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Better to place fans in front or behind the radiator


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Water Cooler Corsair iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT Hydro Series, 240mm

I have the radiator at the front of my PC.  Is there an advantage to have the fans in front of or behind the radiator, or does it not matter?  ie pulling of pushing air

Charles

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It doesn't really matter.

Pull has the big advantage to make cleaning the dust off the radiator very easy : no need to remove the fans

apart from that, personal taste

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Elusive differences on a test bench. Actually in the case you may find one way or the other preferable visually or acoustically. Placing the fans where only one side of the fan interacts with a restrictive radiator or case panel may make the tone more pleasing. However, that is dependent on the material and the distance to the fan blades. Most newer cases have healthy offsets between fan and glass where this may not matter. 

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