I received my new case and CPU cooler from the awesome overclockers.co.uk yesterday. It arrived before I went to work...longest day ever haha
Anyway I took some pictures as I was doing it for the hell of it and would like to share some results:
MoBo with cooler
Clearance:(I moved the fans up about 5mm after this picture)
Overall I am very happy. In regards to the install of the CPU cooler, it was an absolute breeze!!! There were literally no issues at all. Remove stock retention bracket, add on the new bracket, screw it mounting plate to the cooler and install to the new retention plate. Job done.
Before I got the case and cooler I was playing Battlefield 4 on medium GFX settings as the CPU was shouting at me when it was on Ultra due to the temps going over 70 degrees.
The below tests were done with battlefield 4, on medium settings, resolution 1920x1080, 10 minutes after boot:
Before new case and cooler:(idle and load - PWM with stock cooler)
CPU Idle: 29 degrees
CPU Load: Max I saw was 64 degrees
After new case and cooler:(PWN with two fans on the cooler: PWM fans at the top of the case and rear exhaust, 200mm side case fan and two 120mm case fans at the front on Corsairs fan controller on medium setting)
CPU Idle: 26 degrees
CPU Load: 33 degrees
And the below test is also with battlefield 4, on Ultra settings, resolution 1920x1080, 10 minutes after boot with the same settings with the case etc as above
CPU idle: 26 degrees
CPU load: 42 degrees
So as you can see the idle temperatures have barely changed, but the load temperatues are absolutely outstanding!!! It seems the hotter the CPU tries to get the better this cooler performs.
For the case itself, very easy assembly, everything feels well built and strong, lots of clearance for coolers taller than this one even though there is a 200mm fan on the side.
Cable management is awesome! Lots of room at the back as there is an indent in both sides of the case for cables etc.
Very impressed And it looks good too lol