I was looking at the Acousticase. It's hard to tell from the pictures and diagrams if it has anything similar to a drive bay in front of a fan. The Acousticase is expensive, but tempting to someone lazy like me. I wouldn't be able to use it though if I couldn't properly cool a 10K scsi drive. Does anyone know if the Acousticase would be suitable for this? It does have a space for an *optional* 8cm front fan, but I can't really tell where the drive bays are (apart from the 5.25 & floppy bays). Anyone know?
The AcoustiCase(TM) C6606A does have an optional front 80mm fan (not supplied), but this fan is situated close to the floor of the front of the case, and several inches below the HDD cage hanging above it.
So, the optional fan would help with increasing general throughflow, but wouldn't be blowing cool air directly over any HDD installed in this location.
Small diameter fans are normally very noisy, so we'd recommend you try and find an alternative to using them if possible.
If you have a particularly warm HDD, then perhaps try mounting it in a 5.25 drive bay but disconnect any small fans associated with the mounting cage and observing how warm it becomes (with heavy usage) just allowing air to be drawn in passively from the front of the case using a combination of rear exaust case fans and the PSU fan(s)?
Thanks for spotting the ommission of decent images of the interior construction of the AcoustiCase(TM)
we will put this right and get some images uploaded to the website (acoustiproducts.com
) as soon as we can.
R&D Acousti Products