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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:34 am 
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Hi,

Some components inside the case (PSU & HSF) often have fan grills on them. Why is that - do they actually serve some kind of a purpose? I keep my case closed so surely I won't be sticking my fingers in there.


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It's to stop EMI from exiting the apparatus. Probably partly also for the same reason microwaves warn you not to dry your cat in it, or a chainsaw warns you not to stop the chain with your genitals.


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I do believe it is also because of the potential for messy wiring. A PSU fan is a lot less likely to get jammed by a misplaced wire if it has a grill over it than if it doesn't. Computer components for retail sale are generally built on the principal that the person installing them is a thumb fingered moron.


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darthan wrote:
I do believe it is also because of the potential for messy wiring. A PSU fan is a lot less likely to get jammed by a misplaced wire if it has a grill over it than if it doesn't. Computer components for retail sale are generally built on the principal that the person installing them is a thumb fingered moron.

Yeah, I thought of that, but it sounds very unlikely. My old computer (had it for ~5 years) had some super messy wiring and no fan grill on the HSF, yet none of the cables committed a suicide. The reason I started this thread was to know if there are any plausible reasons for not removing the grills (and use them somewhere where they're actually needed), since my wiring is pretty tidy.

nici wrote:
It's to stop EMI from exiting the apparatus.

Oh! I guess that makes sense, but I don't think a wire grill helps much, I suppose it's the PSU's metal casing that blocks most of it? And HSF probably doesn't generate EMI?

nici wrote:
or a chainsaw warns you not to stop the chain with your genitals.

I wish I had known about this the last time I used a chainsaw. :oops: :oops:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:26 am 
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The reason I started this thread was to know if there are any plausible reasons for not removing the grills


If you don't have any pets or children, then it's fine. The very open grills that are most common nowadays probably don't do very much to stop EMI.


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