Introducing Corsair Air Series Fans
When I first started working at Corsair back in 2007, we had recently entered the PSU business, and were still primarily known as a memory company specializing in overclocking and enthusiast-grade components. Since then, we have successfully launched many more product lines designed specifically for the enthusiast PC builder.
Air Series fans are the latest addition to the Corsair lineup of products. We sell many products that already come with fans, so it was a logical next step to manufacture our own fans, which would meet our own specific needs, as well as the needs of hardware enthusiasts everywhere.
When we decided we wanted to make our own fans, we knew that we wanted to start from scratch rather than using someone else's design, and to do this we would need a fan test rig that could accurately measure static pressure and CFM (cubic feet per minute) at variable RPMs. The test rig we used was a LW-9266 Fan PQ performance measurement apparatus from LongWin and it fit the bill perfectly. We began testing different fan blade designs as well as other manufacturers' fans to see if we could find out what made a great fan better than an average one. It wasn't long before we realized something surprising; many of the fans we tested did not even meet their own listed specifications.
Obviously, the primary job of a case fan is to move air, but there are actually different situations a fan might find itself in, so there is no single fan design which will be the best for every application. In some cases you will have a fan pushing air through another object; a good example of this is with our Hydro Series CPU coolers where you have a fan pushing air through a radiator, or any number of CPU air coolers that have a fan pushing air through a heatsink. In this situation, static pressure is going to be more important than pure CFM is. When it comes to your standard case fan, which has limited obstructions to worry about, a fan that can move air at a high CFM is ideal. In addition to performance, we also wanted to take into account the noise level of the fans. Knowing this from the beginning, we set out to create a full range of fans that would be able to meet the demands of any system. We feel that we have answered these demands with our new launch of AF (Airflow) and SP (Static Pressure) case fans, which both come with Quiet Edition.
The Airflow Series fans use a thinner nine-blade fan design (the AF140 has 11 blades) and, as their names suggest, are available in both 120 mm and 140 mm variants. The Quiet Edition is tuned to run at a lower RPM than the Performance Edition at the cost of a lower CFM rating. To compare the two, the AF120 QE is rated for 21dBa at 1,100 RPM pushing 39.88 CFM, while the AF120 PE is rated for 30 dBA at 1,650 RPM pushing 63.47 CFM, so you can decide yourself if performance or silence is the more important factor for your system. The AF140 QE is the only 140 mm fan we are initially launching. Typically, people searching for a 140 mm fan are more interested in silence than all-out CFM, since larger fans can spin more slowly while still providing excellent airflow. The AF140 QE is rated for 24Dba at 1,150 RPM and is rated at 67.8 CFM.
When it comes to Air Series Static Pressure fans we have two different models: the SP120 Quiet Edition and SP120 Performance Edition.
You will notice a difference in the fan blade design when compared with the Airflow Series. The SP series has seven fan blades that are much thicker than those on the AF series. These are the type of fans you will want to use if you are trying to force air through another object such as a radiator or heatsink or even if you have a fan that is pushing air through your HDD cage. Just like the AF series, the SP series consists of a Performance and Quiet Edition, with the Quiet Edition rated for 23 dBA at 1,450 RPM pushing 37.85 CFM and the Performance Edition rated for 35 dBA at 2,350RPM pushing 62.74 CFM.
In addition to getting a fan with excellent performance, we have built our fans with rubber mounting inserts in each corner to reduce noise and vibration once the fan is mounted in your system. You will also get three colored rings with each fan (white, red, and blue) so you can customize the look of your fans to better personalize your rig. You can also remove the rings if you prefer the stock black look.
With Corsair's new line of system fans, you can be assured that the performance numbers printed on the box are backed up by real-world test results. We have designed our fans for specific purposes, and because of this, you are able to fine tune your system’s cooling. Whether you want maximum performance or low noise, there is a Corsair fan that is perfect for your system. We have also paid attention to the little things, such as colored rings and high-quality rubberized fan mounts to suppress vibration noises. Corsair fans will give you the extra edge when it comes to performance, as well as giving your system a custom look not seen anywhere else.