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[SOLVED] Make h100i exhaust or intake top

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August 26, 2013 11:04:13 AM

Hey, I will have a h100i in my corsair air 540. The top has no dust filters so I was thinking of making it exhaust top, but corsair says to make it intake, at least recomends it. So what should I do?

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August 26, 2013 11:08:24 AM

You will want it to exhaust through the top, heat naturally rises, so you want the heat to exhaust from the top of the case.

You could do intake from the front of the case if the h100i fit in the case like that, but exhausting top will work fine.
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August 26, 2013 11:11:09 AM

Yeah but some people will say I will use some heated air to cool the rad, but on second thought I have the corsair air 540, awesome air flow so I'm not sure what to do...,..
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August 26, 2013 11:11:52 AM

My cousin have tested it and Exhaust as more benefits, the CPU would run a little hotter (5-6C more for a 3770k at 4.6ghz 1.3V) but the GPU will still exhaust hot air and in is testing, the GPU temps raise by about 15C as hot air was now trapped in the case and can't exhaust by the front exhaust (he reversed the air flow totally and that don't work at all, heat still raise)

FYI: he's using an Obsidian 650D with Noctua NF-F12 fans everywhere with an H100 (not I)
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August 26, 2013 11:18:54 AM

gummybear_qc said:
Yeah but some people will say I will use some heated air to cool the rad, but on second thought I have the corsair air 540, awesome air flow so I'm not sure what to do...,..


I've tried many push/pull configurations before, and exhaust has always worked well for me. I'd rather exhaust the hot air from the graphics card than the processor as it is more heat significant inside the case than a processor.

Allow cold air to enter through the front, cool the graphics card, rise, and then exit through the H100i.
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August 26, 2013 11:20:06 AM

Alright, thanks.
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August 26, 2013 12:13:03 PM

I am using mine as intake and I'm seeing pretty good temperatures. But I agree, if your case is not dust filtered at the top, use it as exhaust.
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January 22, 2014 4:29:27 PM



I was able to use the original top fan and then the radiator and then the two fans on the bottom.
sucking air in created too much dust so now all three fans are blowing UP and no dust.
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