Originally Posted by Alastair
Tator Tot have you tested any of the coolermaster fans for us. I know BladeMaster is a tried, tested and loved design but what about Xtra Flo's and Excalibur's?
I love Blade Master's, an excellent budget fan for radiators. No bollux about them either, honest & true specs.
XtraFlo's look like a similar design to Blade Master's, not as robust in the pressure department but they don't look awful either. They'll definitely have some heavy resonance as that frame is made from a hard plastic which will translate the vibrations of the motor more readily into whatever it's mounted to.
Unlike the softer frames of the Blade Masters, as far as a translation of noise goes, it should be a mild increase but not a huge regard.
Excalibur & Turbine Master fans are an awful mess though.
Excalibur's Barometric Ball Bearing is at least an interesting design. It utilizes pressure in the chamber with a lubricated surface to enable the fan to rotate at higher speeds without a ramp up in noise.
The blade & housing design is what makes the product awful, as the housing generates an excess of hiss from the fan while killing all pressure, and the blade design isn't well optimized for airflow or pressure and creates many different tonal ranges, making it's airflow noise extreme to the ears.
The Turbine Master is a repeat of the Excalibur's but with a more sensible frame design. Still, the square frame is the best frame when it comes to fans, and the raised posts make the whole thing a mess to use. Like wise, at least fans that normally use a round frame have some form of anti-vibration mechanism built in but the Turbine Master series does not.
Sickle Flow fans are my biggest pet-peeves from Cooler Master as they were listed with inaccurate specs multiple times. Even on Cooler Master's website.
Like wise, they charged a premium for a fan with a low end sleeve bearing.
So I'd say with Cooler Master's offerings, it has been mix & match.
Blade Master's & XtraFlo's have been their best offerings.
SickleFlo's were middle of the road, and had issues due to the companies incompitance.
Their bog-standard fans were just that.
Their "unique" offerings have all been bad so far though.