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Should I get one big case fan or multiple smaller case fans? Which is the pro and cons of both and what do you guys recommend for this configuration.
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post #2 of 14
One big fan: greater airflow/noise ratio. Less noise, more air.

Multiple smaller fans: less airflow, greater flexibility in channeling/directing the airflow. Noisier.
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post #3 of 14
additionally if you go many and small and many make sure you have the mobo pins to handle it ... or look into a fan controller...
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post #4 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by friend'scatdied View Post

One big fan: greater airflow/noise ratio. Less noise, more air.
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As a case fan only I agree with this. or two with one in and one out (top) at a lower RPMs
    
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post #5 of 14
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Hmm guess I'll take a larger one. Any more?
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post #6 of 14
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Can you guys also recommend some 230mm case fans?
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post #7 of 14
Another thing to consider is while the one large fan may have a larger output than one fan, a few smaller ones could put out more air. I would take two 120s over one 200 any day.
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post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fatalrip View Post

Another thing to consider is while the one large fan may have a larger output than one fan, a few smaller ones could put out more air. I would take two 120s over one 200 any day.

thats why i put 4 on my side panel
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post #9 of 14
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Hmm if more smaller fans pull more air in...then I'll do smaller ones biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 14
If you're using it for case fans (i.e. general airflow/pressure control), go as large as you can make them. If you need to do spot cooling (i.e. on top of your GPUs) then use a smaller fan.
 
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