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Date: November 26th, 2007
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Nanoxia
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION



All of the fans boxes are the same as the ones pictured above, the only difference being a small dot sticker on the back indicating which model each fan is. The packaging looks very professional and sports a window showing part of the fan and fan controller.



The fans and controllers are housed in molded plastic. As you can see the fans are well protected and displayed well in the packaging. If you look closely you will see that this fan is identified as the FX12 2000 meaning that it is the 2000rpm 12cm option. You will also note that the fan power connection is sleeved. I find it strange though that the fan controller cables are not.

 

PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH


 
And here you can see the three sizes of fan in all their glory. I have to admit, I really like the color of the fans. It brings to mind ghost busters for some reason.



One of the fans came with a fatal flaw. As you can see the ground lead seems to have broken off at the fan circuit board. But given that the fans are provided with a 10-year warranty I'm sure there wouldn't be a problem having it replaced. Nonetheless, Nanoxia may want to take a look at their quality control to ensure that this was just a fluke. Judging by the finish and quality of the fans though I am fairly certain it was just bad luck.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING


Installation is relatively painless using the vibrokiller mounts included, provided you have space to use them, these also ensure that any vibration is not transferred to the case hence keeping the noise levels down. I would still have liked to see regular mounting screws included, as some areas of the case are simply too cramped to pull the vibrokillers into place.



The vibrokillers were a little bit too brittle for my liking and as a result several of them broke as you can see in the picture above. I think the material used could do with some refining to make it a little less hard and a little more elastic. Still, with some patience and care they do the job well.



For the testing part of this review I tested each fan individually on a fan bracket as pictured above. The only fan not tested was the FX80 2200 as it was not functional due to the broken ground lead.


All the fans were fairly quiet even at full fan speed, although far from silent they are easily adjustable via the provided fan controllers. In fact, the only sound audible in my PC as I write this is my overly loud backup hard disk and perhaps the sound of a large amount of air being displaced. Seeing as I am using all the fans at full speed I am quite impressed with the noise levels. The airflow is also very good, although I don't have the tools to measure CFM I can say these things push a good amount of air around.


For stress testing I put one of the fans on an intensive three-week test to check how it would cope with dust and other pitfalls of long-term use. I periodically stopped the fan with my fingers or allowed cables to touch it so as to simulate the rigors of hard use. I was pleased to see that all the fans have a safety included that prevents the fan from trying to continue to spin whilst physically stopped by a finger or stray cable. Once you lift your finger from the fan it will remain motionless for a few seconds then spin up again. In the past I have often come across burned out fans that seized due to being stopped. Without a safety the fan will continue to try to turn and as a result get hot and melt the wiring. It's nice to see that some fans at least have a means to prevent this.


As for the waterproof claim, well, I was not willing to risk my PSU on a claim that I may have misunderstood. Nanoxia claim the fans could operate under water, however, I noticed that the circuit board is not coated in any perceptible waterproof substance and the winding of the fan motor itself seems to be exposed as well. This leads me to believe that they were referring to the new technology bearings used in the fans not the actual fans themselves although we will try and clarify that with them and update you with our findings. Its not really important but it is worth finding out.

 

 


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