probably only be for the GPU's benefit, especially cause I'm planning to SLI sometime this year. Though won't an exhaust fan ruin the positive flow?
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It would probably only be for the GPU's benefit, especially cause I'm planning to SLI sometime this year. Though won't an exhaust fan ruin the positive flow?

Yes and no. Case flow is one of those werid things. each individual component in your case adds unique elements to the flow. Because your current GPU wants to dump air into the case having an intake fan might mess up the flow of air though the cooling fins on the GPU. Running it as an exhaust would would pull some of the heat dumped inside the case by the GPU but might rob the cards fan of a flow...its a give and take. Even if your PSU is "right side up" or "fliped over" will contribute to your flow.

I have even came across systems where a Positive Pressure set up didn't work well just because the GPU or PSU was not optimal for that set up. Your system may respond like this so its best to test things out smile.gif
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