I am building a home server rig with Azza Solano full-tower case and Xigmatek HDT S1283 heatsink. I have a question for those who are using the same case and heatsink or heatsink of the same height (159mm).
Does the heatsink fit in the case with the side fan installed?
I believe the Noctua NH-U12P heatsink (H=158mm) just barely fits in the case (with the side fan installed) according to Legit Reviews. Unfortunately, I cannot afford the Noctual and there is a sale on the Azza Solano and the Xigmatek S1283 at Newegg. Btw, Newegg has the Solano 1000 and Azza Dynamo 850w psu combo for $90 after rebates.
Well I just contacted Azza about this very issue, so I will post the response for all to see:
From: Me [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:25 PM
Subject: Question about Azza Solano 1000R Black Full ATX Tower Case
Hello, I am in the market for a new PC case and I absolutely love the look of this case, and the reviews for it are pretty good. One issue in the review I read stated that the side window 230mm fan gets in the way of tower style CPU heatsinks. What is the height restriction for CPU heatsinks in this case? I am looking at the Zalman Flex CPU heatsink and it is 151mm tall, will this fit?
Subject RE: Question about Azza Solano 1000R Black Full ATX Tower Case
From Sales <email@example.com>
Date Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:51 am
To 'Brendan Bolstad' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The height is up to 150mm for CPU cooler with the side fan on.
So as far as your Xigmatek HDT S1283 goes, I wouldn't bank on it. The Zalman CNPS10X Flex on the otherhand is just 1mm off, so it might work and I am checking around on that. Some people have discussed cutting some of the plastic around the fan to make room, and that might just work if you can get really close to 150mm.
Ok, forget the Zalman flex, I just read a review for the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 and it is a beauty. It is designed for low height clearances and it will only be helped by the side intake fan on this case, which will shoot the coor air directly into it.