1. #10581
    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader Cronus View Post

    As far as fans go I have two 120mm intakes on the front (both Cougar CF-V12HB) and a single output on the top (Cougar CF-V14HB).

    You need to add an exhaust fan at the rear my friend. You do NOT have enough airflow with just a single output at the top. Your heatsink is also on backwards. It needs to be rotated 180 degrees so that the fan is blowing towards the rear exhaust fan. That is the shortest route for heat produced by your CPU to exist the case. On top of that I would upgrade the heatsink to a push/pull setup as well to further reduce temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader Cronus View Post
    It's pulling through the heatsink. I've tried multiple methods for the rest of the mounts, and none of them really seem to make a difference, hence how I got down to three totally necessary case fans. The addition of one on the back, whether intake or exhaust, added nothing but noise, and didn't lower my temperatures at all. Neither did a second 140mm on the top or bottom. I haven't attempted to mess around with my heatsink fan since I got it, primarily because I've been within the acceptable temperature range with all of my components, but it's definitely something I could try in the future.
    You posted this while I was responding. If I understand you correctly you have the fan on your CPU heatsink so that it is blowing towards the back of your case? You do realize that you essentially have zero airflow over the fins right? Than fan needs to be blowing fresh air across the heatsink fins in order to properly dissipate heat. You can use a push pull setup to increase cooling by having one fan blowing across the fins towards the rear of the case with another fan on the opposite side blowing in the same direction as the first.

    IE: Rear <----||||----<--- Front

    Probably why you saw little difference in temperatures. Orientate the HS/Fan properly with a rear exhaust fan and you should see a big difference.
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  2. #10582
    Quote Originally Posted by Cerus View Post
    Fans are cheap and you really cannot have too many.
    Oh, yes you can. As I said in my previous post, there are diminishing returns where fans are concerned. Eventually you keep building the negatives with little to none of the positives. I originally had more fans, both before and after I upgraded, and it didn't add much but noise. While I will concede that it probably would decrease my CPU temperature by a bit if I did all the things you mentioned, I don't have much motivation to do so considering it will be money and noise to reduce temperatures that are already well-safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader Cronus View Post
    Oh, yes you can. As I said in my previous post, there are diminishing returns where fans are concerned. Eventually you keep building the negatives with little to none of the positives. I originally had more fans, both before and after I upgraded, and it didn't add much but noise. While I will concede that it probably would decrease my CPU temperature by a bit if I did all the things you mentioned, I don't have much motivation to do so considering it will be money and noise to reduce temperatures that are already well-safe.
    That depends on your ambient temps and if you OC and by how much. Granted an entire case of fans is overkill but at bare minimum you need one or two intakes at the front bottom, one exhaust at the rear towards the top - preferably inline with your CPU heatsink/fan so that it is working with it - and an exhaust fan at the top to top it off if your case supports it. In your case - as I've mentioned already - I would add an exhaust fan at the back and setup your HS so that it is blowing across the fins and into the rear exhaust fan. Rest of the setup is fine and with that addition you'll have good, proper airflow pattern. Since you are OCing you really don't want to be skimping on fans.

    Out of curiosity - what are your idle and full load temps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerus View Post
    You posted this while I was responding. If I understand you correctly you have the fan on your CPU heatsink so that it is blowing towards the back of your case? You do realize that you essentially have zero airflow over the fins right? Than fan needs to be blowing fresh air across the heatsink fins in order to properly dissipate heat. You can use a push pull setup to increase cooling by having one fan blowing across the fins towards the rear of the case with another fan on the opposite side blowing in the same direction as the first.

    IE: Rear <----||||----<--- Front

    Probably why you saw little difference in temperatures. Orientate the HS/Fan properly with a rear exhaust fan and you should see a big difference.
    You misunderstand me, because I mistyped and then edited it once I caught my mistake. It's pushing through, and retrieving a good deal of air through the back even without a fan while doing so. If air directly from the outside of the case (with or without a fan to aid it), being right next to the fan pulling through can't decrease temperatures then neither will reorientation, especially if that reorientation leads to fighting between the top exhaust for hot air from the rest of the components. A push-pull configuration would be equally pointless, especially on a heatsink that's been proven to benefit very little from such a thing. I won't be wasting my time for a fraction of a degree, or even five, when it's perfectly within limit as is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cerus View Post
    Out of curiosity - what are your idle and full load temps?
    I get up to the low 70s with Prime95 running large FFTs, and the low 80s with that and Furmark burn-in running alongside it. Do keep in mind this is at 4.5GHz with 1.28v.

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    Please read the rules and stop quoting pictures without breaking the image tags.

    As for the topic at hand, proper airflow != more fans. I'm running 4 case fans in my Define (R3), two front 800rpm intakes at 5v and 7v respectively, a bottom 1450rpm one to feed the GPU at 5v and an exhaust at the back, also 1450 rpm, but also at 5v.
    I could probably make do with running only two of those; one front intake and one bottom, 800rpm at 5v both. I'd prefer not to, since the additional ones I have make no noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader Cronus View Post
    You misunderstand me, because I mistyped and then edited it once I caught my mistake. It's pushing through, and retrieving a good deal of air through the back even without a fan while doing so. If air directly from the outside of the case (with or without a fan to aid it), being right next to the fan pulling through can't decrease temperatures then neither will reorientation, especially if that reorientation leads to fighting between the top exhaust for hot air from the rest of the components. A push-pull configuration would be equally pointless, especially on a heatsink that's been proven to benefit very little from such a thing. I won't be wasting my time for a fraction of a degree, or even five, when it's perfectly within limit as is.



    I get up to the low 70s with Prime95 running large FFTs, and the low 80s with that and Furmark burn-in running alongside it. Do keep in mind this is at 4.5GHz with 1.28v.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader Cronus View Post
    You misunderstand me, because I mistyped and then edited it once I caught my mistake. It's pushing through, and retrieving a good deal of air through the back even without a fan while doing so. If air directly from the outside of the case (with or without a fan to aid it), being right next to the fan pulling through can't decrease temperatures then neither will reorientation, especially if that reorientation leads to fighting between the top exhaust for hot air from the rest of the components. A push-pull configuration would be equally pointless, especially on a heatsink that's been proven to benefit very little from such a thing. I won't be wasting my time for a fraction of a degree, or even five, when it's perfectly within limit as is.



    I get up to the low 70s with Prime95 running large FFTs, and the low 80s with that and Furmark burn-in running alongside it. Do keep in mind this is at 4.5GHz with 1.28v.
    Ah - well that's definitely better than having it pulling air through it for sure. The problem I still see is that you have an uneven and turbulent airflow pattern created by your heatsink blowing hot air into the path of the incoming cool air creating a warmer temp gradient for your HDDs, MB, CPU etc. Since that the CPU is the most crucial part of a system (cooling wise) and generates the most heat you want that air to get out of the case as quickly as possible. That's why modern cases have an exhaust fan located right inline with the CPU and generally have on preinstalled. Having the HS blowing towards the back into an exhaust fan with an exhaust fan on top won't cause any "fighting" as you put it. The top exhaust will help create a good bottom to top airflow pattern and the HS fan and rear exhaust will take care of the CPUs cooling needs.

    That's pretty much the standard gaming case design these days so I wouldn't worry about any cooling fan conflicts. Every degree counts - even if it's just one. It's that much longer your equipment will last. Your temps are in range but that's a fairly mild OC for 70s and 80s. I'd prefer mid 60s or less in my own systems but I'm a cooling freak. I'm not really sure why since any HW failure means I get to do some building. I thought about breaking things on purpose but I figured my wife would catch on too quick.
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    While the "hot air" concept is true, it's always overstated.
    I've found, with the sample size being my computers throughout time, that windchill matters, internal air temperature has a slight effect. Delta temperature around the case is more important in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetrisGOAT View Post
    Please read the rules and stop quoting pictures without breaking the image tags.

    As for the topic at hand, proper airflow != more fans. I'm running 4 case fans in my Define (R3), two front 800rpm intakes at 5v and 7v respectively, a bottom 1450rpm one to feed the GPU at 5v and an exhaust at the back, also 1450 rpm, but also at 5v.
    I could probably make do with running only two of those; one front intake and one bottom, 800rpm at 5v both. I'd prefer not to, since the additional ones I have make no noise.
    Went and read the rules again. No mention of breaking image tags in quotes. I'm either blind or it must be a new hidden rule. A PM asking me to tweak my post would have been sufficient instead of hacking it up yourself without even leaving any of the post I was responding to intact. /sigh
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetrisGOAT View Post
    While the "hot air" concept is true, it's always overstated.
    I've found, with the sample size being my computers throughout time, that windchill matters, internal air temperature has a slight effect. Delta temperature around the case is more important in my experience.
    Hot zones, hot air blowing against your intake air and hot air dumped into the case by the gpu or intake air obstructed by bad cable management creating "vacuums" is as crucial to temps as the delta temperature. It matters in the sense of ambient over delta. It is true though a Delta temperature of 20+45=65 and a Delta temperature of 35+45=80, so it matters more in a way.

    What is equally important to remember is that you can't do so much about your delta temperature, but you can optimize your ambient temperature. Having hot air warming up your intake air effectively takes your overall Ambient over Delta temperature up. I agree, the importance of airflow is overstated, it is also the only variable you can control to a certain extent.

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    Ordered this Bluetooth keyboard off Ebay for my Nexus 7. I've used a slim USB keyboard with an OTG cable in the past, along with a USB hub, mouse and a foldable stand. Now I can cut it down to just this, which makes it a lot easier to grab with me when I travel about (and leaves space in my bag for other goodies).

    Typing on it was a bit wonky at first, but I got used to the slim design faster than I expected (took about an hour). It's of course nothing compared to a full-sized keyboard, but I don't really plan on writing long essays with it anyway. It's for typing down short notes, appointments and the occasional forum post. It's a giant plus that it doubles as a case (screen protector) and stand.

    It cost me just $20 (128 SEK), shipping included, and was delivered in just under 4 days (from China).


    Front. Notice the rather odd layout with TAB replacing § and Q being almost 150% its original size. The Home and Back buttons (in place of the Windows-key) work as you'd expect. Top right you see on/off switch, two LED indicators (power and connection) as well as a connect button.


    Back. Not the same finish as found on the back of the Nexus 7 but pretty close. It feels cheaper and is more prone to fingerprints. On the bottom-left is a connector for charging (micro-USB).


    Thickness. Like Linus, a side-by-side comparison with an iPhone 4. It makes the device about 60-70% thicker (haven't measured) but barely adds any noticeable weight. It snaps on as you'd expect - almost a perfect fit.


    Comparison. Keyboard to the left, Nexus 7 on the right (obviously). The keyboard is slimmer, albeit not by much. The hinges fold over the Nexus when you snap them together.


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    That is really sexy. I had a Nexus7 and my wife thought it looked cool. Now I'm stuck with her old iPad mini. Maybe I'll try to steal it back!

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    I have a similar device for my ipad, it's fairly nice, but i run into the issue of it's a bit bulky and interferes with the speed of opening a tablet

    how does that work out on the 7" size?

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    It's very situational. When I'm at work or when I'm at home I rarely use the keyboard because it isn't necessary. I use my tablet to browse; check news, forums, emails, etc. Whenever I feel I need to actually type something (write a post, answer an email, etc) a computer is never far away. While on a train or a plane it's more convenient to have the keyboard though as you can at least do some work with it - almost like a small notebook. As such I will rarely have the keyboard attached when I'm at home.

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    omg Marest.

    Come now, more current video psshhhhhh! That video is months old! XD The miss is in the background and such. 8/10 for effort though!

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    It looks messier than it actually is =/

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    Why not the entire machine park? I'm sure I've posted most of it at some point but small things change and stuff. Also, just a teeny weeny bit better camera than before but was still dark as hell when I snapped most photos..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wries View Post
    etc.
    Loving that setup Wries, how long did it take you to put all of that together? Wish I could save up the money to afford a setup like that , most of my money goes on rent/student related stuff so I'll probably have to wait a while til I get anything similar. Very jealous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Appled View Post
    Loving that setup Wries, how long did it take you to put all of that together? Wish I could save up the money to afford a setup like that , most of my money goes on rent/student related stuff so I'll probably have to wait a while til I get anything similar. Very jealous!
    You could whore yourself out to 1,000 fat chicks for 50 bucks each. :P kidding

    In all honesty just save what you can when you can and you'll be surprised what you can afford. I never thought I could afford anything on what I make now, but I've got a laptop for college, a fairly powerful gaming computer, a file server, and a car now ('05 VW GTI 1.8T, mmmm turbo noises). Just have to cut back what you think you can live without and SAVE EVERY PENNY. Make your own meals every day, don't eat out, etc.

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