Like my previous build, I just love the simplicity of AIO. I botched a custom paint job on my Meshify C so had to get another case so this is a mild upgrade. I am still really interested in the compact cases but wanted something that is slightly bigger than Meshify C's as the length of Meshify C was problematic with any GPU longer than 280mm...I was debating between the white and black version but settled for the black since the white's aluminum plate is silver, kinda killed the color coordination...
At the same time, my Kraken X41 was having trouble staying silent when cooling the 1080 Ti. When the sound level is at a reasonable 40~ish dba, the GPU is reaching 70 deg C...and also I wanted to do a vertical GPU so X41 pump head does not really look the part either. Went and got a X62. Now this thing has some serious cooling power. The GPU stayed at 55 deg C running 2088 MHz (2100 seems slightly unstable for some reason, silicon lottery I guess) and the X62 is running both fans at only 700 rpm!
Right now both top and bottom fans and AIOs are setup as intake and side as exhaust. For cooling, I always set them up so that GPU and CPU gets priority cooling and other components can get whatever leftover lol (those components are not that temp sensitive anyways.) If in doubt, GPU always comes first. CPU is fine long as it stays under 95 deg C and don't cook my AIO liquid temp above 60 deg C (that's why I always only get AIO that has liquid temp monitoring & control). However I'm getting the feeling that if I upgrade my CPU then I'll need to move to either a X52 or a X72. X42 is struggling a bit when OC to 4.3 GHz. I gave the case a lot more cooling power than I gave the Meshify C, which only has 2 radiator fans doing double duty as intake fans as well and only 1 exhaust. This one has 2 pure intake fans, 3 exhaust, and additional radiator fans as well. If you ask why I have 2 Fractal 3 pin fans on the bottom...well they are what I can find in my parts bin...Salvaged from the Meshify C...They are ugly so they can stay at the bottom. They are kinda weak but fine for providing additional cooling for the VRM and chipset. Maybe I'll get some more AER RGB fans later (or if Noctua decided to release a non poop colored A12x25). I have an interesting cooling strategy in mind and will update when I get my new fan controller in mail. NZXT fans are actually pretty good.
PC-O11 Dynamic has 2 really interesting characteristics: dual chamber and side fan mounts instead of front. Dual chamber is really interesting as it provides a lot more flexibility while staying at a relatively compact size. Side fan mounts eliminated a huge gripe that I have with those larger cases like H500M and alike. Those huge traditional cases always have a big gap between motherboard and front fan that will only gets filled up by really thick radiators and reservoirs, which I never use. So when I use those cases there are always this huge void that I don't know how to fill, and everything seems lost in the space (H700 gets the issue solved right too with the use of colored cable bar to make things more interesting, but I kinda wanted a non traditional case which I can mount fans on 3 sides instead of 2). When the front fans are moved to the side, the void is gone and nothing obstructs the viewing from the front as well. The cooling is about the same as traditional cases.
There are also a few small quirks with the case, most related to size as well .Claiming that it fits a 280 on top is a bit of a stretch...There is barely any space for the fan cable to squeeze past the radiator to the cable cutout! Trying to fit a radiator on the floor is very difficult too with the vertical GPU mount. Those can be easily rectified by extending the width and the height of the case slightly but oh well...It fits my components for now so guess that will do. Also I don't quite get why the primary top grommet has to be so high up. It is partially blocked by the radiator/fan combo. It would have been much better if it is moved down a bit more (there are still space between it and the hard drive cage on the back. ). I had to remount the radiator a few times to get some more cable through. But I guess they are not really dealbreakers.
Now some say the bottom of the case will also fit 280, and I will say this is very much a stretch. You can only fit those if you don't use or have any connectors that are perpendicular to the motherboard. I think I have only heard of some motherboards have 90 degree USB 3 connections but that's about it. I tried with mine and even a 140 mm fan will interfere with the connector. The only location that a 140mm fan or radiator will fit is where I mounted my X42. Also mounting like this will interfere with the cooling as the mesh below is only 120mm wide so right now a portion of the X42 radiator is blocked. I may move to a X52 eventually but my CPU does not produce that much heat at the moment so it is still fine for now.
Appearently I put too much stuff in the case...cable management took me quite a while...I can't believe I almost used up all the cable space even with an extremely short PSU (140mm).
The vertical GPU mount is very interesting. It actually has 3 mounting positions since the case has 8 PCIE slot and it only takes 6. I used the middle position to fit the fans and radiator on the bottom (X42 makes a excellent GPU anti-sag support too lol). Also it can be moved in or out as there are 4 vertical slots on the mount. However the stiff riser cable makes utilizing the inside position difficult and I did not want to bother rearranging the cable too much so I just left it on the outermost position.
And yes. The Hue+ is on the roof upside down...