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i was thinking about getting 4 120's to replace my 230mm fan that came stock with my HAF932 case. Would these be better cooling or should i just stick with my 1x230mm?

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post #2 of 17
id stick with a single massive 230mm fan for the following reasons:
-less noise
-wont have to manage 4 fan power cables
-plus i dont think it would make much of a diff in case temps anyway, since itll really come down to what your ambient temps are.
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post #3 of 17
I would also opt in for the single stock 230mm. Silence primarily, with the additions of appearance, cable management (4 cables vs 1, hmm) and also the fact that temperatures might not even go down more than a single C (depends of the design of your CPU cooler though).
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post #4 of 17
The 4x120mm fans would probably provide a little better cooling but, just like Spade said, the 230mm has its perks.
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by ltg2227 View Post

i was thinking about getting 4 120's to replace my 230mm fan that came stock with my HAF932 case. Would these be better cooling or should i just stick with my 1x230mm?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103052

As far as raw CFM's, the 120's are the way to go. However, as already stated, your gonna have to deal with 4 fan cables, and much more noise dependent on what fans you choose. The 230mm fans may not push out a high volume of air, but compared to their rpm, and noise, they are much better than what the 120's will offer.

Unless your GPU's are getting really high temps due to poor case air flow, I would just stick with the 230mm fan and save yourself the headache.
post #6 of 17
230mm....Dealing with fan cables especially on a side panel is a PAIN.
    
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post #7 of 17
It's not that bad. I have mine daisy chained with molex connectors, so there's really only one connector coming from side panel.
Unless you're plugging them (3 pins) into the motherboard, then yeah, it'll be a pain to unplug/replug all four every time you want to mess around inside the case.
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post #8 of 17
The 230 pushes so little pressure it's funny. Swapped for some mid power slipstreams and note about a 2C drop of idle card temps and 3C load temps.

The sound is no more noticeable than before but the new fans can be felt pushing air. 110cfm vs ~170cfm now. Cables were easy. Used a 4 way splitter (slaved of course) and ran under my HD cage to a fan controller extention. Out of sight.
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post #9 of 17
I changed my side panel out with 4 110cfm slipstreams connected to a fan controller, and I can honestly say temps didnt drop much at all, about 1 degree idle and 2 degree on load, I think with that much air going into the case the weakness then becomes the 200mm fan exhausting at the top
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post #10 of 17
again added fans may or may not make temps better in this set up. prolly a 2-4c drop at the most. if his case airflow was already okay to begin with, temps prolly wont drop much if at all, since his ambient is still the same anyway. smile.gif
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