Scythe Minebea Cooling Fans

Testing Procedure

Testing Procedure


For the testing phase of this review I have decided to try and remove as much user-bias and subjectivity from the equation as possible. For the silent PC enthusiasts, what I might consider silent, may not necessarily equate to something that they would be satisfied with utilising 24/7 in their home PC's... Alternatively, power-users may find the fan noise more than acceptable.

The Minebea fans will be allowed to run out of the case (to eliminate any extraneous noise emmanating from within the case), and a SoundMAX superbeam noise cancelling microphone will be placed approximately 30cm away from the fan to record the fan noise. Each of these sound snippets will be provided to allow each individual to make a informed and un-biased prospective purchasing decision. A Scythe Kama Meter fan controller will be used to provide voltage for the fans.

For the Scythe Mini-Kaze, I have chosen to test this on the recently reviewed Noctua NC-U6 passive chipset heatsink. The testing phase will be conducted from within the PC case, and the difference in temperature collated into graph format. As with all OC3D reviews 3 test runs will be completed, and an average taken. To simulate load temperatures, dual instances of Stanford's Folding @ Home client was used. The PC was allowed 30 minutes of idle time to allow temperatures to reach a reasonable operating temperature, and to ensure uniformity of results.

Not that it is important in a fan review, but I have taken the liberty of including my testing system specifications below:


Intel e6600
ASUS P5B Deluxe wifi/app
Silverstone ST60F 600W PSU
2GB OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium
Creative X-Fi
2 x Seagate SATA II 7200.10 HDD (RAID 0)
CoolerMaster 830 Stacker enclosure
Custom watercooling

Project: AquAus

Please head over the page to see how each individual fan performed.
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Most Recent Comments

08-12-2007, 06:22:40

Awesome detailed review Peevs. Looks like they're a winnerQuote

08-12-2007, 08:09:05

Thanks Kemp I'm glad you liked it.Quote

08-12-2007, 09:08:50


nice review, well done.

if i get a much bigger case for me next build, i'll consider these fans instead of the thinner S-Flex.Quote

08-12-2007, 10:30:31

Very sweet fans, great review Matt as usual!!! Looks like I know which fans I'll be using for my next build. I bet those Ultra 3000's in push/pull around a triple 120mm rad would be amazing.Quote

08-12-2007, 10:57:18

Thanks weihk and Fraggles.

@ FragTek: Yeah those Ultra 3000 would work perfectly in a push/pull config. Just make sure you run them at 7v though aight Quote

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