Published on November 15th, 2017 | by Guest0
Game Time: Is Your PC Case Providing Enough Air Flow or Do You Risk Overheating in Mid-game?
There are many different reasons why you want a top quality case for your PC. You might want it to look good. Aesthetics are important to a lot of people. You might want there to be plenty of room on the inside. If you intend on adding lots of extras then this may well be important to you. There is only one thing that is important to everyone though, air flow. If you don’t have good enough air flow then your case is not providing you with the qualities you need.
The Importance of Air Flow
Air flow is highly important even for people who only use their PC for the most basic of uses. It ensures that the hardware inside your case is kept cool and working at optimum capacity. It doesn’t matter how many fans you have running inside your case, if you don’t have sufficient airflow the hot air inside the case will have nowhere to go. If your case is not allowing hot air to escape then you are leaving yourself open to overheating.
Imagine you’ve just chosen from a list of great PC cases but you failed to check how well the air flows on the case you picked. It looks great. It has plenty of room on the inside. It doesn’t allow hot air to escape. There is only one ending to this story, your PC shutting down in the middle of your game. If you want to ensure that your gaming always goes off without a hitch, then making sure your PC case has great air flow is an incredibly important task.
How Can You Tell?
It’s all very well saying that you need to make sure your case has great air flow, but how are you supposed to know if it does or not? There are a number of things that you should be looking for to make sure that your case is not going to let you down in the heat of battle.
Firstly you should make sure that there are more exhaust vents than intake vents. If you are taking in more air than you are sending out then there becomes a build up of stale air. Stale air holds heat much better than fresh air does. That means that the interior of your case won’t be cooled as well as it could be. Placing fans on these vents makes sure that the air in your case is always fresh.
Secondly, as any high school science teacher will tell you, heat rises. So it makes sense that your exhaust vents need to be at the back of your case and near the top of it. By the same token it means that your intake vents need to be on the front and at the bottom of your case. This means that cold air will be taken in at the bottom and the hotter air will be taken out at the top.
As long as you abide by these guidelines you will be able to ensure that your case is able to live up to the cooling requirements that your hardware needs.