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Gallery (Clean and Simple) Black/White/Blue Fractal Design Define S

Prickly007

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These newfangled cases look so odd with no drive bays of any kind.... On another notes, what do you think of the GRID+ v2 (in comparison to MB fan headers)?
 

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I love it. The software is easy to work with and gives a lot of control. My only concern is that getting the cables out of the GRID is very though. I suggest to use tools because pulling on the wire might break them (so tight).

Also, 3 working pin with space for 4pin but I could care less personally.
 

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While I wait for more budget to put on this rig, I wanted to improve the looks a little. I took the smallest, yet ugliest part I could see: the SLI bridge.

At first I wanted to mod it myself, paint the thing or put a custom hard cover on it. Would have costed me between $20 and $45 (Non-conductive paint, other parts for hard cover, etc.).

Then I saw this: Coldzero NVIDIA Claw Bridge Cover.
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I asked them and they can customize as we want. So I ordered it today, black logo on matte white base for $16.09 CAD. All I need to do is glue that thing on the SLI bridge.

Will update when I receive it.
 
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I finally received the SLI bridge cover. Very good quality, I recommend buying from them. Free shipping is slow but it's free!

I have absolutely NO manual skills so I did my best. Keep that in mind!

  1. First, the packaging was overkill. Quality is very good so I knew that $16 was well spent.
  2. The next thing I had to do is cut-off the oversized plastic pins to have a better contact surface to glue it. I used pincers and it was really easy.
  3. I then sanded off the pins afterwards to bring them closest to the solders as possible.
  4. After a quick cleaning, I simply super-glued the thing. I've put the most glue at the top and bottom where the solders are. They are the main contact surface. I also put some in the centre but barely ... ok I ran out of glue :doh:.
  5. I am of the impatient type so I quickly tried it on without plugging it all the way in. It took it's place naturally. I then let it dry for a few minutes. Being impatient, I googled "how to make super glued dry faster". The first two thing I've read were heat and air flow ... so I just plugged it in and turned on the rig. You want heat and airflow: voilà! :haha:

Packaging was overkill!

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Cut and sand

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SLI Bridge Cover

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Well it's done! The stock cooler has been replaced with a NZXT Kraken X41.

I have to say one thing, for a "watercooler dream case", the Define S disappointed me a LOT. The rad doesn't fit on the back. Here's the deal:
  • Back: Bottom section with hose hits metal above the first PCI bracket. Can't turn or move.
  • Front: You have to remove 2 front fans to make it fit. Again, hoses section.
  • Top back: Can't fit if the rear exhaust fan is there.
  • Middle front: Looks ugly, a lot of stress on hose, hits RAM (And I have low profile).
  • Top front: Fits barely if I want the 2nd cover to snap back in.

That being said, the X41 is one silent piece of cooling under silent mode. I manually set it to run at 100% and this is where it's REALLY noticeable. I compare it to ... a small microwave running upstairs with doors closed ... sorry it's late and I can't find anything better to compare it to. CPU temp is at 28C, was running at 36C, if I recall right, with stock Intel cooler. That being said, silent mode/low rpm will be sufficient for me.

This is the part that prevents rear mount (black piece right above the white bracket)
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And now the installed thing!

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Guess what! I am the uber dork of them all. Fractal suggested, quite obviously, that I mount the fan between the chassis and the rad. Now I have enough space, it looks clean, the top is closed, my 3rd front fan is back in and I could even mount my extra fan to have a dual fan setup. I think I might do this in a few days.

Here is the result.

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Yup, good suggestion indeed. Someone else might have mentioned that somewhere... ;) So in that set up as you have it now is the fan still an exhaust? Drawing air from inside the case, out through the rad, and then out of the case? Does look nice and clean!
 

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Yes that's it. Exhaust. And like I said, if I'm not happy I might add another one to have a better push through the rad.
 

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Yes that's it. Exhaust. And like I said, if I'm not happy I might add another one to have a better push through the rad.
Not happy with the temps you mean? That is exactly how my 280 mm rad (2x140mm fans) is set up in the top of my case. Fans are between the rad and the case pulling air out of the case through the rad. Works great. I have played with push/pull set ups on 240 mm rads and to be honest for the reduction in open space inside the case it wasn't worth the small degree improvement. However, the benefit of push/pull does depend on how densely packed the fins of the rad are so YMMV.
 

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Not happy with the temps you mean? That is exactly how my 280 mm rad (2x140mm fans) is set up in the top of my case. Fans are between the rad and the case pulling air out of the case through the rad. Works great. I have played with push/pull set ups on 240 mm rads and to be honest for the reduction in open space inside the case it wasn't worth the small degree improvement. However, the benefit of push/pull does depend on how densely packed the fins of the rad are so YMMV.

Yeah that's what I meant. I'll try various scenarios before I declare myself happy or not. So far I see a 2C~3C higher temp than the last setup. But it doesn't bother me honestly.
 

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