Question about Dell (6F858) Cooling Fan
I have a Dell Dimension 8100, was new in 2002. I bought it used. It's in good shape, but the fan is making a lot of noise, so I probably need to replace it. Question: It has only ONE fan doesn't it? And it is variously referred to as "Cooling Fan" and "Processor Fan"? What are the specs for replacing the processor fan in my computer?
All computer fans have a general design. The name in front of "fan" really refers to the designation. You'll see case fan, processor fan, CPU fan, cooling fan, etc. In the case of CPU/Processor fan, some are sold with heatsinks (the metal block sitting on top of your CPU).
The first thing you want to do is make sure the fan is clean. Chances are dust buildup is causing the excess noise.
If that's not the case and you're looking to replace the fan, then you first need to find out the size of the fan. General sizes(diameter X width in mm) are listed on this page:
Generally, you're looking for something that will match the size of what you're replacing & push enough air at a reasonable noise level to cool the heatsink/CPU. You want to stay in the area of 30dBA max for noise. You also want to see if it has a 3-pin or 4-pin connection.
For example, if you have an 80mm fan, I would suggest something like this:
It's pretty quiet with good airflow. Also, it has a 3-pin connection, but includes an adapter for a 4-pin connection.
Posted on Oct 27, 2007
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