Raidmax Alpha Prime Case Review

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veiledcas

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Question, how are those 3 front fans being fed air? Looks like there is next to no gap at all...

In fact why are there so many cases with the same issue with utterly abysmal air flow to the front fans....
 

Crashman

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It's discussed in the article: See those holes tucked behind the edge of the front panel?

 

Gillerer

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I think there's something strange going on with the CPU temperature values in the graph.

1) Are you using Fahrenheit for the temperature deltas? :-O

2) Or the values are not actually "over ambient" but actual temperatures. I find it difficult to believe that you would be running the CPU at up to 119°C (assuming ambient of about 20°C)...

3) Or maybe your ambient is close to 0°C? :)

If using °F, could you please label it as such, and add another graph with Celsius/Kelvin? Temperature differences in °F are pretty much impossible to grasp for most of the World unless you do the math for each value.
 

Crashman

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1.) No, the temperatures were that bad
2.) No, we have the cuttoff point set to 115° in BIOS just for cases that perform this poorly, and occasionally lower the room temperature when one takes a while to reach the cutoff point.
3.) No, that was for the Lian-Li case (it was at 5° Celsius). This one was around 17° IIRC.

The test system is set up to produce CPU temperatures in the low 90 °C's on well-cooling cases, at 21°C ambient. Some cases just have poor airflow.
 

takeshi7

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That's pathetically poor design on the front ventilation. I'm no case engineer, but even I could tell that those holes are way too small and restrictive for 3 front fans.
 

zthomas

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I got this case.. cards run cool.. also have outside fans hitting case.. when running warm.. case's need dust catchers that are easy to clean from outside the case..
 

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Inadequate ventilation on the front faceplate for THREE fans and looks like those 3 cans would be starving for air, it's a big fat minus for that case.

That PSU filter looks like a pain in the butt to remove.
 
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