Antec 900 Airflow Mod

Discussion in 'Modding' started by DarkStarr, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. DarkStarr

    DarkStarr Tech Monkey

    Apr 9, 2010
    Now I was thinking on this for awhile, I kept saying to myself what can I do to keep my hardware cooler and here is the answer!


    Look closely, notice nothing in the drive bays! I pulled my second DVD drive (simply to complete the look, and all 3 of my harddrives. Where are they you may ask, well here they are running "external":


    There you can see the HP slimline that was modded to accommodate 3 HDDs where the mobo should be, as well as the DVD drive in its standard position in the case. The HDD led, power led, front usb and card reader were all extended to reach into the Antec 900 through one of the water cooling ports. It was also modded to have a 120mm Antec tricool on the side panel to keep the drives nice and cool as well.

    Flash On:
    Flash Off:

    Temps on both GPUs were pushing 88C now the EVGA (Top card, virtually no airflow limiters) runs at 64C at 70% fan speed, I modded the bios on it so it starts at 70% and ramps up faster like the Twin Frozr. The MSI (Partially blocked from the sata cables and other wires) runs at 73C with 76% fan, ambient on the cards is 49C mobo ambient is 33C vs previously ~55C.
  2. Doomsday

    Doomsday Tech Junkie

    Nov 24, 2008
    KHI, PAK
    nicely done and pretty lights, lol!
  3. Optix

    Optix Basket Chassis Staff Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    I'm excited about the F*CK PIRATES transfer!

    It makes sense though. No obstructions behind the front fans and less wires to restrict the air flow. Well done.
  4. THUMPer

    THUMPer Coastermaker

    Sep 6, 2006
    ya if only antec was smart enough to do that in the first place.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011
  5. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Editor-in-Chief Staff Member Moderator

    Jan 12, 2005
    Atlantic Canada
    I'm surprise that change made THAT large a difference. Nice work!
  6. TheCrimsonStar

    TheCrimsonStar Tech Monkey

    Apr 12, 2010
    Strawberry Plains, TN
    very cool
  7. THUMPer

    THUMPer Coastermaker

    Sep 6, 2006
    I have modified some 900 cases. The airflow is not that bad really. The fans do push some good air.
    I always mounted the hard drive at the very top or at the bottom. To keep the drive internal but keep them out of the way or the air. Also upgrading to some 110 CFM fans will help too.

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