Tuesday, June 30th 2009

Akasa Intros Apache 120 mm Fan

Cooling and power specialist, Akasa announced a new fan for its consumer lineup. The Apache 120 mm (model number: AK-FN057) banks mostly on its unique fan-blade design, and its appearance to sell it. It uses what Akasa calls an "S-Flow" blade design, which delivers 30% higher air-flow against traditional blade designs, keeping speed constant.

Apache 120 mm uses a copper-ish red colour for its frame, and military green for the fan. The frame is of standard 25 mm thickness. The fan is PWM controlled, and spins in speeds of 600~1300 rpm. Its maximum air-flow is 57.5 CFM, and noise levels between 6.9 and 16.05 dBA, depending on the speed. It has started selling in the UK, priced at about ₤13.80.
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18 Comments on Akasa Intros Apache 120 mm Fan

#1
Kenshai
If the sound levels are right, that's a good amount of air for the amount of sound it produces.
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#2
phanbuey
yeah that is a awesome fan if it can move that much air at 16DBA... somehow I think they're pulling the SilenX crap, where the sound levels were reported by baghdad bob.
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#3
MRCL
Nice fans for the Panzerbox :D
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#4
happita
I will believe it when someone puts out a review. Or I can get one myself and test it against my Slipstream SY1225SL12M :D
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#5
TheLaughingMan
Join the Club

I guess they decided to join Noctua with the strange color scheme. I could use these for a low noise build.....in any place you can't actually see the fan.
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#6
Kenshai
by: TheLaughingMan
I guess they decided to join Noctua with the strange color scheme. I could use these for a low noise build.....in any place you can't actually see the fan.
They are ugly for sure.
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#7
Sihastru
I kinda like it. Except the sticker. But somehow I find it hard to believe that a 1300 RPM fan will do 57 CFM. Noise levels are too low... maybe they forgot to turn the fan on when they took the measurements :) . I do see the strange shape of the blades... I will wait for a review. The price is way to low for such numbers.

I know, I'm not the most positive thinking guy out there.
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#8
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
So when will they release a 1500-3000rpm version? all these weakling silence crap is getting on my nerves.
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#9
cyriene
I wonder how these would perform on a radiator?
They look good spec wise.
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#10
TheLaughingMan
Any word on release date? I am hoping the sudden competition for $15+ fans will lower the price of Noctua and these fans. For a single Fan, $10 is my normal limit, unless customer has specific request.

P.S. I am going about this the wrong way. I will simply have to invest in saving some cardboard and buying some "light weight" spray paint.
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#11
morphy
I guess they left out the fine print: 16db at 20ft.:laugh:
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#12
LittleLizard
I like the colors. I wonder if they would take a 92mm version for me :)
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#13
OnBoard
Product page:
http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fans&type_sub=Auto%20thermal%20Sensor&model=AK-FN057

by: phanbuey
yeah that is a awesome fan if it can move that much air at 16DBA... somehow I think they're pulling the SilenX crap, where the sound levels were reported by baghdad bob.
by: morphy
I guess they left out the fine print: 16db at 20ft.:laugh:
"When we test the noise level of our case fans we do this in an anechoic test chamber under free air condition. The chamber used for testing this fan background noise is 15dB(A). Reading is done using a Spectrun Analyzer.

The below set-up is used and these are the most common conditions for these type of tests and hence you should always be aware when a manufacturer is claiming dB(A) values that are lower then 15 dB(A). Because how where they able to measure this?"


http://www.nexustek.nl/NXS-nexus120mmrealsilentcasefan.htm

That's how Nexus got their numbers, obviously the 6.9 dBA isn't mesured, but just an estimate. 16 dBA might be true, if they got a quiet chamber to test it with, just kinda weird that they'd get less desibels with 1300rpm than Nexus with 1000rpm :)

I do like the looks of it, but once bought Akasa Amber:
http://www.akasa.co.uk/akasa_english/spec_page/fans/spec_ak_183_l2b.htm

Yes it was pretty quiet (1400 R.P.M., 18.0 dB(A)) but the motor had an awful high pitch whine that made the fan totally unusable.

This seems to have HDB (Hydro Dynamic) bearings, so they should be good. I do like the high CFM amount for the relatively low RPM too. Just take decibel numbers as marketing gimmick and they might be good fans :)
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: Sihastru
I kinda like it. Except the sticker. But somehow I find it hard to believe that a 1300 RPM fan will do 57 CFM. Noise levels are too low... maybe they forgot to turn the fan on when they took the measurements :) . I do see the strange shape of the blades... I will wait for a review. The price is way to low for such numbers.

I know, I'm not the most positive thinking guy out there.
Cheap HOLLY COW prices of fans gone up that much over 6 years in the UK ?... $26 is not cheap lol.. Sounds more like a $13 fan to me. UNless it can real do those specs "COUGH"

by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
So when will they release a 1500-3000rpm version? all these weakling silence crap is getting on my nerves.
It's what killed one of my older PSU's silent and deadly overheating lol.
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t77snapshot
by: TheLaughingMan
I guess they decided to join Noctua with the strange color scheme. I could use these for a low noise build.....in any place you can't actually see the fan.
by: Kenshai
They are ugly for sure.
Yeah really....why do innovation fans look as unattractive?:wtf:
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Sihastru
by: AsRock
Cheap HOLLY COW prices of fans gone up that much over 6 years in the UK ?... $26 is not cheap lol.. Sounds more like a $13 fan to me. UNless it can real do those specs "COUGH"
Oups... that was "₤"... sorry I only saw the "13" and for some obscure reason I connected it to "$".

Mh, expensive.
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#17
TheLaughingMan
A point

by: t77snapshot
Yeah really....why do innovation fans look as unattractive?:wtf:
They are trying to prove to the world that we care more about the technology that we do about the look and appearance......while that is true, this is a fucking fan. Yes, the higher end fans have better air flow for less noise, but what did the color improve? Why can't they understand one simple fact, Black and White are neutral colors that match well with any other color. If the fans you sell were black and/or white, more people would by them.

I will prove it.

Let me see the color schemes of your rig. list the 2 or 3 most dominant colors (lets see how often Military green/cooper will pop up)

Me: Black/Steel grey/Blue
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#18
MRCL
by: TheLaughingMan
They are trying to prove to the world that we care more about the technology that we do about the look and appearance......while that is true, this is a fucking fan. Yes, the higher end fans have better air flow for less noise, but what did the color improve? Why can't they understand one simple fact, Black and White are neutral colors that match well with any other color. If the fans you sell were black and/or white, more people would by them.

I will prove it.

Let me see the color schemes of your rig. list the 2 or 3 most dominant colors (lets see how often Military green/cooper will pop up)

Me: Black/Steel grey/Blue
It would fit this case, but who actually has such a thing.

Matching or not matching, I for one like the color scheme.
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