Cougar Intros New Line-up of LED Fans with Hydraulic Bearing

Cougar has introduced its Dual X line-up of fans, which have been specifically engineered to deliver a balance of air flow, air pressure, noise, performance and lifespan. The fans will be available in two sizes, 120 mm and 140 mm and four colours, red LED lit, green LED lit, blue LED lit, and black with no LED backlighting.

The most interesting feature of these fans are not the LEDs or the blades or such, but its bearing. While most normal fans have a sleeve bearing, Cougar's fans feature a hydraulic bearing which should offer lower noise and a longer lifespan. This type of bearing uses a higher quality lubricant in combination with a oil storage unit and oil circuit which keeps the unit lubricated automatically when it is moving, much like a car engine. The closed oil loop should also keep contaminants and dust out to make for a longer life cycle.

Lastly the fans also come with a dual layer blade design, Cougar's "Diversion Claws Design", and anti-vibration pads. Though they look very promising thus far, we still do not know if the fan's price matches its performance since Cougar has yet to release any information on pricing or availability.

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  • balister
    Cougar makes good fans. I've been slowly switching my 120mm and 140mm case fans to these as they do a good job of moving a lot of air and have a nice pressure change over the fan and quiet at the same time.
  • lp231
    Got some AC case fans they use FDB (Fluid Dynamic Bearing), isn't Hydraulic Bearing just another name or it's totally different?
  • buzznut
    Red, Blue, and Green. Done to death.
  • edogawa
    Look interesting, will check them out.
  • heero yuy
    for a second I read black as black LED and then I thought what?

    more on topic I have one of their PSUs (1000watt) and its fan is very quiet
  • completelyrandomname
    It's already on newegg... for a while too...
  • Dark Lord of Tech
    Mounted 2 of the green version in my new build.
  • solomaniac85
    I have 2 of these in the front of my antec p280 and believe me they are a lot quieter than I thought they'd be! I used to have Corsair air series fans that run at 30dba and whew 2 of those suckers were like a jet engine. I still worry if my computer is turned on with these fans in there.
  • afrobacon
    we still do not know if the fan's price matches its performance
    Newegg has them for $20.

    ...I wonder how they compare to Noctua's fans.
  • thillntn
    Yay. lubed cougars :-O.