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The Big Air Cooling Investigation

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jakobfrimmel 10th February 2012, 09:35 Quote
Interesting read!! bout time someone did a serious investigation into this!! next we want a water-cooling version.....
oh and first comment :)
Spreadie 10th February 2012, 09:38 Quote
Nice article. Something to provoke a little thought - a traditional bit-tech piece. ;)
weesteev 10th February 2012, 09:46 Quote
Great article guys, back to the good old days of bit-tech IMHO. Keep up the good work.
tonyd223 10th February 2012, 09:57 Quote
Brilliant - and about time - good work.
GeorgeK 10th February 2012, 10:04 Quote
Excellent article - I'll be altering my setup as a direct result of this - cheers!
Shichibukai 10th February 2012, 10:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by GeorgeK
Excellent article - I'll be altering my setup as a direct result of this - cheers!

+1
RobJapan 10th February 2012, 10:29 Quote
I currently have two fans in the roof of my case, I'm going to take the roof front fan out as you suggested and see what the results are!

great article!!
sandys 10th February 2012, 10:32 Quote
You should have taken sound levels as adding more fans doesn't increase noise as much as some might think.
LJF 10th February 2012, 10:39 Quote
Have I slipped back in time some how? this is the kind of article that first attracted me to Bit-tech! Good stuff.
cjb119 10th February 2012, 10:39 Quote
agree, a single noise measurement per number of fans would have been nice.

now I've just got to work out what my roof fan is doing? exhaust or intake:)
blackerthanblack 10th February 2012, 11:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by LJF
Have I slipped back in time some how? this is the kind of article that first attracted me to Bit-tech! Good stuff.

Agreed. I was sceptical of the new set up for this year, although I have been less and less enthusiastic about the more recent BT set up over the past year or so. The new articles seem to be getting back to the BT roots and what first got me coming back to this site - nice.
Jqim 10th February 2012, 11:09 Quote
I like this becuase It made me rethink ideas i had concreted in my head. Like "front to back cooling wins always". I do plan on buying a fractal r3 at some point and i tihnk i will have 3 fans in it, I may leave it as 2 at the front and 1 rear even though i know it is wrong. The reason for this is dust a few degrees of heat i can handel but dust drives me insane.
do_it_anyway 10th February 2012, 11:12 Quote
Fantastic, in depth article. Well done.

My only problem is that on my Antec 902 with a titan fenrir cooler, fitting a side fan causes it to hit the CPU cooler. So in order to make the side fan work, you either need a cavernous case, or a slightly shorter CPU cooler. Unless anyone knows of any low profile fans..?........
Siwini 10th February 2012, 11:13 Quote
About time someone went to work. Gob well done.
longweight 10th February 2012, 11:17 Quote
I recently fitted a fan controller to my FT02 and I have been amazed at how quiet it now runs (fans on minimum all the time). This hasn't affected temperatures either! The only fan I can hear now is my GPU!
JCBeastie 10th February 2012, 11:17 Quote
Excellent article, best thing I've read in a long time (takes me back to reading magazines! who remembers those :P).

Slightly annoyed at the efficacy of a side fan; I hate those.
Tattysnuc 10th February 2012, 11:23 Quote
Wonderful to see a good old fashioned analysis - EXCELLENT work guys.

My only gripe, and it's a VERY minor one, is that it would be nice if above each review you did a diagram to show the positions of each of the fans...

+1 to the watercooling being the next one.

Welcome back. I'm so pleased to be back on the good ship Bit-tech.....
S1W1 10th February 2012, 11:27 Quote
I have been waiting for this for so long :D Very nice article BT

Now all you need is a 120mm/140mm fan round-up, to determine the best 120mm/140mm fan. It's so hard to choose between different fans- a fact which isn't helped by completely inconsistent manufacturer figures.
Tyrmot 10th February 2012, 11:41 Quote
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Intel Core i5-2500K CPU overclocked to 4.5GHz (with a Vcore of 1.3V) and a Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden Sample. These are popular components that we felt well represented the kind of PC that many of our readers are likely to own

Indeed! Exactly what I own... and all housed in an R3 as well. Great article thanks!
gazchaz 10th February 2012, 11:45 Quote
Great Article!

S1W1:
There was a 120mm fan test done in 2009, not the most up to date but might have some useful info?

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/09/28/what-s-the-best-case-fan/
Lankius Maximus 10th February 2012, 12:03 Quote
Can only echo what has been said already. Great article and well worth a read whatever your level of build experience.
NetSphere 10th February 2012, 12:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by S1W1
I have been waiting for this for so long :D Very nice article BT

Now all you need is a 120mm/140mm fan round-up, to determine the best 120mm/140mm fan. It's so hard to choose between different fans- a fact which isn't helped by completely inconsistent manufacturer figures.

+1

And also determine which fans are best as intakes (Air Penetrators?) vs Exhausts (Scythe GTs, Noctuas, Deltas etc...?)
Material 10th February 2012, 12:31 Quote
Cheers for the positive feedback guys - it was a fun article to write.

I'll take the suggestions for further investigations on board and hopefully be able to do something along them lines in the future.
Technobod 10th February 2012, 12:36 Quote
Really good article- enough depth to satisfy all the points made, but not so much its laborious to read.
Great one :D
+1 for an up to date fan comparison too.
SchizoFrog 10th February 2012, 13:24 Quote
I agree with others above. These articles are back to the basics of building well thought out PCs. It's amazing how we often forget the simple little things and articles like this bring important issues to the forefront.
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