GELID Solutions Low Speed Optimized Silent Fans Reviewkendellrt , RHKCommander959 - July 7, 2009
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When building or upgrading a computer system, users should look to fans that fit their needs. Some people want silent fans whereas others want powerful or long lasting fans. Certain fans do have a mix of these features, usually endurance paired with power or silence. Other variables like operational voltage and size come into play as well as the looks of the fan to some people. The size and number of fan blades will have an affect on each quality, as does the shape of the fan blade. Bearing type is a great contributor to life span and noise, with sleeve bearing being the worst typically and should only be mounted vertically. The fans produced and reviewed today by Gelid are designed around Nanoflux and Hydro Dynamic bearings and come with five year warranties. The fans being reviewed are the Gelid Wing 12, Silent 12 PWM, and the Silent 8 TC.
Recently after having reviewed the Gelid Silent Spirit heat sink, I received another product from Gelid - three of their silent performance fans. The best of the three is the Wing 12, which produces more pressure and airflow than any of the Silent 12 series fans while at similar noise to the Silent 12 PWM. The box is black with green accents, similar to the fan and grommets shown through the windows. The fan also comes with a controller. Gelid advertises the fan as "Low Speed Optimized Silent Fan with Nanoflux Bearing," which means that the fan is geared toward the silence crowd, the Nanoflux bearing is a magnetic bearing style so lifespan will be far better than sleeve bearing fans. Rotating the box to the back shows the features of the fan in good detail. The main features are listed under specifications: 64.3 CFM, 25 dBA, 1.92 mmAq, 120x120x25 mm, 12V 0.22A, 100,000 MTTF, and the 5-year warranty. The fan is UV reactive and can be easily cleaned by removing the fan impeller with a simple tug thanks to the magnetic Nanoflux bearing, the fan is waterproof and dust proof. Good grammar and spelling across the board and plenty of information.
The sides use images to express some of the features of the fan, including the special fan blades, low starting voltage of 5V, fan speed controller, long life span, five year warranty, water/dust proof, and silent operation.
The Silent 12 fans come in a box smaller than the Wing 12, with the similar lace pattern to the Silent Spirit. Depending on which fan out of the Silent 12 series it is there will be a sticker that is placed denoting the model it is. These are also labeled as low speed optimized silent fans and are less performing than them. Rotating to the back shows the statistics of each type of fan in the Silent 12 series, with a sticker next to the fan that is inside. These fans only use the Hydro Dynamic bearings, which are an improved version of the sleeve bearing. The thermal control TC and pulse width modulation PWM fans have identical specifications whereas PWM is controlled by the motherboard and TC by a thermal probe that varies resistance based on heat.
Like the Wing 12, the Silent 12 box has icons showing some of the key features of the fan. Silent operation, high airflow, optimized fan blade, long life span, and five year warranty.
The Silent 8 packaging is a mirror image of the Silent 12, but smaller. The back shows statistics for the three different types of Silent 8 fans, this one uses a thermal diode to modulate fan speed, which should be attached to a heat sink for good results. The fan operates at up to 21.5 dBA. Everything but the back matches the Silent 12.
Let's get these guys unboxed and see how good they look.