- Jan 19, 2019
That limitation comes from there needing to be a place for the screws on the bottom / top panel to attach to the front / rear panel, as well as the thickness of the front / rear panel as they are right now. With very square radiators, due to the bumps in the corners, it will be tricky getting past them. The case was designed with the HardwareLabs GTS 280 in mind, so that would be your best bet. If you want to go the AIO route for ease of setting things up, I'd go with a 240mm AIO instead, for the safest / easiest route.May I ask what parts of the case (top plate mounting screws, etc) restrict the length to 312mm? I'm thinking of trying to fit a kraken x63 which is 315mm in total length. Alternative suggestions are much appreciated as well
The case was designed specifically to support the HardwareLabs GTS 280, because it's the best performing 280mm radiator right now.This raises so many questions, so many possibilities! 312mm is the exact length of the GTS 280, so I assume it was design with those in mind. I am really curious about that bracket, but I'll wait until the KS before I bombard you with you questions.
CPU Coolers up to a Noctua L12S (the 70mm version) will fit, as that's the new cooler height restriction. For cooling a 5900 / 5950X I would suggest an AIO for best performance, at least until the SPK comes out, but with an underplot, the L12S will suffice in a pinch, as it's one of the best performing coolers under 70mm.Wondering what CPU Coolers will fit and can cool a 3900x/3950x or the new 5900/5950, Clearance was only 67mm and I assume it only bumped up a bit when the change for 280 came about.
Temp improvements will depend on the full specs (especially the thermal output) of the hardware you use. In general, thermals should improve significantly. There are some instances (with particular GPU coolers) where you will actually have to turn DOWN the case fans to increase temps. IIRC, @gelbetron during one of our beta testing simulations found this:Hello - my first post here
I was thinking of doing an air cooled build in this case with the view of getting the semi passive/passive heat sinks in the future. My guess is that they are being made by Noctua (sorry if that seems obvious) and I was wondering what case fans would make the most sense?
NF-14x25 seem obvious but the Arctic P14's are so much cheaper and seem to give a similar performance albeit with a different hum.
Secondly, the CPU cooler height is at 67mm so that would mean my blackridge with an external 120mm fan would fit, or an L12S Ghost edition - are there any coolers I'm missing out?
Finally, I was wondering what kind of temp improvements could I see vs the Dan A4 (probably being a bit impatient here...haha)?
Case fans at 66% - gpu 80c
Case fans at 50% gpu 76c
This is because the airflow is overwhelming the GPU cooler exhaust on some GPUs... Airflow in this case is so strong it's almost funny
But in general, you'll have more clearance than in the DanCase A4, and better airflow, even in the top >> bottom configuration.
This is true, the NF A14x25's are not out. They are supposed to come out next year, based on Noctua's published roadmap. Still waiting on KS to finally give me the green light. Website is being updated... but will be ready to go soon.The easy things first: NF-14x25 are not yet released, the cpu cooler clearance has changed to 70mm (see previous page) and depending on what you'll run you temp improvements vs the DAN could be huge. (its more than double the size)
With the fans it's harder. You have to decide on the use case, and I think if you put a big heatsink in the case and fans to push air through it might be a different case than having 2 radiators. With that being said, I would assume that you don't need that much static pressure as you're not forcing air through the radiator when using the heatsink. So maybe a Fractal HF-14 Venturi might be a better choice. (only assumptions here)
For the 280GTS the best fan you can buy is actually the NF-A12x25 with a shroud to mount to the 140mm, then the P12/ P14 and then the NF-A14. (if you measure performance/noise) In the end we're talking 1-3° here, so I guess going for the P14s should be the reasonable choice.
While we all wait, here's a Compatibility Chart
And here are some beauty shots of the case:
Credit for these last 3 images goes to the beta testers <3
Edit: whoops. I posted the full resolution Compatibility chart (14.5K) was causing the forum thread to become unstable if you interact with it. Uhh, I just resized it to a lower-res version (4.3K) :3
Edit 2: found a minor error with the compatibility chart. Now fixed. If you caught it, and messaged me, thank you <3