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A side fan helps if you've got multi-card setups. Otherwise, it is a bit of an 'airflow obstruction'.

If you do get one, mount it in an intake fashion.
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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.


It depends how badly designed the rest of the case is. If that case's airflow is designed (or set up) poorly, side fans may be needed. Normally side fans add little more than noise (and in that capacity they excel). Crossfire is kind of an exception, especially if the case doesn't have a bottom intake and/or has obstructed front intakes. Really I'm just kind of grumpy.
    
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I turned mine off just to see which way she'd go and so far +2c

EDIT: And back down when on. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by BlackVenom View Post

I turned mine off just to see which way she'd go and so far +2c
EDIT: And back down when on. thumb.gif

Thanks for the data, +Rep. All data is welcomed smile.gif

+2 degrees is still good though. That means in a CF set-up the top card would probably remain 5-6 degrees cooler.
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