Ahh, yes, fans. The single most important, and most annoying, part of keeping your case cool. If you look at most pre-made cool cases they keep the case cooler than stock setups by adding more fans to the mix. However this is a double-edged sword here. By adding more fans, you add more noise, and if you add quiet fans, well, they won't move enough air to make a difference. So what's a geek to do?
For a very long time Enermax has been one of the most trusted names in power supplies. This is because of their quality construction and the use of 2 very quiet, but effective, fans in their better supplies. Recently they've branched farther into the fan world by selling different models, from standard fans to temperature sensitive and everywhere in between. Their latest set has a really sweet idea built into the heart of them, speed adjustment. They built a speed control rotary switch onto a cord coming from the fan, so you have a choice of speed settings to run it at. This is a really cool idea for cooling aficionados, but how well does it work? Well, lets find out, shall we?
Construction And Design
They're fans and they come in a little box, right? Right...and wrong. They could have boxed a bare fan such as this and gotten away with it easily, but Enermax is cooler than that here. Packed with the fan are all the trimmings you could possibly need. They include a gold plated fan grill pre-installed on the fan using fan screws, so it is removable and changeable. Then sitting underneath the fan is a little baggie of extra pieces, such as 4 fan screws for installation and a 3 to 4 pin adapter. These parts would have normally cost almost 5$ from normal sites, and they're included standard. How cool is that?
Now lets see what sets these fans apart from the rest, that is, if there is anything that sets them apart from the rest. The first thing you'll notice is that these fans will seriously stand out in a crowd. They've got a bright, bright purple casing on them, which is so far from the everyday drab black coloring of most fans. The other color trick they pull is actually standard for Enermax equipment, and that is clear fan blades. They always do this in their fans. Why exactly, I couldn't tell you, but it does look pretty cool. These features are all about the style points that Enermax is renown for. Now as far as functionality is concerned, Enermax has also included some cool stuff here. Built onto the fan is a second cable that has a small rotary switch on the end that controls the fan speed analog style. This means that with the turn of a knob you can adjust the speed of the blades, which is very cool. Then next to that is the power cord, which on all 3 models here is a 3-pin motherboard connector. The most powerful fan out of the lot is the 120mm, which only draws 3.6W of power, which is well within tolerances of the motherboard specs for almost everyone.