Originally Posted by ComradeNF
So I have done a ton of googling and searching on OCN and I am getting very mixed answers. Some people say that if you have 2 front intakes, 1 bottom intake, 2 top exhaust, 1 back exhaust, and you add a side panel fan that yourr graphics cards will get much hotter. However, some say that it will help cool them and temps will drop a lot, especially in CF or SLI configurations.
So I need to know if a side panel will actually help cool graphics cards or not. I don't care so much about the CPU, I just need 2x 6970's to stay cool and under 80 degrees in CF. The reason I am asking is because I am choosing between a few cases, some that have windows and others than have fan holes in the side panel.
So what have your experiences been with intake fans on the side panel?
I did 460s in SLI inside of a 600t with fans similar to what you described, only with 1 each front intake and top exhaust (stock 200mm). Having 4 120s on the side as intake did help with temps on the top, hot card. I don't have screens or anything, but I know those cards certainly didn't get any hotter. The bottom card, as I remember, stayed about the same.
Are you going to have anything between the two 6970's? In the scenario I mentioned, I had a sound card underneath a cyclone 460
Anyway, cool question. I have 1 6970 now and the 600t sitting in the corner looking at me. I'll be asking myself this question in the future somewhere.