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Positioning a side-panel Fan? Quick Answer.

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by slipd, 17 May 2006.

  1. slipd


    Joined: 26 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,343

    Location: Hampshire

    Hi guys,

    I’ve got a Chieftec Dragon Tower Case that has a mounting for a fan; which direction should it be blowing, in or out? I can’t decide :rolleyes:

    I know the general idea is to draw air in at the front and remove it at the back, but this side panel mounting seems to be in a bit of a ‘grey area?’

    Thanks ;)

  2. minging


    Joined: 22 Oct 2004

    Posts: 75

    Side = intake :) least thats what i would do.
  3. Sandmaster500

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,116

    Location: Leeds/Oxford

    Every time i have used one i have it blowing in to give cool air to the nearest component to the fan (CPU, GPU or northbridge). Might be worth trying both and no fan to see if it has any impact on temps.

    Cant use the one on my case due to a tower of aluminium fins in the way :rolleyes: aka scythe ninja
  4. a1ex2001


    Joined: 14 Mar 2005

    Posts: 13,308

    Location: Here and There...

    I've had one in the past sucking out especiallt with graphics cards that exhaust the hot air internally. Cards like the 7800GT draw cold air into the front of the card from around the hard disk area and then exhaust it into the case just under where a side fan would be. Lot depends on what sort of card cooler you have with my current X1800XT I'd put it drawing air in. The other advantage of drawing air out is it stops you caoting you graphics card in dust which is the net result of having an unfiltered side intake!