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so I noticed they're two types of cpu fans, ones that stand up like this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

and ones that lie down like this one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103046

Which "style" performs better if any.

btw I'm not talking about those specific heatsinks i posted, just the design of them.
post #2 of 8
personaly i think the side way's heatsink will perform better (hyper212) its pushing air 1 way and u can have it sucking out out the back of the case, where as the other one will be pushing air down and after that its going to spread around ur case (depends on how fast the fan is)
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Generally the tower coolers perform better than top down coolers. The top aircoolers, noctua d14, thermalright archon and silver arrow, are tower coolers. The air exhaust described above is also relevant.
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Get this one, sideways is more effective in cooling.

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Towers perform better. The horizontal (probably vertical in a case with vertical motherboard mounting), flat ones are usually used for small for factor builds where the tower heatsinks can't fit in the case like HTPCs unless they have a high enough clearance. Anyways, I would mount the tower so it pushes air towards the back instead of up. If it takes air from the bottom where your graphics cards are, it's only going to get hot air. If it pushes air towards the back fan near your CPU it'll get cool air and push it out through the back.
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Towers perform better. The horizontal (probably vertical in a case with vertical motherboard mounting), flat ones are usually used for small for factor builds where the tower heatsinks can't fit in the case like HTPCs unless they have a high enough clearance. Anyways, I would mount the tower so it pushes air towards the back instead of up. If it takes air from the bottom where your graphics cards are, it's only going to get hot air. If it pushes air towards the back fan near your CPU it'll get cool air and push it out through the back.
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post #7 of 8
Towers do get lower CPU temps, but i think the gemini style coolers give better VRM/NB/RAM temps, because it blowing(admittedly, warm) air over the whole top half of the motherboard.
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Towers perform better. The horizontal (probably vertical in a case with vertical motherboard mounting), flat ones are usually used for small for factor builds where the tower heatsinks can't fit in the case like HTPCs unless they have a high enough clearance. Anyways, I would mount the tower so it pushes air towards the back instead of up. If it takes air from the bottom where your graphics cards are, it's only going to get hot air. If it pushes air towards the back fan near your CPU it'll get cool air and push it out through the back.
My graphics card isn't at the bottom. I've got pure cool air from 3 180mm fans at the bottom of my case, all heat is ejected from the top.

...don't want to brag but it's a perfect configuration, you just need to buy a better case...
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