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Antec Blue 80mm UV Fan



A few days ago I reviewed the Antec Trilight LED Fan. Today I'm going to take a closer look on another type of fan from the 'modding scene' also from Antec. It cools your system and lights up under UV light, I'm talking about the Antec UV Fans. I've got the blue one for you, which in my opinion looks the coolest. They're also avaible in green and orange.

This is what you get

Just like the LED fan the UV fan came in a white box and not in a nice retail package, but I'm sure it'll have one when you buy it in a shop or directly from Antec's website (if you're living in the US or Canada). The fan had a transparant blue colour, thus bringing in some more colour in your case. But I do think that it would have been nice if they also had some UV fans avaible with a clear UV reactive coat.

Front of the fan Back of the fan

passtrough Molex connector Passtrough Molex connector

The fan has a 3-pin connector (for RPM readout only) and also a passtrough Molex connector. Special about the passtrough Molex connector is that it doesn't excists out of 2 Molex connector but out of a special type of passtrough connector that combines a male and female Molex connector into one connector. This is nice because it generates less cable mess. Another feature to decrease the amount of cable mess is the black sleeving of the Molex connector wires.

Features and specifications of this fan
  • 80 x 80 x 25.4 mm
  • Volumetric Airflow 34 CFM
  • Fan Speed 2,600 rpm (avg.)
  • Acoustic Noise 30 dBA (at average rpm)
  • Static Pressure 0.12 inch H2O

    Overall these specifications are like most other 80mm fans. They aren't super high performance 80mm fans which push out 70CFM or more and produce a LOT of noise. But the Antec UV fans have an average airflow and the noise production is also average. Compared to most other UV fans they have a good noise/airflow ratio.

    fan screws

    Also included with the fan was a bag with four case screws. Nice that they thought about it!


    Testing
    Now I'm going to do some testing to see if this baby is really able to cool down my system. I first took out my intake and outtake fan. I let my system running for a while like that and the heat raised quite a bit. The only running fans were the ones in my PSU, my CPU cooler and my GPU cooler. I wrote down all temperatures I could gather and let the Antec blue UV fan run for 15 minutes as an outtake fan (close to my CPU and GPU) and compared the difference. The room temperature was about 18°C. I've also monitored the RPM of the fan it was running slightly higher than the specs on the site of Antec told me, it was running between 2780 and 2850RPM

    Overall from these results I can conclude that this fan is able to provide a good cooling for my system. But how does it looks?? Check out the following pictures to get an idea about it :-).

    Without UV light With UV light With UV light in dark
    Back of the fan with UV light Back of the fan with UV light in dark
    in my case in my case another shot in my case
    Round CCFLs rule! Light me! In my case


    The illumination of this fan under direct UV light is very good, but when the UV light points in at the fans at an angle or some distance the effect starts to get weaker. Outside your case like on some of the pictures this isn't a problem but in your case it gets a little bit harder. You'll have to make sure that the UV light reaches the fan to get a good illumination. A very good solution for this is a round Cold Cathode like you can seen on the last three pictures!


    Conclusion
    The illumination with a normal Cold Cathode in your case is avery to good but with a round Cold Cathode the Blue Antec UV Fan really kicks ass! If you're worried about his performance, this fan performance well. See the test results for more details about this.
    Price is $7.99 at the Antec Store (for US and Canada) which isn't too expensive, take a look here if you live in another country.

    The Good Stuff
    - It cools your PC
    - The blue UV reaction looks very cool, especially with a round cold cathode
    - Passtrough connector combined in one Molex connector and also 3-pin connector for RPM readout
    - The black sleeving around 4-pin wires

    The Bad Stuff
    - Relatively noisy
    - Good UV illumination requires UV source to be close by


    DV Hardware rates the Antec 80mm UV Fans with a 8/10



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    Added: April 10th 2003
    Reviewer: LSDsmurf
    Score: 8/10
    Related Link: Antec



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