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why are all your fans exhaust?
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I'm building my first PC ever and I'm confused with some issues regarding case fans.

I want to replace the 2 stock fans that come with the Fractal R4 case with Noctua NF-A14 fans. However, I have some questions:

1) My plan is to put 2 in the front as intake and one in the back as exhaust. Is this an efficient use of the fans? I will have a SSD and one or two hard drives. Thus, I'm wondering if the bottom intake fan will just be blowing into the bottom hard drive tray?

2) I don't know if I should plug them into the motherboard or the R4 fan controller. Is one way recommended over the other? I read that if I plugged them into the motherboard, I should get a splitter of some kind?

3) What voltage should I set them at, 7v?

4) What Noctua fans do I get and why: the NF-A14PWM or the NF-A14FLX?
Edited by Fester1 - 12/26/13 at 6:17pm
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why are all your fans exhaust?

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post #10327 of 16136
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fester1 View Post

I'm building my first PC ever and I'm confused with some issues regarding case fans.

I want to replace the 2 stock fans that come with the Fractal R4 case with Noctua NF-A14 fans. However, I have some questions:

1) My plan is to put 2 in the front as intake and one in the back as exhaust. Is this an efficient use of the fans? I will have a SSD and one or two hard drives. Thus, I'm wondering if the bottom intake fan will just be blowing into the bottom hard drive tray?

2) I don't know if I should plug them into the motherboard or the R4 fan controller. Is one way recommended over the other? I read that if I plugged them into the motherboard, I should get a splitter of some kind?

3) What voltage should I set them at, 7v?

4) What Noctua fans do I get and why: the NF-A14PWM or the NF-A14FLX?
Refer to this interesting article for best use of fans. Remember you will get diminishing returns the more you add:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-cooling-investigation/1

One piece of advice would be to be careful with your side fan. I have an R3 and a 140mm Noctua and it creates an extremely annoying noise because the grills on the side of the case are positioned in such a way.

I think with 4 fans you're best going for Front->Back cooling. I think the Noctuas will be quiet enough to run off your motherboard but if you have issues, use the fan controller to nerf them a bit.
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Arkula
Nice machine. thumb.gif


All Noctua fans are good I have 14 of them in my system and the only time I hear them is when my machine is running a Game. Otherwise i have my fan controller shut them off till the water heats up enough to turn them on.
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My first SLI setup. Installed my 2nd 670 today and went from an avg 50-65 fps in bf4 to upwards of 100 fps!
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i managed to fit a d14 in the node 304.... it was not a funny procedure, but it's working great biggrin.gif there's absolutely zero tolerance for the rear fan rolleyes.gif
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