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System Cooling Guide

3D Rage heeft het eerste deel van zijn System Cooling Guide online gemikt. In deel 1 bespreken ze de basics en harddisk cooling. Hier heb je een gedeelte over het laatst genoemde:

Many hard drive coolers that you will find will fit in front of your drive and blow air onto it from the outside. There are a couple however, that fit under your hard drive and blow air onto the bottom of the hard drive. These are perhaps the easiest to install, since they fit under the hard drive via scews, but there may be some disadvantages. One of which is it might render your hard drive useless because it will not fit into your case properly. The one I received raised the screw slots off of the metal casing just enough so that the screw would not go into place, and in some drive bays, it wouldn't even go all the way in.

Hard drive coolers can get pretty pricey also, with some reaching into the $40 range. The most common hard drive coolers I have seen range from $25 to $35, which is a pretty big price to pay considering video card coolers and CPU coolers cost the same or less in some situations. However, if your hard drive begins to overheat you run the risk of a hard drive crash and possibly even losing some or all of your data. If you have anything less than a 7,200 RPM hard drive then I would recommend you not get a hard drive cooler, mainly because they don't generate a lot of heat compared to the other two, and you would be spending a good bit on relatively useless cooling, but, if you happen to own a 7,200 RPM drive, then a hard drive cooler would be an excellent investment. Other ways to cool your hard drive other than buying a third party cooler is to position your hard drive so a case fan or two will blow cool air over it, or suck the hot air away from it, which is the cheaper method, since you should already have the case fans for proper circulation. You would just need to reposition a case fan or possibly your hard drive.


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