Corsair announced earlier this week that the company is expanding their cooling options to include PC case fans with their new Air Series. They have been bundling fans with their self-contained water cooling units since their release, but they have been rebranded fans from other manufacturers. With the Air Series, Corsair has designed the fans in-house and then had partners capable of building the units actually manufacture them. The fans in the Air Series have been designed to balance airflow and quiet operation for enthusiasts that want cooling performance with consideration towards noise.
Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition
Currently Corsair is offering 120mm and 140mm fans which focus on either high static pressure or high airflow. They feature a hydraulic bearing system, rubber case mounting points, and a variety of colors to choose from including red, blue, and white colored rings around the fan blades.
Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition
The fans with AF in the model name are part of the high airflow subset and are geared towards moving as much air as possible through your case. There are two 120mm and one 140mm fan for sale at the time of writing. Corsair has designed the fans with thin custom molded blades for a fan that moves lots of air and can be installed in spaces as small as 3cm in depth.
Corsair SP120 High Performance Edition
Alternatively, Corsair is offering fans that deliver a high static pressure, which makes them ideal for pairing with watercooling radiators and air cooling heatsinks. These fans have “SP” in the model name, and are currently limited to two 120mm fans. The high static pressure is achieved by using seven wide blades and a custom molded enclosure.
The following chart from Corsair details the currently available Corsair fans.
|Edition||Description||Size (mm)||Noise (dBA)||Airflow (CFM)||RPM||Static Pressure (mmH20)|
|AF120 Quiet||Low noise, good airflow||120×25||21||39.88||1100||not measured|
|AF120 Performance||High airflow||120×25||30||63.47||1650||not measured|
|AF140 Quiet||Low noise, high airflow||140×25||24||67.8||1150||not measured|
|SP120 Quiet||Low noise, High pressure||120×25||23||37.85||1450||1.29|
|SP120 High Performance||High pressure||120×25||35||62.74||2350||3.1|
Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of the Components Business Unit at Corsair stated that "Many PC fans on the market are general purpose designs that not always suited to the task which they’re assigned. We took our expertise in PC case and cooling and designed fans that have very specific uses. Each fan is the right tool for the right job."
The new Corsair Air Series fans are on sale now and carry an MSRP of $16.99 USD for the AF120/SP120 (120mm high airflow and static pressure) fans and $18.99 USD for the 140mm AF 140 fans. More information on the Corsair fans can be found here.