Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Cougar Intros Vortex RGB HPB 120 Fans

Cougar today introduced the Vortex RGB HPB 120 mm fans in packs of 3, meant for 360 mm x 120 mm radiators. The fans are more optimized for radiators and heatsinks than case ventilation. The fans are characterized by a unique fan frame design, with guide panes that create a vortex at the receiving end of the fan, which Cougar believes, will increase the amount of heat picked up by the air, from heatsinks and radiators. At the front end of the frame (from which the fan draws air), is a silicone diffuser with 18 RGB LEDs.

Since these are sold in packs of three, the pack also includes an RGB LED controller dubbed "Core Box," with an RF remote control. This controller supports up to 8 fans, and up to four LED strips. As a fan itself, the Vortex RGB HPB 120 takes in 4-pin (PWM) input, spins between 600 to 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 43.54 CFM of air at top speed, with a noise output of 26 dBA (the company didn't mention at what speed). It implements a fluid-dynamic bearing (referred to as "hydro dynamic bearing" by the company). The company didn't reveal pricing.
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4 Comments on Cougar Intros Vortex RGB HPB 120 Fans

#1
Xzibit
They aren't as powerful as their non-RGB fans. Someone should test if the RGB is the cause of it :p
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Firedrops
They changed the blade design to more, thinner blades at a steeper pitch, this is "optimized" for unobstructed airflow. They also abandoned their own design and slapped some grooves onto generic OEM fans.

Also that ring is around 4x thicker than the old version, and they decreased fan blade diameter quite a lot.

Very disappointing to see (once) innovative companies like Cryorig and Cougar, who once put in the R&D to pioneer better blade designs, sacrifice so much function for questionable form
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diatribe
Xzibit, post: 3862465, member: 105152"
They aren't as powerful as their non-RGB fans. Someone should test if the RGB is the cause of it :p
Many of the RGB fans have a thicker frame to allow room for the LEDs. It can have a significant negative impact on the fans overall performance.
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lexluthermiester
Firedrops, post: 3862607, member: 153418"
They changed the blade design to more, thinner blades at a steeper pitch, this is "optimized" for unobstructed airflow. They also abandoned their own design and slapped some grooves onto generic OEM fans.

Also that ring is around 4x thicker than the old version, and they decreased fan blade diameter quite a lot.

Very disappointing to see (once) innovative companies like Cryorig and Cougar, who once put in the R&D to pioneer better blade designs, sacrifice so much function for questionable form
I think your opinions here are making wildly unsupportable assumptions without verifiable citations and merit to back them.
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