I saw a few performance cases with the PSU mounted in the bottom of the case, underneath the GPU/CPU/motherboard, and I don't understand why this has returned from the pre-GPU era.
I remember something I think was called a "BTX" standard where they had the PSU mounted under the motherboard/CPU and air was directed in to the case, through the PSU, up to the CPU, and then out of the rear of the case. This was back for Pentium II's I think. Maybe it was the III's. But it was a long time ago and it was hastily abandoned because the idea was to suck in cool air, warm it, and then send it to the CPU. This turned out to be as bad as it sounds.
Admittedly the PSU's in use now are many times better than the old PSU's in every single way, but I've seen these new cases with a somewhat similar design and it made me worder if this is suddenly a good idea now. The dork at my local computer shop thought it was the greatest thing but he's a local computer shop dork and I doubt he remembers the BTX standard. So I come to the forums to get your take on this.
The PSUs now moved air much better, warm it less, but does that make them worthy of use as part of a air deliverly system to the CPU? The cases now are designed much better now as well, so maybe I am wrong in assuming this air is circulated to the CPU at all. Is it exhausted before reaching the CPU/GPU?
Does this new implementation of the PSU's in the bottom of the case work? How does it move the air? Does it even seem like a good idea?
"Thank you for directing the option of having yourself work here today." -Management speak