P180 vs Solo

Enclosures and acoustic damping to help quiet them.

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P180 vs Solo

Post by gb115b » Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:20 am

oh the choices....

so from what i can see these cases are made freom the same 3ply material (which should give them similar damping properties)

I'm planning on putting in a hot running system multiple GPUs etc.

so i'm wondering what would perform better...

if i use a Solo, my concerns are that the PSU fan would speed up (Seasonic S12-600W) too much. - also does this have vented PCI slots?

if i use the P180, i'm a bit confused about the airflow in this case (even the v.2), the 'benefits' of the top fan etc. and the lack of suspension mounting for the hard drive...

i deally i'd actually liek to suspension mount a SmartDrive2002C but not sure if i can mod either of these cases to do that....

any ideas?


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size matters....or that's what my ex told me...

Post by gb115b » Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:38 pm

concerned about size?

in terms of silence / heat?

or just aesthetics / practicality?

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Post by shimq1 » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:19 pm

It'll be a lot harder to make wires look nice in a P180 than in a regular case.

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Post by GrayBeard » Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:35 pm

After playing around with the fan setup on the P180 I ended up with the following.

I have a 120 fan mounted in the lower bay between my seasonic s12 PSU and 3 HDD's (2 samsungs and a WD). The fan is slowed to about 7-800 rpm. The PSU fan is also running at 750 and the drives report temps in the 30's. I needed to add a grill to keep the drive cables out of the fan.

I have the top fan reversed so it blows into the case directly on a Noctua NH9 passive heatsink. I added a couple of pieces of cardboard to focus the fan on the heatsink and connected the fan to the cpu fan header on my MoBo so I can lower its speed to about 800rpm. The AMD 3800 X2 CPU idles at 39-40C and peaks at 46-7 with both cores running at 100%

The back fan is removed and the opening closed up.

I have one additional 120mm fan mounted on the back of the empty upper drive cage which blows onto the MoBo and expansion cards keeping the video card and Northbridge ventilated. This fan is also set to run at 800 rpm.

Total fan count for the system is 1 fan in PSU and 3 Nexus 120mm fans. 3 of the 4 fans are in the middle of the case and contribute very little noise. The only sound I hear is the top fan and drives seeking.

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