Be Quiet! 120mm SW1 Fan Review

Be Quiet! 120mm SW1 Fan Review

Summary


So continuing the trend of PC Part reviews, here is my review of the Be Quiet! Shadow Wings Case Fans (120mm). The fans perform exceptionally, at no more than 19dB at 1500rpm. I really love the screw less mounts, with rubber rivets to put in the preinstalled screw holes on your PC case. This enables me to install the fan within 2 minutes. Also, around the corners of the fan, the rubber mounts allow the product to reduce vibrations significantly in comparison to other screwed fans.

In The Box And Performance

Unboxing the packaging, you get a very premium surprise. The fan is just sitting there as you can see from the pictures below, and the rivets for installation come in the top and bottom halves of the box. Be Quiet! were so confident with their picture at the back of the box will help any user install this product into their case.

Installation was done in less than 2 minutes. Simply put the washer on top of the pre installed screw holes from your case, and insert the rivet into the case fan. That’s all there is to it. In regard to controlling the fans, that’s where this product shines. You can control the speed of this fan using you motherboard’s bios or by using SpeedFan.

The range is from 450 rpm – 1500rpm, which is quite a range to be playing with in order to acheive total silence. At the lowest setting, you have to put your ear next to your case to be able to perceive the sound, which is really impressive.

Availability And Specifications

This case fan is available off Amazon for a pricey £15/$26:

Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/2hIaPbJ
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/2hI2Eun

The specifications can be found below:

Item Weight 222 g
Product Dimensions 12 x 12 x 2.5 cm
Wattage 2.4 Watts
Max RPM 1500rpm

Pros And Cons

Pros

  • Really quiet operation
  • Premium quality
  • Screwless mounting
  • PWM controlled

Cons

  • Very pricey for a fan
  • The range of RPM could be higher

Final Verdict

I was very impressed with the Be Quiet! case fan (120mm). I was able to control the fans through SpeedFan, and at idle, the system was dead silent. I would highly recommend to any silent freak, that wants good performance, with a premium fan, without much noise. Although, the sad thing is that the ‘premium’ case fan will also cost you a premium at £15. It might be hard to justify spending that money on 1x120mm case fan, but if you can get over that, it is definitely worth it.

 

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