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Noctua fan on coolermaster hyper 212+

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February 3, 2011 5:50:49 PM

This is just a question out of curiosity. The reason I'm asking this is because I have a 120mm noctua fan installed behind the hard drive cage, which is as close as I can get using it as a front intake fan. I'm using an Antec Sonata II for those who would like to know.

There's a chance in the future that I'll get myself a better video card but it might be too long and might touch the fan. So if I decided to remove the noctua fan, would it be of good use as a secondary fan on the Hyper 212+? When I bought the cpu cooler, it already came with the mounting gear for a secondary fan, so all I need is a 120mm fan.

Then again I can always find a card that's short enough and a great performer like a GTX 560 :p 
February 3, 2011 6:00:04 PM

yep that'll work
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February 3, 2011 6:00:22 PM

but you do want to have a front intake fan
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February 3, 2011 6:26:20 PM

Yeah I know, which is why I'm going to do a lot of searching for the right sized gpu. Another question too, do you think the noctua will perform better if it's on the intake or exhaust side of the heatsink? Or does it make a difference at all? The fan I have now is the stock fan that came with the 212+.
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February 3, 2011 10:39:52 PM

it'll do better on the 'push' side because it will most likely have better cfm than the stock coolermaster fan
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February 3, 2011 11:06:17 PM


When pairing up fans for a push / pull configuration, you should use matching fans.

Going by specs the fan supplied with the 212+ have a higher CFM than Noctua NF-P12 (I suppose is the one you have?), also, the 212+ fan is RPM controlled unlike the Noctua one.

Also keep in mind, using a push / pull setup will only drop your temps a few degrees (using matching fans).

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February 3, 2011 11:36:05 PM

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February 3, 2011 11:42:30 PM

Thanks guys for your help.

To loth, yes I suppose it be best to match up the 2 fans so I don't break the airflow. I guess the best thing to do is just buy a much roomier case. After all, my sonata 2 is reused anyway for budget purposes. If I want a bigger card, then I have no choice if I want to keep my configuration. Like dhong said, I do want a front intake fan.
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