Cooling a closed entertainment cabinet

VanGoghComplex

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I just got a new entertainment center with glass doors to help deter my chilluns from unwanted button-pressing.

Unfortunately, it also deters my PS4 from cooling.

I was originally going to just put fans in the back of the cabinet on opposite sides of the section holding the console, but then I looked at it again...

There's an upper and lower shelf, and about a 7/8" wide 31" long rectangular gap between the from of the shelf and the back of the doors. I figure that gap has a much greater cross section than a 120mm fan. Now I'm thinking I'll put one in the lower cabinet (no console there) as an intake, and one in the top cabinet as an exhaust.

Anyone done something like this? Got any lessons learned to share with me?
 

pendragon1

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I just got a new entertainment center with glass doors to help deter my chilluns from unwanted button-pressing.

Unfortunately, it also deters my PS4 from cooling.

I was originally going to just put fans in the back of the cabinet on opposite sides of the section holding the console, but then I looked at it again...

There's an upper and lower shelf, and about a 7/8" wide 31" long rectangular gap between the from of the shelf and the back of the doors. I figure that gap has a much greater cross section than a 120mm fan. Now I'm thinking I'll put one in the lower cabinet (no console there) as an intake, and one in the top cabinet as an exhaust.

Anyone done something like this? Got any lessons learned to share with me?
take a couple 140mm fans, wire them to a usb plug, plug into your ps4, then drill holes where you want to mount them.
 

doyll

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Keep in mind you need equal area on both intake and exhasut. If one has a fan in it than other should be bigger. What flow in must flow out for more to flow in. Air flow is just like water flow. It's equal and oppoiste actions. Just mounting and intake or exhaust fan (don't need both) with enough venting does not mean air will flow from intake through case to where you want the cool air and then when heated on out of case the way you want. Think of cabinets / cases as a window van under water with windows open and fans as propellers pushing water in / out of van through those windows. For water to move through van all water entering van has to have same amount of water leaving van. The study of airflow is called fluid dynamics for a reason. ;)
 

VanGoghComplex

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In on the bottom level, gap between front of shelf and back of doors > 120mm², out on the top (right behind where the offending PS4 sits), standalone Noctua speed controller plugged into a 12v wall wart.

Firing up the FF7 remake now to see how it does!
 

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In on the bottom level, gap between front of shelf and back of doors > 120mm², out on the top (right behind where the offending PS4 sits), standalone Noctua speed controller plugged into a 12v wall wart.

Firing up the FF7 remake now to see how it does!
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Exactly what i did for these things

All have 120mm intakes and exhausts.
 
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