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Old 06-02-2020, 02:22 PM
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Well, so long for "high air flow" ^^'
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:40 PM
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yeah, pretty much - I'am wondering though how the 240 AIR I have here would do in comparison. Mabye it would redeem it's name :D
Thanks again for you help dude!

This is the end result of all that hassle - was it worth it? probably not ^^

Edit: Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention - you can actually fit a 280mm rad into the front if the top rad is all the way in the back of the case.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:48 AM
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Thanks for sharing!
Which model is your top 240 radiator?
The front seems to be the EK SE 280.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:35 AM
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Both rads are EK SE240 - but as mentioned you could fit a 280mm up front aswell with a little squeeze
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:53 PM
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As a proud owner of a 280x who recently installed a hydro X set onto their case, I will tell you that it is 100% possible to achieve acceptable temps on your set up. (See attached picture of my completed set up)

I’ll start with my setup specs:
-8700K OC @ 1.26v
-RTX 2080
-4 sticks of vengeance pro rgb
-Micro atx gigabyte z390 motherboard
-LL120 x2 for front intake
-ML120 RGB (2500rpm version from h110i platinum)
-ML140 RGB (1800rpm versión from h115i platinum)

As you can see, my motherboard form factor already limits what I can do on paper. However, this is what I was able to fit into the case without any actual case mods:
-Corsair cpu + GPU block
-XD3 pump (mounted parallel to the front intake fans, allowing unobstructed view of the wonderful ram RGB)
-xr5 280 (top exhaust)
-xr5 240 (bottom intake)

This was a very challenging endeavor. I accomplished this by overcoming specific challenges in different ways. For the sake of organization and avoiding rambling I’ll explain each one separately

Step 1— Mounting the top 280 rad: I used a 45 degree elbow fitting attached to a 90 degree fitting on the back rad plug hole, this is the only way to enable the fitting to clear the motherboard IO shroud. I was able to bend it to exactly the angle I needed. I routed the CPU block and all fan cables BEFORE mounting it. You lose access to that top cable management aperture as soon as it’s mounted. You must mount this before placing the top intake 120mm fan(otherwise good luck even inserting the rad inside the case). The tubes also had to be pre-cut, attached, and secured to the rad fittings before mounting (again, impossible to access or tighten once it is mounted). The rad had to be mounted as close to the back as possible, and although it pushes the 8 pin CPU cable aside, it does not interfere with its connection to the motherboard.

-Step 2— mount the front intake fan: self explanatory. Securing the top rad as far back as the case allows, will allow you JUST the right amount of space to insert the front intake fan into its proper position.

-Step 3— Mounting the F@;$#&! XD3 pump: this was the most difficult part and the part that required lots of trial and error and digging through my old “spare accessories” ziploc bags. I mounted the XD3 to the 280 (yes the 280 included mounting bracket) over the 120mm front intake fan, which using long mounting screws allow it to sit at the exact clearance needed for the top filling port to clear the top fan blade. When I say “long screw” I really mean the male-male standoffs that come with the H100i platinum AIO, sandwiched between the screw-pegs (removed from the “X-shaped” plastic socket support bracket)- which end up being the exact length necessary to avoid interfering with the front air filter. I filled the whole loop through the top pump fill hole, while holding the pump in my hand. Once that’s done, THEN i finally (and with some difficulty) cap the fill port, and secure the pump. The thumbscrews that secure the pump to the mounting bracket end up right up against the vibration dampening pads of my LL120 intake fan, which really works out.

Finally, I populate the ram slots, with a few cuts on my fingers but a satisfied smile, and replace the glass panels on the case.


Step 4 — Increase the bottom ground clearance of the case: I placed furniture chair pegs underneath each rubber foot to increase the case height and maximize air intake. This does not affect aesthetics at all and does wonders for temperature

Step 5— Raise the top glass: I used superglue to secure each rubber piece to the screw poles at the highest point possible, before carefully sliding the glass through it and finally securing it with the standard screws. The end result is a top exhaust rad that is not suffocated. (Using superglue was extremely risky, as any stray glue drops inside the screw threads would effectively ruin the ability to screw in the glass- using nylon spacers is a much better equivalent solution that I did not want to wait for)

Radiator airflow : make sure you are using static pressure fans on all of your rads. Using QL120s and QL140s I got SIGNIFICANTLY worse water temps. By switching to the ML RGB fans (AIO versions) I was able to address this, effectively improving coolant temperatures by 4-6 degrees under load without sacrificing noise performance or RGB. The lesson for me was that water cooling in this case DEMANDS static pressure optimized fans for the radiators to function at all, and successfully overcome the airflow limitations of the case.

[B] And finally, my conclusion [\B]
The end result yielded a 28-29 degree idle coolant temp (with 22-24 ambient temp, pump at 3000RPM and all fans at 1000 RPM), 39 degree load coolant temp (AAA gaming titles at 4K), and steady 41C coolant temp under MAX stress (1 hour of p95 putting 167W on CPU, and furmark simultaneously pushing GPU to 300W at 120% power target, for a total load of 467W that incurs a maximum fan speed of 1200-1300 rpm and pump speed of 3200-3500rpm). This took me a lot of trial and error but I am extremely happy with the outcome.

I hope this helps somewhat!
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:14 PM
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Using corsair rads does help a lot too. They are Hardware Labs rebrands, and these are stupid efficient.
Lols for the QL fans :p that's the very reason why i got rid of LLs on radiators.
Nice build !
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Old 06-04-2020, 04:44 AM
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Looks pretty snazzy - and performance sounds really great!
I would have liked to place the radiators top + bottom aswell by my MB doesn't allow for that unfortunately :( I'm jealous :P

Thank you for taking the time sharing your experience!
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Old 06-05-2020, 05:58 PM
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another update on the build - finally got mail from alphacool.

I managed to install the 80mm XT45 rad in the back of the case. The easy part was drilling two holes. The hard part was figuring out a way to run the tubes with what I have available regarding extenders and angled adapters.

Tubes are all over the place but it works for now, basically the flow is in reverse. I did connect the blocks in a way, that coolant goes in the intended direction through them. Anyone knows if it's important to keep the direction of the flow into both cpu and gpu block as marked on them? Idk if Corsair's waterblocks are in any way directional.

Anyways, that radiator is a beast. Dropped temps with all the panels on about 10°C - yeah you read that right. GPU under full load is on a stable 58-59°C @2100MHz and CPU is still nice and cozy with everything running at full speed. I should mention though that I installed a slim 140mm fan on the bottom as intake, but it's probably mostly a placebo considering theres a big graphics card in the way - but why not.
The fan on the new radiator is a Noctua NF-A8x25 that I screwed to the case on the outside. I've ordered now a few more fittings and another one of those fans to get a push/pull setup going. Thilled to see how it's going to improve with that.

I also raised the top panel with some rummer spacers about 5mm to 11mm total and replaced the feet with some door stoppers if found on amazon to 18mm height. They weren't cheap tho with 12 EUR a piece lol
But I really didn't want the rubber blob aesthetic.
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:35 PM
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There is generally a very slight loss of performance running reverse flow on a waterblock but it's so minute you wouldn't notice it.
Better to run reverse flow with minimal fittings than install a bunch of angled adapters and get to the same result
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