Finding Cooling Fans for Your Computer

Heat is present whenever you use your computer. Using it for long, uninterrupted hours can cause overheating. The cooling fan is important to keep your computer from breaking down due to heat build-up.

What Are Some Computer Fans for Cooling?

  • Standard Fan. Every computer has a built-in fan for cooling. It is part of the structure and build of your equipment. It is an equipment powered component. It runs when your PC is running. Some have triggers that start operation once heat starts to build up.
  • USB Fan. This is a PC or laptop powered fan. It connects via USB ports. A USB fan is convenient to carry and set-up. Use it to relieve your keyboard, case, or other part of your workstation that is experiencing heat build-up. Some carry a 5V USB fan for personal body cooling on the road or while working outdoors.
  • Cooling Pad. A cooling pad makes your equipment cooler from underneath. It is level and rectangular. You place your laptop or notebook on top of it. Some plug into outlets for power. Others are like your USB fans. You have to connect them to your laptop USB port to start operation.

What Are Types of Cooling Fans for Your Computer?

Your laptop hardware produces heat during operation. Many components are in use: your processor, graphics card, RAM, and others. These individual parts heat up and as a result, your motherboard (main circuit board) will heat up as well. To keep your parts at a certain temperature, here are some fans for cooling:

  • PC Case Fan. It aerates the casing of your desktop PC or laptop. It moves air throughout the enclosed area. Case fans draw cooler outside air into your casing while expelling hot air. Small units are at 30mm. Many use the 80mm ones. Large fans can measure at 250mm and often have a small fan on top of them in the layout.
  • CPU Fan. You can find this over the CPU, where heat generates the most. Most connect to a heatsink that works to draw away heat from the CPU. Heat goes out through your PC exhaust vent. Some CPU fans do not use a heatsink but facilitates good airflow as well.
  • Graphics Card Cooler. Newer models began installing graphics card coolers because modern graphic cards use a lot of power and can generate more heat than the actual CPU.
  • Hard Drive Cooling. Hard drives are sensitive to heat. PCs with faster-spinning hard disks would have a dedicated fan next to them or on them to ensure they don't break down during operation. Also, disks without sufficient airflow due to the enclosure or location they are in need cooling fans to facilitate proper airflow.