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Side panel fan's .for cooling or just "cool"?

I have the option of buying a window for my case that has pre-cut locations for four 120 mm fans across from the mobo location . Ive read enough threads on air cooling cases and the pro's and con's of positive vs. negative pressure and the bennifits of good uninterupted airfloww from intakes too the exhausts however ( and conspicuously absent ) from the discusion has been the topic of side fans . So do they provide measurable benifits or just " nerd bling " ?
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  1. they do both


    just put some of these in my new storm trooper build

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-silverstone-sst-ap121-bl-air-penetrator-1500rpm-fdb-blue-led-fan?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping

    very impressed with them

    very quiet,and are meant to be really good for heatsinks and radiators as they focus the air-can feel the air

    on my hand at least 3 feet away

    also if you are into led fans they come in 4 or 5 colours and the leds give a great spread of light on the whole

    of the fan blades as the leds are in the fan hub and not the frame

    heres the leds though not very good quality photo from my phone

    the 2 on the left are the silverstone fans and the 1 on the right the stock coolermaster fan

    http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z330/mcnumpty23/airpenetrator120mmred2.jpg
  2. Check your temps and decide if you need more cooling or not. If you need more cooling put some fans in there and check if it improves your temps (it most likely will if you have all fans set up right).

    If you don't need more and you don't want some LED fans for teh lulz, then simply don't buy some.

    If you do need more cooling, those fans are supposed to be intake fans.

    End of Story.
  3. I have an Antec 300 case, 1 rear, 1 top, 1 front fan and installed SLI 460's. Side panel fan blowing directly on the GPU's lowered high temps from 67C to 55C on the GPU's.
  4. I like it for the extra convection on my GPU. +1 on the other 3 responses.
  5. I'm doing my build least expensive to most ( dont ask ) so the side window is nehttp://www.frozencpu.com/products/10324/win-150/18_x_185_DIY_Bolt-On_Full_Window_Kit_w_4_x_120mm_Blow_Hole.html?tl=g44c353s850xt so testing temps first isnt an option .. also ( I didnt mention Im watercooling the cpu and gpu's .If that changes your advice
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    Definitely for cooling Very informative article on fan placement's effect on cooling. Side fan is more effective than a front fan for overall case cooling unless you place 2 fans in the front. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-cooling-investigation/1
  7. this is my case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112342 2 140 mm at front .. ty for article I'm gonna give it a read now
  8. That case doesn't even HAVE side fans...and 4 fans on the side is overkill.
  9. Im aware it dosnt have side fans lol thats the point of the thread . The window I'm looking at is precut with 120 mm x 4 . Ty for the call on the number of fans though . That was one of my concerns . So if I were to buy a window and cut a single 120mm . Where would you locate it given that my system has a waterloop for the cpu and gpu's ? Across from northbridge ??
  10. I added a low speed (600 rpm) 140 mm side fan to my Fractal arc midi and my Mobo temp dropped 3 degrees. Sadly, did not record GPU temps.

    I have 4 induction fans and 3 exhaust fans on my rig , all the latter in the top of the case, 2 on they hydro 100 , and one in top back. I was surprised to get the result I did , especially as I already have an induction fan in the very bottom of the case slightly further forward than my side fan.

    Fans are quiet, the side fan was a fractal arc, recomended , very quiet.

    This is a good site for fan speccing http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products
  11. Rugger said:
    Definitely for cooling Very informative article on fan placement's effect on cooling. Side fan is more effective than a front fan for overall case cooling unless you place 2 fans in the front. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-cooling-investigation/1

    Thanx for the article link . An amazing amount of info there . That should be a " must read " for anyone planning a build
  12. rufus_22 said:
    Thanx for the article link . An amazing amount of info there . That should be a " must read " for anyone planning a build

    You're welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed the read!
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  14. Isn't there a toms guide on cooling that explains the importance of side fans?
  15. Would be interested in reading it if you could link to it.
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