Nah there are no intakes under this GPU. That 2.7 slot just barely fits, couldn't even put a slim fan under there. Which I prefer because less turbulence and the GPU feeds directly on fresh air. I'm talking about push pull on the cpu cooler because I currently only have pull from a fan on the underside, so it is breathing a lot of already hot case air. If I could fit a slim 140 on the top of the cpu cooler then it would get fresh air instead. In the one picture you see the 140 on the top of the cpu cooler, but I had to move it underneath as it doesn't actually fit under the side panel. Need a slim instead, but noctua doesn't make 140 slim yet. https://www.reddit.com/r/hardware/comments/9iiv97/noctua_to_release_slim_140mm_fan_in_late_2019/
I like you sir used to think that the blower gpu would be superior. However, OptimumTech's video on open air vs blowers in ITX convinced me otherwise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFiI1IQOKgU
Also, ultimately the MASSIVE 2.7 slot heatsink on the card makes it worth it. I have toyed with the idea of segregating the compartments, but also think that creating a sleeve around the cpu cooler to ensure it operates on 100% outside air might do the trick. Ultimately, I am mostly just waiting for Noctua to release a 140mm slim fan as that would enable me to run a push/pull, which I think may improve temps. Also, once the 92mm chromax comes back in stock I will probably swap the stock 92 that came with the qbx. I think it is the loudest part on the whole rig.
On my last build I had a Corsair H100i
CPU sits around 70 under load, turboboosting to 4.2 consistently.
GPU hangs out at 60 under load.
So not terrible, but not wonderful. Bit of a change from using 240mm aio, but worth it for simplicity, smaller size, reliability, and actually quieter as well.
Just to clarify I do tend to consider myself to be a prick.
That hadn't even occured to me! Thanks for the tip!
But why would I want it bigger? It's more portable this way.
With dual LAN I don't get a lot of use from the WiFi. When I take it on the road I pull it out. Oh and on the side window, this case has sound dampened panels, and you can't achieve that with windows.
Since I'm planning on switching to the two 1070s with hybrid cooling I was thinking I would mount those two 120mm radiators on the front, but today I got some gaskets for between my fans and my rad and it looks like I am getting identical thermal performance in pull as I was in push pull, so I may move the radiator back to the front and mount it in pull, and put the two 120mm radiators on the right side also in pull. Just wish bestbuy would hurry up and get those 1070s in stock. Got a big store credit gift card to spend.
Undeniably that is the case, but since I will be able to pass those 1070s along next time I decide to upgrade, it's the only semi-responsible choice I can make.
I actually do mean two 1070s, and the reason being that I suspect it will be much easier for me to resell the two 1070s. I build a lot of pcs for friends just entering the PC master race, and I pass along all my old parts. I doubt I could get any of them to make the jump to a 1080 though. That being said, if you can convince me otherwise about return on investment on a 1080 I would be happy to put in two 1080 seahawks.
By bending the bracket the h100i mounts to at the ends. I ended up with around 2mm of clearance.
I actually was, I hadn't slipped into the bios yet when I ran that benchmark
That's a Logitech G910 Orion Spark, but I replaced with a Corsair K65 in anticipation of the Lapdog coming out
The issue that I've seen with that in this case is that most water cooling fittings are top mounted, and I doubt there's clearance above the case.
I actually just saw they came out with the spectrum edition, it's releasing on the 31st. So I'm gonna return mine and buy it.
Didn't use it actually. You only have to plug it in if you want to use corsair link and color profiles.
G502 Proteus Core.
I actually just bent the bracket out very slightly. Fit fine after that. It was a little cozy with the mobo before that.
Working on it