I have been reading on various other forums about speculation of non-reference GPU cooling designs should have specific heat pipes and heat sink direction orientation to help GPU cooling. For an aftermarket cooler, some people argued with heat sinks going parallel to the air flow of the bottom AP fans, will help cooling better?? Is this just pure speculation? Or so marginal that it's silly?Introducing a GPU that blows hot air inside the case will affect a little bit but overall airflow direction will not change because most air will still vent out eventually opposite the intake fans due to positive pressure. Either way, the FT05 should be able to provide better cooling performance than most cases even if you are using non-reference GPU cooling designs.
I'm hoping to order a FT05 soon and go completely air again with SLI 970s. I'm conflicted between aftermarket coolers (MSI vs Gigabyte) because the reference 970 by Nvidia is expensive ($380 USD each!!) or aftermarket reference coolers are plastic and loud. Some clarification would really be appreciated before I place my orders.