Max I can see on a torture test (100% on all cores) is 69C from a 23C ambient room.
I gave a little explanation of that in the intro.
You are correct. Aer Fans only run one direction. But the two at the front are for decoration! Hidden behind them are two fans blowing in to the case.
There were a few questions about air pressure. After three months of running in a "normally" dusty office (even had some building work and needed to dust the case) the inside of the case is spotless, so the pressures are definitely positive.
The sequence of fans is.
If everything were on there would be three fans blowing in, two Rad fans on exhaust, and one rear fan on exhaust. All nicely balanced.
I didn't use the strip. I bought one, but there is so much light from the Aer fans that I decided the strip would add nothing.
There are two separate sets of wiring required. Think of them as a set of standard fans wired as normal, then somebody came along and stuck on a completely separate set of 5v addressable RGB LED's (which is exactly what they did).
For the fan control, this can be done from the mobo or any fan controller. Same as any fans, nothing special.
Completely separate is the lighting control via the Hue+ box (which you must have). This is a digital addressable controller. This is what controls/creates all the amazing light forms like coloured waves chasing across the fans in sequence. It is completely unlike anything you can do with an analogue RGB strip. The Hue+ controller needs a molex power connection and a USB header connection from the mobo. There is then a dedicated output to to the fan leds (actually two channels available). Fans are daisy chained.
The Aer fans are working really well with rad. They have no problem keeping the CPU within limits even on a long term 100% load torture test. I get the theory of high pressure fans, but the practice seems to be different. Have a look at Linus Tech tips on the subject, they seem to agree it make no real practical difference.
I connected the rad fans to the Corsair controller and they seem to like each other. The other fans are running from the mobo.
Personal style choice I guess from an aesthetic perspective, but I wasn't willing to even consider that form over function. Front mounted rads would mess with the airflow. It would exhaust air through the front intake filter. Then the top fans would be intake drawing air through the unfiltered exhaust openings and against the naturally rising hot air.
As it stands cool filtered air is drawn in the front, is warmed in the case, rises and exhausts through the rad fans. If the temps rise, the front fans ramp up and the rear fan kicks in to cool the case air temperature which gives the rads cooler air.
It is working like a charm at the moment. No heat issues even on ridiculous loads.
I can't really be quantitative in answering that because I didn't do a before and after. What I can say is I am having absolutely no case temperature issues. At a guess, thinking about the outflow vents size balanced against the internal rack gaps that can be taped off, I'd say if they are left open a very significant % must reflow back into the case. Any air getting to the front and back slots (keeping in mind that the sides are restricted by the mesh) would have to pass over the open rack gaps to get there. It would be a nice experiment for a smoke test!
That's the plan anyway. But who knows how things will change in years to come. But for the moment it is about as future proof as I could make it.
I am indeed. I actually tested both the corsair fans that came with it and the NZXTs. On a torture test, I could find no temperature difference and on basic load they never run over their minimum setting anyway.
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Absolutely. A little smoke test confirms!
There is a DIY alternative - I am not going there yet, but you could drill out the AL120 single colour LEDs and replace them with common anode RGBs. Add resistors and run off 12V from the mobo.
Can it really be that nobody has yet synced an entire PC. You may have the word first if you get there.
I've been trying to do some more digging on this as it's still got me stumped.
What I have found out is that the HD120 and SD 120 cannot be directly controlled from the mono. This is not because of the polarity but because the fan LEDs are 5v and the mono header 12v. It may also have the polarity issue you describe (have you a link?)
Thera is also a cross wiring issue but that's a simple fix well described here
So now the question is how to convert a 12v RGB (mobo header) to control a 5v RGB LED (fan).
Does anybody know if the Aura header is PWM or Voltage controlled?
I have seen a few reports of problems with the Phantek LEDs. Standard strips seem to be the way to go.
Hopefully you figure out the fan controls. This might help http://www.instructables.com/id/Connect-Common-Anode-RGB-LEDs-to-Common-Ground-RG/
Unfortunately your conundrum is worse than that. The "upgraded" Aura on the Z170 pro gaming has no RGB header. I have no idea what they were thinking of. As far as I could find there is no combination of Z170 mobo and GPU that will give you a single synced Aura system with a RGB header as well.
Search here for Nates thread.
Very interested to see how that goes.
The issue is just one of syncing Aura components, which is what I am after for a single lighting solution. That is, one software setup to control mobo, GPU, and strips (and RGB fans if The_Anonymous_D approach works - I think it can, but suspect not as a plug and play solution).
So only the Aura boards from the X99 refresh on can sync with the GPU. The Maximus Alpha will work with the Aura software but, you cannot sync with three Strix. It's. it a problem if you are using static or temp based lighting as you can set them the same. It is an issue of you want your whole case color cycling in sync.
I am trying to do the identical thing. Has anybody got any other suggestions on controlling RGB fans from the header.
(The_Anynymous_D just be aware that the Maximus Alpha and the Strix GPU will NOT sync with the Aura software. Only the later mobos, from the X99 Strix refresh on will sync. The new Pro Gaming Aura board will sync, but they removed the RGB headers!)