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Extra 120mm Case Cooling Fans

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#1 Torvald


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Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:41 PM

Need a little advice about which type of 120mm extra cooling fans to use when building a new system.

The last time I built a PC, I added some plain old single-speed 80mm cooling fans to my case. Nowadays, it seems that 120mm is the preferred size (my new Antec 1100 mid-plus tower case will also have a 200mm top cooling fan built-in), plus some fans now come with various levels of speed adjustment.

I think the TriCool fans have a switch allowing you to manually set them at one of three possible speeds. Can the speed of these fans also be controlled by software, such as SPEEDFAN? If yes, does it matter how I connect power to the fans (motherboard pins vs power supply cables)?

Have also heard about Antec TwoCool fans, but don't know much about them. How do you set whether they run at low speed versus high speed? Is it a manual control? If yes, can their speed also be controled by software, such as SPEEDFAN?

Or, is it better to stick with traditional single speed case cooling fans?

Edited by Torvald, 19 September 2012 - 03:42 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:02 PM

IMO...it'a all a matter of user preference.

I've never had to install "extra" fans in my systems...but I don't game and I don't think my systems need to be overclocked...and so on.

I just use the stock heatsink/fan on my CPUs and sometimes install a fan in the lower front (blowing in), with a small fan at the rear. The only reason I install the fans...I bought them some time ago and I might as well install them :).

I would not even worry about fans on an initial build...if I determine (after the system is operational) that I may have an overheating problem, that would be the time for me to worry about additional fans, air flow, thermal paste, etc. Few things are easier than installing a fan or two.

I try not to make my computing habits more complicated than they have to be :).


#3 killerx525


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:57 AM

If it's gonna be a case fan, you want something that has high CFM which pushes more air.

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