Above the years, The Systems has utilized many types of the Antec TriCool 120mm fan - adding the red, blue and green LED editions in our colored case fan kits - due to their best sound to airflow ratio. However, Antec has currently discontinued the green LED edition of the Antec TriCool, so we required to search an excellent substitute fan for our green LED kits.
For affidavit unknown, blooming LED admirers are abundant rarer than their dejected and red counterparts. In fact, the alone brands with reliable accumulation that we could acquisition were Cooler Master, Apevia, Gelid, Logisys, SilenX, and CoolMax. Of those brands, we accept had antecedent poor adventures with Logisys, SilenX and CoolMax admirers so we skipped those for our aboriginal annular of testing. The Gelid fan was additionally skipped as it doesn't accept absolutely accept blooming LED's, but rather white LEDs animated assimilate cellophane blooming fan blades.
This leaves us with two abeyant brands for our blooming LED fan kits; Cooler Master and Apevia. While attractive admitting the specs of the Apevia fan however, we noticed that the startup voltage is 9v DC. We are actual alive in undervolting admirers to abate babble levels and actual frequently run admirers at 5 or 7 volts, so a startup voltage of 9v is not adequate for use in our systems. And with that, we were larboard with a distinct fan that met all of our antecedent requirements: the Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Blooming LED Case Fan.
In adjustment to canyon our qualification, a fan charge abundantly accommodated three requirements: constant supply, airflow and noise. In the case of afire fans, the accuracy and blush of the LEDs additionally charge accommodated our standards. We accept already advised the accumulation allocation of our qualification, so the abutting affair we demand to analysis is the airflow of this fan.
To admeasurement the airflow, we acclimated an anemometer (Extech AN100) with a custom adapter to acclimate from 120mm fan to the abate 80mm bore of the anemometer sensor. The adapter is 200mm long, giving us a smooth, bit-by-bit abruptness from the 120mm ancillary to the 80mm side.