Arctic Cooling 8L and 12L Cooling Fans
Author: Matthew Fogg (PV5150)
Hardware Acquired: Arctic Cooling
To be quite honest the Arctic Cooling 12L and 8L fans are quite impressive. Now I'm not intending to wax lyrically about Arctic Cooling, but these fans are well worth the US$5.99 (8L) and US$9.99 (12L) respectively. Firstly, the R & D that has gone into them is very apparent, the build quality is extremely good right down to the classy cable sleeving provided as standard. Admittedly, there are better performing fans out there, but the price you pay is the additional noise that comes along for the ride.
The silence that these fans provide whilst performing more than adequately, is testament again to the skilled design team at Arctic Cooling. Especially considering that these fans operate at such low RPM. Secondly, the included 6 year warranty is nothing to be sneezed at, thanks to the fluid dynamic bearing that is included, as opposed to the traditional ball bearing approach of other manufacturers. I have been running these fans in various cases for around a week and a half now, and they haven't started to whine or display any characteristics of premature wear.
So if you're in the market for some high quality, well performing fans to compliment that HTPC build, you could certainly do yourself a favour and invest in a couple of these. I'd expect that these fans would perform extremely well in either a Lian Li PC-V300, Shuttle SFF case, or similar variants.
I have decided to award Arctic Cooling the innovation award based on them providing a truly well rounded product. Once again the bar has been set for others to follow.
+ Extremely quiet
+ Competitive pricepoint
+ Impressive 6 year warranty
+ Quality build
+ Effective cooling considering the low RPM
- Fan can only be used one way
- Air volume not sufficient for high performance
Thanks to Arctic Cooling for providing the 8L and 12L fans for review.
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