This year, be quiet! introduced a new line of fans be quiet! SilentWings 3 and we just received a few models. We will carry out tests of two standard fans be quiet! SilentWings 3 120mm PWM (BL066) and be quiet! SilentWings 3 140mm PWM (BL067), as well as two high-speed models be quiet! SilentWings 3 120mm PWM high-speed (BL070) and be quiet! SilentWings 3 140mm PWM high-speed (BL071) from the be quiet!
Rarely have fans waiting for users with the same look as the line be quiet! SilentWings 3 from be quiet! The manufacturer decided to install the first fans to their products, namely, power supply Dark Power Pro 11 and the flagship housing DarkBase (Pro) 900. Retail fans started only in mid-August. But be quiet! immediately released eight models be quiet! SilentWings 3. They have differences in size (120 or 140 mm) at maximum speed (standard or enhanced) and the connection (3-pin or 4-pin PWM / PWM). In our test lab we received all four models with connection PWM. According to our tests, the standard model and high-speed fan only differ in the maximum number of revolutions. All fans are working with the same minimum rate of 280 rev / min (we measured it with the ASUS AI Suite 3 package). Below we consider in more detail the work of fans.
For the price difference between conventional and high-speed PWM fan PWM models there. The two 120-mm models are available in Europe from 17.45 euros per 140-mm fans will have to pay from 18.45 euros. At the time of publication of fans in Russia have not yet been sold (to know availability).
be quiet! provides fans SilentWings 3 in a cardboard box, the front panel which opens. Behind it is immediately user manual, under it – the two boxes. The first packed the fan itself, in the second – accessories.
Accessories needed for fan installation. With 3 fans SilentWings be quiet! again I put two versions of fixture: hard plastic mounting screws for conventional and special anti-vibration mount. However, even with plastic mounts are rubber rings which provide vibration isolation. Nevertheless, in order to minimize the noise is preferable to use anti-vibration mount. Fasteners can be installed in two versions of orientation, but it was before. However, compared with the previous line SilentWings 2 manufacturer changed the fixtures mounting system.
Except for different fixtures mounting system SilentWings lines 2 and 3 are very similar. New fans are completely black, seven blades of the impeller can be seen a special ribbed structure. Mounts are no longer inserted into special slots and held by the guide and snap. Therefore, they are firmly joined to the fan and of themselves do not fall off. However, to remove the attachment, the user will now require a screwdriver, which should pry the hook. And screwdriver must be sufficiently thin and narrow blade.
Rubber anti-vibration mounting pad can be mounted in two directions. In the direction of “L” between the body frame and the fan there is a gap of 1 mm, and when mounted in the direction of “S” will be flush with the fan housing. Since the adjacent fan frame still insulated rubber ring, vibration isolation is provided in any case.
Hard plastic mounting screws are screwed usual, this option is better suited for the installation of fans on the radiator. But the two mounts have a common drawback: if you plan to use be quiet! SilentWings 3 as the CPU cooler fan, there may be problems with the compatibility of fasteners.
From the frame of the fan cable PWM (PWM) with four wires is braided. Even the fan cable leaves a high quality impression. However, considering the price, we do not expect another.
Fans 600 and tested at 1,000 rev / min and at full speed. Recall that we tested with a standard fan rotation speed and high-speed models (high-speed). Standard 140mm model operates at a maximum speed of 1,000 rev / min, which corresponds to the second measurement. high-speed option – at 1,600 rev / min. In the case of a 120-mm fan at maximum speed is 1,450 rev / min and 2,200 rev / min. In addition to varying the maximum speed of the fans are absolutely identical and work the same way.
At speeds of 600 and 1,000 rev / min of the same size differences between the fans is small. 140-mm fans to easily leave behind the 120 mm model, as they purged themselves through greater air flow. At full speed fans be quiet! SilentWings 3 bypass models with a lower maximum speed, such as NF-F12 and NF-A15. But even the NF-A15 at 1,500 rev / min in our test scenario shows himself a little worse. Corsair Fans with high speed are in the lead, although the gap is small.
But the noise level at a top speed well perceptible difference. Fans be quiet! SilentWings 3 even in the high-speed version have a rotational speed of less than Corsair ML models, which positively affects the noise level. But the latter depends not only on the maximum speed. 140 mm fan quiet! SilentWings 3 in the test system is quieter NF-A14, despite the large 100 rev / min speed. The difference between the NF-F12 and 120-mm SilentWings 3 high-speed was less than one would expect based on the difference of 700 rev / min speed. However, the noise level should not only be judged by instrumental measurements, but also his character. Hydrodynamic bearings (FDP) have quiet! SilentWings 3 fan is very quiet, the noise was even. Even if you listen, the bearing noise is barely noticeable.
Fans quiet! SilentWings 3 have already been in our editorial office, even from other products. Combined with the power supplies and enclosures, they have proved conclusively products confidently led the way for low noise level. But be quiet !, finally released fans separately, and in eight different versions. If you are afraid that the high-speed fans will run over noisily, then it is in vain. They simply provide an additional margin of speed, but the minimum speed for all models of the order of 300 rev / min. High-quality bearings ensures very quiet operation at low speeds, they could barely be heard, even if you listen. Any background noise, we did not find. When the speed becomes audible noise and air flow. Even at maximum speed the noise level is acceptable and non-irritating. Standard version fans have a lower maximum speed, and therefore the maximum noise level have less. These fans are suitable for users who always puts the maximum speed. And on cooling performance, as shown by our tests, standard fans slightly inferior to high-speed models.
be quiet! The targeting new fans quiet! SilentWings 3, mainly to work in the buildings. This explains the possible compatibility problems with fixtures, if you want to use the fans for the CPU cooler. In the case of installation in a body you get additional configuration flexibility with different fastening supplied. Hard plastic mount allows convenient set quiet! SilentWings 3 fans on radiators. They also provide vibration isolation, although not to the same extent as a special anti-vibration mountings (also supplied).
Compared with the recently tested fans Corsair ML, new quiet! SilentWings 3 does not look so bright, but also by the level of noise they produce less. In Corsair fan has a fairly large margin of maximum speed, but in 12 they provide slightly better compared to the cooling quiet! SilentWings 3 high-speed, but they are much more noisy. Corsair provides a guarantee to the fans and ML120 Pro ML140 Pro five years, but they are slightly more expensive.