GELID Solutions WING 12 UV Case Fan Blue Review


In the world of expletives, for something to succeed at sucking and or blowing is usually a bad thing. Now let’s take our mind out of the gutter for a moment and let me explain the point I am getting at. Case fans are an integral part of the success of a PC’s temperature regulation, for stable use and overclocking. The more airflow a unit can produce the better your system fairs, meaning of course what I was getting at by the off-color sucking and blowing comment. The cooling world as I have mentioned in the past is flooded with products all saying that they are the best; few however actually attain this stature and many fall off the grid after a short period of time. GELID Solutions with their WING series of case fans wants to prove itself as not only the best case fan but also the most innovative. In this review we will find out how well they did with their design:

Provided By: GELID Solutions

Closer Look:

One major thing I have to say is that the GELID Solutions design team knows what they are doing. I like the logo and the packaging designs for all of their products. Another point worth mentioning is the packaging shows all of the bonuses of using a GELID product right on the front through the windows. I hate guessing at what I am buying I like to see it because to many times the “pictures” on the cover did not show the same quality of product that I purchased. I liken this to going to your favorite fast food restaurant and the picture of the burger looks fantastic but the burger you receive looks like some one sat on it and is spewing grease, not to mention the brown wilted lettuce and over ripe tomatoes. So packaging in my opinion is important and GELID nailed this one.

The back of the packaging posts important information on some of the innovations GELID Solutions has integrated into this product. Things such as Nano Flux Bearings and warranty information.

Let’s open up that package and see what’s inside:Closer Look:

Inside the packaging you will find the fan, rubber mounts, and fan controller. When you take everything out of the packaging you get a couple bonuses like the GELID Solutions case badge and 2 sided tape to mount your fan controller.

The fan itself is nicely designed I like the braiding on the cables, this is a nice feature if you are like me and end up accidentally running your fan cables over your case fans. Rubbing cables on fans isn’t a good idea, so at least with this added protection I have more time to pop the case open before I damage anything.

 
 

 

Let’s move on and see some specs on this product:

 
“*INCLUDED: 4 Fan Mounts, Fan Speed Control
Air Flow (CFM): 64.3
Bearing: Nanoflux Bearing (NFB)
Cable Length (mm): 500
Connector: 3 Pin Molex
Current (A): 0.22
Dimensions (mm): 120 x 120 x 25
Fan Speed (RPM): 1500
Noise Level (dBA): 25
Safety Approvals: UL, CUL, CE, RoHS Compliant
Static Pressure (mmAq): 1.925
Voltage (V): 12
Warranty (years): 5
Weight (g): 119″
 
Features:
 
“The WING UV Blue case fans are premium quality, UV reactive, ultra- quiet, dust and water proof cooling fans for gaming enthusiasts.This series features an unique bearing with patented design, winglet fans blades and low starting voltage. Only the highest quality materials have been used to manufacture this state-of-the-art cooling fan. Control the fan RPM speed according to your desire using the supplied voltage regulator. To add to the silence fan mounts replace traditional screws and are made of high quality, ultra-soft silicone which stop vibrations from the fan motor from travelling into your PC case.

Nanoflux Bearing (NFB)
Patented Nanoflux bearing incorporates a clever magnetic design, very high precision manufacturing and runs friction-free and operates noiseless. Electromagnetic fields are exploited to keep solid parts from touching. The load is carried by a magnetic field.

a) b) Nanoflux Bearing (NFB) compared to sleeve and ball bearings
Even though conventional sleeve and ball bearings currently dominate the fan market however both have their disadvantages. While sleeve bearings have very low noise emissions and are very cost effective, they tend to leak oil; once the oil has dissipated the fan can no longer operate. Ball bearings, on the other hand, while providing longer operating life are costlier, noisier and are prone to damage.
GELID’s Nanoflux bearing uses magnetic flux to limit contact and friction between the bearing and the shaft. High precision self-lubricated material eliminates oil leakage. The result is a ultra quiet long life bearing. 

 

Fan Speed Control
The RPM speed of any fan can be controlled from full speed to low speed manually according to desire using this voltage regulator. This product is suitable for all high RPM fans and regulates between 5 and 12V. 

Rubber Fan Mounts
Vibration from fan motors can travel into a PC case and become amplified when a fan is fitted tightly. This ‘vibrational’ noise is annoying if you wish to build a very quiet or virtually silent PC.

These rubber mounts have been designed specifically to deal with fan-induced vibrations and are an ideal alternative to standard fan screws, leaving vibrations 100% decoupled from your PC case.

Features

– High quality materials insures long life even at high temperature

– Ultra-soft silicone polymer will not break or tear during installation

– Universal-Design fits most open chassis fan sizes (80mm,92mm,120mm) and PC cases

– Quick & Easy Tool Less Installation

 

MSRP: USD 19.00 / Euro 11.00″ (Taken from products website)

Testing Setup:

 

  • Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
  • Memory: OCZ 2 x 2GB
  • Video Card: Nvidea 260GTX
  • Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB SATA
  • Optical Drive: LG DVD
  • OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Thermaltake armor

 Testing:

For testing I will be running 3 fans as exhaust for testing temperatures. The competitors will be a Thermaltake 120mm, GELID Silent 12PWM, and the WING 12 UV Case Fan’s. The testing will consist of idle and load temperature tests. All of the testing will be done in a 29 Degrees C regulated room for consistency in temperatures. The temperatures measured will be cpu and ambient case temps.

 

 

Idle Temps Test:

GELID WING 12 UV:

Idle CPU: 44C

GELID Silent 12PWM

Idle CPU: 44C

Thermaltake:

Idle CPU: 42C

We see a slight lead from the Thermaltake fan over the other 2 fans in this competition lets see how well a load test does.

 Load Temps Test:

GELID WING 12 UV:

Load CPU: 46C

GELID Silent 12PWM

Load CPU: 46C

Thermaltake:

Load CPU: 45C

The Thermaltake gained the lead again in these tests, seeing as how the cpu temp isn’t necessarily directly related to the exhaust fan lets see how well the fans stack up in over all case temps.

Idle Case Temps Test:

GELID WING 12 UV:

Idle Case: 29C

GELID Silent 12PWM

Idle Case: 30C

Thermaltake:

Idle Case: 32C

These temps are the ones that directly have to do with the exhaust fan and we see the lead that the two GELID fans have over the Thermaltake.

Load Case Temps Test:

GELID WING 12 UV:

Load Case: 31C

GELID Silent 12PWM

Load Case: 31C

Thermaltake:

Load Case: 33C

Overall all of the fans performed well but the Wing 12UV gamer fan did better where it counts. The case temps are the most important part of testing an exhaust fan and intake fan. I wasn’t able to test the fan controller against the other two because they did not have this feature. I do have to say that the technology is impressive and intuitive. The downside however is that it is an internal fan controller but if you are a case modder you can easily cut a hole in one of your drive bay covers and mount the controller from behind. This would give you the controller on the front of the case. While I like the over all design I would like to see an adapter for molex included just in case I wanted to use an aftermarket fan controller. Let’s move on and see the final thoughts:

Conclusion:

The GELID Solutions WING 12 UV Case Fan was a great fan for its price. You get major bang for your buck and overall a nice addition to your cases cooling. While it didn’t seem to help cpu temps much over all case temps where effected, which is the most important for over all cooling temps. The additions of fan controllers and rubber mounts were nice bonuses and the overall quietness of the fan is a definite plus. The unit was much quieter then the Thermaltake fan, this is a point I liked the most do to the fact when I walk by my benchmarking room it sounds like it is trying to take flight. Maybe down the road I will swap out all of my fans for GELID products.

 So this is the most important part, do I recommend this product? Absolutely! Again GELID Solutions went above and beyond for something as simple as a case fan. Although the fan doesn’t have pretty LED’s is does glow under black like for all of you case modders out there so I would recommend this for you as well. This fan also has great application for HTPC’s do to its low DB out put. We all know there is nothing worse listening to the droning of fans while we watch our favorite movies. Again GELID gets an Editors Choice I usually don’t give many of these out on other sites I have written for but GELID is making a great product and deserves the awards given.

Pros:

  • Glows under UV
  • Low Price
  • Fantastic Temperature regulation
  • Blue (I like blue)
  • All the extras make it above and beyond a normal fan

Cons:

  • No molex adapter
  • No LEDs(for some this is a con)
Specifications: 

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