Spire Air Force 120 and Air Force 120 LED Cooling Fans Review

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Posted by on Monday, January 14, 2013 - 4:58pm

Our friends are Spire has sent us over two of their newest additions to your fan assortment. They are the new Air Force models. Two fans that look very similar but offer several differences that will appeal to different users. Regardless of the features these fans do look good and we would not hesitate to use them in our own systems.

Spire Air Force 120 and Air Force 120 LED Cooling Fans Review

 

Introduction

As of lately I have being enjoying reviewing computer fans. They are simple little devices that plays a large part in the daily operation of a PC. There are fans on the market to consider so making a good decision is important as it will determine just how well air circulation is as well as how cool your CPU, GPU and drives are.

Our friends are Spire has sent us over two of their newest additions to your fan assortment. They are the new Air Force models. Two fans that look very similar but offer several differences that will appeal to different users. Regardless of the features these fans do look good and we would not hesitate to use them in our own systems.

Spire's take on the Air Force 120

The all new Air Force fan series are high quality, silent cooling fans for the PC gamer and PC enthusiast. These fans are equipped with pre-installed silicon rubber anti-vibration pads to make the fan even quieter! Top of the line components and Nano Bearing technology guarantee a high quality performance fan! This all new fan design will make a great addition to any PC! Trust the brand with the industry leading experience and 5-year warranty, Spire!

Spire’s take on the Air Force 120 LED

The all new Air Force LED fan series are high quality, LED colored and silent cooling fans for the PC gamer and PC enthusiast. These fans are equipped with pre-installed silicon rubber anti-vibration pads to make the fan even quieter! Top of the line components and Nano Bearing technology guarantee a high quality performance fan! As an extra the version of the fan is equipped with Crystal blue LEDs. This all new fan design will make a great addition to any PC! Trust the brand with the industry leading experience and 5-year warranty, Spire!


Specifications

Air Force 120

Fan Dimensions

120X120X25 mm

Voltage

12V

Bearing

Nano precision bearing

Connectors

3 PIN (2510)

Noise Level

22 DBA

Air Flow

62.53CFM

Application

Case fan or Replacement fan for CPU cooler

Accessories

Screw 4PCS

Fan Speed

1500 rpm

Fan Current

0.12 A

Fan Power

1.44 W

Air Pressure

1.76mm-H2O

Fan Weight (G)

108 g

Support

70.000 hrs

UPC Code

6943051205984

Air Force 120 LED

Fan Dimensions

120X120X25 mm

Voltage

12V

Bearing

Nano precision bearing

Connectors

4 PIN PWM (2510)

Noise Level

10~22dBA

Air Flow

62.35CFM Max.

Application

Case fan or Replacement fan for CPU cooler

Accessories

Screw 4PCS

Fan Color

Black frame + Blue LED

Fan Speed

600~1500 RPM

Fan Current

0.18A

Fan Power

1.44 W

Air Pressure

1.76mm-H2O

Fan Weight (G)

108 g

Support

70.000 hrs

UPC Code

6943051205991

Feature

Air Force 120

* Special fan blade shape and spoke design, ultra silent operation
* Nano precision bearing for longer MTBF life time!
* Superior airflow and High air pressure
* Silicon rubber anti-vibration pads
* Sleeved wires for better airflow and neat appearance
* 3 PIN (2510) mainboard connector
* UV-Reactant, great addition to any pc system
* Quiet! Only 22 dBA @ 62.53 CFM

Air Force 120 LED

* Special fan blade shape and spoke design, ultra silent operation
* Nano precision bearing for longer MTBF life time!
* 4 Crystal Blue LED’s installed
* Superior airflow and High air pressure
* Silicon rubber anti-vibration pads
* Sleeved wires for better airflow and neat appearance
* 4 PIN PWM (2510) connector
* UV-Reactant, great addition to any pc system
* Quiet!Only 10~22dBA@ 62.53CFM Max.


Closer look

To get this review started we have to give you some details about the fans. The only size the Air Force series comes in as of now is 120x120x25. This is the most common size of fans on the market and are ideal for CPU cooler, general case mounting or Water-cooling radiators.

The differences between the Air Force 120 and the Air Force 120 LED are not only the LED lighting that the name indicates. There is not to them than that and we will go over them as the review goes on.

Each of the fans has translucent black frames with blades to match. This goes very well with the blue anti-vibration silicone pads in each of the four corners. These pads do extend the wide of the fan slightly but should not be an issue in mounting them. The pads are easily removed for whatever reason.

Spire cleverly etched their name into the sides of the fans.

The fans do not come with the standard wiring attached to the fan. Each fan has a connection tucked on its side where an included extension is connected.

When it comes to lighting on the AF 120 LED has them as there are four LEDs, one in each corner of the fan. The AF 120 has no lighting but is UV reactant to give it an added visual effect.

Another difference between the two is the AF 120 LED is PWM-controlled while the AF 120 is not. With this being stated the specifications of the LED model is 600-1500 RPM at 10-22 dBA moving a maximum of 62.35 CFM of air. The AF 120 is stagnant at 1500 RPM at 22 dBA moving the same amount of maximum air.

Both fans from with an extension cable and four long screws and screw-on nuts.


Mounting images


Testing

Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  1. Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  2. Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  3. Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for ten minutes on all available threads.
  4. Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  5. CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in "Test Hardware".

Test Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor @ stock
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results


Conclusion

The first thing that I am going to say about the Air Force 120 fans from Spire is. Love ‘em. The look of the fans is great. The translucent fan and blades really bring out the blue of the anti-vibration pads. These would look ideal in a rig featuring many of the ASUS and Gigabyte mid-range as they share a similar blue tint.

The performance numbers of the Air Forces rival that of the Noctua NF-A14 we just reviewed not too long ago. And to top it off they were just as silent.

Another step in the right direction was the mounting hardware. Spire did not elect to go with the typical fat screws that come with all other fans but longer ones with screw-on fasteners. This is great as the screws are long enough to mount the fans to a water-cooling radiator.

The Air Force 120 goes for $13 MSRP and the Air Force LED can be had for $18 MSRP.

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