Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Air Cooling › Cougar Vortex Hydro Dynamic Fan Review
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cougar Vortex Hydro Dynamic Fan Review

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
Okay this is by no means a professional review or anything like that. I am just a consumer that wants to share his thoughts and test results with the OCN community. I hope you find some of this stuff useful if you plan on buying these fans. Thanks again for looking!


First off here are the specs listed on their site : http://www.cougar-world.com/products/fans/vortex-pwm.html

Bearing Type: Hydro-Dynamic
RPM: 800-1500 RPM
Air Flow: 70.5cfm/119.8cmh max
Noise Level: 17.9dB
Model #: CF-V12HP


Now to the pictures of the fan! (yes I know my camera sucks... DEAL WITH IT) The fan is a bright orange, I like it. I understand that this is just personal opinion. One person may hate it and another may love it. I stand indifferent as long as it provides good performance.

Front of the Fan
img3641d.jpg

As you can notice there are teeth along the edge. I have no idea what they do, but my guess is that they force the air to focus in whatever direction they are blowing.


Here is the back of the fan

img3639k.jpg

As you can see its quite plan. You can notice that each corner there is a rubber padding to prevent vibration. It is quite sturdy as I had to poke Noctua fan clips through it and it did not rip or was damaged at all. Also, the cable is sleeved a bit shiny/sleek black. It is done pretty well and it a 4 pin PWM fan to allow fan control.


Here is the accessories that came with the box.

img3640m.jpg

Just a 4pin to molex adapter with 4 metal screws and 4 rubber screws to prevent vibration.


And here it is installed into my case!

img3645q.jpg

I went from stock NH-D14 setup to 2 cougar vortex fans on the outside and leaving the noctua stock fan in the middle.


Here are the test results from running Prime95 for 30 minutes while letting it cool down for 30 minutes in between each test also measuring ambient temperatures as well.

All measured in Celsius
Ran i7-2600k @ 5GHz 1.43v
Ambient Temperature 16C

Noctua NH-D14 Setup
Core 1 2 3 4
Idle 29 33 35 28 Average: 31.25c
Load 66 75 74 72 Average: 71.75c
Delta 50 59 58 56 Average: 55.75c



Ambient Temperature Test 2 16C
2 Cougar Vortex 12cm Fans and 1 14cm Noctua stock fan

Core 1 2 3 4
Idle 27 33 33 25 Average: 29.5c
Load 64 74 73 70 Average: 70.25c
Delta 48 58 57 54 Average: 54.4c



Conclusion : They are very quiet, but one of my fans makes a slight clicking sound that I can only hear if I put my ear right next to it. My other one does not click at all so I don't know. They are as quiet as they say. I can barely hear them and are as quiet the the noctuas. The bearings don't seem as great as the noctuas, but the design on the Cougar Vortex fans are superb. I personally think the design is what allows them to push so much CFM at low noise. And Trust me they push quite the amount of air. I would imagine they would be great rad fans. Overall A+ . Would recommend to looking for AP-15 (gentle typhoon 1850 rpm) alternatives. They are 16.99+ 2.99 shipping, but be sure to use a newcustomer10 coupon!
Edited by pchow05 - 11/4/11 at 6:11pm
Kiyu
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600k Z68-UD7-B3 2x Evga GTX 580 3GB Patriot Viper Xtreme @ 2133 
Hard DriveMonitorPowerCase
Crucial M4 256gb Asus VG236H CM Silent Pro Gold 1200w RV02 
  hide details  
Reply
Kiyu
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600k Z68-UD7-B3 2x Evga GTX 580 3GB Patriot Viper Xtreme @ 2133 
Hard DriveMonitorPowerCase
Crucial M4 256gb Asus VG236H CM Silent Pro Gold 1200w RV02 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 40
Good review, I'd give you review if I could find the +REP button
CHILZ - Lan Rig
(17 items)
 
CANARY - Main Rig
(16 items)
 
CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4570s Asus H97M-Plus AMD R9 280 G.Skill RipjawsX 16 GB (2x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
  hide details  
Reply
CHILZ - Lan Rig
(17 items)
 
CANARY - Main Rig
(16 items)
 
CADILLAC - HTPC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-4570s Asus H97M-Plus AMD R9 280 G.Skill RipjawsX 16 GB (2x8) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Acer Media 220 W SFF Acer X1800 Acer Optical 
Mouse PadAudio
The TV cabinet Denon 2808 7.1 AVR + Dahlquist 350W 8" Sub + Kl... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by axipher View Post

Good review, I'd give you review if I could find the +REP button
I found it tongue.gif
Old rig
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K Asus Maximus V Gene MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming G.Skill Trident 2400 C10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240 Hitach HDT721010 EK Supremacy Clear CSQ Alphacool XT45 360+240 
CoolingCoolingMonitorPower
EK-VGA Supreme HF Swiftech MCP655 Asus MX239H Antec TP 550 New 
CaseAudio
NZXT Switch 810 Black M Creative X-Fi Extreme 
  hide details  
Reply
Old rig
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K Asus Maximus V Gene MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming G.Skill Trident 2400 C10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240 Hitach HDT721010 EK Supremacy Clear CSQ Alphacool XT45 360+240 
CoolingCoolingMonitorPower
EK-VGA Supreme HF Swiftech MCP655 Asus MX239H Antec TP 550 New 
CaseAudio
NZXT Switch 810 Black M Creative X-Fi Extreme 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 40
my question is how much are they? and are they worth the price?
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 40
IMO the NF-P14 is pretty loud, even at 5v so I'm sure this is also. I replaced all my fans with GELID silent 12s and at 5v all I hear is my 1tb drive spin up, its even mounted on foam blocks.
 
Media Server
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4770K MSI Z97S Krait XFX RX 480 Black Edition XFX RX 480 Black Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2666mhz Intel 530 Sandisk Extreme Pro LG WH14NS40 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG WH16NS40 Noctua NH-D14 Win 10 64-Bit BenQ XL2730Z 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ Seasonic Platinum 1000w Fractal Design R5 Zowie FK1+ 
Mouse PadOtherOther
XTrac Ripper XXL  4 x Vardar F-4 120mm (2x NH-D14, 2x Bottom Intake) 3 x Vardar F-3 140mm Intake (two front, one side) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Celeron J1800 QNAP Proprietary  Intel HD Graphics Crucial 8GB Kit 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4TB Western Digital Red Pro 4TB Western Digital Red Pro 4TB Western Digital Red Pro 4TB Western Digital Red Pro 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Stock Embedded Linux External, 96 W, 100-240 V TS-451 
  hide details  
Reply
 
Media Server
(12 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4770K MSI Z97S Krait XFX RX 480 Black Edition XFX RX 480 Black Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2666mhz Intel 530 Sandisk Extreme Pro LG WH14NS40 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
LG WH16NS40 Noctua NH-D14 Win 10 64-Bit BenQ XL2730Z 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ Seasonic Platinum 1000w Fractal Design R5 Zowie FK1+ 
Mouse PadOtherOther
XTrac Ripper XXL  4 x Vardar F-4 120mm (2x NH-D14, 2x Bottom Intake) 3 x Vardar F-3 140mm Intake (two front, one side) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Celeron J1800 QNAP Proprietary  Intel HD Graphics Crucial 8GB Kit 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4TB Western Digital Red Pro 4TB Western Digital Red Pro 4TB Western Digital Red Pro 4TB Western Digital Red Pro 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Stock Embedded Linux External, 96 W, 100-240 V TS-451 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 40
I'll probably be getting one of these.
post #7 of 40
im tempted to get some of these and try it, but they are worth about the same as a gtap15, someone test them versus the gt ap15s?
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 40
I'm thinking about getting these over Noctua NF-F12 PWM, for my Antec 920 cooler. Here's a youtube review of the air flow, I found.
Breadbox
(22 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4690k MSI Z97m Gaming  PowerColor PCS+ R9 390 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex 4 Mushkin Reactor Samsung 840 EVO  Cryorig R1 Universal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aerocool DS 120mm Blue Aerocool DS 120mm Blue Aerocool DS 120mm Blue AeroCool DS 140mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit BenQ XL2420T Corsair Vengeance K90 Corsair HX 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Core v21 Logitech G502 Glorious Extended Gaming Mouse Mat Creative Sound Blaster Z 
AudioAudio
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Antlion Modmic 4.0 
  hide details  
Reply
Breadbox
(22 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4690k MSI Z97m Gaming  PowerColor PCS+ R9 390 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex 4 Mushkin Reactor Samsung 840 EVO  Cryorig R1 Universal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aerocool DS 120mm Blue Aerocool DS 120mm Blue Aerocool DS 120mm Blue AeroCool DS 140mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit BenQ XL2420T Corsair Vengeance K90 Corsair HX 750w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Thermaltake Core v21 Logitech G502 Glorious Extended Gaming Mouse Mat Creative Sound Blaster Z 
AudioAudio
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Antlion Modmic 4.0 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 40
for the price yeah i would say its worth it, but i still think gt ap15s or higher would be a better choice, if they were in stock
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
   
Spare Rigs
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo P8700@2.53GHz 2242CTO Intel X4500MHD 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
fujitsu 320gb dvd rom cd/rw Windows 7 Professional x64 15.4" 
PowerCaseMouse
Panasonic 6-cell + 65W AC adapter lenovo t500 Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 760 evga p55 sli MSI gtx460 Hawk corsair dominator 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
kingston ssdnow hyper 212+ windows 7 professional sam syncmaster 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Razer Blackwidow ocz 650W coolermaster elite 335 
Mouse
Logitech MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 40
I recently had my non-PWN model start to crap out on me. I think it might have been because I had it blowing upwards and I thought these fans should be alright doing that since they use HDB. I was going to RMA it but decided to just use it in normal horizontal mount position and am using it as an intake side case fan to cool my GPU a bit and get a bit more airflow in my system. They are definitely very quiet. I decided not to RMA since I was disappointed by some poor customer service interaction I had and was going to just eat the loss.
Big Bertha Jr.
(12 items)
 
Big Bertha
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570k @ 4 GHz Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Sapphire HD 7870 OC CrossFireX 8GB DDR3 1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Seagate 2TB HDD Asus BC-12B1ST BD-ROM TRUE Black push w/ Rosewill 120mm 
PowerCaseAudio
Seasonic X750 Rosewill Gear X3 X-Fi XtremeMusic + Audio-Technica M50S headphone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Duo E8400 Gigabyte P35-DS3L PowerColor HD 5450 4GB DDR2 G.SKILL 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
Ximgatech Dark Knight 19" Spectre LCD Enermax 431W Inwin Q800 
  hide details  
Reply
Big Bertha Jr.
(12 items)
 
Big Bertha
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570k @ 4 GHz Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Sapphire HD 7870 OC CrossFireX 8GB DDR3 1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Seagate 2TB HDD Asus BC-12B1ST BD-ROM TRUE Black push w/ Rosewill 120mm 
PowerCaseAudio
Seasonic X750 Rosewill Gear X3 X-Fi XtremeMusic + Audio-Technica M50S headphone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core2Duo E8400 Gigabyte P35-DS3L PowerColor HD 5450 4GB DDR2 G.SKILL 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
Ximgatech Dark Knight 19" Spectre LCD Enermax 431W Inwin Q800 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Air Cooling
Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Air Cooling › Cougar Vortex Hydro Dynamic Fan Review