Running fanned cases without the fan
- I did some experimentation and I found some interesting results on
the heat generation and buildup in the standard cases I offer.
Depending on if noise or power consumption is the issue, the fans can
sometimes be disabled.
1) The 19" rack mount cases run fine without their fans, as long as
the unit is given at least 2" of space ABOVE the computer rack, and
has access to air on the sides (not blocked in). I have been running
a test one in my house like this for 4 weeks - no problems. You can
remove the two auxilary fans, and leave the one connected to the
motherboard (speed monitored)
2) The standard case will also run fine without cooling, as long as
it is placed horizontally, and not mounted on its side with the
supplied mount. This setup runs hotter, but not too hot. A BETTER
suggestion is to run the supplied fan from the 5V rail instead if
noise is the issue.
3) The fanless cases already run fanless....