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Fractal Design Announces R2 Silent Fans

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Fractal Design has released seven new "silent" fans.

The R2 series includes a 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 80mm, 92mm, 120mm, and 140mm version. Speeds range from 4000 RPM for the 40mm fan to 800 RPM for the 140mm device. Both the 120mm and 140mm fans come with a low speed adapter.

All fans include four metal screws and the versions from 60mm and up add an additional four rubber screws to improve the noise level caused by the fan. According to the manufacturer, the R2 fans are built with high performance hydraulic bearings that are designed to enhance performance and reliability.

The company did not release information about pricing and availability of the R2 series.

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    szymek , April 5, 2012 11:09 AM
    Yes! I want 60mm fan with rubber screws to improve noise level! Isn't it what everybody want? How could I want my fan to be more quiet when I can use rubber screws and make it sound like hoover!
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    Anonymous , April 5, 2012 11:58 AM
    It's about time. I have a Define R2 chassis and have been looking for fans to add to the two stock 120s. I was looking for Fractal fans to match since they are good performers and are nearly silent. Sadly, I wasn't able to find them. Now that I know they are selling them by themselves, I just need to keep checking around until someone has them.
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    wiyosaya , April 5, 2012 1:16 PM
    szymekYes! I want 60mm fan with rubber screws to improve noise level! Isn't it what everybody want? How could I want my fan to be more quiet when I can use rubber screws and make it sound like hoover!

    Me too!! At 4000 RPM (which is doubtfully a misprint), a 40 mm fan is going to sound like a jet airplane. I can hardly wait. /sarcasm.

    metaldragenIt's about time. I have a Define R2 chassis and have been looking for fans to add to the two stock 120s. I was looking for Fractal fans to match since they are good performers and are nearly silent. Sadly, I wasn't able to find them. Now that I know they are selling them by themselves, I just need to keep checking around until someone has them.

    One word - Scythe! They make the quietest fans I have ever used. They are one company where the marketing department does not run the company - IMHO.
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    CaedenV , April 5, 2012 1:46 PM
    hmmm... could we get some fan benchmarks?
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    fb39ca4 , April 5, 2012 1:55 PM
    if u guys dont want to wait for a quet fan with a black case/white blade, nzxt also sells fans like these. i got some for my case and i cant hear them.
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    freggo , April 5, 2012 2:29 PM
    I work on 3 screens/PCs on my desk; in total silence...
    The PCs are in the next room :-)
    I love it!
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    brickman , April 5, 2012 2:49 PM
    And the C3 fans will be loud and break often :D 

    Play on words with "R2"-D2 and C3-PO
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    frank_drebin , April 5, 2012 3:09 PM
    "silent"... how about some DB noise level figures for different speeds . then we ll see how silent these are
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    iamtheking123 , April 5, 2012 5:12 PM
    wiyosayaMe too!! At 4000 RPM (which is doubtfully a misprint), a 40 mm fan is going to sound like a jet airplane. I can hardly wait. /sarcasm.One word - Scythe! They make the quietest fans I have ever used. They are one company where the marketing department does not run the company - IMHO.

    True that. I bought their 120 mm "Super High Speed" fans expecting them to sound like jet engines...the only thing you hear is the woosh of air and no motor or blade whir at all.
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    KelvinTy , April 5, 2012 5:32 PM
    Hm... 4000RPM... Please be a misprint or it's going to be... like a small engine at low rev for a CAR... Can't wait to listen how insane it's going to be. = ="
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    larkspur , April 5, 2012 5:48 PM
    Guys seriously - many 40mm fans often run a lot faster than 4000rpm. Look up the specs on some 40mm case fans... then post comments. I have a 40mm fan @4000rpm as a northbridge cooler and I can't hear it outside the case.
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    eddieroolz , April 5, 2012 6:02 PM
    Fractal Design offers what I'm looking for, so hopefully these fans do too.
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    __-_-_-__ , April 5, 2012 8:57 PM
    WOW WHAT AN INFORMATIVE ARTICLE. low noise fans. how about some db and cfm numbers? -.-

    It's like saying "NEW FAST SSD's from X company! 2.5 and 3.5" and not having any information regarding performance or price or any other info.... wtv.

    really, toms is transforming into an advertising agency even in the articles.
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    ProDigit10 , April 5, 2012 10:49 PM
    you mean to 'decrease' the noise level, not improve.
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    husker , April 5, 2012 11:23 PM
    __-_-_-__WOW WHAT AN INFORMATIVE ARTICLE. low noise fans. how about some db and cfm numbers? -.-It's like saying "NEW FAST SSD's from X company! 2.5 and 3.5" and not having any information regarding performance or price or any other info.... wtv.really, toms is transforming into an advertising agency even in the articles.

    No, they make their payroll from all the contributions you've sent them over the years.
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    dreadlokz , April 6, 2012 9:27 PM
    4000 RPM 40mm silent fan? Yeah sure! -.-'''
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    jbo5112 , April 10, 2012 9:59 AM
    The 120mm version is pushing 40.6 CFM at 15 db with a max pressure of 1.07. Silenx is pushing 44 CFM at 12 dB and Scythe is pushing 40 CFM at 10.7 dB. Nothing record setting, but it's better than everything else Newegg sells in that range. Can't comment on the pressure, since neither Newegg nor the manufacturer list the spec. You'd think a news site could do some research. I miss the early days of this site.

    The 4000 RPM is correct according to their website, and it weighs in at 18 dB for a mighty 4.53 CFM. Someone once measured the cooling efficiency of a 1u server from a major vendor with all the 40mm fans. It turned out the fans drew more power than the rest of the computer. Maybe that's why Google doesn't put case fans on their servers.