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PC COOLING

Translucent Quad LED 60/80mm Fan
By: SPeeD
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    2003-10-09

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    I patiently awaited a shipment of goodies in from our pal at ZXMods and finally got the package. I was not sure what was coming in, only that there would be something very different and very "exclusive" to review. I opened the box with baited breath and saw 2 beautiful items. The first being a nice shinny new SpiderMax Fan Grill which we will mention in another review. And then the most excellent Translucent Quad LED 60/80mm Fan. Here we see it beside a standard 80mm fan and a 60mm Pabst.

    Product: Translucent Quad LED 60/80mm Fan
    Price
    : $10.25
    Availability
    : Now @
    ZXMods
    Written by
    :
    Mack (SPeeD)
    Reviewed: July, 2002


    Introduction: I patiently awaited a shipment of goodies in from our pal at ZXMods and finally got the package. I was not sure what was coming in, only that there would be something very different and very "exclusive" to review. I opened the box with baited breath and saw 2 beautiful items. The first being a nice shinny new SpiderMax Fan Grill which we will mention in another review. And then the most excellent Translucent Quad LED 60/80mm Fan. Here we see it beside a standard 80mm fan and a 60mm Pabst.

     

    Money shot with a keychain for size comparison

     

    Backside shot of the fan

    At first this thing looks relatively mundane and the excitement level faded. That however, quickly changed. Once I plugged the QUAD LED Fan into my power supply I was treated to a nice shot of cool air with beautiful lights dancing about my case. Stunning! Lets take a first "raw" look.


    Yeah, do these look pimp or what?! Trust me. I thought the same. Coolness factor is still not even the best part about these fans either! One of the really excellent ideas of this fan are that it is both a 60mm and 80mm fan in 1. The bottom portion of the fan is manufactured so that it can fit on any 60mm sized object. Such as a CPU HSF. If you have a decent HSF and your looking for a quiet and very original looking type fan to install on it. Look no further. Then, the top portion, as you'll see on page 2 is the standard 80mm size which you can use for just about anything, to include case fans or blowhole fans. Lets take a look.

     

    Here we'll see how this fan would be as an intake or exhaust fan for blowholes if your case has been modded so. Fortunately, I have an old AOpen HX08 that I modded way back when that is perfect for this project. Complete with 2 80mm blowholes. I have removed one with the old fan and grill and installed the SpiderMax grill complete with the new Translucent Quad LED 60/80mm Fan. Here are a few pics of that setup.


     


    Now. Is it just me, or does the setup on the left make the 80mm setup on the right pale in comparison. I mean seriously BORING! I could swear as I went to power down the case I heard a whisper begging for another SpiderMax Grill with a Quad LED fan. It's absolutely beautiful. No doubt about it. Here's another shot of this excellent fan in the dark.


     

    Now that you've seen some killer pics of this beauty. Lets checkout the actual spec performance of the unit.

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Dimensions 80mm 80mm to 60mm x 60mm x 25mm thick.
    Voltage (max) 12 VDC 0.14 amps
    Speed 2700 RPM
    Air Flow 28 CFM
    Noise 26 dBA
    Includes
    :
    4 black 3/4" long screws &
    8 chrome fan screws

    Note: The fan comes stock with a 3-pin connector that will be great for hooking up to your motherboard header if available. If you plan on using the fan in a blowhole, you may want to get the 18" fan extension cable to give you some clearance room.

    Conclusion: Of course this fan is not going to break any world airflow records like the Delta model fans. But then again, I have yet to see a Delta that looked NEARLY this cool. 2700 RPM is hardly shabby, and with 28 CFM and a low noise factor of 26 dBA. This unit has enough horsepower to get the job done on many applications. I think my next project for this will be to install a nice blowhole in the top of the case to pull a little bit more of that hot air out of it. Since I'm getting a new desk where I'll have to keep my PC down low, this will be something nice to look at and keep me cool at the same time.

    Ok. There is only so much you can say about a fan. Even a seriously cool one like this. So lets go over a few high and low points to finish off the review properly.

    Highs:

    • Looks great

    • 2 colors with 4 LED's

    • Decent output

    • Price is right

    • Quiet

    • Comes complete with black and chrome screws for any application

    Lows:

    • Not quite enough horsepower for a high end CPU cooler

    Here's one last closeup pic for you hardcore freeks. This one is really big so if your on dial-up, I'm hating life for ya.


    That's it. Personally I think this fan is a great product and a fine addition to any case modders piece of work. The lighting is easily viewable in both lighter and darker situations and really produces an eye pleasing effect that just looks good. And considering most decent case fans will run you around $6-$8 anyways. I think the extra few $$ is worth it in this case. We'd certainly like to thank ZXMods for providing the QUAD LED Fan for our review. They have the best prices in town and damn good service to boot. Ya can't go wrong. OCA gives this item the "OCA Approved Award".

     

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out the review. Feel free to head into the forums and give us praise or flames, or head out to the Front Page and check out the other GooSH! here at OCA..
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