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 " ?
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.
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 ??
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.