The new Asus U3S6 card... still haven't tested it for speed compared to a X1 USB3.0 card
Detaching the NH-U12DXes to test some recycled HR-01s
Repositioning some of the PSU cables for a better and more pleasant (aesthetically) fit
Meanwhile, the blue ducts arrived
Moving the CCFL switch and the 12V external posts
Tracing to make two more USB port holes
Not only that: removing the brackets from two miniSAS adapter cards.
What for? To test clearance on the 1st slot
Modifying and adding homemade brackets to accomodate a couple of external SFF8088 SAS-SATA ports
Finally everything I need is directly mounted on the case
without occupying any slot
Replacing the foam on the bottom since it was old and all detached
Cable management and hiding
Testing some ducts
Making the new front panel (from a Silverstone USB 3.0 panel)
Making two 90 deg USB headers, to maintain USB internal connectivity even with SAS card on the last slot
More air testing...
Thermalright LGA1366 bolt-thru kits... less obtrusive than the new universal pressure vault retention kit (which I had to modify to fit on a Xeon platform...)
New Ebmpapst 612F2 modified from close to open frame, no more high frequency hiss
I was even able to fit the 24p cable around in a way that doesn't interfere with the 1st 5.25" bay
PCIE external line and fan controller in place
Exhaust in place
Have to make some better fan cables,
Tested the Noctuas NF-P12 against Enermax UCCL12 in the same cooling setup, a 6°C difference
and almost double the speed, 800 the Noctuas vs Enermax at full speed (1200), NF-P12s make more wind noise but have better cooling efficiency in a ducted setup
. Despite the little room under it, PSU fan stays at 840 RPM in idle.
Tested even a single exhaust fan setup, it worked (no overheat or TM2) but the PWM control system of this Tyan board, being designed for server usage, doesn't spin the fans faster until CPU temp reaches 75°C so enough to PSU fan to reach max speed (1350) which becomes a little noisy.
Now the system is also "Quadro Ready", meaning a Nvidia Quadro card (single PEG cable) can be mounted easily
Updated config on 1st post