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

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a b ) Power supply
March 2, 2012 9:36:29 PM

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 " ?
a b ) Power supply
March 2, 2012 9:45:49 PM

they do both


just put some of these in my new storm trooper build

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-silverstone-sst-ap...

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/air...
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a b ) Power supply
March 2, 2012 10:05:24 PM

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.
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March 2, 2012 10:12:50 PM

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.
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March 2, 2012 10:15:06 PM

I like it for the extra convection on my GPU. +1 on the other 3 responses.
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March 2, 2012 11:36:10 PM

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-coo...
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March 3, 2012 1:27:15 AM

That case doesn't even HAVE side fans...and 4 fans on the side is overkill.
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a b ) Power supply
March 3, 2012 9:57:02 AM

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 ??
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March 3, 2012 10:24:58 AM

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

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March 4, 2012 9:04:59 AM

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-coo...

Thanx for the article link . An amazing amount of info there . That should be a " must read " for anyone planning a build
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a c 158 ) Power supply
March 4, 2012 9:40:10 AM

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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March 5, 2012 9:53:40 AM

Best answer selected by rufus_22.
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March 5, 2012 2:55:12 PM

Isn't there a toms guide on cooling that explains the importance of side fans?
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March 5, 2012 4:53:28 PM

Would be interested in reading it if you could link to it.
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