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BitFenix Spectre Pro Fan Review

Waco    -   June 6, 2012
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Conclusion:

Overall I was fairly impressed with the performance of the Spectre Pro and Spectre Pro LED fans. They are a bit pricy compared to the fans I would normally put in my machines (which do tend to lean much closer to function over form than anything else) but after seeing them and seeing what kind of performance they can deliver I have to say I'm happy with them. They took the Cooler Master HAF XM from being a case with great cooling to a case with nearly unbeatable cooling potential! Improving upon a case that already has such good cooling capabilities is no small feat – and on top of that, they did it without making a racket. Even running at full speed the BitFenix fans made relatively little noise compared to how much air they were moving. They don't make any annoying droning, whining, or ticking noises at full speed or at the 7v speeds.

The construction, styling, and quality of these fans is evident the instant you pull them out of their packaging. While somewhat expensive compared to bargain-bin fans they are clearly better constructed than most fans and they definitely keep up with the BitFenix claim of being high-flowing but quiet and vibration-free, even when installed with regular case screws and the included small rubber washers. I can't pick out anything in particular I dislike about these fans except that the 230mm fan has an oversized frame that can make it difficult to mount in standard 200mm case fan locations. This is an issue with all 200mm+ fans from various manufacturers so I don't consider this a huge design flaw. In general these fans did exactly what they were designed to do: cool quietly.

 

Pros:

  • Very nice construction quality
  • Good airflow/cooling performance with very little noise
  • Included accessories are useful

 

Cons:

  • Cost a bit more than your average case fan
  • Mounting of the 230mm fan can be problematic in some cases with "standard" 200mm mounts
  • 7-volt adapters are a problematic design


 

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