GELID Solutions WING 12 UV Blue Case Fan

Introduction

To kick off things here at Verdis Reviews, we are going to start with the GELID WING 12 UV Blue case fan. With so many system fans on the market, manufacturers have to come up with new and innovative ideas in order to sell their latest products. In this particular instance GELID Solutions, a relatively new company, have made a real effort to jazz this fan up: UV light, fan removal, patented nanoflux bearings and tool-less installation. All of these features should help to make this fan stand out from the crowd. Let’s see whether it can achieve just this…

Company Information – GELID Solutions

GELID Solutions Ltd. is a Hong Kong based company with Swiss Management and founded in 2008 by Gebhard SCHERRER and VC TRAN. Both have worked in the PC Cooling industry for a number of years and successfully built up an IT company with their expertise.

GELID designs and manufactures thermal solutions, CPU coolers, fans, and other computer hardware for both gamers and silent enthusiasts. We provide computer hardware distributors, retailers and system integrators with innovative, virtually silent, high- performance and top quality thermal solutions.

Features

  • High quality materials insures long life even at high temperature
  • Ultra-soft silicone polymer will not break or tear during installation
  • Universal-Design fits most open chassis fan sizes (80mm,92mm,120mm) and PC cases
  • Quick & Easy Tool less Installation

Specification

  • Air Flow (CFM): 64.3
  • Bearing: Nanoflux
  • Bearing (NFB)
  • Cable Length (mm): 500
  • Connector: 3 Pin Molex
  • Current (A):0.22
  • Dimensions (mm): 120 x 120 x 25
  • Fan Speed (RPM): 1500
  • Noise Level (dBA): 25
  • Safety Approvals: UL, CUL, CE, RoHS CompliantStatic
  • Pressure (mmAq):1.925
  • Voltage (V):12
  • Warranty (years): 5
  • Weight (g):119

Contents & Packaging

The fan is packaged in a generic cuboid box with a number of cut outs. These cut outs give a glimpse of the fan as well as the fan control and rubber mounts – so no need for a product image. The box itself is mostly black with a few wisps of white and green running through it apart from the top left hand corner. In this area, a silver triangle with the blue lettering ‘UV Blue Fan Impeller’ is displayed.

Apart from the company logo and product name, there are only a few other choice features described and that concludes the front.

Flipping the box over, it is evident that the back is simply home to the full list of features and specifications as well as a short blurb on the patented Nanoflux Bearing.

Opening up the box sees all of the individual parts packed up nice and neatly in their own plastic moulded slots to stop them from all being thrown around during transit.

In terms of accessories, this case fan does have quite a few which is nice to see instead of just getting the fan and a few screws. These are:

  • Four Rubber Fan Mounts
  • Fan Controller
  • Double Sided Tape

The Product – GELID WING 12 UV Blue Fan

The WING 12 UV Blue is a 120mm fan but there are also WING 8 UV Blue (80mm) and WING 9 UV Blue (92mm) fans available to suit most chassis’.

The fan has a simple shiny black frame with a turquoise-blue impeller. The impeller has nine blades all of which are special optimized winglet blades. This effectively means that the blades are supposed to be more aerodynamically efficient as less air is leaked around the sides of the blades. The result is an increased airflow combined with lower noise outputs.

Another big feature of the WING 12 UV Blue is the Nanoflux Bearing (NFB). This replaces a conventional ball bearing and the manufacturers claim there are several advantages over the old-style of bearing.

Firstly, this technology allows the impeller itself to be removed by applying a small amount of pressure to it in order to pop it out. This allows for extremely easy cleaning avoiding the annoyance of attempting cleaning the blades whilst still attached to the main frame which can prove highly fiddly. The electromagnetic fields allow this to be possible as the solid parts of the bearing do not touch therefore allowing the removal of the impeller to be an easy operation.

Due to the electromagnetic fields, noise is also reduced as the solid parts are not touching as the fan spins. This in turn means that you there won’t be any additional noise caused from any rubbing or friction which is possible with different bearing mechanisms.

One possible problem with the new bearing may have been durability. However, the Nano-technology has an MTTG of 100,000 hours – very impressive indeed – and so you needn’t worry about it wearing out.

The fan controller accompanying the fan allows the user to determine their own RPM speed so as to give them more ability to adjust the noise and airflow to suit them. Installation wise, the controller can either be taped to the chassis sides (keeping in line with the tool-less design) or screwed on – your choice.

Included is a cable that connects to the fan and then has two connectors coming off it so that it can connect to both the fan controller and the motherboard.

Installation

The following test setup will be used in order to test the GELID WING 12 UV Blue fan:

ProcessorIntel C2D E5550 Dual Core 2.33GHz
MotherboardGigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H
Graphics CardXFX 8600GT
MemoryCorsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)
Hard DriveHitachi HDT7250 (250GB)
OSWindows XP Pro 32bit

Installation for system fans is very easy indeed and doesn’t really require any instruction. You simply decide upon the location inside your PC enclosure where you want the fan to be attached and then screw (or use the silicon mounts) it in place.

In this instance, I choose to install the 120mm fan on the back panel of my NOX Coolbay HX Case using the silicon rubber mounts.

To secure the fan controller I simply fed the cable through the back of the case and then attached the controller onto the silicon fan mount protruding from the back.

Testing

Methodology

In order to put the Wing 12 UV Blue to the test, I chose to see how it would compare to the very impressive fans that were pre-installed in the enclosure.

The NOX Coolbay HX has four pre-installed fans: two 200mms, one top-mounted and one on the side panel, and two 120mms at the front and back. However, I disconnected all of these apart from the rear 120mm fan and tested this by averaging five values taken at 10 second intervals for both the system and CPU temperatures. I then replaced the pre-installed NOX fan with the GELID 12 UV Blue case fan and tested it in the same way.

In order to collect the data I used Speedfan which uses the computer’s own diode and took values for both load and idle states. For idle, I simply left the computer for about half an hour without running any processes and then took the readings. However, for load I loaded two processes of CPU Burn-In to load the CPU to 100% again leaving it for 30 minutes before taking the readings.

In terms of noise, Verdis Reviews is not at the stage where it can afford expensive equipment, like any sort of noise measuring equipment, and so this aspect will be left to the trusty human ear.

Ambient temperature was 18 degrees, all fans were set to high and the CPU Cooler used was the Intel Stock (copper base version).

Results

Cooling

As you can see from the graphs above, the WING 12 UV Blue consistently outperforms the NOX fan. Despite only being 1 to 2 degrees, in the context of component cooling, this is significant. The NOX fans are by no means poor performers and so this further underlines how well the GELID product is.

Noise

The fan is really very quiet; to the human ear you can only hear a faint buzzing and this only slightly increases as you turn the RPM to high. Moreover, the silicon mounts really do stop any vibrations being transferred to the chassis and being amplified. Very impressive considering this isn’t even the silent range.

Cost

The WING 12 UV Blue sells at roughly £9; certainly not a fortune but quite a bit for a fan nonetheless.

 

Conclusion

As you can see from the results, for both cooling and noise aspects, the GELID WING 12 UV Blue is very impressive. At both states it helps to keep the vital components cool, most prominently the CPU, and beats the NOX 120mm silent fan which is a very good performer.

For style and aesthetics, this case fan ticks the boxes for me. The blue blades look great and if you’ve got a UV light even better.

Finally, the innovation of the fan is first-class: the new bearing allowing impeller removal, the specially crafted blades to optimise airflow and of course the UV light aspect all make this fan stand out from the crowd.

No question about this product – awesome.

Pros

  • Innovative
  • Stylish
  • Great Performance
  • Tool less installation

Cons

  • Fairly High Price Point
  • Only 3-pin adapter

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