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GeeTeeEx
08-12-08, 04:06 PM
Since 9800GX2 is the same length as 8800GTX, I know that the GX2 will fit (without the front hard drive bay fan of course)

The question is, can the 9800GX2 bear the weight of its own heat inside this case? As you probably know, sonata III isn't the best ventilated case.

And if not, what is a reasonable way to increase ventilation in the case?
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/Sonata_III/3.html
Here's a link to the interior scene of the case, just so that you can give me tangible advice as to where to place fans and any other possible modifications.

Btw, is a 500W PSU enough for 9800GX2? I'm not going to need to run it full blast since I'm not going to be playing GPU-crazy games anyways...

rage10
08-13-08, 09:48 PM
I'm not sure about the heat issue, I think it can stand up to 105c though. to answer your power question I will need your complete system specs.

ViN86
08-13-08, 10:44 PM
i used to have a sonata. i bought it for the silence, but after i started OCing, i wished i hadnt.

i did a few things to increase the airflow. first, i put a beefier fan in the back exhaust and in the front intake. second, i removed the PCI bay covers and placed a fan (90mm) down there. finally, if the heat became too much, i took the side off.

since then, i bought this:
http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Lian_Li_PC-V1000/index.htm

havent had heat issues since.

GeeTeeEx
08-14-08, 11:20 AM
I'm not sure about the heat issue, I think it can stand up to 105c though. to answer your power question I will need your complete system specs.

amd athlon x2 6000+
2gb ram
geforce fx 5500 = current graphics card (:thumbdwn:)
asus motherboard
500W PSU (the one that comes with the sonata)
250gb seagate hd
one fan in the back XD

GeeTeeEx
08-14-08, 11:22 AM
i used to have a sonata. i bought it for the silence, but after i started OCing, i wished i hadnt.

i did a few things to increase the airflow. first, i put a beefier fan in the back exhaust and in the front intake. second, i removed the PCI bay covers and placed a fan (90mm) down there. finally, if the heat became too much, i took the side off.

since then, i bought this:
http://www.overclockercafe.com/Reviews/cases/Lian_Li_PC-V1000/index.htm

havent had heat issues since.

man it seems like a great way to mod, but does it make it a lot noisier? ... dammit this sonata is so quiet when left alone but crap in terms of airflow

cvearl
08-14-08, 12:55 PM
Since 9800GX2 is the same length as 8800GTX, I know that the GX2 will fit (without the front hard drive bay fan of course)

The question is, can the 9800GX2 bear the weight of its own heat inside this case? As you probably know, sonata III isn't the best ventilated case.

And if not, what is a reasonable way to increase ventilation in the case?
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/Sonata_III/3.html
Here's a link to the interior scene of the case, just so that you can give me tangible advice as to where to place fans and any other possible modifications.

Btw, is a 500W PSU enough for 9800GX2? I'm not going to need to run it full blast since I'm not going to be playing GPU-crazy games anyways...

Ya I have a 4870 in mine and no overclocking for me until I either add a 120mm in the front somehow (not sure I can squeeze it in there) or get another case. But I would hate to part with it. It is a great little case.

At stock the 4870 is happy enough with the rear tricool at medium. It idles at 78C and the fan hovers around 24% (I have not modded). So nice and quiet. The 8800GT I had in there for almost a year could touch the 90C mark in some games but it lived too. In that case it idled at about 70C. Under load the 4870 never seems to go over 85C (furmark not included heh).

Anyway, Hardwarecanucks managed to fit a front 120mm fan with a pair of 8800GTS's installed. Not sure how much room you are left with with the GX2. http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/2067-antec-sonata-iii-case-review-6.html

In the end, the Antec Sonata III is not an overclockers dream. Hahaha.

C.