I'm definitely interested to hear what your impressions of them are. I'm a little concerned about the SP stats of them... CFM is fine but between the gap around the edge and the notch near the hub, coupled with this statement in the press release:
The series also includes a new nine-bladed fan design with an indentation close to the center hub for more focused and concentrated air flow, a set of vibration dampers, and a 500 mm sleeved cable for use in larger enclosures.
I realize that I might be splitting hairs here, but that seems to be to be the opposite goal of a radiator fan (i.e. it should be attempting to maximize static pressure and diffused
air flow - not concentrating it in one spot). I'm sure they'll perform fine - but I'm guessing they will be better used as chassis fans - at least in comparison to the venerable GT's. Am I completely off-base on this?
Originally Posted by Jeffinslaw
Aesthetically, make them non-chunky. I don't really know how to explain it but the EK board block for the OC Force is absolutely gorgeous. It is all the same height and just looks good. Also, a mixture of materials like POM and copper and you could design them so that if someone wanted an acrylic top, it would easy on your end to make one.
THIS! And if you offered them in basic colors as well (yes I know you can just paint the POM tops - but if it's all throughout the material it's easier and nicer IMO) that would definitely be worth a 'luxury premium' to many on OCN.
Originally Posted by briddell
That OC Force block is a complete ripoff of Mips! I love their style, will probably try to mirror it with my own little twist.
Originally Posted by WebsterXC
Good luck, its a small market.
Clean looks are very popular now it seems. Square edges and flat surfaces are king. The EK block is not a rip off of the MIPS, where on earth did you get that conclusion from?
Totally not a ripoff of the MIPS block - the MIPS block is much more attractive!
Seriously though you can ignore that previous bit... I'm a MIPS fanboy through and through. Although EK is definitely much more accomplished at providing solutions for a much wider variety of hardware (and with a much more consistent look - like it or not).
To some extent though, aren't all blocks for the same board almost guaranteed to look very similar? At least assuming that they are all engineered correctly
for the purposes of optimally cooling the components that require it. It's not like there can really be much variation other than height, port placement, and materials. The blocks themselves should almost always be an exact copy
of each other - if not then someone is doing it wrong!