Sunday, August 16th 2020

EK Launches High-Performance White Vardar D-RGB Fans

EK Water Blocks, the premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing the white version of its 120 mm addressable D-RGB Vardar fans. The frame is made in a matte white, with milky white fan blades that diffuse the light. Another added benefit is the ability to daisy-chain the RGB of these Vardar fans. As their black counterparts, they also incorporate the Extended Range (ER) of the PWM operation feature and the special Start-Stop function which allows for a true 0 dB experience and truly silent environment. With this feature, not only will you be able to enjoy a totally silent PC, but it also proves to be very useful in preventing radiator dust buildup if your PC is idling for prolonged periods. All of this expands the lifespan of the fan.

These fans have a dual ball bearing, most commonly used in industrial fan applications. The operational range starts at 500rpm and goes all the way to 2200rpm. This extended range allows for a wide range of scenarios, covering the requirement of either silence or high performance in a single fan. Aside from the low rpm operation, the fan features a Start-Stop function that will provide the user with a true 0 dB noise environment. When a fan curve is set with the minimum threshold point below 25-30% PWM duty cycle (depending on the motherboard model), the motor and electronics will turn off and the fan will simply stop spinning. EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB - White restarts operation automatically as fan control ramps up its operational duty cycle past threshold start-stop point.
The transparent, but frosted 7-blade impeller design is optimized for light dispersion and high-pressure operation while maintaining the low noise profile throughout the whole operation range of the fan. Under the motor hub, there's a total of 9 addressable LEDs ensuring 360-degree light diffusion at broad daylight as well. The diodes can be separately controlled allowing for unique lighting effects.

One of the key features of the EK-Vardar RGB fan is its simplicity as it uses standard 3-pin 5 V D-RGB connectivity. Meaning, it can be used with any standard 3-pin 5 V D-RGB controller or any of the popular RGB sync technologies from all major motherboard manufacturers. The arrow marking on the 3-pin LED connector is to be aligned with the +5V marking on the D-RGB/Addressable header.

Key Characteristics of EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB Fans
  • High-static pressure / low noise profile - Unlike other general-purpose computer cooling fans, the EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB - White is built specifically for computer liquid cooling systems, namely radiator cooling. Vardar's design and construction are also perfectly suitable for high-performance air coolers, as well as restrictive cases with dust filters when used as case fans.
  • High-quality motor and bearing assembly - New electrical design, actively cooled motor windings, and Dual-Ball bearing with 50,000 hours of lifespan (MTBF), ensure uninterrupted operation for years to come, while precise Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for fan speed adjustment brings performance on demand.
  • Sealed-edge fan casing - A classic and 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 for easy cable routing when grouping more fans on one radiator.
  • Timeless design - The EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB fan with its simple square frame fits into any liquid cooling setup without drawing too much attention to itself.
  • Advanced D-RGB connection - The Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB is compatible with any popular D-RGB sync technologies from major motherboard manufacturers.
  • Slim black cables - The Vardar RGB fan features simple slim black cables with no additional cable sleeving. This will enable easier cable routing and much less cable clutter.
  • Daisy-chaining - The ability to link RGB connectors of multiple Vardar fans allows you to utilize a single D-RGB source to power the LEDs of several Vardar fans without creating a cable clutter.
Availability and Pricing
The EK-Vardar EVO 120ER D-RGB fan is designed and engineered by EK in Slovenia, EU, and is already available for purchase through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network.

MSRP: 22.90€, including VAT.
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9 Comments on EK Launches High-Performance White Vardar D-RGB Fans

#1
Object55
What's with this white trend.
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Nephilim666
Object55
What's with this white trend.
That's like saying what's with this black trend. There is certainly still more black equipment than white.
White looks bright and clean, it's all about what people want in the aesthetic of their PC. This is squarely aimed at aesthetics because for roughly the same money you can get a VASTLY superior fan in the Noctua A12x25.

What irks me in that the full PC, filled with EK components, doesn't have all the hardline tubing line up perpendicular or parallel. You'd think they could a) design these all to line up or b) tweak the build to make them line up.
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#3
Prima.Vera
White Vardar, the bride of Dark Vader...
Sorry, couldn't help it.
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Caring1
Nephilim666
What irks me in that the full PC, filled with EK components, doesn't have all the hardline tubing line up perpendicular or parallel. You'd think they could a) design these all to line up or b) tweak the build to make them line up.
GPU sag makes the lower two hardlines appear to not be level, and there's not much they can do with the two to the CPU unless they move the cooling block around 90 degrees.
I also noticed there's a lot of bubbles in the Acrylic block they are plumbed into.
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Nephilim666
Caring1
GPU sag makes the lower two hardlines appear to not be level, and there's not much they can do with the two to the CPU unless they move the cooling block around 90 degrees.
I also noticed there's a lot of bubbles in the Acrylic block they are plumbed into.
GPU Sag makes it appear worse, but it's still not perpendicular. They could correct the 2 GPU lines that are off by lowering the distro plate a bit, it would put the CPU run off though.
It would actually be worse if they rotated the CPU block, because both would be misaligned as opposed to just one.

The bubbles are in the return channel of the distro plate, so basically unavoidable unless the coolant has a surfactant. I prefer tubular reservoirs personally for this and other reasons.

I have a white build and wanted a white RGB fan so I just got the old EK RGB fan, masked the blades and painted the frame white. piece of cake.
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AnarchoPrimitiv
Object55
What's with this white trend.
I did my mostly white build back in November, mostly because I love white RGB keyboards because the white reflects the light instead of smothering it like black does... Also, because basically everything is black and I just didn't want what 99% of everyone else has....(In my opinion, black and red is the worst cliche, PC trope that needs to be outlawed) That's also why I don't buy corsair
Nephilim666
GPU Sag makes it appear worse, but it's still not perpendicular. They could correct the 2 GPU lines that are off by lowering the distro plate a bit, it would put the CPU run off though.
It would actually be worse if they rotated the CPU block, because both would be misaligned as opposed to just one.

The bubbles are in the return channel of the distro plate, so basically unavoidable unless the coolant has a surfactant. I prefer tubular reservoirs personally for this and other reasons.

I have a white build and wanted a white RGB fan so I just got the old EK RGB fan, masked the blades and painted the frame white. piece of cake.
Yeah, I had a hard time finding white RGB fans I liked, I was thinking about paint but then I came across these white ones from Montech which had a non-proprietary, 3 pin JST connector for the addressable RGB which is my absolute, will not compromise, requirement for an RGB fan. They don't move as much air as I'd like, but I have some better fans on the backside of my 360 AIO rad and my CPU and GPU Temps never go over 71°C
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#7
micropage7
actually white is good, but need cleaned more since small dust will hurt your eyes
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#8
bonehead123
Well, geez, now I have to add these to my list of possible fans for my upcoming "Snowblind" build next year :)
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Nephilim666
AnarchoPrimitiv
I did my mostly white build back in November, mostly because I love white RGB keyboards because the white reflects the light instead of smothering it like black does... Also, because basically everything is black and I just didn't want what 99% of everyone else has....(In my opinion, black and red is the worst cliche, PC trope that needs to be outlawed) That's also why I don't buy corsair


Yeah, I had a hard time finding white RGB fans I liked, I was thinking about paint but then I came across these white ones from Montech which had a non-proprietary, 3 pin JST connector for the addressable RGB which is my absolute, will not compromise, requirement for an RGB fan. They don't move as much air as I'd like, but I have some better fans on the backside of my 360 AIO rad and my CPU and GPU Temps never go over 71°C

Hmmm my system is essentially inaudible, CPU never goes above 59°C (threadripper 3960x) and GPU around 45°C (Vega 64). I have been so impressed by the Noctua A12x25, at low rpm they move a fair bit of air whilst being so quiet! Did have to hide the poo brown behind all the radiators though.
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