Corsair Introduces Air Series Cooling Fans

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Corsair has thrown its hat into yet another ring; the company announced a new line of cooling fans, each with its own dedicated purpose. There are fans in the line designed for low and good airflow; high airflow; low noise and high airflow; low noise and high pressure; and high pressure.

Corsair designed the fans from scratch, testing its own blade designs and looking for ways to tailor airflow for various situations and system configurations.

Its Airflow Performance fans have thinner blades, and the Airflow Quiet versions run at a lower RPM; the Static Pressure models have thicker (and fewer) blades and are designed to force air through objects, such as heat sinks. They also come in Performance and Quiet editions.

The fans have rubber mounts to cut down on vibration noise and come with white, blue, and red rings for a little bit of customization. In terms of price, the 120mm fans start at $16.99m while the 140mm AF140 costs $18.99.


Corsair Adds Cooling Fans to Product Line
New Corsair Air Series Fans Target Critical PC Hot Spots, with Superior Airflow, Lower-noise, and Customizable Looks

Fremont, California — May 3, 2012 — Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the new Air Series™ line of PC cooling fans. Unlike most other PC fans in the market, Corsair Air Series fans are offered in airflow and static pressure models, each specifically optimized for specific PC cooling roles.

Air Series fans are designed to deliver an extraordinary balance of airflow and low-noise to users who want to upgrade their PCs for quieter operation or higher performance. All feature an advanced hydraulic bearing system and rubber mounts for low-noise and reliability, and include red, white, and blue color rings to allow users to customize the look of their PC.

High Airflow Fans for Efficient Large-Volume Cooling
Air Series AF120 and AF140 airflow fans are designed to intake cool air into, and exhaust hot air out of, modern PCs. They are for ideal for mounting on the side, top, and rear of cases, to reduce component-killing heat. The airflow fans are designed with ultra-thin, custom-molded blades optimized to flow high volumes of air in unrestricted spaces with at least 3cm of clearance. They are available in a 140mm Quiet edition and in 120mm Quiet and Performance editions.

High Static Pressure Fans for Efficient Cooling on Radiators or Heatsinks
Air Series SP120 fans deliver focused air pressure in situations where air needs to be blown through a restricted space making them ideal for cooling radiators and heatsinks. They feature seven ultra-wide, custom-molded blades and a custom enclosure that delivers high static pressure, while maintaining a quiet noise profile. Available in a 120mm size, SP120 fans are available in Quiet and High Performance editions.

"Many PC fans on the market are general purpose designs that not always suited to the task which they’re assigned," said Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair. "We took our expertise in PC case and cooling and designed fans that have very specific uses. Each fan is the right tool for the right job.”

Pricing and Availability
Air Series fans are immediately available starting at a suggested retail price of $16.99 USD for AF120/SP120 fans and $18.99 USD for AF140 fans.
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Here we definitely need a test ; do these fans really deliver what they promise ? Will HH step up to the plate ?...

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rapid1 replied on Sat, May 5 2012 12:09 PM

I really like the look of that middle fan. Currently I use Cooler master R4 greens in the AMD system and reds in the INTEL system both at 120 size my heatsinks I know in the INTEL system and I am pretty sure in the AMD system would take 140's easy as they have clip fastener's on both which are variable from 10 up to 14 generally.

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OSunday replied on Sat, May 5 2012 1:19 PM

Just out of curiosity the purpose of high pressure would be to force air through thicker or objects with obstacles to airflow like heatsinks?

I can understand the high speed/air flow with low noise but I've never heard of air pressure in the specs of a fan, if someone could elaborate on that it would be greatly appreciated

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Simplified:

When a fan blows air towards a radiator and it's many fins, the air it's blowing meets with some resistance before passing through those fins and carrying the heat away. This is by design.

Some fans develop more power in their airflow and not just air speed. Some fans just lose a lot of their airflow when met with resistance.

This is rated as Static Pressure and it is the ability of the fan to force more air through said resistance than one with less static pressure.

Other than that, I don't know crap about it. Smile

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fat78 replied on Sat, May 5 2012 11:16 PM

(I am taking a guess so please dont bite my head off if i mess this up)

Simply fluids under pressure want to go from a high pressure region to a low pressure region. So the pressure pretty much creates a greater force of focused air that can pass easier through heat sinks.

Fan blades are pretty much like aircraft wings which generate lift or when it comes to fan blades pressure. They work based off of bernoullis principle which states that fluids that move slower tend to have a greater pressure and fluids that move faster have lower pressure, this follows conservation of energy because higher pressure exerts force using energy and high fluid velocity uses energy, so a fluid like air cant have both.

As air passes over a airplanes wing high pressure is generated under the wing and low pressure above. Changing the curve of the wings or angle of the attack of the wings can either generate greater pressure or faster air flow . If you apply this to fan blades you can create fans with high static pressure or high air flow fans. For example bigger fan blades that are more perpendicular to the direction of airflow create more pressure.

Found some interesting articles that have sparked my interest in fans when i looked up static pressure.First article has some nice information on fan designs.

http://www2.basf.us//PLASTICSWEB/displayanyfile?id=0901a5e180004891

http://www.fl-eng.com/_lib/pdf/specs/cooling_guide.pdf

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realneil replied on Sat, May 5 2012 11:30 PM

Hey! Indifferent

Where's his head?!

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fat78 replied on Sat, May 5 2012 11:51 PM

Ok, pretty sure i messed up and over complicated the answer when i made that post, so you should probably ignore it and just go with realneil's answer.

Or more pressure means airflow that has more force that can be pushed through heatsinks better.

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realneil replied on Sun, May 6 2012 12:04 AM

No,...what you said first makes sense to me. And what you ~just~ said simplified it a little too.

The gist is that some fans provide a lot better performance than others do and it really makes a huge improvement in your cooling. I really like Cougar Vortex PWM fans a lot. They're quiet and they move a lot of air. (the two things that I look for)

Enermax Magma fans are good too. Bitfenix makes some great fans too. It's too early to tell what these new Corsair fans will do, but I'm sure they'll be good quality.

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OSunday replied on Sun, May 6 2012 2:55 AM

That was an awesome little science/tech lesson, thanks guys!

Haha, yeah realneil, I've seen you advocate your cougar fans on other posts, when I scrap enough money together to upgrade my cooling to the Corsair H100 from an Ultra Black cooler I snagged for $30 off tigerdirect (which looks awesome and dropped temps a couple degrees if anyone wants to check it out)

and replace the fans I'll check those out, currently I've just got the stock antec blue led fans that came in my 1200 case, +1 120mm cooler master

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Fascinating discussion, but as always, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. That's why I hope that HH will do a test on these fans and others that promise better performance (ventilation/cooling) over stock devices - that would be a great service to readers !...

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KWalsh replied on Wed, May 9 2012 9:33 AM

@ OSunday

when u swoop on the H100 to truly harness its power u will kinda need to pick up the Corsair Link Commander, couple that with an arsenal of PWM fans and the temps will be deadly.

i went with some small name brand PWM fans, but the Commander really knows how to line up any soldier keepin my 8150 Bulldozer cool as a cucumber

http://www.corsair.com/us/corsair-link/corsair-link-kits/corsair-link-cooling-kit.html - this says it all for me

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