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Old February 19, 2010, 07:32 PM
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Introduction

The Lowly case fan. Since the dawn of the modern computer era these overworked and often overlooked components have kept our hardware stable, cool and operational. What is usually last on the list for most PC builders, cooling fans are commonly given only a passing thought yet their usefulness has never changed. What has evolved is a silent cadre of modern workhorses that although serving the same purpose vary in enough ways that they warrant an in-depth look.
Today we will be looking at 4 advanced and unique fans that fall under the high performance catagory and in a sense pay some tribute to the unsung heros that make up a Modern PC.

The four fans in question and in no particular order are:

Yate Loon YL-D12SH-124UB High Performance LED Fan

SilenX iXtrema Pro Series LED Fan

Gelid Wing12 PL LED Fan

Coolermaster R4 High Performance LED Fan

As well in my testing I will be using a Coolermaster Standard Case Fan Rated for a nominal 33 CFM as a baseline comparison.



Test Setup and Methodology
Enviroment:
All fans were tested in a climate controlled room that is kept at a balmy (brrrrrrr!) 17 Degrees, +/- 1 Degree. Relative humidity in the room was maintained at 5% (according to my Honeywell Climate Centre).

The Test Computer:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz
Motherboard: ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO
RAM: Crucial 4x1GB 1333MHz
Powersupply: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W
Graphics: PNY XL8R 9800GX2, XFX GTS250 Core Edition
Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 Blue
CPU Cooler: Spire Thermax HDT (Heatpipe Direct Touch)
Case Cooling: 1 x Coolermaster R4 Front Intake, 1 x Coolermaster R4 Intake Mounted in 5.25" Scythe Kama Bay, 1 Coolermaster R4 Mounted in the Exaust.
For the Purposes of this Test I removed the Side Panel Fan as its proximity to the Spire Cooler would have given inaccurate results.

Tools of the Trade

Stress testing the CPU fell on Prime95 running Small FFT's for approximately 30min. Idle temperatures were obtained after all background programs finished loading with Windows and then allowed an additional 5min to stabilize.
Temperature measurement was a combined effort between CoreTemp and Everest Ultimate Edition. RPM information was obtained by using a 3-pin adapter with an RPM passthrough cable attached to the Primary Motherboard Fan Header and then measured as well using Everest.

Without further delay let us have a closer look at each of the Test Subjects.
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