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Worth Replacing 230mm stock fan with 4 120mm fans?

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February 4, 2014 2:29:55 PM

I have been pondering on whether or not I should replace the stock fans of my Thor v2 case overtime. Since I would enjoy having more Leds in my case, I have been browsing various LED fans from several websites. I think working on the side panel would be the easiest for me since it is easily accessible with only a large 230mm fan.

My question is this: would the $$$ spent on buying 4 120mm Red led fans be worth it over the long run? Would the increased airflow make a significant difference in cooling my components? Or is the stock fan sufficient for the case?

I am particularly interested in the Cougar Red Dual-x 120 mm fans but they are quite expensive compared to most fans online. However, they claim to be very silent and efficient with airflow.
February 4, 2014 6:58:34 PM

In My Humble Opinion, stick with the 230mm fan. It produces excellent airflow, will be quieter then 4x120's and by not spending $$$ on fans you are ahead of the game: Use the money saved for a new component that you need or for a new game, or perhaps some red cold-cathode LED's. That THOR case has plenty of airflow stock.
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February 4, 2014 7:41:05 PM

nostall said:
In My Humble Opinion, stick with the 230mm fan. It produces excellent airflow, will be quieter then 4x120's and by not spending $$$ on fans you are ahead of the game: Use the money saved for a new component that you need or for a new game, or perhaps some red cold-cathode LED's. That THOR case has plenty of airflow stock.


Two other reasons why I have thought about replacing the fan: I am not sure of the quality of Rosewill fans compared to other manufacturer's, and I also have a EVGA FTW 780 in my build so if I overclock it in my future I want it to stay cool.

However, if the fans are of good quality I will then save the money and just buy a Red LED light kit instead. I am also waiting to purchase a new mechanical keyboard until around mid-2014. I do not mind spending some extra $$$ for my computer, but if the fans are fine as you have stated, then I will not replace them.

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February 4, 2014 9:29:48 PM

Hard to screw up a fan, and I have looked at quite a few reviews of this case and haven't found anything negative about fan quality. Several talked about how great it cools with the stock set up.
I have purchased 4 or 5 Rosewill fans over the last few years and all of them are still running just fine.
Save that money toward your mechanical keyboard (an excellent upgrade, imho), and enjoy your PC. I think that case is one of the coolest looking out there.
And just to add a little more positive input: My CM Sniper uses 3 200mm fans, the side one blows over my 2 video cards, and there is never a cooling problem: Friend has the CM 932 HAF with the 230mm fans and OC's his cpu a good amount and the PC is Not in a cool place during summer - no heat issues. The THOR probably has better airflow then either of these cases.
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February 5, 2014 2:29:21 PM

nostall said:
Hard to screw up a fan, and I have looked at quite a few reviews of this case and haven't found anything negative about fan quality. Several talked about how great it cools with the stock set up.
I have purchased 4 or 5 Rosewill fans over the last few years and all of them are still running just fine.
Save that money toward your mechanical keyboard (an excellent upgrade, imho), and enjoy your PC. I think that case is one of the coolest looking out there.
And just to add a little more positive input: My CM Sniper uses 3 200mm fans, the side one blows over my 2 video cards, and there is never a cooling problem: Friend has the CM 932 HAF with the 230mm fans and OC's his cpu a good amount and the PC is Not in a cool place during summer - no heat issues. The THOR probably has better airflow then either of these cases.


Sounds good. I will use the $$ for the keyboard and a led light kit which will be cheap compared to 4 quality fans.

Though I do find that Cougar Duel-X fan to be quite appealing. Perhaps I will purchase one of them in the future to upgrade my cpu cooler for a push-pull layout.

I do quite like the Thor case and cases that are black with red-LEDs. It is much better than the previous mainstream computer I had to use for a couple of years. :) 

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