A solid entry with few drawbacks.
Pros:- decently priced- subtle yet attractive styling- no rgb!- sleeved cable with a pst connector- fluid dynamic bearing- high cfm- relatively quiet- very reliable (backed up by a 10 year warranty)cons:- silicon frame has seams and some imperfections. (pics incl.)- motor is a bit louder than i'm used to from arctic- 3 phase motor means the fan's rpm will be reported at 1.5x it's actual rpm.- silver screws? C'mon, throw in some black colored ones at least.Why did i choose this?I switched my airflow setup around a bit the other day which lead to better temps across the board for all of my components. Unfortunately this means that i have 5 intake fans while having only one exhaust fan located at the rear of my nzxt h700i case. I've got a nice red, black, and white theme going with my build, with all of my fans being black and white. The arctic f14 i had in the rear of my case, which is usually my go-to case fan, just can't exhaust enough air to offset the tremendous amount of air entering my case while gaming or rendering. Finding quality black and white fans that can move enough air (quietly) to be useful in my situation can be challenging. I've trusted arctic for over 10 years in dozens of gaming and office builds alike and they've never let me down. They're affordable, quiet, reliable, and perform very well in most applications. So i bought this based on cfm rating, aesthetics, and brand loyalty.So, how is it?What makes arctic fans so attractive is their bang for buck. This fan is ~$5 above the price of the regular arctic f14 fan, but it does look pretty cool, comes with a sleeved cable, and promises to move a bunch more air. The fan is built relatively well. There are a few imperfections of the molding of the silicon frame of the fan. There's a seam that runs the entire inner circumference of the fan, but when the blades are spinning you can't notice them. Not a huge deal, but there are better built fans out there at a similar price point. The performance is fantastic. When come max rpm, this thing moves a ton of air. It's very impressive and i've already seen a difference in temperatures as a result.Then there's the motor. The new 3-phase motor in these fans tricks most monitoring software (and bioses) into reporting these fans spinning nearly 1.5x faster than they actually are. So max rpm will be reported at ~2800 rpm when really it's closer to ~1800 rpm. Be aware of that and adjust your fan curves accordingly. This fan has a very wide rpm range and is basically silent up until 1500 rpm or so. Beyond that things get a little sketchy, but it may have more to do with my case than the fan itself. I don't think this fan particularly enjoys trying to blast air through a honeycomb-like grill at the rear of my case (nzxt h700i for reference). At speeds of 1500+ rpm (note: actual rpm, reported rpm is ~2300) a very noticeable humming noise was being emitted from the fan (refer to the pictures). I don't mind the sound of air gushing through vents but the motor noise was kind of obnoxious. However, i noticed that without any restriction, even if i ran the fan full speed, it was a fair bit quieter. I spent a fair amount of time trying different mounting positions until i could mitigate the noise as much as possible. Initially i had mounted the fan with rubber mounts (which, in all fairness, arctic recommends you do away with, now that i've read the marketing material on their website). I decided to replace those with the plain silver screws that came with it and slide the fan up slightly to reduce the restriction the fan was combating. This resulted in a much less motor noise*, although still noticeable with the volume down and no headphones on.Overall:all in all, i think these are attractive, decently priced fans that perform very well. They come in a variety of colors to match almost any build (except blue...). Give these fans a shot in your next gaming oriented build, rest assured that you've got a decade-long warranty covering these bad boys, and put the money you saved buying these, as opposed to noctua or corsair, into other components.*the last two screenshots are of a spectrum analyzer detailing approximately what frequency of noise these fans make at two chosen speeds. They're labelled appropriately. At ~1530 rpm, the motor emits a tone at ~211 hz. At ~1720 rpm, the motor emits a tone at ~264 hz. Obviously this tone increases in frequency as fan rpms rise and vice versa. If you'd like to know exactly what these frequencies sound like, look up an online tone generator and see for yourself.