No worries -
I know it's just a 120mm plate, but I have a friend who can get it for me once I know the Dell Part number.
Like I said the fan is ready to go, so I just need the plate.
@Compumind once I know the Dell Part number.
Could take a while for that photo to be moderator approved. These are the numbers on the white sticker:
. . . as best I can tell 'zero', O & D may be hard to distinguish. Looks like 'zero' to me.
Read through the entire thread. Thanks for all the helpful info. Some pretty comical stuff going on in here too.
I'm having a hard time finding the 120mm Aurora R5 top fan bracket without the fan on the big auction site. Do you think something like "Nexus 80mm or 92mm Fan Slot to 120mm Fan Converter" (amazon) would work for mounting one of the Noctua fans you specified?
I already ordered the R5 bracket and fan from the big auction site for the lower front fan.
@nedflembag I'm having a hard time finding the 120mm Aurora R5 top fan bracket without the fan on the big auction site.
That is because nobody wants to keep those OEM fans. They will most always be included with the bracket. Look at it this way; you are buying and paying for the bracket . . . the OEM fan is included for free. Just take the OEM fan off and throw it in the trash. Replace it with a better quality, more quiet 120mm fan.
I'm running an XPS 8930 with an RTX 2060 which I use for gaming. For the first few months the machine was fine when running it at medium settings and low 80 FPS, and not until Dec 2019 and a game update that it started crashing. I updated graphics drivers, blew out the entire machine and lowered my graphics settings down to bare bones but nothing helped, it kept crashing to a black screen with the tiny fan working overtime. Turns out the OEM headsink/fan were not enough to expel the excess heat. I was reaching high 90° and above when playing. That being said I googled for solutions and I found this thread. I followed everything you posted down to the same exact gorilla tape and weather stripping.
So this is the outcome, just by installing the 3 12mm fans my temps dropped by 20° down to the mid 70's. The upgraded heatsink like the one you are running brought it down to 60° when playing at 120 FPS and Ultra settings. I've included pictures of my progress and the old heatsink and left over parts. You're post was extremely helpful.
I replaced the top exhaust fan with a Noctua NF-S12A PWM. Should I have installed the FLX version instead?
One bottom fan probably would have done the same thing. Nice mounting with weather stripping and taped off to draw from outside air (most don't do that and I did a thread on this a while back). Why does everyone go with those brick colored fans? They all doo the same thing (no silver bullet there).
I did some stress testing with the PC case open and a ceiling fan blowing (to simulate more circulation) in the room and my CPU temps did drop about 10%... so I am interested in doing the front fan mod.
Probably a minor thing but I am not sure what you mean by
"The inserts on the front bezel need to be cut with a Dremel cutting wheel."
Also... with 2 fans sucking air in from the front... doesn't it get a little loud with all of that air being pulled through the small slats?