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My case (NZXT Source 210) has two top fan slots that are unused due my testing proving that they don't improve temps at all. I have 3 intake fans that are filtered and a push/pull exhaust in the rear for my CPU. Should I cover the two empty top slots or leave them open for air to escape?
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Did you have the top fans in intake or exhaust configuration????Using them as intake will create positive pressure,thus limiting dust...Another idea is to use them as exhaust and reconfigure your push/pull configuration to intake.So,you'll have the three intake fans delivering fresh air to your gpu/hardware,fresh air coming in from the cooler fans,(instead of pulling the hot air coming from your 780 classified),and the top fans exhausting the air out of your case..But then again,if you probably tried that,since you didn't notice any temp improvement,it all comes down to the level of noise you're comfortable with coming from your pc.I,myself,would not cover them in the end,because every chassis is designed by the manufacturer to have a standard airflow,and that might mess it up IMHO....
   
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I tried intake and exhaust for the top slots, at best it was a 1-2c improvement at best if none. The noise obviously did go up so not really worth it, in my opinion. Just checking to see if others cover open slots on their PCs or just leave them open for the air to escape on its own.
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Originally Posted by yunshin View Post

I tried intake and exhaust for the top slots, at best it was a 1-2c improvement at best if none. The noise obviously did go up so not really worth it, in my opinion. Just checking to see if others cover open slots on their PCs or just leave them open for the air to escape on its own.
Well 1-2c when OC'ing does make a difference,and there are quiet edition fans like the noctuas or the aerocool DS,but,again,it all comes down to what you want to do..I still don't think that covering them will be the right thing to do,since every dent in the chassis acts as pathways for airflow..
   
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Intel Atom Quad Core Z3740 (1.33-1.86GHz) Intel HD Graphics(Ivy Bridge) 2 GB DDR3  32 GB eMMC  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
WD Black 500GB Kingston 16Gb Micro SD Windows 10 Home 32-bit 10.1" IPS (1368 x 768) 
CaseMouse
iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case - Blue Logitech M560 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670 ASRock z97m Pro4 msi Gaming 280X  Kingston HyperX Savage 2x4gb @1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston ValueRam 2x4gb @1600 Mushkin Triactor 120gb SSD HGST Travelstar 7k1000 1Tb Cryorig C7 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair SP120 Purple LED X4 Windows 10 Pro  Samsung UE46D6500 46" 3D LED smart TV Anne Pro-Gateron Blues 
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1600MHz @ 1866MHz Western Digital 2TB Red  OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 128 GB Samsung 840 PRO SSD 128GB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H75 Hydro series Push/Pull Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition High Sta... Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition High Air... Windows 10 Pro 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung Syncmaster P2470HD TV monitor Dell U2713HM Magicforce 68 Gateron Reds Coolermaster V850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Obsidian 350D window Logitech G502 Proteus Core Corsair Vengeance MM200 Extended Edition Gaming... Creative Gigaworks T40 SeriesII 
AudioAudioOtherOther
FiiO Olympus 2 E10K Beyerdynamic DT 990 NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller BitFenix Alchemy extension cables blue 
OtherOther
TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Sharkoon 5.25" Bay Extension 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Atom Quad Core Z3740 (1.33-1.86GHz) Intel HD Graphics(Ivy Bridge) 2 GB DDR3  32 GB eMMC  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
WD Black 500GB Kingston 16Gb Micro SD Windows 10 Home 32-bit 10.1" IPS (1368 x 768) 
CaseMouse
iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case - Blue Logitech M560 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670 ASRock z97m Pro4 msi Gaming 280X  Kingston HyperX Savage 2x4gb @1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston ValueRam 2x4gb @1600 Mushkin Triactor 120gb SSD HGST Travelstar 7k1000 1Tb Cryorig C7 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair SP120 Purple LED X4 Windows 10 Pro  Samsung UE46D6500 46" 3D LED smart TV Anne Pro-Gateron Blues 
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Corsair HX620W Corsair Carbide Air 240 White edition Connect IT Ci-156 BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 60cm RGB Magnetic LEDs 
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post #5 of 5
Simple, test it and see if it makes any difference. thumb.gif
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