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ThermalTake A500 Airflow problems

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I installed a closed loop water cooler in the top of my case(iQue h100i in a ThermalTake A500 ), and ever since, my components are baking. I think, because the top and front panel are covered in metal, and the frame beneath it is covered in metal mesh, the radiator isn't sucking in the air from outside the case, and is mostly just recycling the case air.  I'm considering taping the entire top of the case chassis to provide a seal, so the only airflow that can occur is through the cpu radiator.  


Is this a stupid Idea, or do I just need to rearrange my setup?
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If you haven't already, try using the top as exhaust instead and see if that's any better. 

 

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What are "baking" temps?


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, LogicalDrm said:

What are "baking" temps?

Both the cpu and GPU are pushing past 90 under sustained full load. Before using this cooler, I was barely hitting 80.

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1 hour ago, WoodenMarker said:

If you haven't already, try using the top as exhaust instead and see if that's any better. 

Can I just flip the radiator fans? or do I need to also put them on the other side of the radiator?

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1 minute ago, 3DprintedDuck said:

Can I just flip the radiator fans? or do I need to also put them on the other side of the radiator?

You can just flip them. You're currently using the fans in pull which is actually the opposite of how the cooler and case are generally advertised with rad fans in push. 


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Yeah...the Thermaltake A500 is not a really well thought out / designed case.

Sir 'Tech Jesus' ripped that case a new one in his review...

 

Can you remove the dust filters at the top (at least) and the front to give more airflow?

Due to the fine and small amount of ventilation holes, it is really trapping the hot air in, even if it WANTS to get out, it cannot.

 

What you can also make the front and rear fans as INTAKE, and flip the radiator fans as EXHAUST.

All the hot air goes out the top, everything else is taking in fresh cool air.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 hours ago, -rascal- said:

Yeah...the Thermaltake A500 is not a really well thought out / designed case.

Sir 'Tech Jesus' ripped that case a new one in his review...

 

Can you remove the dust filters at the top (at least) and the front to give more airflow?

Due to the fine and small amount of ventilation holes, it is really trapping the hot air in, even if it WANTS to get out, it cannot.

 

What you can also make the front and rear fans as INTAKE, and flip the radiator fans as EXHAUST.

All the hot air goes out the top, everything else is taking in fresh cool air.

They're glued in place, but I could easily rip them off. I'm hesitant to do that though, since they do get a decent amount of dust on them, and the actual chassis only has a dust cover on the bottom.... where there's no air flow... because of the shroud. I literally only bought the case because it was THE ONLY CASE they sold at Fry's that actually supported more than like two 3.5" bays. (and funny enough, LTT started running ads for the case the next week)

 

4 hours ago, WoodenMarker said:

You can just flip them. You're currently using the fans in pull which is actually the opposite of how the cooler and case are generally advertised with rad fans in push. 

Really? That's pretty surprising, the Corsair h100i manual emphasized a few times that they recommended using it as intake, and I just copied the configuration they had in the diagram.

My last closed loop setup was set up as exhaust, but I did that so it would be easier to dust. I wasn't really thinking about airflow on that build, because I was using an old HAF case, so airflow was never an issue.

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4 minutes ago, 3DprintedDuck said:

Really? That's pretty surprising, the Corsair h100i manual emphasized a few times that they recommended using it as intake, and I just copied the configuration they had in the diagram.
My last closed loop setup was set up as exhaust, but I did that so it would be easier to dust. I wasn't really thinking about airflow on that build, because I was using an old HAF case, so airflow was never an issue.

Which manual? I think most of the newer ones show it being used as exhaust. Some old manuals recommended it as intake through unfiltered mounts back when there was less of of a focus on mitigating dust buildup and more on performance. 

In either case, there are good reasons to use the cooler as either intake or exhaust depending on the case and where the cooler is being mounted. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

Which manual? I think most of the newer ones show it being used as exhaust. Some old manuals recommended it as intake through unfiltered mounts back when there was less of of a focus on mitigating dust buildup and more on performance. 

In either case, there are good reasons to use the cooler as either intake or exhaust depending on the case and where the cooler is being mounted. 

The iCue H100i RGB PRO XT manual. I think it just came out a month or so ago.

I'm definitely flipping the fans tomorrow, to see if that helps.

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8 minutes ago, 3DprintedDuck said:

The iCue H100i RGB PRO XT manual. I think it just came out a month or so ago.

That's interesting. The last few generations of their AIO's including the RGB Pro show a similar image but with the fan flipped for exhaust. https://www.corsair.com/corsairmedia/sys_master/productcontent/WW_H100i_PRO_QSG_WEB.pdf

I wonder what prompted them to change it back. 


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