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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-21-2015, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
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I recently upgraded my case to a Fractal Design R5 and would like to get some feedback on my current fan placement and resulting airflow. The 2 stock GP14's are placed as front intake and running at 1000rpm. Two NF-F12's are connected via a pwm splitter on the system fan header. Both the NF-A15 are connected to the cpu fan header again via a pwm splitter.

The highest load is put on my system playing BF4 multiplayer with v-sync turned off. The 2500k doesn't get above 50 Celsius. The fan on my Titan is the loudest component in my system, as the gpu runs at 80-81 degrees Celsius.

I am considering buying a pwm splitter (from Swiftech for example) so every fan can be controlled by the cpu temperature (alternatively by the system temp). And maybe also replacing both GP14's with NF-A14's.

I would like to keep the fan mounts at the top and on the side panel closed so the system stays quite. Any ideas or tips are much appreciated.


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Throwing "better" fans in the case itself is not going to magically drop temps on the Titan enough to stop it from sounding like a vacuum cleaner and lower the temp from 80c (OMG!!!!) to a reasonable amount.

Strap an Arctic Accelero on that heater and call it a day...
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Throwing "better" fans in the case itself is not going to magically drop temps on the Titan enough to stop it from sounding like a vacuum cleaner and lower the temp from 80c (OMG!!!!) to a reasonable amount.

I realize that. Even though the Titan's fan is the loudest component, it definitely doesn't sound like a vacuum cleaner. If I upgrade the cooling on that card, I would probably choose HG10 N780 combined with a X41 or a H80i GT. Not sure if I want to invest in a cooling upgrade for my gpu, because I might upgrade to a 980Ti (or whatever it will be called).

I was just wandering if anyone had any tips considering my current setup and current components.

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Ah.

With that information given, leave the side off.

I mean you could buy some NF-F12's for the front but it's still gonna be loud and hot (blower style card at 80 degrees IS loud). If your card is running at 80c on a blower style cooler it's not gonna benefit from "moar fans" type of thinking.
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Just noticed your thread. Define R5 is probably a great case. I say probably because I've only used the Define R2 myself.

As you already know, my case fans are all TY-140 with PWM control. 1x front intake has CPU control with other front and bottom intakes using GPU control.

GeForce GTX TITAN uses blower cooling .. not as good and definitely louder than other coolers. Not a lot we can do to improve it without changing coolers.

Do you know the cooler intake air temp? Case cooling link below shows what I use to monitor cooler intake air temp.

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i7 980 @ 3.55GHz =PH-TC14PE w/2x TY-143 fans =Crucial Ballistix 3x4GB =GA-X58A-UD5 =ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II =Enermax Modu84+ =Define R2 w/3x TY-140 case intake fans; all PWM controlled by CPU fan socketPhanteks Enthoo Primo MoBo Rampage III Extreme CPUi7 980X
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Do you know the cooler intake air temp? Case cooling link below shows what I use to monitor cooler intake air temp.

Currently the intake temp is about 18 Cº. In the summer that can increase to 30 Cº max.

I have done some noise testing yesterday. From where I am sitting at my desk (.5 m away) there is no difference between 7v for the GP14's vs 12v. In both scenarios the same noise floor of about 28 db is measured. With the front door open, the GP14's at 7v still are inaudible, but at 12v they are not (low 31-32 db). So at least the sound dampening material is doing its job. Keep in mind I did those tests late at night to minimize the background noise en also using my phone (a rough measurement).

Will edit this post later this night, because I am planning to measure the noise the fan of the Titan makes at different rpm values. From experience it is basically inaudible until 1600 rpm.

Ps I redid the thermal paste using Gelid GC Extreme which shaved off about 2-3 Cº at the same rpm, same intake temp and same load. Installing the high flow bracket also decreased the temp by 3 Cº.

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Sounds like it's improving. thumb.gif No pun. biggrin.gif
What is the "high flow bracket?"

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That bracket was made to increase airflow out the back of the case. At higher rpm the hot air was bouncing of the stock bracket itself. A picture comparing the two (stock at the bottom):


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Okay. Yeah, I can see quite a bit more open area in top one.

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