Hello my fellow overclockers. Air flow can make a difference in your temps. I modified a Enlight 9810 Full Tower Server case with 2 power supplies and 6 extra fans. My test system is an ASUS P3V4X, P3 700 @ 945 1.85V, ASUS G Force2 GTS 64meg (core 225/mem 430), SBLive!, SMC nic, ALPHA 3125 w/ 23 CFM Sunon fans. Room temp is 71F.
I started with a Roltron 6.75 inch, 235 CFM, 24 volt fan. I cut a hole in the lower front with the fan blowing in. Then I took 4 80 mm Sunon fans and placed 2 blowing out the side above the CPU and the PCI slots.
Then I took the other 2 blowing out the back behind the CPU. Now there are also 2 Sunon fans I put in the power supplies that are also blowing out. And last but not least is the 92mm Mini Ace 25 fan (25 cfm) blowing out the other side towards the top. Its a little loud but not too bad.
Well, I turned all fans off except the one in the power supply that powers the components. I then ran 3DMark2000, then immediately ran Stability Test. My CPU bumped 104F as the highest temp. It ran an average of 102F full load, 91F IDLE after tests. The chipset was 91F throughout the test.
Now the Fans come on and watch the temps drop. Looking good! I ran the same tests as before and man, did it make a difference! The highest temp was 95F through these tests, the average temp was 92F Full Load, and 78F at IDLE – ain’t too bad, is it? The best temp goes to the chipset that is sitting there, never moving from 71F.
So as everyone can see, having good, positive, air flow through your case can make a difference. You can contact me on ICQ 6218012 or email me.