Updated September 23, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best Rack Mount Fan Panels

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2017. When you're managing tons of data, your server equipment is likely to get pretty hot, which means in order to keep it running properly, you're going to need a way to cool it down. With one of these rackmount fan panels, you can do just that. We've included a variety of models to help facilitate airflow for IT installations, sound studios, and home theaters. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best rack mount fan panel on Amazon.

7. Tripp Lite SRFAN3U

6. AC Infinity AirPlate S9

5. AC Infinity CloudPlate T7

4. Middle Atlantic Quiet

3. AC Infinity CloudPlate T9-N

2. Tupavco Server Cooling System

1. AC Infinity Cloudplate T1

Special Honors

Atlas IED EFT6-4 This rather effective model is designed to live at the top of an open network setup, as it would either be completely useless in an enclosure or force you to make significant modifications to that enclosure's frame. Each of its four fans blows at 100 CFM, creating a significant amount of airflow. atlasied.com

Editor's Notes

September 10, 2019:

Looking back over the previous ranking of this category, there were some issues that we wanted to clean up, particularly in the differentiation going on between intake and exhaust fans. Now, in an ideal setup, a rack would contain at least one intake fan near the bottom and an exhaust fan near the top, so as to create airflow from the cooler part of the room and provide a viable escape for any heat that your components generate (which naturally rises, as per the laws of thermodynamics). Unfortunately, this layout can't always be achieved, either for financial or practical purposes; the user may not be able to afford more than one fan at this time, or they might have limited space in their current rack. That necessitates a choice between intake and exhaust, and exhaust is the winner in just about every scenario you could create, as removing heat from your components takes precedence.

Now, there was one model of rack fan on our previous ranking that was an intake and another that was an exhaust from the exact same point in AC Infinity's lineup, the models separated by only a single letter. We removed the intake model and left the exhaust model, replacing that intake model with a smaller, quieter offering from AC Infinity, whose effectiveness, despite its size, earned it our number one slot.

Another important factor in this ranking was noise. If you're running an IT cabinet, this may be a little less of an issue, as it's likely located in a closet somewhere that a little added hum isn't going to bother anyone. For environments like home theaters or recording studios, however, quiet fans are a must, so we saw fit to remove the ProCool SL440B, which made a heck of a lot of noise considering the fact that it only took up one rack space with four small fans.

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on September 23, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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