Thursday, March 5th 2020

EK Water Blocks Announces EK-Furious Meltemi 120 High-speed Fan

EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer is launching its most extreme fan to date, the EK-Furious Meltemi 120. This 38 mm thick extreme high-static pressure radiator cooling fan is designed purely for highest-performance computer liquid cooling systems. Developed in-house on the basis of the renowned EK-Vardar fans, they have a wide PWM range of operation and the highest speed of up to 3500 rpm. Due to a 38 mm thick frame, there is space for an upgraded motor and far superior performance compared to any standard 25 mm thick fan at the same RPM range.

The Meltemi family of cooling fans carries the name of a type of strong, dry northern winds of the Aegean Sea. The name Meltemi is derived from Italian mal tempo meaning "bad weather", while we can say that the EK's Meltemi fans are "bad news" for high temperatures. These fans provide the best possible performance in pull mode. Such a regime evens out the airflow through the entire surface of the radiator since the motor hub dead zone effect is lessened. The fan is equipped with a red sleeved cable just to warn off those curious little fingers from getting hurt. Seriously, 3500 rpm is no joke, and you should be extra careful around these fans if they are in operation.
The key characteristics of EK-Furious Meltemi fans are:
  • High-static pressure - unlike other general-purpose computer cooling fans, the EK-Furious Meltemi fans are built specifically for computer liquid cooling systems, namely radiator cooling. The new 7 fan blade design is optimized for extremely high-pressure built upon a massive motor housed in a 38 mm thick frame.
  • High-quality motor and bearing assembly - New electrical design, and the Dual-Ball bearing with 50.000 hours of lifespan (MTBF) @40C operation ensures uninterrupted operation for years to come. Precise Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for fan speed adjustment allows performance adjustment on demand.
  • Sealed-edge fan casing - The classic, yet the effective square shape of the fan casing provides optimal performance in either pull - (suction) or push (pressure) regime without hydraulic losses, thus ensuring the optimal cooling capacity of your liquid cooling radiators. The classic shape of the fan frame also allows easy cable routing while grouping more fans on one radiator. For the best performance, EK recommends using the EK-Furious Meltemi 120ER in pull mode.
  • Robust design - The EK-Furious Meltemi fans fit subtly into any liquid cooling computer giving it an industrial look based on quality and performance.
  • Sleeved cable - It comes with a 500 mm long, red nylon-sleeved 4-pin PWM cable.
The operational range of the EK-Furious Meltemi 120 is 1200-3500 rpm (+/-10%) with the typical power draw of 9.3 W. The maximum airflow at 3500 rpm is 121 CFM with 7.13 mm H2O pressure.

Availability and Pricing
The EK-Furious Meltemi 120 (1200-3500rpm) is readily available for purchase through the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network. In the table below, you can see the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) with VAT included.

EK-Furious Meltemi 120 (1200-3500rpm) 25.90€.
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8 Comments on EK Water Blocks Announces EK-Furious Meltemi 120 High-speed Fan

#1
xvi
Visiting the EKWB site, it shows up as $30 USD. Looks like it's currently only available in 120mm too. Looks nice though.
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Bruno Vieira
No rgb here, just a server grade ar moving machine.
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#3
willgart
ouch... 60dba !!!!!
not for desktops for sure!!!!
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gamefoo21
willgart
ouch... 60dba !!!!!
not for desktops for sure!!!!
Desktops with very powerful fan controllers and different room installs...

LoL
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TechLurker
I wonder if EK improved the Meltmi at all since the last review of their earlier ER variant that TPU reviewed here.

I'd also like to see how it compares to a Nidec Beta, Delta, and San Ace of similar equivalent RPM, considering this is clearly looking to be an attempt at a cheaper "server-like" fan at around 30 USD. Similar Deltas could be had for about the same from Sidewinder, and there are some rebranded Delta equivalents on Amazon too. San Aces, Nidecs, and Sunon tend to be a bit more expensive per fan unless one buys them used or buys them in bulk.
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Bruno Vieira
TechLurker
I wonder if EK improved the Meltmi at all since the last review of their earlier ER variant that TPU reviewed here.

I'd also like to see how it compares to a Nidec Beta, Delta, and San Ace of similar equivalent RPM, considering this is clearly looking to be an attempt at a cheaper "server-like" fan at around 30 USD. Similar Deltas could be had for about the same from Sidewinder, and there are some rebranded Delta equivalents on Amazon too. San Aces, Nidecs, and Sunon tend to be a bit more expensive per fan unless one buys them used or buys them in bulk.
The original one stopped at 1800rpm, I think this one is just the previous unleashed. Look at the power consumption
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Bruno Vieira
The original one stopped at 1800rpm, I think this one is just the previous unleashed. Look at the power consumption
That's why I mentioned that I'd like to see a comparison to Deltas (at the very least); since Sidewinder Computers (among others) still markets Deltas with similar performance for cheaper like this one (out of stock currently), or this one (a x25mm height even), or this one; all of them only lacking PWM. For that matter, one of those Deltas have vanes to "straighten" the airflow and punch more air through fins and airflow-restricted spaces, while the other two are closer to general performance much like the Furious Meltmi (lacking fins and mostly just fan). Maybe also throw in some comparisons to the newer Nidec Gentle Typhoon (2150RPM w/ PWM) as well as the older Gentle Typhoons (AP-29 and AP-30 if one can find them; occasionally in stock on Amazon or other places).

While it may sound like I'm insulting the Meltmi series at every turn, I'd expect them to at least match up to the original heavy hitters in the PC cooling world, especially since it's a x38mm height fan demanding around 25~30 USD per fan. On paper, the Meltmi looks worse than most of those old Deltas, and maybe even those GTs. Even their older x25mm height Vardars were giving similar GTs and lower RPM Deltas a run for their money.
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