Cleaning My DIRTIEST PC! Phanteks P600S 4 Months Later
Well hello good people, I’m Dmitri and I’ve had the P600S case from Phanteks for about 4 months now as the enclosure for my main production machine. It’s been on for at least eight hours a day for 4 months, so it has gotten a lot of air flow through it, and one of the main concerns from people about this enclosure has been dust accumulation over time because of this whole fabric performance mesh at the front and the top. Now, I initially wanted to place my ThreadRipper system inside the P600S but unfortunately this case does not support EATX motherboards, which is what my ThreadRipper system is all about. So instead, let me show you how I clean my system and see exactly how dirty it has gotten on the interior and what has happened with the fabric mesh and all the dust filters.
All right, so the first thing I will say is just how happy I am with that exterior performance mesh. Surprisingly it has not been clogged up by dust particles and its condition is almost the same as Day 1. However, I will say the second layer of this performance fabric is slightly more gray than before, but a quick pass of the vacuum cleans it up. It turns out that it’s the front dust filter that has accumulated a lot of that dust in the past four months, and it’s really only during this sort of analysis that I can appreciate a quality dust-proof design. Not only is the filter flush against the frame, meaning nothing gets through the sides, but both panels have these rubber seals to close off any potential dust entrance via smaller openings.
For airflow I’ve got two fans installed at the front and that is evident by the dust gradient – which looks hilarious – and again I’m surprised that not more of these fine particles are stuck to the more coarse performance mesh at the front. I vacuum up the dust filter, but due to the really fine nature of the threading, I’d recommend washing the filter as well to remove anything that wasn’t picked up by the suction. Now we’re basically back to Day 1 cleanliness on this front panel.
The fan blades obviously collect dust as well and it’s a good indication of how much dust is penetrating the front filter. I vacuum the bigger stuff carefully and the clean up each blade with the damp paper towel. I’m actually a bit surprised just how dirty things have gotten in just four months. If that is an indication of how clean my space is, then my space is not very clean at all.
Now moving inside, the dust adventures continue with a thin layer on the PSU shroud and about the same on top of the GPU that might settle through the top mesh or get sucked through the expansion slots. Although the back of the case is very clean, so I don’t think the GPU fans are sucking in all that dust. Also, the rear fan is much cleaner than the front ones. Now to clean this I use a damp microfiber cloth and that is something that you should avoid doing because of the static that it might create. However, mine was wet and I navigate carefully.
What surprised me the most however is how dirty the radiator was, almost to the same extent as the front desk filter. And yes, I have used this all-in one-cooler in another machine for about two weeks but it spent the majority of its time inside the P600S and that is really alarming. It looks like whatever dust finds its way inside the case is sucked through the topics sauced which is why it gets so clogged up instead of it coming through the rear. The best way to clean the rad fins is not with the vacuum cleaner like I’m doing here but with a pressurized air can. It looks like because I’m exhausting air through the top instead of sucking it in the mesh there is also surprisingly clean, despite all that settling dust. And the last thing I do is find a sweep with my manual air blower a to pick up any particles around the pump and the GPU, and now my system is fully cleaned up inside and out.
It shouldn’t a surprise that the front-panel dust accumulation and the clogged up radiator were massive airflow bottleneck as we’re now running 10°C cooler on the CPU at load after the cleanup. Removing a lot of the dust particles from the radiator and the front-panel has also lowered the noise profile of the system. When the fans are running at full speed it’s now much quieter. I’m guessing that there’s less turbulence and that the airflow is just exiting and entering without too much restriction. To be honest, I was expecting the front mesh and the top mesh to be completely full of dust, but I’m guessing a lot of the dust just goes right through based on the design of the threading of that performance mesh and a lot of the dust is being caught by the actual dust filter instead. Nevertheless, I was not expecting such a drastic CPU temperature difference. It’s a good reminder to periodically clean your system so that it runs cleaner and cooler.
And now I have to be thinking about my ThreadRipper system and what case I should choose for the EATX motherboard. I wish that the P600S supported a larger motherboard size, but sadly it doesn’t. I want to prepare for eventual return back to AMD, so why don’t we decide this together? What should be my next case for my monster ThreadRipper system that is waiting to chew through DaVinci Resolve and some games as well.
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