Good people of SPCR, there seems to be some interest in how well various components work inside the P180 case, so I thought that I’d give some comments about the components in my system. Maybe some others could give feedback about their components in this thread as well.
CASE: P180: 38mm lower chamber fan removed.
CPU: AMD 4600 X2
CPU Cooler: Scythe Ninja (passively cooled)
MOBO: Asus A8N SLI Premium
PSU: Seasonic S12-430
Video: Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V
HD: WD 3200JD
I REALLY love this system. The P180-Ninja combination works very well with the Asus A8N SLI Premium motherboard. The VGA hood just BARELY fits, and actually lightly touches the fins on the Ninja. The hood also just barely fits over the Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V video card. Part of the heat pipe structure actually fits INSIDE the hood. I had to adjust the hood’s sliding mechanism to make sure that nothing hot was actually touching the hood.
S12-430: I removed the P180's 38mm fan and taped up the rear case ducts so that the PSU fan pulls 100% of it’s fresh air from the front ducts (as recommended in one of the SPCR reviews). All of the power cables are able to reach the motherboard, though the square 4 pin connector barely reaches the top of the motherboard. I’ll be getting an extension so that I can route the cable better, but it works fine as is.
VGA and custom duct work: Adding the VGA hood did indeed lower the temperature of various components. The VGA hood looks like it would obviously channel cool air from the rear of the case to the video card. An interesting thing about the VGA duct is that it also helps to channel air from the front of the case (see blue arrows) over the cooling fins from the Ninja and video card. Without the hood, more air can pass around the fins without carrying away any heat (see green arrow in photo below). I also added a small piece of cardboard to block a path around the cooling fins near the top of the case (see purple arrow).
The chart below shows temperatures (C) reported from Speedfan while the two upper fans were running at low speed.
34 .. 30 .. 43 .. CPU…
32 .. 30 .. 43 .. Case…
52 .. 49 .. ~93 .. GPU (ATITool)
46 .. 45 .. 56 .. Video: “Temperature of temp. chip” (ATITool)
A = No VGA hood. No top cardboard duct. (IDLE)
B = VGA hood + top cardboard duct (IDLE)
C = VGA hood + top cardboard duct (LOAD)
The 90+ temperatures of the video card under load makes me nervous, but a review at here
reported temperatures at 105 C, so maybe I'm OK. If I have time, maybe I'll measure temperature with and without the cardboard duct at the top of the case.