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How Cable and Wire Management Affects Aesthetics and Performance
By: Barzan "Tony" Antal
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    2007-04-09

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  • How Cable and Wire Management Affects Aesthetics and Performance
  • Tip 1: Ribbon vs. Rounded Cables
  • Tip 2: Route your Cables!
  • Tip 3: Short, Direct and Fewer Cables
  • Tip 4: Cable Caddies

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    Cable and wire management is very often overlooked. People tend to think that once they put their side case panel on it doesn't matter that the cables and wires inside the computer are messy. They have a jungle of cables, power cords, and wires behind their computer case and desk where dozens of cables are placed.

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    Often when they need to remove something they end up pulling out more than a few cables to pick up the right ones. These people think that it is all about aesthetics and if they don't have transparent cases or side windows they don't bother to manage and keep a neat and clean case. Let's analyze and discuss  cable and wire management. Why should we bother to spend from a few minutes up to hours taking care of it? It has fantastic benefits.

    Setting up proper and neat cable management is an important step inside a computer case. Nicely set up cables and wires can improve your airflow significantly. No matter how powerful your heat sinks and fans are, if they can't move the air as they should, they won't deliver the high level of performance you expect. No fan has 100% efficiency, we already know that. But if messy and large cables are blocking the airflow inside your case, your fan efficiency can get close to zero. Additionally, a fan's spinner blades can easily wrench any wires that get caught inside them. Besides, how much fun is it to fiddle inside your computer when you open up your case and see a huge mess?

    Having great wire and cable management inside a computer system significantly improves your cooling, and gives you a pleasant-looking machine. There are also the enthusiasts, persons who are constantly going to LAN parties and tournaments; they need a nice and neat case. It's great to see enthusiasts with their transparent windows, water cooled systems and cases full of neon, cold cathodes and fuzzy LED fans that spin in different colors -- but long and messy cables would definitely ruin the whole aesthetic and performance of a case like this. Read further; I'll provide you with a number of tips and tricks for cable and wire management.

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