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Fractal Define R4 Fan Placement Suggestions

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August 16, 2013 7:18:54 AM

This case comes with two 140mm fans (one mounted in the back, one in the front). Below is the hardware that I purchased...

Asus Sabertooth Z87
Intel i7 -4770k
Asus GTx 660ti (purchased it for 200 with rebate)
Kingston HyperX RAM (16GB)
Corsair TX750 PSU
Cooler Master 212 heatsink
2x1tb Seagate Barracuda
256 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD

I purchased one additional fan from Fractal. I was thinking of removing the top hard drive cage and adding a second fan in the front. Is this a good idea? Any suggestions? I was thinking of mounting an intake fan at the bottom as well so you would have 3 intake fans and 1 exhaust. Should I have an exhaust fan at the top instead? I really don't plan on overclocking anything at this point.

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August 16, 2013 7:24:47 AM

best fan setup: fill up all fan slots top and back as exhaust, rest are intake. Top because hot air rises, why interfer? and back cause who wants hot air blowing at their face?
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August 16, 2013 7:30:04 AM

If you don't plan on overclocking then you should be fine with what you have. I have seen a great improvement in my GPU n CPU temps once I added a Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450 as a bottom fan. Great fan and really quiet.

What kind of temps are you seeing under load and idle?
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August 16, 2013 7:47:14 AM

saloomi2012 said:
best fan setup: fill up all fan slots top and back as exhaust, rest are intake. Top because hot air rises, why interfer? and back cause who wants hot air blowing at their face?


Interesting, thanks for the advice.

envy14tpe said:
If you don't plan on overclocking then you should be fine with what you have. I have seen a great improvement in my GPU n CPU temps once I added a Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450 as a bottom fan. Great fan and really quiet.

What kind of temps are you seeing under load and idle?


I haven't built the machine yet as I am still waiting for parts to come in. I am just trying to plan ahead. So I guess I will add the the fractal fan in the front of the case and a 1450 at the bottom or should I add the fractal fan at the top as an exhaust? Will the 1450 fit on the bottom next to a typical PSU?

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August 16, 2013 8:02:32 AM

Not all fans can be switched from front to top. Changing a fan from vertical to horizontal REQUIRES the fan to be ball bearings. I use Cooler Master Blade Master fans as front and exhaust, but if I used one of them for the bottom it'd be super noisy and would wear out fast. That's why I bought a ball bearings fan. Helps a lot with cooling.

Scythe is known for manufacturing quiet and great performing fans. Scythe just released new fan models too.
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