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Originally Posted by Sneaky Payload View Post
(MAKE SURE when you blow out your fans, you dont let the air duster "free spin" your fans, it can hurt the bearings in them).

just my 2 cents.
Curious, but, I thought that fans these days were "bearingless"? Or am I wrong?
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Smell seems to be only coming from air that is blown by fans, not from the component's themselves.

If it blows up in the next few weeks I'll be sure to let you guys know For the meantime though, thanks for all the advise.
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Smell seems to be only coming from air that is blown by fans, not from the component's themselves.

If it blows up in the next few weeks I'll be sure to let you guys know For the meantime though, thanks for all the advise.
Take a fan apart, out of the case, plug it and let it push air towards your nose. See if you can smell the same odour.
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Curious, but, I thought that fans these days were "bearingless"? Or am I wrong?
Most high rpm and performance fans (San Ace, Gentle Typhoons) have ball bearings.

Be it ball or sleeve bearing, don't make them spin faster than specs, they might wear out in seconds.
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post #15 of 29
how new is your system? I have noticed that new motherboards tend to have a smell to them when they are new that fades out after a week or two. I tend to think it's the mobo burning in!
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post #16 of 29
I'm sure its just that "new fan smell". I love when I put in new parts like a graphics card or mobo. My room smells like new electronics for a week or so.
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Most high rpm and performance fans (San Ace, Gentle Typhoons) have ball bearings.

Be it ball or sleeve bearing, don't make them spin faster than specs, they might wear out in seconds.
hrm... bizarre; given that bearings are sooo last century.

DD-Induction ftw!
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post #18 of 29
There is exactly one manufacturer who claims entirely magnetic bearings - Sunon. Enermax has something similar. I think we'll have to wait for some patents to expire before they become widespread. In the interim we get "nano" bearings that look like they are ceramic sleeve bearings, sealed sleeve bearings (FDB, etc.) and ball bearings. I doubt we will ever see the end of sleeve bearings - they're the cheapest kind.

As for OP's problem: do your fans use stinky oil?
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post #19 of 29
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I'm starting to think I might just be smelling the air though the filters of the case (Yeah, I accidently put my dust-filters on my exhaust fans, feel free to laugh.) That or it's just like the others said, new fan smell.

Still can't smell anything anywhere else besides the fans. And the smell starts the moment I turn it on.
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Maybe some scented oils . . .
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