Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2019 - 01:15 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: silent, Shadow Wings 2, rifle bearing, quiet, pwm, Pure Wings 2, fans, cooling, case, be quiet!
be quiet! has officially launched their two new fan series shown at CES, with the Shadow Wings 2 silent fans and the Pure Wings 2 high-speed series of fans, both in 120 and 140 mm sizes as well as standard and PWM versions.
We start with the Shadow Wings 2, which is their lowest-noise fan option:
"Shadow Wings 2 is a slowly spinning and highly optimized case fan and the most silent fan series in the be quiet! lineup. It relies on an array of features to keep its noise level as low as only 15.9 dB(A) at maximum speed. Airflow-optimized fan blades provide reliable cooling and whisper-quiet operation. A new anti-vibration mounting system and rubberized fan frame ensure easy installation and decoupling from the case frame. High-grade rifle bearing technology guarantees a lifespan of up to 80,000 hours. Shadow Wings 2 comes in 120mm and 140mm sizes, with 3-pin connectors or PWM control. Maximum rotational speed for the 120mm models is 1,100 rpm, and 900 rpm for its 140mm sibling."
Next is the Pure Wings 2 high-speed, which favors cooling performance with speeds of up to 2000 RPM:
"be quiet!’s Pure Wings 2 offers an extremely versatile fan with a great price-performance ratio. High air pressure makes this fan the perfect choice for water-cooling radiators, heatsinks or as a performance-oriented case fan. The versatility of Pure Wings 2 is evident from its integration in several other be quiet! products such as air and water coolers as well as the Silent Base and Pure Base chassis series. Nine airflow-optimized fan blades reduce noise-generating turbulence and ensure high airflow while high-quality rifle bearings guarantee a long lifetime of up to 80,000 hours. Users demanding even higher cooling performance can now opt for high-speed versions of Pure Wings 2. Available in 120mm and 140mm versions with 3-pin or PWM connectors, these offer higher rotational speeds up to 2,000 rpm (120mm), or 1,600 rpm (140mm). Even at full speed, the maximum noise level is no higher than 37.3 dB(A)."
Both new fan series are available now, with pricing as announced as follows for the various models:
- Shadow Wings 2
- 120 mm: $15.90
- 120 mm PWM: $16.90
- 140 mm: $17.90
- 140 mm PWM: $18.90
- Pure Wings 2 high-speed
- 120 mm: $12.50
- 120 mm PWM: $12.90
- 140 mm: $13.50
- 140 mm PWM: $13.90
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2019 - 03:27 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Shadow Wings 2, Dark Wings 2, Dark Rock Slim, cooling, cooler, ces 2019, CES, be quiet!, air cooler
The Dark Rock 4 from be quiet! is their highest-end air cooler, with a large footprint and distinctive sleek all-black aesthetic that has been a welcome alternative to more ostentatious designs on the market. But be quiet! is aware that this large heatsink, like many of this type on the market, can present clearance issues for taller RAM. Enter the Dark Rock Slim, a more compact single-tower cooler design that offers better RAM compatibility while still maintaining powerful cooling capabilities, handling up to a 180W TDP processor. The same stealthy aesthetic from the other Dark Rock coolers is retained with the new slim model, including a black brushed aluminum top cover and black heatsink fins and heat pipes.
The Dark Rock Slim poses for the camera (via be quiet! on Twitter)
Features from be quiet! include:
- 180W TDP
- Slim heat sink design for maximum RAM compatibility
- Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM funnel shaped front fan: Airflow-optimized blades, six-pole fan
motor and fluid dynamic bearing (FDB)
- Decoupled fan mounting
- Four advanced high-performance copper heat pipes maximize heat conductance
- Small dots on the fin surface increase cooling area
- Special black coating with ceramic particles for perfect heat transfer
- Brushed aluminum top cover with high-grade diamond cut finish
- Convenient top mounting
- Support for an additional 120mm fan – installation clamps for standard fans included
The Dark Rock Slim launches in Q2 2019 with a retail price expected to be around $50.
Also shown at the be quiet! suite was Shadow Wings 2, which are low-RPM case fans that feature a decoupled mounting system, airflow optimized fan blades, and a rubber frame and mounting system with optional push-pin installation. There is also a white version on the way which is made of white plastic, and not simply painted, and provides a unified look inside white enclosures such as the Dark Base 700 White Edition.
The Shadow Wings 2 fans launch this month beginning with the black version, with the white version slated for Q2 2019. Pricing will range from $15.90 - $18.90.
And finally we have the Pure Wings 2 high-speed fans, which spin at up to 2000 RPM in the 120 mm version, and 1600 RPM in the 140 mm version. The fans offer a rifle bearing with 80,000 hour operating life, and are available in both PWM and 3-pin versions. The fans will be available this month at prices ranging from $12.50 - $13.90.