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Optimal fan placement for NZXT Source 210 Elite case?

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January 14, 2012 9:36:17 PM

I'm going to get the NZXT Source 210 Elite case and in total I will have 5 case fans to install in it (this includes the fans that come preinstalled). 3 140mm fans and 2 120mm fans. How do I place this for optimal cooling?

I was thinking 1 120mm rear, 2 140mm top, 1 120mm front, 1 140mm side panel.
Or is it perhaps better to move one of the top fans to the bottom intake right next to the psu?

Here is some case pictures:

Side panel intake
http://images.pricerunner.com/product/image/250477484/N...

Inside (1 120mm rear, 2 140mm top, 2 120mm front possible):
http://www.nzxt.com/new/images/_upload/product_gallery/...

Bottom (PSU fan and 1 120mm):
http://www.pureoverclock.com/images/review/cases/nzxt_s...

Edit: What's the recommended fan speed for 120 and 140mm fans? What's the best airflow to noise ratio?
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January 16, 2012 4:05:31 AM

I'd use two top 140mm and another 120mm front intake.
Don't see any info regarding the use of another 140mm for that case.
Side mount appears to be 120mm.(i could be wrong)
April 14, 2013 8:03:14 AM

Hi,
I have recently purchased the same case and amazed by the flexibility for the number of fans it supports,
Please correct me but i believe the Elite version comes pre-installed with 2 fans, one top fan - 140 mm and the rear 120 mm fan
Now we must be left with 2 front intake, 2 bottom intake, one side intake and one top exhaust options
But the SMPS (mounted downwards) will eat away into one bottom fan provision

There are 2 combinations i suggest
Buy just 2 X 120 mm fans for front intake and you must be sorted as the balance is struck, and the db levels will also be low
But if you plan to utilize the machine for heavy gaming then please consider the second combination (apart from the preinstalled fans)
1. 2 X 140 mm fans for front intake
2. 1 X 120 mm fan for side intake
3. 1 X 140 mm fan for top exhaust
4. 1 X 120 mm fan for bottom intake - this may be trial and error as a big SMPS will not allow this
There is one downside to so many fans though, a very noisy cabinet, hence usage of silent fans is highly recommended

Cheers,
Shri
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September 22, 2013 1:08:24 PM

joeman99 said:
I'm going to get the NZXT Source 210 Elite case and in total I will have 5 case fans to install in it (this includes the fans that come preinstalled). 3 140mm fans and 2 120mm fans. How do I place this for optimal cooling?

I was thinking 1 120mm rear, 2 140mm top, 1 120mm front, 1 140mm side panel.
Or is it perhaps better to move one of the top fans to the bottom intake right next to the psu?

Here is some case pictures:

Side panel intake
http://images.pricerunner.com/product/image/250477484/N...

Inside (1 120mm rear, 2 140mm top, 2 120mm front possible):
http://www.nzxt.com/new/images/_upload/product_gallery/...

Bottom (PSU fan and 1 120mm):
http://www.pureoverclock.com/images/review/cases/nzxt_s...

Edit: What's the recommended fan speed for 120 and 140mm fans? What's the best airflow to noise ratio?


hi joeman, by now i guess you've sorted your fans out, hows it going for you? also could you give me a link to your fans used and what setup formation you had them in would be brilliant thanks in advance!
September 24, 2013 10:53:56 AM

shridharsi said:
Hi,
I have recently purchased the same case and amazed by the flexibility for the number of fans it supports,
Please correct me but i believe the Elite version comes pre-installed with 2 fans, one top fan - 140 mm and the rear 120 mm fan
Now we must be left with 2 front intake, 2 bottom intake, one side intake and one top exhaust options
But the SMPS (mounted downwards) will eat away into one bottom fan provision

There are 2 combinations i suggest
Buy just 2 X 120 mm fans for front intake and you must be sorted as the balance is struck, and the db levels will also be low
But if you plan to utilize the machine for heavy gaming then please consider the second combination (apart from the preinstalled fans)
1. 2 X 140 mm fans for front intake
2. 1 X 120 mm fan for side intake
3. 1 X 140 mm fan for top exhaust
4. 1 X 120 mm fan for bottom intake - this may be trial and error as a big SMPS will not allow this
There is one downside to so many fans though, a very noisy cabinet, hence usage of silent fans is highly recommended

Cheers,
Shri


Hi Shri, just read this built my computer in April and am looking to buy some fans with the same case as you all, what fans do you recommend I was thinking the actual nzxt ones? Also do you know what the pre installed ones are? And how cool is your pc running now? What's your fan setup?
Thanks man Callum :) 
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