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I have a small Mini ITX build and was wondering: Should I mount the fan on the bottom of the rad (pushing air through the rad) or on the top (pulling air through the rad) to ensure maximum cooling effectiveness?
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I have a small Mini ITX build and was wondering: Should I mount the fan on the bottom of the rad (pushing air through the rad) or on the top (pulling air through the rad) to ensure maximum cooling effectiveness?

you want it to push air through the rad. Pulling air is less effective.
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I have a small Mini ITX build and was wondering: Should I mount the fan on the bottom of the rad (pushing air through the rad) or on the top (pulling air through the rad) to ensure maximum cooling effectiveness?

you want it to push air through the rad. Pulling air is less effective.

Agreed but why not push-pull?
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I have a small Mini ITX build and was wondering: Should I mount the fan on the bottom of the rad (pushing air through the rad) or on the top (pulling air through the rad) to ensure maximum cooling effectiveness?

you want it to push air through the rad. Pulling air is less effective.

Agreed but why not push-pull?

Sorry mini-itx. My bad
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post #5 of 7
If you have enough room for a 2nd fan, add a 2nd fan so you can do both push pull ..
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What speed is the fan? less than 1500rpm i believe pull is more efficient, where above 1500rpm push is more effective. However, the difference in temperatures is at most 1C. I would personally go pull regardless so that cleaning out the dust from the rad is much, much easier.
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If you don't have the space for push/pull, I would settle for push. Better to blow air through the rad. I would also test it for intake vs exhaust.
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