Sound Insulating the Solid Flex Bay Covers
Here’s something you won’t see too often… sound insulating the outer panels. It’s all about water cooling, radiators, and quiet fans right.
Is sound insulating really going to make a big difference? Probably not.
Is sound insulating going to hurt anygthing? Absolutely not!
Additionally I wanted to keep the red powder coating on the outside, and currently from the inside the only red part that shows is the inside of the flex bays. Plus I think this will actually help with sound deadening, at least a little bit.
I purchased this AcoustiPack Ultimate PC Soundproofing Kit
It is a three layered sound insulation material designed for PCs, and electronic equipment. It is also RoHS compliant, which basically means it’s safe to use in this environment.
It comes in a flat box not rolled up. The white backing comes off, and the adhesive underneath sticks it where you want it to go. Here you can see I used a pen to lay out the first piece to fit inside of a double flex bay cover.
I just used scissors to cut the piece out.
The directions say you can peel it back up and reposition it if necessary, but that each time it will hold less effectively. I did reposition one piece with no problem.
I also did the singe flex bay cover with the USB type C cable.
In total three double flex bay covers and the one single flex bay cover all ready to put back in.
Here’s the single flex bay cover with USB port back installed.
This is the lower one on the same side. Notice the sound insulation material is grey? It matches the interior nicely
The double flex bay on the upper back side here extends down behind the top stealth mount Aquaero LT. You can see the newly installed light bar there too.
Finally the lower double flex bay on the back side.
The sound insulation material was actually easier to work with than I expected. The material used here is 7mm thick, and the one thing I was thinking while doing this, is that I wished it was a little thicker. See how there is still a gap between the case frame and the insulation.
After looking at the Quiet PC
web site again, I see that I actually purchased the wrong kit for my needs. What I purchased came with one 7mm thick triple layer sound insulation, and two 4mm dual layer sound insulation sheets. Well I’m not even going to use the 4mm sheets.
Now I see they actually have single sheets in 12mm thickness
which I think will work better.
I like this material so much that I am going to buy more so that I can do the inside of the side doors as well. I’ll probably peel off what I’ve done here, and replace it with the 12mm material once it arrives.