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Excelent fans - Minimal noise and look great.
on 16 August 2013
Firstly, this review is based on the AF120 Quiet edition fans but Corsair essentially offers these fans in 2 different configurations. There is the AF or Airflow version and the SP or Static Pressure version. The difference in the two configurations is in the blades, the angle, scoop and size of the blades is different depending on the function of the fan. The airflow fans are designed to move air with little resistance. For example if you need a fan for your case where there is nothing obstructing your fan like a drive bay or radiator then that's a job for an AF fan. If you are using your fan for a radiator or a front intake through a drive bay then SP is the fan of choice as it creates more air pressure to ensure the airflow gets through. So once you have chosen whether you need a SP or an AF series fan there is one more variable to choose from. Whether you need a SP or AF fan both are available in a "Quiet Edition" or a "performance Edition" this is down to personal preference really. The quiet edition is designed to be slightly less aggressive then its performance counterpart and therefore generate less noise but at the expense of a little less airflow. I don't know the stats on the difference in cooling and noise between the two but i'm sure that is only a Google search away.
So, with the technicalities of which fan to choose out the way I went for the AF120 Quiet Edition.
Everything you will need to install your fan is in the box. At first glance, I love this about Corsair; the cable for the fan is black so when you install your fan you have a nice neat looking cable rather than yellow, green and any other horrible colour under the sun. They also ship it with black screws for installation, again very nice, keeps things looking good. The fan comes with a coloured ring attached, which can be switched out to one of three options that come in the box, red, green or white. Nice touch but as my case has a green/black theme I would love to see them add some other colours, even if you have to pay a small amount for a new coloured ring. Last thing in the box is a short cable, again in black, to under volt your fan for the ultimate noise minimalists out there.
Installing the fan is pretty simple and the rings make it easy when it comes to knowing which way your fan will be pushing the air. If the coloured ring is facing in to the case then it will be forcing air out and if the ring is facing out of the case it will be drawing air in. Handy, as it's a pain to mount all you fans only to find they are facing the wrong way... The only part I found slightly tricky installing these fans was when it came to screwing them into place. The corners all have rubber mounts for the fans to stop vibration, great for less noise but I found they were turning with the screws and I had to really hold them in place. Once that's done, plug your fan into a header on your mobo or fan controller and off you go!
In terms of noise I think these fans are great. Even going full belt it's not the fan noise you hear, just the air flowing through your system and at lower RPM they are hardly noticeable.
Overall these fans look good and perform very well and I personally think they are well worth the money.
So, why not the 5 star rating?? If they add extra coloured rings it would be a 5 star product, until then... its a 4.9.