Arctic released a new series of fans that are designed to be exceedingly quiet while maintaining sufficient air flow.
Arctic stated that the reason its new fans are so silent is due to the use of computational fluidic dynamics and a new motor designed in Germany. The company takes advantage of a new alloy material used inside of the motor, as well as a new lubricant, in order to reduce friction inside of the fan. These changes are designed to increase the lifespan of the fan, while also decreasing the noise it generates.
These fluid dynamic bearings will go into three new fans in the F Silent series: the 80 mm F8 Silent, the 92 mm F9 Silent, and the 120 mm F12 Silent. All three fans come with a 3-pin fan connector and carry a six-year limited warranty.
Although the fans are just now being released, the first CPU coolers to utilize these fans are already out. The F12 Silent is the same fan used on Arctic's Freezer i32 and A32 coolers.
The fans are available from online retailers now. The F8 Silent is set with an MSRP of $5.99, while the F9 Silent costs $6.29, and the F12 Silent goes up to $7.99.
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Wow, those are cheap!Reply
Fantastic price, but I'm a bit puzzled by the lack of a 140mm fan. 14 is the new 12, after all.Reply
True they don't have a 14 which I think they should.Reply
But specially, we need to know all the figures of these.
I used 8 of the original £3 F12 in my watercooling system. For the price you cannot beat them, even Noctua NF-F12 wasn't much better (I got a 2°C drop for the 2 days I had them before sending them back)Reply
Hopefully people will start to see that you really don't get what you pay for when it comes to fans.
The old f12/f14 have always beenbthe best bang for Buck fans on the market IMO.Reply
If they've improved them even 1% it can only be a good thing.
Everything I have purchased from them has been trash. These look Alright but why bother?Reply
Everything I have purchased from them has been fine. I've installed about six Arctic 64 coolers and to this day the fans on all of them are still trouble free. I'm actually due for a total fan change-out in my HTPC since it came with generic fans.Reply
Same although I'm talking about case fans not coolers which they don't really do any more.Reply
The f12/f14 are great for the money - £4 case fan with good performance that has a 5 year warranty that they will honour.
The PST & Temp controlled sensor models are also great ideas that no other manufacturer has cottoned onto.
I would be more convinced that these are "silent" if there were dB ratings in this article. I've been using Scythe for years, and they are silent - especially the ones that have dB ratings below 20.Reply
b gear, 100+cfm, even if it says 36db, the thing is quieter than my gpu is when its in full use or my cpu is when crap decided to make it go 100%Reply
still waiting on a better fan than these because this is nowhere near an unacceptable level of noise.