Wednesday, January 8th 2014

Prolimatech to Release the StaticBooster 14 Fan Accessory

Prolimatech will soon be rolling out an accessory specifically-designed to increase the performance of its Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 140 mm fan. The StaticBooster 14 attaches to the Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 and directs airflow so as to increase static pressure and overall performance. Moreover, the add-on is claimed to lower vibrations and operating noise.

The StaticBooster 14 will be available in black and white. No word on pricing.
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9 Comments on Prolimatech to Release the StaticBooster 14 Fan Accessory

#1
Jack1n
Why just not release a thicker fan?
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#2
Wittermark
This is pretty much the same concept as Silverstone's AP (Air Penetrator) fans.

by: Jack1n
Why just not release a thicker fan?
it uses the grills to direct and concentrate airflow, it has nothing to do with the fan being thick or not.
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#3
urza26
I just wish they would stop making the "140mm frame with 120mm mounting holes" fans. There are so many scenario's where you're borked because of it.
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: urza26
I just wish they would stop making the "140mm frame with 120mm mounting holes" fans. There are so many scenario's where you're borked because of it.
buy a standard 120mm fan then
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#5
RCoon
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by: FreedomEclipse
buy a standard 120mm fan then
With a 120mm SP accessory ;)
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#6
urza26
by: FreedomEclipse
buy a standard 120mm fan then
It was more or less pointed at the manufacturers, saying: What is the point of new fan tech if you can't use it?
Offcourse you can buy another fan, but that defeats the point of having this new fan.
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#7
Daisho
I wonder what these would do for the Silverstone FHP141 fans.
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: urza26
It was more or less pointed at the manufacturers, saying: What is the point of new fan tech if you can't use it?
Offcourse you can buy another fan, but that defeats the point of having this new fan.
IMO its a bit difficult to argue that point when there are other options presented to you. Obviously fans like these aint for everybody, some people migh have trouble mounting the fan inside their case, but most people will stick to the fan that looks the same as their previous one unless they have some money to burn and felt a little curious. I have done this on various occasions. I might see a fan or something im curious about, so i buy one and find out. if its not to my liking i can either return it or sell it on. I mainly do that with fans though. I get curious about how loud they are or how much air they really move. I might start experimenting with PWM fans when i get back as i want to move away from this whole fan controller business
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#9
Haravikk
by: urza26
I just wish they would stop making the "140mm frame with 120mm mounting holes" fans. There are so many scenario's where you're borked because of it.
Why? A lot of good CPU coolers have 120mm mounts, and even a lot of cases have 120mm mounts, but on perforated/grill surfaces, so a 140mm fan that fits the mount actually can give much better airflow.

The Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 14's are great as replacement CPU cooler fans, or for use with heatsink only coolers that have fan mounts. With 15mm height you can easily fit them in more restrictive space, or even fit two on a cooler with two fan mounts, but poor clearance (either from the motherboard, height clearance or both). They also make great case-fans as the 1cm saved means less obstruction in smaller cases, or even in bigger cases, just having more free space usually makes working with them so much easier.
Of course it helps that they're not bad fans either; the airflow and static pressure are pretty impressive for a 15mm thick fan, especially given the relatively low rpm and very low noise.

This static booster does seem very niche though; I mean, you're making a fan, whose main benefit is its thinness, thicker. A thicker fan's frame should improve air direction anyway, and will cost you a whole lot less (the Ultra Sleek Vortex 14 is already quite pricey). To me the main benefit is that this fan can fit in loads of tight spaces, include places where you might not normally mount a fan, such as in a gap between an inner and out chassis; I'm currently building a system with a 2cm gap between the chassis proper and its plastic outer case, and this fan fits nicely in there, freeing up a full 2.5cm of internal space in total as a result.
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