So I’m back with an update on the idea of putting two Antec Kuhler 620’s together for a compact mATX case fit… no way was the going to work without heavy modding.
The main issue was the fact that in order to get the radiators to line up I had alternate their layout but the ends of the radiators where the tanks are on either side were hitting the other radiators hoses that came out on the side.
Long store short, I moved my computer out of the Silverstone FT03-T case and into the Fractal Design Define Mini mATX case, best… choice… ever!
So much more room in this case and it’s actually more quiet due to the sound deadening material Fractal Design puts in the case!
So the above picture shows pretty much the build as it is now, after fitting the DWOOD bracket and 620 onto my GTX 570 I had issues with getting the radiator mounted where I wanted to in this case.
I wanted it against the backside at the top but because Fractal Design added the vertical slot for the fan controller the radiator wouldn’t fit unless I oriented the radiator with the hoses at the top, this cause the hoses to jam up against the CPU radiator without a fan on it even – which wasn’t going to work.
Enter the awesome SCYTHE slim fans! I have it setup now with push/pull, but in the above picture I only had the one pulling air through to the outside. The slim fans were needed as regular 120mm fans actually hit the other radiator in a push/pull configuration.
I realized as well the original slim fan I picked up was the 1600rpm version of the SY1212SL12 – so be careful if you pick one up, both versions start as the same model number but one ends in “M” the other in “H” for the 2000rpm version (I’m assuming for medium and high). When using the 1600rpm fans in push/pull I reached 65c on BF3 ultra settings, using the 2000rpm fans I haven’t get 50c yet, huge difference!
Regardless with the setup in the new Design Mini case my GPU never reaches 50c under load playing BF3, quite an improvement and worth every penny – oh and I’m using crappy Cooler Master thermal paste I found in a box lmao.
I’ll show another picture soon of the updated case internals but here is a closer look at the CPU/GPU radiators.
I’m currently not using any heat sinks on my vram and have purchased this kit here to install in the coming week.
Future plans may include another GTX 570 when they get even cheaper and try SLI, I’m not sure that I’ll be able to fit it in there with the extra fan on the bracket that DWOOD made me but I could probably take that off if I had the heat sinks on.
Here is a better picture to show the bracket installed on my GTX 570:
The bracket with the 92mm fan installed hits the 6pin power connectors because I used rubber screws, not a big deal but something to be noted for sure.
Overall I’m happy with the way everything turned out, quiet, powerful and still relatively small – my computer is still sitting on my desk with plenty of room to spare, something I could never have done with my old HAF-X case.