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Thread: Enthoo EVOLV ATX: Air flow / Fan setup suggestions

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    Enthoo EVOLV ATX: Air flow / Fan setup suggestions

    Hi there,

    I just completed my first build after many years with the Evolv ATX: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/cGcYcf

    I'm very happy with the result, but the next step is to replace my 1080TI FE cooler with an AIO. I should receive this https://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-Accele...rid%2B140&th=1 in the coming weeks.

    The GPU is currently cooled by an NZXT X62 AIO, with the radiator mounted at the front of the case (2 x 140mm fans). Then I have the two 140mm fan that came with the case extracting air on the top. And finally left the 140mm fan extracting air at the back of the case.

    Now once I set the AIO in place I will need to rethink a bit the layout. I was thinking of trying the following:
    • Leave the CPU AIO intake air at the front (2x140mm fans)
    • Replace the 140mm fan at the back and put the GPU AIO intake air
    • Put the three 140mm case fans remaining and put them on top to extract air


    Here is the schema (excuse the poor paint skills)



    I will probably test other setups, but I would love to get your thoughts.

    Kind regards

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    I'm not a pro, I might be wrong, but here's what I think (I have the case).

    Have you noticed that the cooler you linked is for 980ti not 1080ti ? xD you can check aio from NZXT, brand new. not sure if they are doing it for 1080ti...

    the only advice I can give you about the top exaust, no matter what configuration you use, always block every empty holes on the top mouting plate. use anything that prevent air to pass through. tape, acrylique, plastic... anything works. If you don't, specialy with 2x140 fans, the air will go back straight into the case. If you havn't planned to cut the top panel to let air exaust (you don't have to) you have to set up your top fans to runs at "hight speed" because the top panel is too restricive for decent air flow at low speed. so you need quite high static presure to really push the hot air out.

    I don't recomand using the rear fan as intake, as mentioned above, the case's air flow is very limited and you shouldn't have the only clear extracting place blocked with an intake fan. use it as extract, even with AIO on it

    Hope that helped

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    Thanks for the reply, it does help.

    The AIO is originally for a 980ti but after some research it fits a 1080ti perfectly. I went with this model because it includes a very efficient cooling solution not only for the gpu but also for the vrm.

    You are right, the top panel is restrictive, it is my only concern. I'm having it unscrewed and resting on the top of the case right now, and I did block all empty holes on the top mounting plate. Doing so already had a huge improvement on the thermals.

    I will try mounting the aio in both positions and post my findings here. Need to think about a proper testing methodology
    Last edited by isidith; 05-06-2017 at 05:50 AM.

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    With Evolv ATX top venting being limited 2x 140mm fans pushing top's vent area, even with top setting on it's clip mounts. Setting on clips gives top less airflow area than a single 120mm fan .. and this is very common in all case designs .. typical case vents have 1/5th to 4/5ths as much airflow area as the fans that flow air to/from them. You might find this info about vent airflow of interest.
    http://phanteks.com/forum/showthread...ull=1#post3224

    Have you tried removing the PCIe slot covers in back panel? This will allow much more airflow in from front to move back and out of case.
    I do not know what CPU you have so no idea what it's TDP is, but gaming GPUs are usually much higher TDP than CPU is .. means much more heat being generated by GPU than CPU. Your 1080TI is 250w TDP
    =i7 980X @ 3.55GHz =PH-TC14PE w/2x TY-147A fans =Crucial Ballistix 3x4GB =GA-X58A-UD5 =ENGTX580 DirectCU II =e quiet! Straight Power E10 500W =Enthoo Evolv w/2x PH-F140XP case intake fans;

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    Hi Doyll, thanks for your reply and the link about vent airflow, very interesting.

    The CPU is an i7 7700k running at 5Ghz. I'm going to give a try at removing the PCIe slot covers, thanks for the tip.

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    Ok after reading quite a bit on the subject I think I'm going to favor a front to rear airflow.
    So maybe the two kraken x62 140mm fans pulling air through the radiator mounting at the front of the case. And the GPU AIO exhausting at the back.
    I will remove all PCIe covers to improve exhaust and maybe close the whole top mounting plate.
    Last edited by isidith; 05-07-2017 at 04:08 AM.

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    Ok after reading quite a bit on the subject I think I'm going to favor a front to rear airflow.

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    Finished changing the cooler on the gpu, and had a quick test run, I'm getting impressive temps running at full load, around 47degree at full load for 15mins. I'll update with more details over the week end.

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    Sounds like you have got things working good! Congratulations!
    =i7 980X @ 3.55GHz =PH-TC14PE w/2x TY-147A fans =Crucial Ballistix 3x4GB =GA-X58A-UD5 =ENGTX580 DirectCU II =e quiet! Straight Power E10 500W =Enthoo Evolv w/2x PH-F140XP case intake fans;

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