A.C Ryan Blackfire 4 UV Led 120mm Fan
Published: 14th March 2006 | Source: KustomPC's | Price: |Conclusion
I like these fans a lot. They combine not only great performance and low noise but superb looks too. It is slightly worrying that our of 4 fans i tested, 2 appeared to have problems (colour mismatch & ticking noise). I really hope that these are isolated cases, and AC Ryan have taken neccesary steps to ensure that the LED colours are the same on all fans.
If i had not encountered the above issues with these fans, they would have recieved the OC3D Gold Award. Maybe AC Ryan can shed some light (no pun intended) on the issue, and possibly provide us with a new batch of fans for testing.
UPDATE: Further to this review, 3 of the 4 fans tested have failed in under 2 weeks. 2 fans develeloped noisy bearings, and the other fan actually caused the test machine to power off whenever the fan was plugged in. The 4th fan also appears to be developing a fault (possibly seizing up).
Therefore, i have no choice but to reduce their score to 0, and recommend that you steer clear of these fans until the reliability and visual consistency issues are worked out.
- Best looking fans i've ever seen.
- High cfm with low noise
- Ability to run fan & LED's from seperate power source.
- Sleeved cables
- Ticking noise from one of the fans
- LED colour mismatch
- 3 out of 4 fans failed within 2 weeks
- 4th fan appears to be developing a fault
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