First phase of the build was to install 4x 120mm Noctua Fans for air flow across the cards. This looked pretty good at first and I was optimistic with the design. I used the original heat sink mounting screws to firmly fix the hashing boards to the base of the case. This involved drilling new holes in the case.

I tried the cards in various location inside the case but found this layout to work the best. The fans were set to blow air from left to right.

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Unfortunately this air flow was not sufficient and the miner slowly started to heat up after about 15 minutes. More fans where required and I tested some 120mm fans directly onto the heat sinks. This meant that the Noctua fans mounted in the case needed to be switched around and all 4 are now blowing air out of the case.

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Corsair 1200W PSU was added, the Orange Pi and cable extensions for the fans in an attempt to keep the cables tidy.

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As this was still early design phase, yes you can see sellotape and blu tack being used.

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The fans still could not keep the hashing boards cool and heat would build up inside the case.  I am sure this was due to negative air pressure and the lack of input fans. Fans to push air into the case were need and so a new lid was designed to mount 4x 140mm 1200rpm Noctua’s.  This must be enough air for!

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The miner was near completion. Noise levels were way down, temps where good. It just needed a little tweak and the cables a tidy.

 

A4 Dominator 2 Blade Closed Rig

Quite A4 Dominator – Part Two