A case fan is a device you can attach to your computer case in order to actively cool your electronics. These fans can draw cool air into the case, expel the warm air out, or move the airflow across a particular component. Case fans offer many benefits. If your computer is properly cooled, you will notice a boost in its performance. Components that are cooled efficiently will also last longer. Adequate cooling of your computer from the beginning will extend the computer’s life while saving you money on repair work and new parts.
Tips for Choosing The Best Case Fans
Selecting the right case fan is important for achieving optimum results.
Case fans range from 10mm to over 140mm. Use the amount of space you have available to determine what is right for you. I’ve written a pretty good buyers guide on the best 120mm case fans, so please give it a read.
Case fans come with either a motherboard connector or are attached directly to the PSU. Both will serve you nicely, but a motherboard connector gives one the ability to change the fan’s speed by using software.
• Noise Output
The noise level does not affect the fan’s performance. Noise levels are rated in decibels, and you should choose according to the environment you use your computer in.
These fans can be found a many finishes, and they may include lights and colored accessories.
The Noctua NF-F12 PWM Cooling Fan has a sleek, two tone finish that makes it look stylish while offering you a quality fan with reduced noise levels. The NF-F12’s Focused Flow system uses eleven stator guide vanes along with its unique seven blade impeller to produce outstanding static pressure while focusing the airflow for the best possible performance. This case fan also uses second generation SSO-Bearings, an advanced aerodynamic design, and Noctua’s own PWM IC that they custom designed for a fully automatic control guarantee that results in an extremely quiet sound level when in operation. The trusted quality associated with Noctua along with this fan’s many features and commanding performance makes it an excellent choice.
The AC Infinity Multifan S3 allows you to adjust the fan’s speed and airflow for optimum performance. The multi-speed controller power switch is used to select the exact speed needed for the noise level and airflow you desire. The dual ball bearings are rated for 67,000 hours and allows the fan to be used standing upright or laid flat. Silicone rubber feet absorb friction and noise, and they can be removed when not in use in order to allow the fan to fit in smaller spaces. In addition, the AC Infinity Multifan S3 can be powered through the USB ports found on game consoles and AV electronics.
This Cooler Master case fan is a high quality fan with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. It is part of the R4 series fans, and it blends optimum airflow with maximum rotation speeds for ultimate performance. The longer life span is due to the unique sleeve bearing fan that performs at a maximum of 90CFM at 2000RPM. A 19 dB-A silent application is used for CPU cooling while meeting RoHS compliance in order to help protect the environment. It is recommended for V8, V10, Hyper 212, Gemini, Hyper Z600, Cosmos, Cosmos S, HAF 922, HAF 932, Sniper, and Storm Scout.
You will receive two ultra-quiet USB case fans with your purchase that are designed to efficiently cool various types of electronics and components. The AC Infinity Mutlifan S5 lets you to pick your ideal settings with a multi-speed controller for optimum noise and airflow levels. This fan has a life expectancy of 67,000 hours due to the dual-ball bearings. It can function while standing upright or laid flat. The USB plug can be used to power these fans through the USB ports found on your most popular game consoles and AV electronics.
The Corsair HD Series, HD120 RGB LED fans allow you to create customized lighting effects while keeping your electronics cool. Each of the 12 independent RGB LEDs are built into the fan frame. A three button controller is used to cycle through all of the lighting effects including speed and colors. Best of all, you are not giving up quality performance for a stunning light show. High static pressure provides you with an improved performance over the standard case fans. The ultra-thin blades are quiet and create less vibration and turbulence. The RGB LED 6 port hub makes it possible to connect multiple cables in order to use several of these fans at one time.
The Noctua A- Series Cooling Fan Blades with AAO Frame features several advanced aerodynamic designs like the AAO frame unique to Noctua and the Flow Acceleration Channels. This case fan provides premium quality when it comes to its cooling capabilities while remaining quiet. All of this comes to you in a compact 40 by 10mm size. Noctua’s reference class SSO2 bearings and smooth communication drive technology guarantees excellent smoothness when in operation as well as long-term stability. In addition you will find a low-noise adaptor, modular cabling, and an Omni Join Adaptor set included in your purchase.
The AC Infinity AXIAL 8038 Muffin Cooling Fan is specifically designed for any of your projects that require ventilation or cooling. You can use this as a replacement part for many electronic products. Construction includes a heavy duty aluminum fan, two fan guards, and a power plug cord. It comes with a mounting screw set too. The dual-ball bearings in this case fan have a lifespan of 67,000 hours. They also allow the fan to be used upright or while laid flat. Noise is not an issue. This fan’s Low Speed has a lower airflow and noise rating than high speed versions.
The unique design of the ARCTIC F12 PWM Rev.2 provides you with quiet and efficient ventilation. Air flow is improved with the fan’s blades while facilitating highly efficient ventilation. The design of the impeller was created to focus on the noise level without sacrificing the desired pressure and airflow. Your electronics’ motherboard runs this fan at exactly the necessary speed with the help of the PWM function. This further guarantees the required cooling with a minimum of noise. Two way installation brings cool air inside of the case as well as blows warm air out. The Fluid Dynamic Bearing avoids lubricant leakage and extends the service life.
The Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 is the perfect case fan for anyone in search of a trendy, eye catching piece. The over-all design features vivid red set against a black background while the dark grey, transparent fan blades allow the LED lighting effects to shine through. In addition to a stylish look, you are getting a long life sleeve bearing that ensures a greater life expectancy. Strong airflow for cooling efficiency is not sacrificed, and the silent operation makes this case fan perfect for any noise environment.
The Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition set of case fans provides both function and style. The advanced design of these two fans offers the higher static pressure that heatsinks and radiators demand. They do this while maintaining a quiet noise profile. Airflow is directed properly with the fan enclosure and the seven ultra-wide, custom made blades. Reliability and reduce noise are the result of the advanced hydraulic bearing system and the rubber mounts. You can customize the look of these fans with the three colored rings that are included in your purchase. You can quickly go from blue to red or white accents with these rings.