Review Fractal Design Torrent Review: Totally Different, Totally Cool

waltc3

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Don't care for the PSU mount--reminds me of very early ATX (and pre-ATX) motherboards that put the PSU up at the top! I remember it well. I much prefer it at the bottom of the case in a walled off compartment. What happens with the PSU at the top is a lot of the hot air from the CPU and the GPU gets sucked into the PSU's intake fan, reducing its efficiency. Sort of a weird arrangement here...;)
 

Sippincider

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At the exchanger/fins level you can definitely have too much airflow. Don't have the engineering details in front of me, but it's possible to push air so quickly the heat transfer isn't effective; a given amount of air needs to spend so much time in contact with the fins. (Or in other words, bolting on a bigger faster fan doesn't necessarily make it cooler; learned this the hard way many years ago!)

At the case level, if you go mass overkill, only a portion of the air will actually be doing cooling. The rest will be along for fun, making noise and pulling dirt into your system. Then there's the opposite extreme favored by a certain fruit company, of pulling just barely enough air through to keep the system from thermal throttling...
 

IceQueen0607

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Gross. Poor airflow. Seems this case will suffer from a positive airflow. In hot places like where I am that is not a good thing.
No side fans. No, there isn't a situation where you can have too much air flow!

I have a Thermaltake W100. Changed the left side door to the same as the right side door and added and extra 4 fans. Total 13 fans (counting rad), with negative air flow.
 

Joseph_138

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Steve, at Gamer's Nexus, reviewed this case recently, and yes, there is such a thing as too much airflow. When air is being forced through an enclosed space, it will escape through the nearest exit that it can find. You have to control the air so that it flows over all the components that you want it to cool, or else that air will be wasted, and your cooling will not be as effective as it needs to be, shortening the life of parts. This is why running your PC with the case cover off is a bad idea. All that air escapes through the opening before it can do it's job. There's no point drawing air into the case with fans, if it's never going to reach it's intended destination. Airflow is engineered into the case design with the assumption that the cover will be on and secure to prevent air from escaping.
 
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Darkbreeze

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All I can say is, despite traditionally being very much a fan of Fractal Design products, I don't know what they were thinking here.

There is a very solid reason that case makers moved power supplies away from being top mounted, and it's because that's where all the heat goes and they tend to live shorter lives when they live at the top of the case.

I'm also not sure how this case could do well in thermal testing with only a single exhaust fan and the power supply to expel heat from the case. You can add a hundred intake fans if you want but if you are not getting heat AND pressure out, you are likely shortening the life of the intake fans with the tremendous static back pressure they are going to be struggling against all the time, and you are likely not moving all that much air into the case anyhow since you can only pack in so much pressure without getting some of it out as well. 6 in and 1 out, plus whatever small amount the PSU moves (AND you'd better seriously plan to not run a semi-passive or fanless mode unit in this case or you're going to compound the problem even more) just does not seem like a formula that would work based on all the prior airflow testing we've seen through the years from a variety of very competent sources like GamersNexus, SilentPC review and a number of others.

But hey, if you say it works, that's great. I am sure as heck not buying any case with this kind of design though. We've seen a number of cases before in the past that supposedly had great airflow or characteristics based on initial reviews too, and then saw a lot of backtracking later when things went wrong. No way I'd ever use a case with this kind of design in these modern times. Just seems like another weird, gimmicky attempt to be different. I could be wrong, but it certainly flies in the face of traditional airflow best practices.
 
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Tom Sunday

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80% of the people buy a new case because of its looks and then do their own dance with mostly 'retail fans' and as they see fit. This case costing $240 is a very hard dance. I buy a new case every three years. It gives me something to do including minor upgrades and feels like a new computer. A new case for me should always be like my blond girlfriend. When I first met her she turned my imagination rock hard and I instinctively knew that I was going to be in for ride. Some also call this love? The "Torrent" did not give me the same rush or feeling and actually looks more like a $85 case with cheap fans.
 
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peterf28

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Why not set up the fans like this :
Intake:1xback +3xfront
Out: 3xbottom

?

Maybe because there in no filter on the back side?

Ok then :
Intake: 3xfront
Out:1xback +1xbottom
 
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Why not set up the fans like this :
Intake:1xback +3xfront
Out: 3xbottom

?

Maybe because there in no filter on the back side?

Ok then :
Intake: 3xfront
Out:1xback +1xbottom
You don't want the bottom fans to be an out. Heat rises.
You'll more likely be sucking the cool air from the front fans down and creating a heat pocket at the top.
 

crooked windows

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it's a "Swiss Cheese Case" more holes in it the crazier the price. It would be a contender if the price was 50% lower but it has just been released. Wait for 50% off sales before reconsidering it. It's ONLY a case. pretty front though.
Question, are Spinning Rust Drives also optimized for Vertical mounting?
still way over priced.
 

Darkbreeze

Retired Mod
Why not set up the fans like this :
Intake:1xback +3xfront
Out: 3xbottom

?

Maybe because there in no filter on the back side?

Ok then :
Intake: 3xfront
Out:1xback +1xbottom
This, makes absolutely no sense, at all. Not in any conversation where traditional understanding of thermal and aerodymic concepts plays a role. Could never work. Look at ANY of the case studies using smoke or other means of seeing what is happening, and you'll understand.
 

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