- Jan 27, 2012
Always, always populate all Fan slots.
Simple way to ensure you have adequate airflow. Trust me if I started knocking out fans on my cases my components would start cooking inside.
Oh.As for the cooling issue, I'd start with adding fans since the side panel made such a big difference. At least the 120mm exhaust is needed to draw the heat the VRMs produce away, but with a 560Ti in there, I'd also add a front intake fan to feed it cool air. I tried running no rear exhaust one time, and as maverick_brent stated you get a warm spot behind the CPU that your cooler can't remove on its own.
As a comparison, I'm running a Antec Mini P180 24/7 [email protected] with no intake fans (the P180's default configuration), and my CPU temperature is 64°C according to Intel Desktop Utilities. Note however I have a lot less GPU heat to deal with since I'm running a 550Ti.
For the front of my case it allows me to have 1x200mm fan or 2x120mm fan (So it says!), which one should I get?
The front of my case only allows a ##x##x25mm fan in dimension. I got a 180mm fan for the front that was pretty great for intake, however... well, it's too big so it couldn't fit.
Part of the horror that is the front fan is that, the grill isn't too big for the front, and that just behind the fan there would be a HD cage. If I got the 200mm, half of it would probably only go through cause of the hard drive cage in the way.
And the FRIO is fine, and can probably mount good. What they are saying is you might not have mounted it well first time around (Trust me, its nothing new in the world you don't want to see how many damn times it took me to get my H50 on). So taking it off, and re-doing the TIM and remounting might be a good idea.
I'm confident my heatsink is on properly =)Maverick Brent said:sometimes there could be a pocket of air or too much thermal paste which actually insulates instead of transfering. Take it off and re-mount it to be sure.
It was mounted and remounted 3 times over. The first time I hit 68C when testing, then when my friend had a look he said the thermal job was bad and spread it out - then tested it again, hit 98C. So I did it myself and my temperatures went to 64C. (He had an aircon on)
We aren't sure if the mounting bracket is on an angle since you can't really see if it's in right due to its size and all, but I'm confident it is. The thermal paste that came with it wasn't very good so we replaced that on the third try too.