Kozmik42 wrote:Thank you both for the feedback! In terms of the second comment, are some coolers meant to blow up and some are designed to blow back?
pikaporeon wrote:Kozmik42 wrote:Thank you both for the feedback! In terms of the second comment, are some coolers meant to blow up and some are designed to blow back?
Almost all 'tower' coolers are meant to push towards your cases exhaust fan, which is 9/10ths of the time at the back of the case - however some cases, including yours, also have a top exhaust fan, allowing flexibility if things are getting in the way, and using the basic physics (of hot air rising) to push more hot air out of your PC (hence the most basic advantage of pointing up if you've got a fan up there)
Heatpipes work better when horizontal - so I'd go with blowing up. I know my Megahalems produced much better results blowing up than back regardless of the warmer air it pulled in from across my video card.
just brew it! wrote:IMO it really depends on whether you've got a top vent fan or not. Heatpipes work by capillary action, so while there may indeed be an orientation that is slightly better for the heatpipes, it shouldn't make a *huge* difference.
TheWacoKid wrote:It wasn't a *huge* difference with my Megahalems but turning it to exhaust upward gained me a couple degrees under maximum load (which was high...a Q6600 @ 3.5 GHz and a ton of voltage).
At idle and at my lower clocks it did little to help.