High Airflow vs. High Static Pressure Fans for Air Cooling

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When it comes to picking a fan, for some of us, it's a no-brainer. But to others, it may as well be speaking Greek. What's the difference in these two fan types? Does it really matter which one I use and does one perform better than the other? The answer to "Does it really matter which fan type I use?" is "yes!"

Lets start discussing that difference and how it applies to your decision to purchase one fan type or the other.

We'll start off with "High Air Flow" fans. As the name implies, they are designed to deliver the most possible "cubic feet per minute," or CFM. Their job is simple: Move as much air as possible. Some good examples of "high airflow fans" include case fans, intake fans, exhaust fans, and unrestricted spaces.

Now we're left with "High Static Pressure" fan types. Static pressure is the measure of how well a fan can push air in a highly restrictive environment. These fans work best with and are intended to be used in the following areas:

*On radiators
*On heatsinks
*Drive bay intakes
*When the fan is mounted directly adjacent to the heat source
*Restricted spaces

Now that you're aware of the difference between the two main types of fans, you can choose the correct fan(s) for your particular needs. For those of you who are in need of a good brand of fan to purchase, my personal recommendation is Noctua and Corsair.