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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/12 06:10:53 (permalink)
Release date is supposed to be November, but goodness knows what availability will be like. And pricing. But yah... saves me deliding my 6 core. I'll probably just upgrade to a 9900x 8 core / 44 lane.
 

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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/12 09:29:49 (permalink)
That bulge in the middle in the picture is just the twisted wires for the fan. I had made an adjustment in the routing of the cable.
In the top of the picture the memory DIMM next to the VRM fan that is just out of the shot is pretty close to the VRM heat sink and had been rubbing on the power cord. I rerouted the power cable and it is not as nicely tucked under the shroud anymore
 
Not sure if you have seen my thread with my system, and it is still sitting on the table and not in a case
https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/2829994
post edited by GGTV-Jon - 2018/10/12 09:55:43
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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/13 07:00:30 (permalink)
So I have decided to go to liquid cooling, but not an AIO.  For my first build, I feel more comfortable going with a kit and wondered what everyone thinks about the Alphacool CoolAnswer 360 D5/UT.  It looked good in all the reviews but note were of this family of processors.  Also saw some scornful discussion about it having a bay reservoir and wondered what the big problem is there.  Have not yet looked at EKWB

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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/13 10:33:30 (permalink)
Those bay units are used in situations where there is not enough room for a traditional vertical reservoir. Issue with the bay is that you are limited in reservoir volume and it is really easy to run the pump dry when doing your initial fill. If you do have to go that route you will want a dual slot unit. And because of the way they are constructed they might have an higher chance of something cracking and leaking over time compared to the screwed together vertical units
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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/13 13:31:30 (permalink)
Looks,like,the EKWB units use a traditional reservoir. Will research those.
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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/13 14:04:02 (permalink)
If you go with soft tubing perhaps set it all up on the Dark's included benching stand and pretest it all to make sure everything is working well then install it all in the case
 
You should also be using a flushing agent on your initial fill up to flush / clean the new loop. Having it all outside the case for this step will help in tracking down any fitting leaks and the draining process
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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/13 14:55:11 (permalink)
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The BeQuiet Dark Rock 4 Pro is listed as compatible and their chart usually says if any slots are blocked. For the Dark it just says "Compatible". I've not tried it myself (I am on custom water loop) but it should be sufficient to cool your i9 so long as you don't overclock.
 
Similarly the biggest Noctua should be sufficient - as it is for the Threadripper and is just as effective as many AIOs.
 
But note that I say sufficient, rather than ample. Overclocking, particularly on something like HCC i9 changes things considerably and in this case you would be looking at delidding and water. 


Well, I heard back from Be Quiet! yesterday and they said "According to our motherboard check it does shows you should not have any issues using our Dark Rock 4 or Dark Rock Pro 4 even with the new VRM heatsink they added. Note Dark Rock TF with check! in this case it is due to possible PCIe slot blocked.". They even sent me a screenshot of the "Motherboard check". While I don't think they took the time to double check it, they just used what's on the website. Cause I just checked and it took 2 hrs and 5 minutes to get a reply. that's by far the quick response I have ever got.  
 
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Re: Need help finding a CPU Air Cooler that will fit the X299 DARK EATX before I buy. 2018/10/14 00:56:18 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ManicSouL 2018/10/14 09:05:12
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If you go with soft tubing perhaps set it all up on the Dark's included benching stand and pretest it all to make sure everything is working well then install it all in the case
 
You should also be using a flushing agent on your initial fill up to flush / clean the new loop. Having it all outside the case for this step will help in tracking down any fitting leaks and the draining process


Thanks.  Yes, have been reviewing quite a few videos and instructions on this and flush and clean will be my first step.  I am really considering going with hard tubing though and clear liquid to prolong maintenance or flush cycles.

EVGA X299 DARK Motherborad
I9-7940x 14Core SkyLake-X 3.6
2 Samsung 970 Pro M.2 2280 512 MB
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 30000
EVGA 1080 Ti SC2  
Dell P2715Q 4K
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