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Oldschool Airflow Master

by madmax_aut


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Date Published

Nov. 2, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.45 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


Hallo everybody!

I bought this case in 1999. Until yesterday there was an old Athlon Thunderbird@1,4Ghz with an VIA KT133A chipset working in it. (Yes the good old Thunderbird from 2000) ;-) Some weeks ago i had to take a decison, should i throw away this old case or not....so my decison was to make a midrange gaming PC with it. I have to say that my blooming period in gaming was about the years 1999 to 2001, in the meantime i did not play games untill today... I'm happy to have done this....

I have overclocked the system only a bit, I'm not the one who always goes to the limit. So the FX8320 works at 4,34Ghz(now4,45Ghz) with a VCore about 1,455, CPU to NB +200Mhz@2424Mhz and the MSI R9 270X runns @ 1180/1550Mhz. I'm sure there can be done more but so the system runns very stable also with long tests on prime 95.

The Cooler Master V8 is real monster, he was to big for my old bigtower case so it stands out of the case (photo)! ;-) It's a real good cooler so i have only 49°C on 100% CPU usage over a long time. With my 2 big 34cm coolers on the case I also cool down the whole system. At 100% GPU load it goes from 69°C down to about 59°C! And they are not as loud as they may look like. ;-)

The to big 230V/50Hz fans are speed controlled by an potentiometer which is mounted on the left side down. When they are at low or mid speed they are very quiet. But if they get to maximum speed the Tower vibrates! ;-) Maybe with some wings he starts to fly? Maybe a good idea for revision 2?

Powerconsumption in idle is 95W and at 100% CPU load with prime95 265W! Thats only the tower with components. The two big fans take between 35 and 120W. ;-)

Update 2.11.2014 20:00: Now the FX8320 runns at 4,45Ghz Vcore 1,46V Prime 95 tested...

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domeylp 3 Builds 17 points 54 months ago

What the F***.. +1 very sick build.....allthough the fan on the side looks pretty strange...

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 9 points 54 months ago

Remember its from the 90s and 15 years old...I know its not that kind of moding 99% of all others do...;-)

Chindian 13 points 54 months ago

screw what everyone else thinks, +1 for the chuckle, +10 for the ingenuity

eopest 9 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

I can see that airflow is not a problem. I built my first server in a case like this, just not with those fans. +10 for recycling ingenuity, +20 for sheer insanity! :)

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 5 points 54 months ago

Thanks! So many people here are talking about insanity, I think I am! ;-)

Alyna 1 Build 10 points 54 months ago

Floppy disk drive... lel +1

alex591 6 points 54 months ago

that case... +1

gugu96 19 Builds 4 points 54 months ago

****! what is that? +1 for insanity, it's an Aiflow Master err monster! I counted 6x 5 1/4 bay this really is what it looks like: full tower case, exactly what I was telling my friends to buy in the late 90'. I think they still hate me for that.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

give me directions for using that fan mod!! that is awesome!!!

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Normaly they are built in in a heatpump. You only have to look for an big Axial Fan. With the littel pen on the left side of the case I can controll the speed of the two fans....

Trevor123456789 3 points 54 months ago

nice old case

HersheyMiles 1 Build 3 points 54 months ago

This build just made my day. And that side fan tho...

Rexx7564 1 Build 2 points 54 months ago

It must be freezing in that thing lol +1

Dansrage 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

That is insanely cool. Takes sleeper to a whole new level.

markm7d2 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

insane intake/outake fans.. you might have mistaken your tower as smoking room or a barbeque grill?

xXSynth_ 2 points 49 months ago

how good is this SSHD? i wanna get it, and it seems awesome

norden91 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Wow... this must be the perfect case for overclocking the fx series... seriously, this seems almost custom made for that purpose! Awesome bro!

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

+1 love the fan on the side :)

Melonguy 1 point 54 months ago

Could we see inside?

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Until next weekend I'll find time to take fotos of inside!

Zknight99 1 point 54 months ago

Why is the fan so big??? Lol Good build.

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Because I get them for free! ;-) At first I was thinking to build in 2 400VAC ventilators with a diameter of 48cm, but mounting them would have benn much more problem then the smaler ones. Also 400VAC not everybody has @home! ;-)

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jghs48 1 point 54 months ago

This is some Frankenstein-ish beauty and I love it! Wish there were pictures of the inside.

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

Some people say he could fly with his fans...;-) lol

MnMnMnMnMn 1 point 54 months ago

Dude, this build is pretty cool! +1

Interro-chan 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

its perfect

Spicyburrito 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Jeez, did you pull that fan from your car rad? Thing is enormous! What is the switch at the top right on the front of the case for? That a top mounted PSU?

Would love to see some internal pics. Wonder if my 350d will look that retro in 15 years...

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

It's not only one, there are two of them...Internal pics will come in the next days! I have seen you also have big fans in your case ;-) only a little bit more understatement...;-) The switch on the top right is for two fans which are direct above. But I don't need them for sure.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

where are the inside pictures, would love to see the inside of this case... looks like 6 feet tall +1... the V8 must look like an ant inside this case..

Romz 1 point 54 months ago

Nice ride holmes.... :) +10

NightFlyer 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

LOVE it - one of the best I've seen yet on this site!

Keep up the great work :-)

jeffd314 1 point 47 months ago

Thank you just when I thought people thought smaller was better you just pulled out the old brick cell phone in comparison that's awesome and looks like it eats a lot of space

Zekrom2070 1 point 45 months ago

How good is the onboard sound on that mobo?

madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

For my use its ok, I only have some small stereo speakers on it....no problems...

Zekrom2070 1 point 45 months ago

Ok. Thanks for replying.

Brandon180 1 point 45 months ago

I love it when people change an old computer to a beast gaming PC great job man!!

iMav 1 point 40 months ago

You don't need 2 disk readers!

maxtynan 1 point 39 months ago

hahaha how loud is this thing? Like a jet engine next to your face?

unbz2012 1 point 37 months ago

The external cooler is sick! Where did you get this case????

asagilmore 1 point 36 months ago

awsome! +1, how does it perform on games?

thecomgeek 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

who the hell uses floppy disks anymore

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

This is nuts. I wonder if it self cleans with both side fans at full power.

Xansei 1 point 33 months ago

Hope this doesn't offend you, but it looks like a sleeper pc

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madmax_aut submitter 3 Builds 5 points 54 months ago

Frankencase thats good, some of my friends called him also Frankenstein...;-) And some people say with his fans he could fly...;-)

FedoraNeckbeard 1 point 54 months ago

I think I like the old retro white. If he painted it black it'd look more modern and i'm not sure he'd like that.

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