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GELID fans – quiet, effective, and very cool

GELID fans – quiet, effective, and very cool

GELIDMany of us think very little of the fans in our cases despite the important job they perform. Heat is the enemy of high-performance computing, and moving air continues to be the easiest and most cost-effective way to dissipate heat from our systems. The box sitting under my desk at the moment contains six individual fans, but I only put any thought into the two on my heatsink; the others came with the case, and I was just happy to have them but never give them much consideration. It really makes very little sense to have only the heatsink benefit from quality fans, though—after all, if they just recirculate warm air because the case fans can’t exhaust it fast enough, what good is that?

GELID was kind enough to send us samples of their Silent 12 TC and Wing 12 fans, which I compared to several classes of stock and enthusiast fans. What they sent us really surprised me—and in a very good way. Fans, as a rule, aren’t terribly interesting; but one model GELID sent actually made me geek out a little bit. That said… let’s get to them!

The GELID Silent 12 TC

The GELID Silent 12 TM

The GELID Silent 12 TC

The TC in the name stands for “Temperature Control.” The fan includes a temperature sensor that’s about a foot long. You can position it in a temperature area of interest that will allow the fan to respond with higher RPMs (revolutions per minute) as the temperature increases. It’s marketed as a low-speed optimized silent fan, so I wanted to put it in two distinct situations: a high-heat situation where it was the primary exhaust fan, and a lower-heat situation with a high-airflow case and other ventilation sources. In the first, we can test its capability to move air and how loud it gets when it really has to churn, and in the second, we can test how quiet it can be and how well it regulates its speeds based on case temps.

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Comments

  1. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ I want to put some WINGs in my Antec Nine Hundred. Their serviceability sells it for me.
  2. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm They are absolutely ridicucool. My case is quiet as a mouse, but cool as the other side of the pillow.

    Do recommend, A+++++.
  3. Thrax
    Thrax If only they had temperature control like the Thermaltake A2029.
  4. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm
    Thrax wrote:
    If only they had temperature control like the Thermaltake A2029.

    The Silent 12 does.

    A great case setup for these fans would be Silent 12s over the HDDs and exhausts and Wings for a heatsink fan or on a radiator for watercooling. Power and silence for where you know you'll always want it, and variability for places that can use it.
  5. Thrax
    Thrax The silent 12 just has a thermistor. The A2029 has a thermistor and a pot. Quiet as hell, too.
  6. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm Ah, I see. A quick spec comparison for everybody's benefit, then -

    Thermaltake A2029:
    RPM
    1300 ±20% RPM at 20C
    3500 ±10% RPM at 55C

    Air Flow
    35.43-95.22 CFM

    Noise Level
    25.5 dBA at 1300RPM
    45dBA at 3500RPM

    Silent 12:
    RPM
    750 RPM at 22C
    1500 RPM at 42C

    Air Flow
    ? - 58CFM

    Noise Level
    12 dBA at 750 RPM
    25.5 dBA at 1500 RPM



    95 CFM is nothing to sneeze at, but it sounds like if you don't need all that much, the Silent 12 will be quieter.
  7. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum The Wing sounds like a fantastic fan!
  8. mas0n
    mas0n I've been a long time fan of the Scythe SFF21E (I have 10+ around the house) but might be willing to give Gelid a chance. Being able to disassemble and clean is pretty nice.
  9. primesuspect
    primesuspect I am SOLD on the removable impeller. You can probably take the impeller out and put it in the dishwasher. IN.
  10. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm Just make sure the mag ring in the impeller is smooth and debris-free before you put it back on, heh.
  11. DrLiam
    DrLiam I've been a huge fan of magnets for the longest time and to see them being implemented here in a fan blows my mind! One quick question, are we dealing with electro-magnets or material magnets? I never heard of nanoflux bearings before and I was wondering how it maintains it's charge if it is not plugged in. Will the fan fall off after a month of inactivity? (Let's say I went on a long holiday.)
  12. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm I believe they're electromagnets, as the wire spools would indicate, but it takes some effort to remove the impeller from the housing when powered down. They will never just fall off, so there's no worry there.
  13. Zuntar
    Zuntar Material magnet on the blade side. I have one of these Enermax "Everest" and I cannot bring myself to use it in my rig simply because the color of the leds is a horrid light blue.:crazy:

    I just wanted a nice silent fan on the back cause it's an 80mm. I might be trying one of these...... blue or green?
  14. DrLiam
    DrLiam
    Zuntar wrote:
    Material magnet on the blade side.

    Ahh, that makes sense now, why didn't I think of that earlier. :P
  15. MachineDog
    MachineDog OMG Geekgasm! DO WANT. I need to get new fans anyway, my case is around 5 years old and the fans are loud. >_< It's bad when your parents mind how loud it is.
  16. TurboPenguin
    TurboPenguin Where?

    Has anyone been able to find somewhere that sells these? I looked on Newegg but had no success? Grr I hate it when reviews come out on cool stuff and nobody can find to buy them....
  17. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm
    Prices match up well with other fans in its class, down under the $10 mark from AeroCooler, one of GELID’s precious few North American distributors.

    AeroCooler. I believe they sell both models in multiple sizes. Go there and search by manufacturer on the left side and you'll see everything they carry.
  18. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ GELID just replied to an email I sent them. The GELID Wing fan will run underwater, so they say!!!
  19. Thrax
    Thrax Video incoming.
  20. DrLiam
    DrLiam
    Buddy J wrote:
    GELID just replied to an email I sent them. The GELID Wing fan will run underwater, so they say!!!

    lol... You asked them if the fans are capable of running underwater!? Why did you think of that question. xD
  21. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ That's just it, I didn't ask! They just responded saying "PS They run under water."
  22. Khaos
    Khaos
    I am SOLD on the removable impeller. You can probably take the impeller out and put it in the dishwasher. IN.
    Totally with you on that one Brian. Dishwasher-safe fan impellers = win win win win win WIN.
  23. Snarkasm
    Snarkasm PS, the video is up in the article, in case you've missed it. 3rd page at the bottom.

    Underwater fans! How rad.
  24. Zuntar
    Zuntar
    Snarkasm wrote:
    AeroCooler. I believe they sell both models in multiple sizes. Go there and search by manufacturer on the left side and you'll see everything they carry.
    Where?

    Has anyone been able to find somewhere that sells these? I looked on Newegg but had no success? Grr I hate it when reviews come out on cool stuff and nobody can find to buy them....

    Performance PCs FTW
  25. Snarkasm

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