Damn, pain in the ass lining up the 8 bolts through the motherboard. If you notice, six bolts are shorter than the other 2, for obvious reasons, needing clearance for the new heatsink.
Before mounting the heatsinks on, the thermal sensors had to be adhered first. I crazy glued, the sensors as close to the chip as possible, for the most accurate reading. Also positioning the sensor so it lies flat and not on top of a transistor is also tricky.
After struggling, and struggling trying to thread the nuts on the bolts, (1 hour,...Yeah, I'm not kidding), I finally managed with a pair of long nose 45 degree angle pliers, and contorted and modified 11/32 wrench. Also, installed the dvd drive, no probs.
The problem I had is the clearance between the bottom fins, and the bolts, and not to mention the capacitors, that were in the way, made the situation ever so troublesome.
Now, that was taken care of, I moved on to mounting heatsinks on the ram chips, the ana chip and the southbridge chip.
Some of you modders might recognize the fan/heatsink assembly on the SB chipset. Yup! its the gpu cooler from the original Xbox. Hows that for Irony! The other heatsinks used were from old cpu coolers I had laying around, which I decide to cut and fit, instead of spending more money.
Also, if you haven't noticed already, I purposely positioned all the heatsinks so their fins all line up in the same direction, for the air to properly travel through nicely.
Next up, was to install the gpu fan, and the cpu fan. Both fans had to be notched, and cut to sit properly, and to clear some of the capacitors that were in the way. Both fans are extremely quite. Something like, 21 db each at 12volts.
I then modified the aluminum shroud that came with the case, and made my own shroud over the cpu, and installed the Hdd, the cold cathode light, and wire loomed up the exposed wiring.
I closed her up, and took her for a test drive!
She ran very quite, with the amount of fans that we're in there, and at the back of the case you can definately tell
the amount of air that was being moved.
At idle, the gpu temps were astonishing! 31 degrees celsius, for 20 mins on the dashboard.
What a difference a proper (and overkill!) a cooler makes. Which leads me to the cpu cooler.
61 degrees celsius at idle on the dashboard. Hmmmmmm, not exactly something to write home about
but we're still talking about a small, single heatpiped cooler, for a tri-core "Monster" cpu.
I was just not content with the results of the cpu temps. Especially after all that work so I decided to put the
rear 120mm case fan at 12 volts constant. This dropped the temp to 51 degrees! Wow! huge jump in temps.
This is more acceptable. Now to try it out on the open road!
I put on NHL09, at 1080i hd video out,(The latest that I have right now) for 2 hours of playtime and the most the gpu temps rose to were 35 degrees.
Still, rock stable with no glitching or freezing of any sort. The cpu temps went as high as 57 degrees celsius during playing time, and when exited to the dashboard went down to 51 again.
Needless to say, when I read the manual for the nzxt monitor, it said in the specs that the accuracy is +-5%.
That to me is kind of a large window, but I think the temps are very close to correct as they can be.
In conclusion, I am very pleased with the outcome and the performance gain this case has given me. It is truly the ultimate cooling solution, and modding solution for the xbox 360. It leaves you open to so many ideas and different outcomes. I know, not all of you like the look of it, or the fact that the hard drive is not removable any more. But for a guy like me, who's 33 married with 2 kids, who doesn't do lan parties, or spend 50 hours a week mastering halo 3 online, its perfect!
If I were to do it all again, then I think I would definately consider changing the stock heatsink aswell. Something with maybe 4 heatpipes or 3 instead, would make a difference in temps.
The case overall looks big and bulky. In fact, my wife walked into the living room after I set it up in the entertainment unit and said "Uhmmmm, what the f@%k is that black box?"
All in all, I have achieved what I set out to do, and hopefully I never get the 3ROD, and if I do after all that
I did here than,
MS SUCKS SH%T AND EVERYONE SHOULD JUMP THE BAND WAGON AND BUY A PS3 INSTEAD!!
thanks for reading.
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