I had mentioned Bitspower introducing fans under their brand last year at CES 2019, and while the budget-minded Touchaqua Njord fans we saw recently were part of that, their real focus was on the proper Bitspower-branded version. Merely named Njord Dual Fin, these fans are meant to directly compete against flagship PC fans from mainstream companies such as CORSAIR and Thermaltake in offering RGB lighting without compromising on performance. So when the company offered to send some of these along with the Touchaqua Njord, I simply had to say yes!
The Bitspower NJORD Dual Fin, presumably also named after the Norse god of the wind, is available in black or white rotor colors, as an individual fan or part of a triple pack with more goodies included. This is in contrast to the Touchaqua Njord, which only has a single 3-pack SKU, and there is more going on here. The naming confusion aside, this fan is quite differently built and has some cool features when it comes to powering and controlling it, which we will go through in detail here. As the preview image above shows, these are RGB fans as well, with most of the company's new water blocks also embracing integrated addressable digital RGB LEDs, and we begin the review with a look at the specifications in the table below. Thanks again to Bitspower for sending a review sample to TechPowerUp.
|Bitspower Njord Dual Fin dRGB Fan|
|Dimensions:||120 x 120 x 25 mm|
|Rated Speed:||800-1800 (+/- 10%) RPM|
|Max Airflow:||56.9 CFM (97 m³/h)|
|Static Pressure:||1.8 mm H₂O|
|Fan Control:||4-pin/PWM control|
|Current Draw:||0.55 A peak|
Packaging and Accessories
Bitspower sent along a triple pack of the Njord Dual Fin fans, and packaging for these is more colorful than for the Touchaqua NJORD fans with a lot going on everywhere. The company and product name are seen on the front, along with a render of the fans, as well as a note on the integrated RGB LEDs being compatible with onboard control from mainstream motherboard makers. On the back are the fan specs as well as a QR code that takes you to the installation manual found on the product page—not that you need it to install these on a radiator. There are seals all throughout the packaging to help keep the contents inside in place.
Opening the box, we see the included accessories right away, above the fans. These consist of a powered fan hub capable of driving as many as ten of these fans off a full-sized SATA connector from the PSU and a 2-pin PWM control header leading to the motherboard or other PWM controller. The second of the bigger accessories is their RGB multifunction controller we have used before with their CPU blocks. As seen above, these are paired with the necessary cables.
The other accessories include a set of four self-tapping metal screws per fan, included in case you want to use them as case fans. For the sake of this review, they will be tested as radiator fans, in which case we will be using the ~30 mm screws provided with the radiator itself. Finally, and this is because of the fairly unique daisy-chaining power and control setup on the fans, we get detachable cables for the three fans. Two of these are short and meant to connect the three fans to each other with sides marked as In and Out and ten-pin connectors for both the LEDs and the fan motor, and the final cable is longer and intended to connect the fans to the LED controller and PWM controller of choice—this cable terminates in two separate connectors for the LEDs and fan motors, which means your two controllers need to be close to each other. The included hubs come in handy here, and instead of two cables per fan, you then have two cables collectively going to the motherboard, for example.
The fans themselves come individually packed in a plastic clamshell for further protection, and have a sticker on the metal badge of the front hub that should be peeled off to get the full effect. Not much else to see here, but this is otherwise a better-than-average unboxing experience with the included accessories on par with or even surpassing competing solutions from other companies.
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