Thursday, April 16th 2009

Arctic Cooling Releases Arctic F Pro PWM Ultra Quiet High Performance Case Fans

The Swiss low noise cooling solution provider ARCTIC COOLING today announced the launch of the ARCTIC F Pro PWM case fans. They are in 3 sizes – 80mm, 92mm and 120mm. With the patented PWM Sharing Technology (PST), these new fans are surely the best choice for quiet enthusiasts.

CPU and VGA cards nowadays generate increasing amount of heat which leads to high case ambient temperature. Some users will use more case fans to cool down the case. However, this will produce more noise, and energy will be wasted as all fans run at full speed even after the case temperature is lowered.

Using the new ARCTIC F Pro PWM fan can solve these problems without any hassles. Firstly, with PWM signal, the fan runs at necessary speed according to the CPU load. Furthermore, thanks to the innovative patented PST function, up to 5 fans (including CPU fans) can be connected to the ARCTIC F Pro PWM fan. The speed of all the fans in this PST system is now centrally controlled by a single PWM signal via BIOS.

As a result, when the system load increases, all fans in the PST system will run faster to lower the case temperature. Likewise, when the load is low, fan speed will be lower at a necessary speed for sufficient cooling.

In conclusion, the advantages of having PST are:
  • Control the speed of different fans with only one PWM signal from the mainboard;
  • Case ventilation can be achieved in a quiet and efficient way. More fans run slower at low load, which deliver sufficient cooling at a much quieter operation than before.
  • Better energy saving as fans are not always at full load.
So now, change your case fans to our ARCTIC F Pro PWM and enjoy quiet case ventilation today! The ARCTIC F Pro PWM fans come with a 6 year limited warranty. They are available end of March. The MSRP is US$6.10 / 4,70€ (F8), US$6.50 / 5,00€ (F9), US$7.70 / 5,90€ (F12).

Source: Arctic Cooling
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17 Comments on Arctic Cooling Releases Arctic F Pro PWM Ultra Quiet High Performance Case Fans

#1
BumbleBee
57 CFM at 30 dBA for what sleeve bearings? they look pretty thick. :( thanks for this bta
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#2
Basard
white huh? why cant they just start the fans "nicotine yellow" for me?
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hooj
by: Basard
white huh? why cant they just start the fans "nicotine yellow" for me?
:laugh:
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
not understanding ACs use of Sone, what is sone?
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PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I have the old version of these fans. They are excellent!
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aj28
by: WarEagleAU
not understanding ACs use of Sone, what is sone?
I believe (and bear with me, as this is without the aid of Wikipedia), that sone is a measure of loudness, whereas decibels, more commonly used in the US, is a measure of sound intensity. AC is a Euro brand, so they have their own method of measuring things... I suppose it makes sense. Personally I don't much care, as ratings tend to be nonsense, but I've owned several of their fans/coolers over the years and have never once been disappointed.
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to6ko91
by: aj28
I believe (and bear with me, as this is without the aid of Wikipedia), that sone is a measure of loudness, whereas decibels, more commonly used in the US, is a measure of sound intensity. AC is a Euro brand, so they have their own method of measuring things... I suppose it makes sense. Personally I don't much care, as ratings tend to be nonsense, but I've owned several of their fans/coolers over the years and have never once been disappointed.
the db is international (and si) measurement and the sone isnt a si unit at all but yes one measures intensity and the other loudness ;)
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#8
Zaxx
I've been using Arctic Cooling for years to cool my graphics cards...they make some VERY quiet fans (couldn't give a crap how they measure it). Their fans are DFBs (Sony's dynamic fluid bearing)..the quietest bearing tech on the market and the longest lasting too (imo). ALL of their graphics card coolers have a SIX YEAR warranty...and I seriously doubt they think the heatsink is gonna break...lol...the warranty basically speaks for the fans. Just installed an Accelero Twin Turbo cooler (it uses 2 x 80mm DFB fans) on my wife's Ati HD4850 and at 100% speed via CCC, I had to listen really hard to hear it above my other 3 fans, all 120mm Scythe all equipped with Sony fluid bearings as well!! That by itself is outstanding...but when you also consider that they are both 80mm too, that's just ~amazing. I've NEVER heard any 80mm fans run that quiet in my life! And my temps...amazing as well. If I stay in 2D and let CCC under clock the GPU (a factory stock feature) as well as let it control the fans too...the fans DON'T EVEN COME ON until I start stressing the GPU!! With good case airflow, this cooler can PASSIVELY cool an HD4850 at idle!

If your gonna be cooling a 4870 or OCing a 4850/4870 I'd recommend waiting a few weeks for the Twin Turbo Pro to hit retail..uses 2 x 92mm fans and a slightly bigger heatsink as well. ;)

http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=86962

Edit: Sorry for goin off topic soo much...let's just say 'YES...AC makes good fans.'...lol
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Yay, more from AC. They make cheap stuff and it's usually really good.
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#10
DaveK
by: BumbleBee
57 CFM at 30 dBA for what sleeve bearings? they look pretty thick. :( thanks for this bta
57CFM at 30dBA? I'd rather spend the extra money at get either an Asus fan that's 60CFM at 23dBA or the Scythe Slipstream 1200 which is 68CFM at 24dBA, only problem is they aren't PWM.
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tkpenalty
by: Zaxx
I've been using Arctic Cooling for years to cool my graphics cards...they make some VERY quiet fans (couldn't give a crap how they measure it). Their fans are DFBs (Sony's dynamic fluid bearing)..the quietest bearing tech on the market and the longest lasting too (imo). ALL of their graphics card coolers have a SIX YEAR warranty...and I seriously doubt they think the heatsink is gonna break...lol...the warranty basically speaks for the fans. Just installed an Accelero Twin Turbo cooler (it uses 2 x 80mm DFB fans) on my wife's Ati HD4850 and at 100% speed via CCC, I had to listen really hard to hear it above my other 3 fans, all 120mm Scythe all equipped with Sony fluid bearings as well!! That by itself is outstanding...but when you also consider that they are both 80mm too, that's just ~amazing. I've NEVER heard any 80mm fans run that quiet in my life! And my temps...amazing as well. If I stay in 2D and let CCC under clock the GPU (a factory stock feature) as well as let it control the fans too...the fans DON'T EVEN COME ON until I start stressing the GPU!! With good case airflow, this cooler can PASSIVELY cool an HD4850 at idle!

If your gonna be cooling a 4870 or OCing a 4850/4870 I'd recommend waiting a few weeks for the Twin Turbo Pro to hit retail..uses 2 x 92mm fans and a slightly bigger heatsink as well. ;)

http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=86962

Edit: Sorry for goin off topic soo much...let's just say 'YES...AC makes good fans.'...lol
They couldn't do anything about my AcceleroX2 which was loud as hell :shadedshu
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#12
punani
by: WarEagleAU
not understanding ACs use of Sone, what is sone?
I found this over at http://www.designerhardware.com/files/HelpWin/Sone.html

And there was also this explanation : "A sone is an internationally recognized measurement of sound output. Sones translate decibel readings into numbers that correspond to the way people sense volume, and follow a "linear" scale, like inches. Sone readings offer quick sound comparisons for laymen and engineers."

And great looking fans, probably gonna put some of those in my next case :) But how do I put one of these as an intake-fan :wtf: ?
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#13
kaneda
by: Basard
white huh? why cant they just start the fans "nicotine yellow" for me?
Could just spray em black :)
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#14
Nemesis881
by: BumbleBee
57 CFM at 30 dBA for what sleeve bearings? they look pretty thick. :( thanks for this bta
Where up there does it say 30dba???

It says 0.3 sone. With my experience with AC fans, thats not even audible standing right next to the case.
I'm gettin some of these for my case :rockout:
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#15
BumbleBee
57 CFM at 0.5 Sone is roughly 30dBA.
0 sone = 0 dBA
0,125 sone = 10 dBA
0,25 sone = 20 dBA
0,5 sone = 30 dBA
1 sone = 40 dBA
2 sone = 50 dBA
4 sone = 60 dBA
8 sone = 70 dBA
16 sone = 80 dBA
32 sone = 90 dBA
and it's actually a fluid bearing I think. price isn't too bad I just don't like the thickness there is cheaper options too. you can get a 20mm Yate Loon 70 CFM at 33dBA for $4 and the specs are pretty accurate more accurate than most manufactures :)
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Zaxx
by: BumbleBee
57 CFM at 0.5 Sone is roughly 30dBA.

and it's actually a fluid bearing I think. price isn't too bad I just don't like the thickness there is cheaper options too. you can get a 20mm Yate Loon 70 CFM at 33dBA for $4 and the specs are pretty accurate more accurate than most manufactures :)
Yate Loon makes good stuff..btw, I assume '20mm' was a type-o?

Also keep in mind that the main selling point/feature of these fans (even tho they are very quiet w/ the fluid bearing technology) is their ability to run up to 5 fans using PWM to control fan speeds (thus the noise level) by adding a little signal amplifier that can put out enuff to regulate 4 more fans in the same way the CPU uses which is directly proportional to the CPU temp. After giving it a lil thought, I'd use the shared PWM from the CPU for, A: the cpu fan itself, B: The side intake fan and C: the rear exhaust. This would leave the front intake fan running at a constant speed for keeping the HDDs cool no matter what the CPU is doing so-to-speak, plus it helps balance the case airflow since the PSU fan needs a constant 'source of air' for the best results. Choosing a robust front intake fan (robust meaning a fan with a 'medium high' cfm rating) would be a wise move..make sure its a fluid bearing fan so it won't be too loud..they cost a bit more but worth every penny, if not for the lower noise then for the nearly doubled fan life. ;)
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#17
BumbleBee
oh your right I was thinking of the Medium Speed 25mm model but they do make 20mm models, not bad actually 62 CFM @ 28 dBa at Jab-Tech for $5 strange these ones are more expensive than the regular 25mm models which are $3.95

like I said I like the price of the Arctic Cooling fans and the bearing but not the dimensions.
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