Arctic Cooling 8L and 12L Cooling Fans

Conclusion

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Author: Matthew Fogg (PV5150)
Hardware Acquired: Arctic Cooling


Conclusion

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.

Pro's
+
Extremely quiet
+ Competitive pricepoint
+ Impressive 6 year warranty
+ Quality build
+ Effective cooling considering the low RPM

Cons
-
Fan can only be used one way
- Air volume not sufficient for high performance


Innovation award

Thanks to Arctic Cooling for providing the 8L and 12L fans for review.

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Most Recent Comments

25-08-2006, 20:06:24

browney
Windows Vista will not play HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc media out of the box on 32-bit systems

News here

25-08-2006, 20:12:10

FarFarAway
Although I think it IS about time the industry moved onto a 64bit OS properley, this is pretty stupid

25-08-2006, 20:17:06

PV5150
Not that I endorse piracy, but this bully boy tactic of forcing people to adopt to DRM measures is tiring to say the least

26-08-2006, 06:24:57

Raven
wrong to force people to a certain os but doubt it will take long before thirdparty software comes out that can bypass this problem.

26-08-2006, 06:34:20

FragTek
This is ridiculous... Why have it work in the 64 bit version and not the 32? That's absolutely whack.

26-08-2006, 06:35:47

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Raven'
but doubt it will take long before thirdparty software comes out that can bypass this problem
Yeah it's pretty well a guaranteed certainty.

26-08-2006, 11:35:39

glocktodahead
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Not that I endorse piracy, but this bully boy tactic of forcing people to adopt to DRM measures is tiring to say the least
I agree fully.
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