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Re: Aurora R8 + EVGA RTX 3080 XC3 Ultra Gaming + Noctua nf-a12x15-pwm-chromax-black-swap

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I am now borrowing the SATA cable from the optical drive which I don't use as often.

Installed and reformatted the SSD 1TB, moved all games to it from NVMe and HDD:

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Re: Aurora R8 + EVGA RTX 3080 XC3 Ultra Gaming + Noctua nf-a12x15-pwm-chromax-black-swap

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Inspiring from others like @r72019 I added a small fan (3-PIN no PWM) in place of the SSD bay, This fan was a replacement fan for a Netgear RND2000 NAS, so sticky taped it to the chassis and connected to the CPU Fan connector on the motherboard:

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Ordering the SATA cable as it is not easy to "pull out" an unused SATA cable out of an R3 πŸ™‚

I suddenly have that "modding fever" back from long ago, lol. I really want to have this R8 cooling in a respectable manner.

I ordered some other bits too (fan, M2 drive, M2 PCIE adaptor).

So I plan to :

  • Move the HDD to a SDD bay, it is only used to back up my NAS and not when I am gaming
  • Place a Noctua NF A12x25 PWM in the space occupied by the HDD to cool air on the CPU above the GPU (connected using the Y cable with the current 15mm Noctua Front Fan)
  • Add a new M2 NVME drive to a PCEI slot
  • Reconnect my Optical Drive
  • maybe see if I can move the mini fan on the back of the case to blow out air
  • Pictures will follow when I get the stuff πŸ™‚

I will be looking for ideas how to open up air intake for this new (upper) front fan. I do not have a bezel to cut some slots.

Does anyone know of any alternatives?

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markburv
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Well I dug around to find the thread discussing dremelling the front bezel and now I see. Big thanks to @Anonymous for your beautiful mod and cable management and to @HanoverB for this awesome post here about cooling with fans, founded by many contributions from the community including Dell630i.

I have started:

Moved the HDD below to make way for the Noctua, the HDD now runs idle at 25Β°C instead of 34Β°C. This slightly increased my RTX 3080 fans from ~600 to ~640 RPM when idling at 1755Mhz to maintain the 60Β°C temp (under 60Β° the GPU fans cut out).

Added the Noctua 25mm fan as upper front intake on the Y cable supplied joining with the Noctua black front fan. I have not yet fixed it (ties or weather strip) as I am still stumbling how to go about working the front bezel without a dremel tool. 😞

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Too late to edit to add the Dell630i mod page : here it is

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SATA Cables arrived, reconnected the optical drive.

Did a Timespy test to see the affects on the CPU temperatures. Of course the Timespy mark is around the same value (15363)

The CPU test gives a nice 82Β°C max instead hitting around the 100Β°C, without cutting the bezel. I am happy the fan is worth it.

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@markburv    The CPU test gives a nice 82Β°C max instead hitting around the 100Β°C, without cutting the bezel. I am happy the fan is worth it.

Really great job modding! Thanks for sharing. Temps and performance will be much improved.

If you want to keep going; consider a couple ML120 Pro (no LED, no RGB) fans in a push/pull configuration for a radiator sandwich, and while you are there re-paste the CPU with some good quality TIM.

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@Anonymous 

I will consider the ML 120 Pro Non RGB sandwich in the not so near future, thanks for the link.
Nice PC there in your modding fever link, result is really wow !!!

So before I start hacking the front bezel, did a Timespy test without the front bezel. CPU maxxed out at 75Β°C, the front upper fan is doing it's job very efficiently πŸ™‚

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@markburv    I suddenly have that "modding fever" back from long ago, lol. I really want to have this R8 cooling in a respectable manner.

Oh No . . .  😱   that modding fever can be dangerous    πŸ‘½

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Fixing the Fan in the HDD cage space. 

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Adding ties to hold it in position, a bit fiddly for the one deep down inside the cage to bend back round and thread back out. Top one was easier.Pushing zip ties throughPushing zip ties through

Plastic Ties trimmed down

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The fan is well wedged in on the scrw at the bottom, just slightly inclined.

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Close up look to the ties on the fan and a bit of cable tidying.

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For the test before 75Β°, Top fan offset +35%, front fans offset 67%, the Noctuas are so quiet, the Top fan really covers it. Overall the noise levels are acceptable, a headset is a must for gaming.

AWCC max offset setting for front fans cannot exceed +67%, otherwise the front fan will spin down and stop.

I pushed Top and front fans to max, ran Timespy, 72Β°C, a gain of 3Β°C, overall up to 27Β°C less than before the fan existed.

I am keeping the front bezel off for now, while I think about how to drill/cut/sabotage it πŸ˜„

Big thanks still to @Anonymous and @r72019 

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