Scythe Minebea Cooling Fans
Published: 17th April 2007 | Source: Scythe | Price: |Conclusion
There's really a lot to like about both the Scythe Minebea range. Scythe obviously had a well thought out plan to provide a range of cooling fans; of which there are options available to the performance user, the silence connoisseur and those who fall into the middle ground.
The Minebea range are extremely well constructed, although not as quiet as other brands out there. I believe that Minebea's use of ball bearings in their fan range no doubt attributes to this fact, along with the inclusion of more fins and conventional blade design. But, there is no doubt that they do their job well and move some serious air, particularly the 120mm and 92mm fans.
I felt that Scythe could have perhaps included some cable sleeving on the Minebea range, as the end result just doesn't seem as polished as others out there. But, then again the inclusion of cable sleeving would have added further cost per unit and unfortunately would be passed onto us - the consumer.
All-in-all Scythe have to be commended on their Minebea range, it caters for all tastes and applications and as such I have awarded them the 'Recommended award' The Scythe Minebea 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fans can be purchased from the Scythe-US website for US$19.99, US$12.99 and US$9.99 respectively.
+ Quality build
+ Exceptional MTBF for ball bearing fans
+ Caters for a variety of user tastes
- Not as silent as other brands
- Absence of cable sleeving (personal preference)
The Scythe Mini-Kaze is certainly a snappy little performer only really hindered by it's miniscule size and application. Unfortunately, the majority of case designs don't allow for the inclusion of 40mm fans for cooling, but I have seen a plethora of clever 'home made' cooling soutions (particularly VRM and MOSFET) that could utilise these fans.
Further, in an attempt to prolong the longevity of motherboards they could be used as a replacement fan on a chipset heatsink, or simply to provide an active cooling solution to heatpipe technology which motherboard manufacturers appear to be shipping most board with now. Whilst not exceptionall cheap the Scythe Mini-Kaze can be had for £5.95 (£7.00 inc VAT) from QuietPC.
Again Scythe has earned themselves a recommended award for the Scythe Mini-Kaze
+ Silent cooling
+ Quality build
+ Excellent performance considering it's size.
- A little pricey
OC3D would like to extend a warm thank you to Scythe-EU for providing the review samples.
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