Product on Review: Antec TrueQuiet™ Pro 120
Manufacturer and Sponsor: Antec
Street Price: £12.98 / $18.99 (At time of review)
Antec has released “a revolutionary cylindrical turbine fan blade design,” a new seven-bladed fan they call the TrueQuiet™ Pro 120. This is aimed at being the quietest fan you have ever used. The design follows the TrueQuiet™ fans in showing off an elegant curved frame. But then there is that “revolutionary” ring rim attached to the tips of the fan’s blades. How well does it cool? Is it truly quiet?
This fan is unique. Just after the turn of the millennium you could buy a fan with a spinning rim attached to the tips of its blades. But that fan was driven by its rim, and made lots of noise. It disappeared not long after it was released. Antec, on the other hand, intends this to be among the quietest of fans. Because the rim is attached to the broad tips of its seven blades it does not produce the turbulence that other fans make. That should make it quiet. You can read about it here. One interesting side note is that with the rim spinning along, the fan takes a while to slow to a stop.
Antec describes their little gem:
Bring proven cooling and Quiet Computing™ to your system with Antec's TrueQuiet Pro 120! Using a revolutionary cylindrical turbine fan blade design, the TrueQuiet Pro 120 gives a greater cooling surface area while decreasing turbulence, vibration and noise, netting an exceptional airflow-to-noise ratio. The TrueQuiet Pro 120 also includes a convenient 2-speed switch for choosing either low 600 RPM or high 1200 RPM cooling settings, while included silicone grommets and tool-less mounting pins ensures Quiet Computing™ for your system. Backed by a 2-year limited warranty on parts and labor, upgrade your fans today and add optimal cooling and functionality to your PC with Antec's TrueQuiet Pro 120.
From the Antec blog cited above:
By making the fan blade and the frame one piece, we have effectively 1) increased the cooling surface area and 2) reduced noise and turbulence. But a superior fan blade design only takes you so far. We are Antec, and that means Quiet Computing™ is everything to us, which is why we’ve put silicone grommets into the mounting holes and included silicone mounting pins to absorb as much (remaining) fan vibration as possible. Oh yeah, the mounting pins are tool-less as well, making the fan that much easier to install!