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Conclusion

Following the established tradition, I will begin with the least successful fans of this test session. I guess these are the two fans from Titan, the Arctic Cooling F12 Pro TC, the Cooler Master Ultra Silent and the Scythe Slip Stream 120 Slim. The slim fans from Scythe could not really perform any better because they are not designed for pumping large amounts of air through a densely finned heatsink. They are meant for those situations when a standard 120mm fan 25 millimeters thick cannot fit in. By the way, we have already used these Scythe Slip Stream in one test, and quite successfully. Besides, the junior model of the series is rather quiet, so it is not really among the worst fans here. The rest of the mentioned fans have an uncomfortable noise level and weak air flow. The two models from Titan can be excused for their very low pricing (and the Green version even features highlighting for such small amount of money), but it’s hard to find an excuse for the Arctic Cooling F12 Pro TC and the Cooler Master Ultra Silent. We cannot recommend you to buy any of them.

The most numerous group of fans with average test results includes as many as eight models: Arctic Cooling F12 PWM, Coolink SWiF2 1201, Scythe Kama PWM, GlacialTech GT, Cool Age Silence 120DX2, Nexus PWM, Revoltec AirGuard and Revoltec Dark Grey. These fans do not boast record-breaking results in my noise level and airflow tests, yet they are quite worth the money. The Cool Age Silence 120DX and the Nexus PWM can be singled out here as the best models with an appealing combination of noise level, air flow and price. The Nexus fans add highlighting to that. Perhaps somewhat oddly, I would also list the Triebwerk TK-121 in this group of average products because its price is too high and doesn’t match its performance. The TK-121 is indeed a quiet fan with strong air flow and, most probably, with high static pressure (I didn’t measure static pressure in my tests), yet I don’t think it is worth $35, especially as the leaders of my tests cost only half or even a third of its price. However, price aside, Triebwerk TK-121 fan is extremely innovative and therefore it deserves our Ultimate Innovation title:

And the leaders are the Scythe Kama Flow 2 120, Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilent PRO PL-1/2, Nanoxia DX12 and Floston Red Impeller 120Q. The Japanese and German firms have reestablished their reputation of the makers of finest fans but the quality of the new fans from Floston is quite a surprise to me. The latter are very quiet and cost only $5, which makes them the cheapest fans in the top four. Of course, you should keep in mind that the sleeve bearing of the Floston Red Impeller 120Q is unlikely to work for a long time and will hardly remain as quiet as a new one after a while.

As a result, we would like to award the Scythe Kama Flow 2 120, Nanoxia DX12 and Floston Red Impeller 120Q our Recommended Buy title:

The other three leaders are impeccable and can be recommended to any users, even those who are very fastidious about how noisy their computers are.

If I had to choose the ultimate best fan in this review, it would be the Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilent Pro PL-1 because it is beautiful, extremely quiet and not very expensive. Therefore, we are proud to award this fan our Editor’s Choice title:

P.S.: The next fan roundup to be published on our site will cover over 25 models of new fans with rotation speeds of over 1350 RPM.

 
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