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    Re: what 120mm fan to recommend?

    Nah! This is what you need to do to keep things cool.


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    Re: what 120mm fan to recommend?

    Depends on the card the cooler and the amount of negative pressure.
    Although it'll be pritty hard to generate enough negative pressure to starve a graphics cooler of air, the amount of pressure differential between outside and inside a case is very small.


    Now I've got a Akasa Apache fan I can say that it's a very good fan, esp if your looking for a 120mm PWM fan

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    Re: what 120mm fan to recommend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    No that's fairly standard, esp in newer case layouts, good eg is the antec 300, solid side panels and mesh front

    I forgot to mention the 3rd setup which is netural pressure, it's quite hard to fully achieve.

    Most cases reguardless of pressure use a fan at the front, to focus inflowing air over the hard drives to keep them cool
    Then have a rear fan to extract hot air from around the cpu area, this helps keep the air flowing through the case and reduce the amount getting drawn in from other vents.


    There's a lot of arguement over which is better, in the past negitive pressure was not so good for cooling as all cases pritty much used the psu above the motherboard layout, which means there's not a lot of places to put extraction fans
    You want any fan that's sucking air out to be as close to the source of hot air as possible to be most effective, which is where the newer psu below the motherboard comes in.
    hmmm interesting. I feel I need another intake at the front as I have rear exhaust small front intake and the powersupply has a 140mm exhaust fan apparently. I was looking at the scythe kamabay 12cm fan. Does take up 3 x 5 1/4" drive bays.

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    Re: what 120mm fan to recommend?

    Fans i've used:

    Akasa Smokey 120mm - Quiet, good looking and push good air
    Revoltec Smoke Grey 120mm - Medium noise, Amazing looking and push alot of air
    Xigmatek XLF 120mm - Medium noise, Amazing looking and push alot of air

    Im using the XLF's now and their great. Seriously good looking.

    @ oolon, You don't know how tempted iam to do that...

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    Re: what 120mm fan to recommend?

    I've just installed an Xilence Red Wing 92mm Quiet Fan in a small form factor machine that I've been building and I'm impressed with the airfow and low noise so it may be worth checking out the 120mm version.

    :¬}

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