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Suggested PCI Slot Fan

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vookster82, Apr 16, 2006.

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  1. vookster82

    vookster82 Thread Starter

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    Hi there, just wondering if anyone has any good suggestion for a slot fan. Ive seena few i like...but buying stuff like this is sooo hard when you dont got the product in front of you.
    Ill probably have to buy about 8 of em too, so thats sorta the reason im asking before buying.

    here are some from newegg.com, but what i dont get it that the top rated one has the least ammount of airflow production...:rolleyes:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...2E16835166038,N82E16835119065,N82E16835119066

    Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Triple6

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    Personally I don't like slot fans. They do little to improve air flow and are generally noisy.
     
  3. hammer1

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    Don't like slot fans neither. A proper cleaning of your case fans will supercede anything slot fans can do.
     
  4. vookster82

    vookster82 Thread Starter

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    Yeah, case fan cleaning is a must atleast every 6 moths or so for me. But i just figured a slot fan was a nice easy cheap addition.
     
  5. CarlssonMB

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    I don't like them because they take up precious pci slots
     
  6. crjdriver

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    I have installed a few of them and quite frankly I doubt they do anything at all [other than make a lot of noise and vibration] If you do not have a spot in the rear of your case for an exhaust fan, I would consider a new case.
     
  7. kidcnote

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    Yes, ship the Fan. I cool my FX-5500 and X-fi cards by letting a little air in by removing the 2 metal slats in beteween the cards so the FX video card fan can draw air in and I don't have my side panel on either. I clean it all about once a month or so..

    http://www.pixpond.com/1/2vyzdy.JPG
     
  8. JohnWill

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    I have a couple of slot fans I bought several years ago. They're still in the box with my spare fans, they are noisy. :D
     
  9. Skivvywaver

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    I experimented with them. My opinion is they are garbage.
     
  10. Skivvywaver

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    Now, how about hard drive coolers? My primary HDD is hitting 46*C under load, hotter than my processor actually. :D

    Is this a worry? Is there anything CHEAP I can buy to fix this?
     
  11. JohnWill

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    I doubt I'd get excited about 46C, I have a couple of Maxtors that run in the high 50's. I used to have some 10k RPM SCSI drives that really ran hot, and I actually rigged a fan to blow on them for cooling. Other than that, I figure the hard disk has to "tough it out". :D
     
  12. vookster82

    vookster82 Thread Starter

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    Ok...ill just assume everyone hates me and just wants my computer to blow up :( LOL, just kidding. Yeah i kinda figured they would be a little noisy considering they dont actually go into the PCI slot to secure it, but just float off a slot open with one screw. Ill have to look at my options other than a slot fan. But darn, there so cheap :rolleyes:

    "Now, how about hard drive coolers? My primary HDD is hitting 46*C under load, hotter than my processor actually.
    Is this a worry? Is there anything CHEAP I can buy to fix this?"

    My buddy swears by this for cooling HD's http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=706428&CatId=495
    I got the same one also, but have yet to put it in since i put my ultra bay freezer in and dropped my HD temps about 8 degrees celcius. It goes into a 5.25" CD / DVD bay. A touch noisy, but considering i went from a Avg of 49 to 41....ill take it..especialyl for when summer goes full blast. Here is the ultra bay freezer http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=633873&sku=ULT30982

    Johnwill, isnt high 50's pushing it...atleast cutting some time off the HD's life. B/c i always though that around 60 - 63 C was max for most 7200 rpm drives before they go shortly after

    Edit : and since hot air rises...the bay freezer does an excellent job for me and my dimension 8400 case. Also. both items are cheap and come with a 3 yr warranty if you register online with ultra.
     
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    The 50's may be pushing it, but drives are cheap. :D
     
  15. Guyzer

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    I just took mine out after being in the case for about 6 mths. The noise was driving me nutz.
     
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