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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Sun Oct 12, 2003 9:11 pm

A friend of mine seems to think that putting a side panel fan in a case would ruin airflow. Is that true?
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Postby aviationwiz on Sun Oct 12, 2003 9:13 pm

Aboslutely not, it would help, because in just about all cases, the side panel would have the fan putting cool air right down the video card.
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Postby David on Sun Oct 12, 2003 9:18 pm

A side fan can also help blow more air on to the CPU cooling fan heatsink to help keep it a little cooler such as on my case.
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Postby tazdevl on Sun Oct 12, 2003 9:41 pm

Actually there are two schools of thought on that.

It might actually increase overall ambient temps in the case. Main reason being is that it introduces turbulence that can interrupt the airflow which runs from the front and out the back.

However, CPU and GPU temps will probably benefit from the direct airflow, but other components can run warmer.

The other consideration to take into account, if it's an issue, is the added noise. Ended up going back to stock airflow, unless you're adding a 50+CFM fan, the decrease in temps isn't worth the added noise.

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Postby CDRecorder on Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:36 am

How many case fans does your case support in the front and back? My case temp is about the same as the ambient room temp because I have two intake fans in the front of the case and one exhaust fan (not counting the PSU exhaust fan) in the back of the case.
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