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My side fan blows on the north-bridge & the vid card.
    
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post #12 of 21
Your friend is probably thinking about laminar flow. Side panel fans may disrupt the front to back, laminar flow in a case. Side panel fans may increase turbulence.

Just test it out to see if you get better temps with the side panel fan on or off.
post #13 of 21
Mines helps since i have two intakes in the front and it push that side intake up. Which the i get most of cold air, right now its blowing at 20c. so for me i say it helps a lot
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post #14 of 21
It depends where the sidepanel fan is located, and how restrictive your sidepanel is.

I had an 80mm fan on my old computer's sidepanel that caused nothing but massive vibration noise. It did nothing to help with CPU or GPU temps.
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Dont we all love friends who talk but know nothing about the subject?

A side fan would feed fresh air to your graphics card, which will cool the graphics card. This will also help cool the case.
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post #16 of 21
When I've used cases with side panel intake fans, my graphic card and northbridge temps have gone down, and no other temps were adversely affected.
post #17 of 21
When it comes to the number of side fans on the panel is 1-220MM or 5-120mm better?
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Originally Posted by ht_addict View Post
When it comes to the number of side fans on the panel is 1-220MM or 5-120mm better?
Depends on what's their CFM and static pressure. The 230 or 200mm default Coolermaster fan on my HAF 932's side panel is quiet but it doesn't blow much air. I can barely feel it if I remove the panel off and put my hand like half a foot away from it (it can reach the card and mobo NB no prob, but it's airflow for something that big is a bit weak).

Packing it up to 5 120mm's you have more options into adding airflow in undoubtedly, but it's up to you how much noise you want so you have to decide which fans do the job best.

Personally I'm tempted to get the Silverstone Air Penetrator 181 fans since I hear that it does an excellent job in terms of moving air along with being quiet in Silverstone RV02-EW, but it won't normally fit on my 932's side panel so I'd have to drill another hole or just go for zipties. The 121 version is a bit weak, and I figure the 141 version is decent.
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post #19 of 21
i think it has to do with your fan setup in your case. if its set up properly, then the side panel fans work great, but if its not set up for side panel fans, they suck.
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