Upgrading cpu from 2.6 to 3E GHz Northwood and want to make sure I have enough cooling, currently using Silverston NT03 and thinking about going to the Shuriken... but wondering if this type of cooler might work as the airflow of this case is inverted :
mobo/cpu is on the top ceiling of case facing down, fresh air come from bottom and front to exit from the side. In most case, hot air from cpu goes up, but in this case, standard fan rotation will flow the hot air down
should I try reversing the fan rotation direction ? anyone tried this type setup ?
intake : http://hothardware.com/image_popup.aspx ... id=638&t=a
exhaust :http://hothardware.com/image_popup.aspx ... id=638&t=a
If you're still interested in putting a shuriken inside a LC11, i've just installed one but it's not working as well as I planned.
I think the problem is that the fluid inside the heatpipes doesn't transfer down to the finned area of the shuriken when it's installed upside down, not that the air flow is inverted (as you suggested). It's designed so that the fluid in the heatpipes heat near the cpu and flows *up* the heat pipe to the finned area by natural convection, then cools by the air flow, and goes back down the pipe to the cpu. But when it's upside down, the hot fluid just stays near the cpu and doesn't flow to the finned area.
as part of my install, i removed the exhaust from the side of the case - it was a major source of noise because of its rigid fixture to the case. I think i'm going to have to put it back in, or look for a silent alternative (maybe some ducting from the cpu?)
I also noticed the psu was getting very warm too - the air flow through it was not working too well.
So, while the LC11 is sitting upside down, the shuriken did work pretty well, even without the exhaust fan beside it. but, as soon as you put it up-side-up, the whole system starts to cook.