Nexus and Strikefan 120 MM Fan Roundup Review


Depending on just how much hardware you have crammed into your rig, you may be putting out a fair amount of BTUs. That’s why PC fans are such a necessity. However, if the sound of your fans is drowning out everything else, then maybe it’s time to look into some quieter fans. Today we’re going to look at three different low noise fans from two different manufacturers, Nexus and Strikefan. Nexus offers a variety of different products, while Strikefan is an OEM manufacturer looking to break into the market. Let’s find out just what these different fans are capable of. But first, nothing excites the geek in us like the smell of new electronics packaging.

Nexus 120 MM Quiet(basic) and PWM Provided By: End PC Noise

Strikefan 120 MM Provided By: Strikefan

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Nexus 120 MM Real Silent Case Fan Basic Series and the Nexus 120 MM Real Silent Case Fan PWM Series is nice and compact. It is constructed of clear plastic, with the fan itself clearly visible. The series of the fan is printed on the front along with a graphic and the Nexus Logo. The dB range of the fan as well as the CFM are also listed on the front of the package.

The Strikefan 120 MM fan didn’t come in a package, so let’s look at the fans themselves now. Both Nexus fans come with rubber fan mounts and are of course wired up for use. The PWM Series comes with a 3/4 Pin connection and the Basic series comes with a 3 Pin/Molex connection. Seeing as how the Strikefan is an OEM part, the connection needs to be spliced by hand, in this case into a 3 Pin connection. The Strikefan features 4 White LEDs, one on each corner. These light up when the fan is powered and look very nice.

Nexus Basic Series

 
Nexus PWM Series
 
 
Strikefan Series
 
 
Well now that we’ve had a look at all of the fans and what comes with them, let’s take a look at their Specifications.Specifications:
     Nexus Real Silent 120 mm Case Fan Specifications     
Model D12SL-12
Power Connector 4-pin & 3-pin
Dimensions 120x120x25mm
Rated Voltage 12 Volts
Operation Voltage 6.5 ~ 13.8 Volts
Input Current 0.30 Amp Max
Input Power 1.8 Watts Max
Rotation Speed 1000 RPM
Acoustic Noise 22.8 dB(A)
Airflow 36.87 CFM
Operation Temperature -10 to +65 C
Storage Temperature -40 to +70 C
Manufacturer’s Warranty 3 Years

Nexus Real Silent PWM Specifications

 
Model Number:
Dimensions:
Versions:
Fan Mounts:

 

Fan Speed:
Noise Level:
Airflow:

D12SL-12 PWM
120x120x25mm
Clear chassis and foggy rotor/blades
4 pieces purple ultra-soft silicone fan mounts

 

500 ~ 2000 RPM (±10%)
From 15.5 dB(A)*
Up to 76 CFM

* Measured in an ISO certified chamber with 15 dB(A) background noise.
 
Strikefan Specifications
 

Frame
Size

Model No.

Bearing
Type

Voltage

Current

Power

Speed

Maximum
AirFlow

Maximum
Pressure

Noise

Weight

 

 

(mm)

 

B

S

B(S)

X

(V)

(A)

(W)

(rpm)

(CMM)

(CFM)

(InAq)

(mmAq)

(dB/A)

(g)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SF1212HB-A71GL

 

12

0.13

1.56

1500

1.608

56.30

0.062

1.57

24.7

156

SF1212FB-A71GL

 

12

0.24

2.88

1800

2.057

72.00

0.095

2.37

34.4

SF1212EB-A71GL

 

12

0.33

3.96

2050

2.357

83.21

0.117

2.97

38.0

SF1212DB-A71GL

 

12

0.37

4.44

2200

2.512

88.71

0.136

3.45

39.1

SF1212GB-A71GL

 

12

0.50

6.00

2500

2.817

99.12

0.179

4.38

43.3

 
 Let’s move on to the testing.
Testing Rig:

 

  • 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 the testing I will be measuring both the temperature of the CPU and the ambient temperature of the case. I will be using the free fan testing utility SpeedFan and the torture test software Prime95. I will take readings both at idle and load. For comparison I will be using the GELID Wing 12 and GELID Silent 12PWM case fans. Let’s see the results.

 

Test

Nexus Basic

Nexus PWM

Strikefan

GELID WING 12

GELID Silent 12PWM

Idle CPU

39

40

40

44

44

Load CPU

42

40

41

46

46

Idle Case

29.4

29.6

29

29

30

Load Case

29.9

29.7

29.1

31

31

 
 
So how did it go? Well we can see from the results that the three fans that we featured this time around did very well. All were very quiet and didn’t strike me as being loud at all. The Strikefan came out with the lowest case temp and only had a rise of 1 degree Celsius on the CPU. The Nexus PWM seemed to be the most stable with a CPU temp of 40 and a rise of 0.1 degrees in the case temp. Finally the Nexus Basic series did alright with the case temps, but saw an increase of 3 degrees on the CPU temp, the highest of our test group. Let’s move on to the conclusion.
Conclusion:

 

All of these fans did very well in the testing. Though some didn’t cool quite as well, they did better in other aspects. For instance, both Nexus fans ran quieter than the Strikefan. This is good if you plan to use your computer in a public setting, where noise could be an issue. Let’s say as a Home Theater PC. You wouldn’t want the fans kicking in at the wrong moment and distracting you from your show. However, the Strikefan kept your case cooler than the other two fans. The fact that you have to mod the cables may seem daunting to some. However, the 4 LEDs may cause some to think that it may be worth the effort regardless. This fan will probably appeal to gamers or those who would rather have better cooling than a silent PC.

So would I buy these fans? Yes, but I would remember that each was designed with a specific purpose in mind. If I wanted silence I would go with the Nexus. Performance without care for silence, then the Strikefan.

Nexus Basic Series:

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Quiet

Cons:

  • Low CFM

Nexus PWM Series:

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Superior Control

Cons:

  • Good CFM but not High CFM

Strikefan Series

Pros:

  • Great Cooling
  • LEDs ( Who doesn’t like LEDs?)

Cons:

  • Power Cord needs Modification
  • Have to contact Strikefan for pricing

 

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