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Push air through a rad or pull air through a rad?

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Pulling air would make it easier to clean the radiator because dust will be on the side without fans on it.


I am going to be installing the cooler master 120v v.2 AIO liquid cooler in my NZXT s340 case and i was wondering about the fan position on the radiator. The radiator will be positioned in the front portion of the case where the fan will be sucking in cold air from the outside.

 

My question is, should the fan be pushing cold air into the radiator (fan in front of rad) or should the fan be pulling cold air through the radiator (fan behind rad)? 

 

If you look at a front mount radiator in a car, the fan is pulling cold air through the radiator (the fan is behind the rad), this is probably because the vehicle is intended to be  moving, so it makes sense to put the fan behind the radiator ( which actually often doesn't even spin when the vehicle is moving). Not even sure if the fan position is so important in a PC, but it's still an interesting topic in my opinion. 

 

 

 

 

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No change in performance

Alright. Performance as in temperature, but what about sound? Could one of the positions be louder?

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Pulling air would make it easier to clean the radiator because dust will be on the side without fans on it.

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Pulling air would make it easier to clean the radiator because dust will be on the side without fans on it.

Oh interesting, i never even thought about maintenance. Thank you!

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Linus actually did a video on in xD

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Pulling air would make it easier to clean the radiator because dust will be on the side without fans on it.

This is quite literally the only significant different between Push and Pull.

 

Everything else is purely for what looks best to you.

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