Hello all. While I was content with the temps with dual 280s, the advent of realised global warming has caused me to rethink my cooling situation. In order to maintain a decent coolant temp with 30-32C ambient I had to push the fans to 1500 RPM or so, and it was a tad noisy. With no space for additional rads, do I abandon everything and switch to an ATX case? Do I undervolt? Turn on my A/C whenever I wanted to game?
A MORA-420 is always the solution.
Fully kitted out with Noctua A20 Chromax HS fans, a Heatkiller 150 D5 Tube, Aquacomputer Next Flow, Aquacomputer D5 Next; it has changed my temps dramatically. It's majestic in size, and didn't took up that much space. I have since placed it behind my monitor which was a void space to begin with.
The fans absolutely move air and are very quiet. I don't have to push it much, as the MORA420 is quite a low FPI rad.
As you can imagine, I had to re-route my tubes. This was the best configuration I could think of while keeping everything quite clean. I love the parallel runs. Had to do a bit of offsets and some fitting tetris to get the tubes in line. The CPU side remains the same.
Koolance QD3 were used to pair the MORA 420 to the case. I had someone cut out for me a custom pcie bracket to accommodate two holes and a cable grommet hole for cabling, which is also where I slotted in an ambient temperature sensor. The QD3 are absolute champs, with only a fraction of a drop when uncoupling. It being panel mounted also keeps a clean external look to it, while allowing my set of idea of tubing runs to be a reality.
I tried to keep cabling as neat as possible. I initially wanted to use XLR connectors on my case and mora to keep cables looking tidy, but sadly the panel mount XLR mount would interfere with my tubing run #sfftroubles. I settled for a neat cable loom instead. 3 wires from a 6pin PSU connector gives 12v/5v/GND to the D5 next via Sata connector. In the same loom are 4 data cables for the D5 Next and Next flow (2 cables each) to be connected to the motherboard USB 2.0 panel. The D5 next is quite central to the system, as its fan port is connected the 4-way PCB fan splitter that is connected the quad Noctua A20 fans. The RGPX connector from D5 Next gives power to the Next flow as well.
In a series of a few (very bored) days, I decided to sand down the stock IHS + CPU block and adding in a Fibreglass ILM in order to improve my CPU temps, which were already good to begin with as it has been delidded. I already had good contact prior to this mod, so not much improvement was seen. It was only around 2-3C on CPU core, but I'll take it.
Last but not least, I have also updated the fans on my rad. They're the BeQuiet SIlent Wings 4 Pro 140mm. In my opinion they're the absolute best 140 fans around. Quieter than my old lightwings, yet pushing almost as much air as the Thermaltake ToughFan14. Almost the best of both worlds. The best thing? No rgb cables to deal with! Sadly, I don't like the side profile aesthetic of the fans thus I went on to place a acrylic cover on them.
This should be the last update of my rig, till the next GPU upgrade I guess.