Tips for Installing Fans

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Derek Semeraro
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Tips for Installing Fans

Post by Derek Semeraro » Mon May 28, 2018 12:41 pm

Be sure that to have them in the correct direction. The face of the fan (generally, the aesthetically pleasing side) intakes the air. The back of the fan, usually with little beams in the middle behind the blades and (sometimes) it has a sticker on the back with legal/company information, etc., exhausts the air.

In most cases, the front case fan, the back case fan and the cpu cooler fan should all be facing the same direction. Using your hand to see which direction the wind is blowing can be deceptive because an intake can mistakenly feel like its pushing out air when your hand is next to it. Use a piece of paper instead.

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Re: Tips for Installing Fans

Post by NeilBlanchard » Tue May 29, 2018 4:53 am

I will link to an SPCR article that goes into some depth about fans:
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Re: Tips for Installing Fans

Post by yakuman » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:36 pm

I actually learned from Linus about the fact most fans also have arrows that show the correct orientation to use:

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