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Which is The Best Position for a Tower CPU Cooler?

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Our Tests

The data acquired in our tests is shown in the table below.

Configuration Room Temp. Core Temp. Temp. Diff.
Fan facing video card, vertical motherboard 16 °C 58 °C 42 °C
Fan facing video card, horizontal motherboard 16 °C 60 °C 44 °C
Fan facing memory, vertical motherboard 16 °C 62 °C 46 °C
Fan facing memory, horizontal motherboard 16 °C 64 °C 48 °C

The graph below shows the difference of the core temperature minus the room temperature for each test.

which is the best position to install a tower cooler?