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AIR COOLING... what's the diference?

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sorry about weird title but my topic is about - closed pc cases VS air open cases (ex. thermaltake core P series)

so...is it better to force air circuit towards a needed component across a closed case OR is it ok to let air freely flow and come from all sides on a test bench type of open case?
 
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An open case usually works better as the only restriction to airflow is the CPU/GPU cooler itself.

We tend to build PCs inside a chassis to protect them from dust and other elements, nothing else. Case fans only exist to compensate for the airflow lost by enclosing your components inside a box.
 

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Test bed is great but lacks the channeling of airflow that keeps SSDs or motherboard VRMs cool.
 
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sorry about weird title but my topic is about - closed pc cases VS air open cases (ex. thermaltake core P series)

so...is it better to force air circuit towards a needed component across a closed case OR is it ok to let air freely flow and come from all sides on a test bench type of open case?
If your not moving heat away from your components your not effectively using your case to assist in cooling regardless of which type it is. Open cases at least provide less restriction to escaping heat than closed cases.
 
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A case is just to keep all your components neatly in the box and protected from outside interference (physical). Therefore you must take more care how to route airflow compared to just having all components laying on your desk.
 

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Just sayin'... I have a Core P chassis and I ended up ghetto rigging three fans to the front bars.
 

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A larger case is in essecnce like a test bench, thermal soak is reduced while protecting the parts, unlike shoebox builds which are very limited in cooling capabilities.

I have large hands and prefer roomier cases.

Also if your case has a lot of obstructions you want intake fans with higher static pressure to overcome the obstructions.
 
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Dual chamber cases are the go imo. Take a look at the affordable Antec P8 Constellation. Ever since I rebuilt my gaming rig in it, the thermals overall have been excellent, even in intense gaming scenarios & the RX 7900 ATX is not known to be a cool running card either! no undervolting, everything on stock.
Compared to my older MSI Sekira 100R case, the thermals on my M.2 drives, VRM & CPU have all decreased by between 5-10C even with same ambient temps in the room.
Of course a bunch of 140mm fans strategically placed in the case helps a lot. :)
 

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Dual chamber cases are the go imo. Take a look at the affordable Antec P8 Constellation. Ever since I rebuilt my gaming rig in it, the thermals overall have been excellent, even in intense gaming scenarios & the RX 7900 ATX is not known to be a cool running card either! no undervolting, everything on stock.
Compared to my older MSI Sekira 100R case, the thermals on my M.2 drives, VRM & CPU have all decreased by between 5-10C even with same ambient temps in the room.
Of course a bunch of 140mm fans strategically placed in the case helps a lot. :)
I believe corsair or coolermaster started the chambered case designs.

Mine i have no need for the side panel fans lol.
 
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I believe corsair or coolermaster started the chambered case designs.

Mine i have no need for the side panel fans lol.
Side mounted PSU with chamber guard & no front fans was something very new to me, but I can see the logic behind it.
 
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sorry about weird title but my topic is about - closed pc cases VS air open cases (ex. thermaltake core P series)

so...is it better to force air circuit towards a needed component across a closed case OR is it ok to let air freely flow and come from all sides on a test bench type of open case?
It entirely depends on the case. Usually a good case is better for components that don't usually get fresh air.
 
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i run a open case cruncher pro's are things are easy to get to looks good ect cons is there's is not a lot of air flow across the motherboard to cool my nvme's so behind the gpu i have a fan blowing cool air across the board.
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i run a open case cruncher pro's are things are easy to get to looks good ect cons is there's is not a lot of air flow across the motherboard to cool my nvme's so behind the gpu i have a fan blowing cool air across the board.
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That is WILD! What is maintenance like for that beast?!
 
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