Quick question: I have 2 locations I can place my 120mm fan. Side intake or rear exhaust?

I just got done building my PC, and bought 4 sys fans. Unfortunately I must of been imagining things when examining my motherboard, turns out I only have 3 sys fan ports.

My case is the Bitfenix Shinobi window version.

My 140mm fan is a top exhaust, and I have a 120mm front intake.
By default, the Shinobi also comes with a 120mm rear exhaust.

I want to make the best of the amount of sys fans I can use, and get the best temps. Since the side fan location is RIGHT above my vid card, it makes a very good cooler (my vid card is 'open' type).

I have tested in both places. With the rear exhaust instead of the side intake. At 100 GPU load, my temps were around 60-64 max. With side intake, at 100 GPU load, my temps did not go over 60. They hovered around high 50s.

Someone told me that rear exhausts are important. As I already have a big fan as a top exhaust, do I really need a rear exhaust? Can I just use side intake instead?

Thanks you.
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More about quick question locations place 120mm fan side intake rear exhaust
  1. The top exhaust is sufficient so if you have lower temps with side intake nothing wrong with it.
  2. If I were you,I'd go with the side intake,since you said there were already 2 exhausts. So it'd stay fine...
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