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JD April 24, 2009 12:47 PM

GELID Fans
 
Well since NCIX finally got those UV Blue ones in, I decided to pickup a few. Though I ordered them from Direct Canada since it was cheaper and I get air shipping for $9.99 :thumb:

I got the Wing 12 UV Blue, Silent 8, PWM 8, Silent 12.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04154.jpg

Packaging/Un-boxing:

With the Silent/PWM fans, all you get are the 4 rubber mounts and a case sticker. No real packaging to speak of, just the fan and a baggie inside the box. For those that want to know, the cable length is 19.5" though I think it's closer to 20" if the cable is straighten out entirely. It's the same on all the fans.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04156.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04158.jpg

And the Wing 12 was a bit better. Came inside a plastic casing thing of sorts which has the 4 rubber mounts, case badge, 3M double sided tape, and the fan controller.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04160.jpg

The fairly "standard" single fan controller:

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04161.jpg

And since this fan features removable blades, thought I'd test that out right away. Blades pop off rather effortlessly. A baby could probably do it :bleh: So here's some motor pictures for those than fancy that kind of stuff:

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04162.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04163.jpg

And just an overall shot of the fan:

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...d/DSC04165.jpg

Unfortunately my blacklight isn't working (fuse busted) so UV pics will have to wait till it's in my PC.

Subjective Testing - Open air

The Silent 12 makes a rather low-pitched hum with my ear up against it. If I hold it like 6" away though, then I can't really hear it at all. Airflow wise, seems a bit on the low side but it's only 1000RPM after all.

The Silent 8, makes a higher-pitched hum than the Silent 12, puts out a decent amount of air for a 1600RPM 80mm fan. Again, becomes silent if I hold it about 6" away.

The PWM 8 is noisier since it's 2000RPM at 12V (no, I'm not using the actual PWM functionality of it). Moves more air though but it takes closer to 12" before I can't hear it. Still, not that bad for a 80mm fan.

The Wing 12, well to me the motor/bearing noise isn't there, mainly just sounds like air but I don't know for sure. Overall it seems about the same noise level as any other 120mm I've had around 1500RPM, which is tolerable to me. Decided to compare this to a NCIX Yate D12SL that I have, the GELID moves more air and is a bit noisier. However the Yate has far less airflow and has a lower-pitched, harsher sound, where as the GELID sounds more like air rushing.

Dazmode April 24, 2009 02:18 PM

I like GELID fans. Plan to use Green or White myself. Will match Feser tubing color well.

Silvgearx April 24, 2009 03:23 PM

yea, i too like the white, but they are no good as front intake fan tho, only decent for cpu or exhaust

Dazmode April 24, 2009 03:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5ILVgeARX (Post 184622)
yea, i too like the white, but they are no good as front intake fan tho, only decent for cpu or exhaust

Why is that?

Jonwall April 24, 2009 06:25 PM

Id assume hes talking about the dust that will collect on intake fans. Nice review btw

S_G April 24, 2009 07:30 PM

Removable blades? I might have to pick up a bunch of these for my case and paint the blades red. NCIX doesn't stock those red/black Yate Loons anymore.

JD April 24, 2009 08:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by S_G (Post 184751)
Removable blades? I might have to pick up a bunch of these for my case and paint the blades red. NCIX doesn't stock those red/black Yate Loons anymore.

Only on the "Wing" series. The standard Silent/PWM ones are not removable.

Silvgearx April 27, 2009 06:29 PM

the white gelids have really low static pressure :sad:, when used for front intake with filter it adds massive amount of noise due to its light fan blades :doh:

As for rear intake, it doesn't have enough power to exhaust :blarg:

But it does a decent job when used as a CPU cooler or Passive VGA add on fan. (with a little help with front intake fans and side fans :blarg:)

JD April 27, 2009 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 5ILVgeARX (Post 186100)
the white gelids have really low static pressure :sad:, when used for front intake with filter it adds massive amount of noise due to its light fan blades :doh:

As for rear intake, it doesn't have enough power to exhaust :blarg:

But it does a decent job when used as a CPU cooler or Passive VGA add on fan. (with a little help with front intake fans and side fans :blarg:)

They seem to do fine in my mom's case (Ultra MicroFly). 80mm intake, 80mm on the side blowing to the GPU (hole I cut), 120mm exhaust and the 80mm PWM on the CPU. Temperatures seem to be fine.

They aren't for gaming/OC'd PCs, just for silent office type PCs.

The Wing series are for our kind of stuff

Silvgearx April 27, 2009 06:58 PM

err yea,

talking about the 120mm fans, and yea, my cpu at stock right now and GPU with AC accelero S1 with add on fan :blarg:

And yea, i am comparing them to scythe s-flex sff21e and antec tri-cools :haha:

Cpu at stock and passive GPU cooling + fan, Oh yea baby i am extreme :punk: :whistle:

fan tested in Antec Sonata III and Antec 300, TRUE 120, AC accelero S1 :whistle:


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