Computer Cooling Fans

Here you will find all you need to know about what computer cooling fans are, why you need a computer cooling fan, and what to look for in a computer cooling fan. You'll also discover the distinction between a PC cooling fan and a server cooling fan, to help you narrow your search for the product that is just right for you or your business. You've probably invested a lot of money into making sure that your computer equipment runs at the highest efficiency level possible. To do that and not make sure that your computers have top of the line computer cooling fans that will keep your computer components cool, safe and operating at peak efficiency could be a serious oversight.

What Are Computer Cooling Fans?

If you want to see a computer cooling fan, all you have to do is open up your computer. Every computer has a cooling fan inside the case, designed primarily to prevent the CPU from overheating. Cooling fans may bring cool air into the computer, draw hot air out of the computer, or as part of a heat sink, which is a special product designed to draw heat away from a particular computer component.

How Does a Heat Sink Work?

Not all computer cooling fans are attached to heat sinks. A heat sink is a device that is thermally bonded to a computer component like a CPU. A fan moves air across the heat sink, which allows the heat sink to absorb heat from the CPU, and all of this heat is eventually blown out the computer's exhaust vent. You can generally buy a CPU cooling fan with or without a heat sink.

What is a PC Cooling Fan?

If you are an individual computer user, a PC cooling fan is probably what you need. In actual fact, a PC cooling fan is already what you have, or your computer wouldn't be able to work at all. Your computer has electricity moving through it all the time and gets very hot. Your computer's components are very sensitive to temperature, and if things get too hot in your computer case, it will start to overheat and shut down. This can be annoying, but it's preferable to having your CPU (Central Processing Unit) melt. So if you have a PC cooling fan already, why do you need a new one? Like any moving part of any machine, your PC cooling fan can wear out and/or break down. If there's super hot air or almost no air coming out of your computer's vent, there's a good chance this is happening already. If your computer shuts down seconds or minutes after you start viewing video or performing a variety of complex tasks, there's a great chance that you need to replace your PC cooling fan immediately.

What Is a Server Cooling Fan?

As an individual computer owner, a PC cooling fan will be all you have to worry about with regard to cooling products. However, if you own a business that involves being in control of a network and a network server, the server cooling fan is a component that will be important for you to pay attention to. A server, of course, is what allows a computer network access to the Internet. If you are an individual computer user, you only really have to worry about servers if you are looking to have your own web page hosted online. Even in this case, you will probably rent server space from another company. If you have a large company with its own servers, however, you probably realize how important it is to keep them safe and running in top condition. Just as with PCs, servers work hard, use a lot of power, and generate a lot of heat. Server parts are temperature sensitive too, which is why they also need fans to dissipate that heat. The server cooling fan you have right now may be working just fine. That being said, if you've had the server for many years and have never replaced the fan, it may be safer to replace it with a new model than risk overheating your server. Furthermore, if you add blades to your server, the server will use more power and generate more heat, so it will be even more important that you have a powerful server cooling fan to keep things cool.

What Type of Cooling Fan Do You Need?

First of all you need to decide whether you are looking to replace the case cooling fan or the CPU cooling fan or both. The case fan is designed to circulate cooler air throughout the computer, keeping all components at a safe temperature. The CPU cooling fan is generally located directly over the CPU, which as the main source of computer processing, tends to generate the most heat of any component. It should be connected to the heat sink which is designed to help draw heat away from the CPU. You may also have or want to add a hard drive fan which is dedicated to keeping the hard drive from overheating. When you're choosing your cooling fan, you'll first want to know its size. Cooling fans are generally sold in sizes that range between 40 mm and 120 mm, and you want to be sure to get the right one, so make sure to take the measurements of your existing cooling fan so that you'll know which size you need when you are replacing fans in your computer. Generally, the higher the voltage, the more cooling power you will have, and the better protected your computer components will be. Another factor that you will want to consider is cooling fan noise. All fans, since they have moving parts, make some noise. Usually that noise is not a problem, but if you are particularly sensitive to noise, or if you are using many fans, it may become one. If you are concerned about cooling fan noise, be sure to check the data sheets of the cooling fans you are comparing for their noise level.

Obtaining Computer Cooling Fans

There are many distributors of NMB Technologies fans all across the United States, so there is almost certain to be one in your area. You can peruse our list of distributors to help you find a local provider of cooling fans. It's important for you to consider NMB Technologies cooling fans for all your computer cooling fan needs because of NMB's reputation for quality. NMB has been manufacturing AC/DC axial cooling fans and blowers for years and is a respected leader in this industry. Take some time to look through the site and learn more about NMB's AC/DC axial cooling fans and blowers and other products to learn why NMB remains the popular choice.