Gelid Solutions Silent TC fans review
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Gelid Solutions became known with its high quality Wing UV case fans, that have superb price/performance/appearance ratio. Today we will have a look at Silent case fan series, which come in 3 different editions(PWM,TC,normal). Gelid Solutions Silent case fans are designed to provide optimal silence along with descent airflow for modern systems.

We will have a look at the TC(Temperature Control) version of Silent fans, that adjust their speed according to the temperature their sensors read.

 

 

 

 

Let's have a look at the features and specifications!

 


All data is taken from Gelid Solutions website:

 

FEATURES

Silent 12/9/8 TC

Designed for discerning Silent enthusiasts GELID Silent TC fans provide additional airflow by changing the fan speed according to your actual temperature needs, giving you no more noise than absolutely necessary and maximum cooling when needed. An intelligent IC embedded in the fan’s PCB allows smart variable fan speeds. Each fan impeller has been individually balanced using the latest technology to guarantee stable operation. To add to the silence fan mounts replace traditional screws and are made of high quality, temperature resistant, extra long lasting rubber and stop vibrations from the fan motor from traveling into your PC case.

 

The Superior GELID TC Curve

 

Caption: Compared to other manufacturers GELID TC fans have a far wider controllable speed range.

External Sensor

 

Caption: This external sensor can be positioned in your desired location. i.e. in front or rear of the case.

 

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Silent 12 TC

*INCLUDED:4 Rubber Fan Mounts
Air Flow (CFM):58
Bearing:Hydro Dynamic Bearing
Cable Length (mm):500
Connector:3 Pin Molex
Current (A):0.18
Dimension (mm):120 x 120 x 25
Fan Speed (RPM):750 (22C) - 1500 (42C)
Noise Level (dBA):12-25.5
Safety Approvals:CE, RoHS Compliant
Sensor Cable Length (mm)300
Static Pressure (mmAq):1.6
Voltage (V):12
Warranty (years):5
Weight (g):120



  • Silent 9 TC
*INCLUDED:4 Rubber Fan Mounts
Air Flow (CFM):37.89
Bearing:Hydro Dynamic Bearing
Cable Length (mm):500
Connector:3 Pin Molex
Current (A):0.18
Dimension (mm):92 x 92 x 25
Fan Speed (RPM):900 (22C) - 2000 (42C)
Noise Level (dBA):11-23.5
Safety Approvals:CE, RoHS Compliant
Sensor Cable Length (mm)300
Static Pressure (mmAq):2
Voltage (V):12
Warranty (years):5
Weight (g):76

  • Silent 8 TC

*INCLUDED:4 Rubber Fan Mounts
Air Flow (CFM):27
Bearing:Hydro Dynamic Bearing
Cable Length (mm):500
Connector:3 Pin Molex
Current (A):0.13
Dimension (mm):80 x 80 x 25
Fan Speed (RPM):900 (22C) - 2000 (42C)
Noise Level (dBA):10 - 21.5
Safety Approvals:CE, RoHS Compliant
Sensor Cable Length (mm)300
Static Pressure (mmAq):1.65
Voltage (V):12
Warranty (years):5
Weight (g):68

 

The price(MSRP) for each fan is:

Silent 12 TC: USD 13.00 / Euro 7.20

Silent 9 TC: USD 11.00 / Euro 6.15

Silent 8 TC: USD 8.00 / Euro 5.20

 

 

Now we can have a look at the packaging!


The packaging is very nice, with not any info on the front.It also has a transparent window so we can see the fans inside.The quality of packaging is very high!

 

At the back we can see detailed features and specifications for each fan

 

Also included we can find 4 rubber mounts to reduce vibrations, and a Gelid Solutions sticker!

 

Let's have a closer look at the fans! 

 


Gelid Solutions Silent series fans are made of white/grey plastic and black fan casing.

 

From the back

 

A closer look at the 3pin power cable, and the temp sensor.We can notice that all cables are sleeved.

 Now let's see how Silent TC regulates the fan speed according to the temp


 In order to show you how the Silent TC system works I have made some tests while taking amperage and temperature readings.The amperage demonstrates how much power the fan draws or how fast is spins in simple words.

Here we can have a look at the amperage diagram, we can clearly see the curve that rises when temp rises, and drops while temp drops.Amperage is shown in miliamps(mA).

 

Here we can see the exactly same thermal load used to take the amperage readings.We can see that despite the temp rises and drops faster, the fan has a much smoother speed regulation.Temp is shown in degrees celcius.

 

 


Gelid Solutions Silent TC fans are probably the best thermally controlled fans in the market and they have a really nice price that makes them very competitive. The appearance has nothing special, but the white/grey blades with the black fan casing make a very nice visual combination!

 

Noise is at low levels, not the most silent at high speeds, but this is what we want.A fan that can adjust the speed accordingly to the temperature of the sensor.This is not always good, because we have to strategically position the sensors at the first time, but after this we can enjoy a silent operation when needed, and high airflow when things get hot.

 

Positive

  • Temperature control
  • High quality
  • Low price

 

 

Negative

  • Not so silent at full speed

 

 

 

"For being the most high quality temperature controlled fans  with such low price, Gelid Solutions Silent series case fans are given the Value for Money award..."

 

 


 

 

 

 



Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2009 20:19
 
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