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In general, how many air exchanges would be necessary to cool an enclosed computer cabinet? Is there a ratio? A constant? A rule of thumb? Something like 100CFM of airflow per CF?

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closed as not constructive by Nifle, Andrew Lambert, Daniel Andersson, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Oliver Salzburg Jul 15 '12 at 22:10

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Downvotes, with no comments? Poor form. –  Brandon Bertelsen Jul 15 '12 at 10:25
I didn't downvote, but voted to close since it in my opinion falls under both "Too localized" and "Not constructive" among the criteria at superuser.com/faq#close . It is impossible to give a general answer to such a question (thus not constructive according to this site's definition), and a specific answer would be too localized. –  Daniel Andersson Jul 15 '12 at 14:12
Thanks, I'll update my question so it's less localized. –  Brandon Bertelsen Jul 15 '12 at 16:17
To be clear, are you referring to the case which contains all the parts of a single computer, or to the cabinet which contains multiple (usually server) computers installed in a rack in a data center? –  Michael Hampton Jul 15 '12 at 16:23
I'm not sure how this question could solicit debate, arguments, polling or extended discussion. There has to be some kind of "air movement" rules of thumb/best practices for cooling computer cabinets. Given a certain amount of space and a computer how does one mantain a reasonable temperature. –  Brandon Bertelsen Jul 16 '12 at 10:09

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My two cents: you should create an airflow installing identical fans both at the front and the rear of the cabinet.

I would look for a fan with the largest diameter you can install w.r.t. the cabinet width. Then, I would try to install as many fans as possible w.r.t. the cabinet and the fan height.

The best fans work using ball-bearings: hence, they are more reliable and quieter. A plus would be an integrated potentiometer to control the CFM - i.e. they offer you the tradeoff between cooling and quiet operation.

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