I don't think there is enough room for an 8800 GPU in there.
These people designing cases should consider what gamers need.
92 mm fans are louder than 120's
Airflow design in this case isn't ideal, but our hardware never reached an alarming temperature... not once. It's a mid tower and to compensate for the complete lack of hard drive space in the Fatal1ty was to add an extra slot on the front cage. Again, it's a mid tower. There aren't to many cases of this size that are going to win any awards for airflow design. Shit is going to get cramped. Perhaps if they kept the hard drives parallel with the motherboard the air would be a bit less restricted.
As for the doors being removable, I honestly didn't have any hindrance at all with the doors pulled open all of the way.
As for the price, no, it's not worth $400 to anyone but the most avid fans of either Zalman or thick aluminum.
It would have been difficult to place a pair of 120mm fans side by side in the front, defeating the intended look of the case entirely. And concerning what gamers need, they sure as hell do not need a $400 chassis. This is a novelty luxury item, well out of reach for most but we weren't going to give it a 5 score for being expensive alone. As for an 8800 GTX fitting in there, I do not have one on hand to test this but it would be quite close if it fit at all.
The airflow design is not just not ideal, is terrible. There are MANY mid tower cases with much a better cooling design. This one not only has one intake and one outtake (counting the two front 90mm fans as one intake), the HDD cage blocks the front intake completely. I don't like having to remove it and limit my HDD space just because their flawed design. If the front fan was replaced by a 120mm fan and the HDD cage was set with the side parallel to the side of the case, then the airflow would be ok. Even if they left the 2 x 90mm fans, but at least turned the cage 90 degrees, it would be ok. But they didn't,tsk tsk.
If you think about it in most cases you have one or two fans cooling the harddrive/drives in the front. The air leaving the hard drive is heated, leaving that area and then trying to cool anything else that produces heat is not very effecient. The thermals build inside before being expelled. Just not a good way to cool at all.
The Thermaltake Armor has a seperate fan for the hard drives in the back and a 120 fan in the front along with another 120 in the back, you can also use one in the top, this one also has the huge one on the side door panel, now that's airflow.
I know it's only a mid tower case here, but I don't think it should have implied to be a gamers box....and by the way, they must like to see Zalmon stamped on everything...huh?
my two cents
Not really. The air leaving the hard drive is barely heated and then trying to cool anything else would be almost as efficient as if the hard drive didn't produce any heat at all.If you think about it in most cases you have one or two fans cooling the harddrive/drives in the front. The air leaving the hard drive is heated, leaving that area and then trying to cool anything else that produces heat is not very effecient.
Not really. The air leaving the hard drive is barely heated and then trying to cool anything else would be almost as efficient as if the hard drive didn't produce any heat at all.
If you cool something you are taking away heat, the heat is absorbed into the passing air. Ambient in say, 80*F across the heated hard drives, picking up heat thermals. The abient air is now layden with heat from hard drive/s. That air passes over the GPU. picking up more heat and so on. The total heat exumed from the case is the some of all heat inside the case.
What I'm saying is that ambient air changes it's temp as it collects the heat inside the case. The flow is first in contact with the heated hard drives ( do you know the operating temp of most hard drives? ). Then. let's say it picks up only 10% of the heat from hard drives, So ambient air that was once 80*F is now 92*F, then it may flow around the GPU and pick up less amount because the humidity in the air can only hold so much heat. Adequate cooling is achieved when air absorbes heat at a certain airflow rate, slow to medium is best due to the time the heat transfers to the cooler air ( heat is absorbed at a certain rate with the temp/ humidity from the ambient air.
By the way, I worked in AC and refrigeration for ten years, so I know how heat transfers.
Cool! (no pun intended... ok maybe a little bit)PS..... I designed resturant capacity ratings
Sounds like a fun job. At least for people like me who like thermal dynamics.
Running Bioshock at 1280x1024 at max details (ok, not the highest resolution, but still...), 3D Max 2006, Cinebench R10 etc. and room temperature at 22° (no open windows etc): GPU temp never over 64° (HL2 Episode 1: 59)°, HD temp around 32°. Fan rotation at 1700 rpm (average). The design can't be that terrible then... i think its rather terrific.Even if your hardware didn't reach high temps it's just because your room temp wasn't hot and/or your hardware wasn't highly OCed or much OCed at all. The airflow design is not just not ideal, is terrible.