Arctic Cooling 8L and 12L Cooling Fans


Page <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 20/09/2006
Author: Matthew Fogg (PV5150)
Hardware Acquired: Arctic Cooling


The testbed chosen for the Arctic Cooling 12L and 8L review has been listed below:

Intel Core 2 Duo e6600
ASUS P5B Deluxe
XFX 7900GT Extreme Edition 560/750
2GB GSKILL PC2-6400 CL4 4-4-4-12
2 x 80GB WD HDD's RAID 0
CoolerMaster 830 Stacker Case

All testing was performed inside the CoolerMaster case to try and keep the results as real life and verifiable as possible.


The first thing I'd like to say about Arctic Cooling' new 'L' series is that they are so incredibly quiet. The lovers of silent PC's would drool, literally; the fans are barely audible and were drowned out by my stock Intel CPU cooler.

Performance wise, these fans are certainly not for the overclocking enthusiast. The fans simply do not pass enough volume of air for substantial benefits, especially for those users who still utilise air cooling and aftermarket heatsinks. The 12L, although it certainly performed well as an quiet extraction fan in the side door of my stacker, would simply be out of its league atop a heater core in a watercooling setup. This isn't by any means a flawed design, it's simply the targeted audience isn't the overclocking fraternity.

The design of the fan itself, is quite radical and it certainly does the job as far as providing a silent cooling solution. But, the design is actually a double edged sword in as far as the fan cannot be reversed or turned around; in order to change the fan from exhaust to inducting. Again, this isn't specifically flawed; but something to remember if you decide to use these fans.

Arctic Cooling 12L and 8L fan

Now that we've had a thorough look at the new 'L' series fans from Arctic Cooling, let's head over the page to view the conclusion and find out how they scored.

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25-08-2006, 20:12:10

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

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