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This isn't an in depth/technical review of the fan, it's more like a personal, hands-on experience in using it. The fan has been around for a week or so and I am surprised that no one have posted a review of this (or if there's already one...well, then this is just another review). redface.gif


Specs from Corsair website

Size 120mm x 25mm
Operating Voltage 7V – 12V
Performance at 12V
Airflow: 39.88 CFM
Static Pressure: .5 mm/H20
Sound Level: 21 dBA
Speed: 1100 RPM
Power Draw: 0.08 A

I like Corsair's stuff not only because of their excellent customer service but also because of their very good build quality. Their products looks polished, elegant and doesn't feel cheap. And these same qualities have carried over to the Air series fans that I got. I purchased the twin pack and as you can see below, the box itself is really nice. The 2 boxes fold like a book and a small velcro keeps it closed. The package contains a fan, 2 pieces of paper that I never read, screws, a voltage reduction cable and a white and blue ring for the fan.
Click here to view the fan's box (Click to show)
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Going to the fan itself, like I mentioned earlier, the fans look sleek and well made. Most of you probably already know that the rings can be changed to the color of your choice, or you can just remove it to keep the fan completely black. The corners for the screw mounts are made of rubber to reduce vibration. Overall, the fan looks like a crossover between a Scythe and a Cougar fan.

Performance. This is probably the only part that people care about. Long story short, yes the fan does perform really well. I do not have any tools to measure dBA and air flow but it does move lots of air. I tried using the voltage reduction cable and it still moves a considerable amount of air. I don't know how much but I placed my hand near the fan and can feel the air moving, that's good enough for me. The best part of all theses is that the fan doesn't make any sound at all even at full speed. You can of course hear the air moving but there's no motor whine or noise at all even when you reduce the voltage. Right now, the noisiest part of my pc are my two gt-ap15 on a rad running at 7v or so.

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Is it worth it? A pair (2) of these fans costs more or less about $30 USD, so it is not the cheapest fan out there. Personally I would say it is worth it. I am very picky with my fans because noise is now a big deal to me. The Corsair AF silent edition is exactly what I need -- a silent, excellent performing fan with an option to customize the colors, plus you get the standard awesome Corsair support. I think that's a win-win.

Pros:

Silent!
Moves a lot of air
Can be customized
Does not look cheap

Cons:

Price! (because it is not cheap)
The fan design reminds me of Scythe fans (what i mean is the design doesn't look very original to me)
No leds (might be a cons to some)
Edited by Nethermir - 5/28/12 at 3:51pm
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post #2 of 21
i dont consider 40CFM a "LOT" of air tongue.gif
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well yeah, this is really just a case fan and not built for rads and such (corsair recommends the high performance edition for those). but for a case fan alone, i find it very good. expensive, yes but very silent.
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How long is the warranty on these fans?
 
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post #5 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SportFissureman View Post

How long is the warranty on these fans?

that i am not sure, i dont see a specific one for the fans. but there's a post for air series and it says 2 yrs.
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post #6 of 21
So you are saying these are quieter than AP-15s at ~1300rpm?

BTW, no LEDs should definitely belong on the "pros" list. biggrin.gif
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I want Martin to do a review already....lol. I want these but I am skeptical.

Thanks for the review! +rep
 
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post

So you are saying these are quieter than AP-15s at ~1300rpm?

i have the ap-15s mounted on a radiator while the corsair fans are just mounted on the drive bay and back exhaust, that maybe a reason why the gts make a little more sound *edits post*
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I want Martin to do a review already....lol. I want these but I am skeptical.
Thanks for the review! +rep
It's a shame Martin is on vacation. tongue.gif
I'll be sure to get some corsair fans and do a comparison with GT fans soon.
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This is more comparable to the AP-13 in terms of specs and noise, the AP-15 is in a different category and it's probably much louder since it spins at 1,850rpm.
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