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Thermaltake Riing 12 LED
Hi everyone, Will here. Glad to have everyone back. Today, I am going to review the Thermaltake Riing 12 LED Static Pressure PC case fan.
Thermaltake is a company that is probably more known for their PC cases than anything else, but their fans are definitely something that is coming around. You should definitely look into them if you are in the market for a fan, especially for a static pressure fan to use with an AIO water cooler. Today, I am looking at the Thermaltake Riing 12 LED fan. This fan has a maximum static pressure of 2.01mm-H2O, 40.6 CFM (cubic feet per minute; the measure of the volume of air a fan moves in a minute), a maximum noise level of 24.5dBA, and a maximum fan speed of 1500 RPM.
The Thermaltake Riing 12 LED fan sports hydraulic bearings for silent operation and low noise production. There is also an anti-vibration mounting system that increases stability during the operation of the fan. The LED light ring around the inside of the mounting bracket maintains uniform color and brightness and comes in four vivid colors: blue, red, white, and green. The Riing 12 is “Tt LCS Certified” and ensured to be first class in performance from the features and fitment of the fan and chassis. This certification is exclusive to Thermaltake, setting a benchmark for all liquid cooling supported chassis. The certification is applied only to products that meet Thermaltake’s stringent design standard for delivering their stringent design standards for delivering for the demands of hardcore PC enthusiasts. The certification is a way for Thermaltake to “inform” power users that chassis which have been tested for best compatibility with extreme liquid cooling configurations. In some tests within Thermaltake’s benchmarking, cooling was improved by 40% compared to the standard case fan.
The fan blade is a concentrated compression blade specifically for high static pressure cooling required by radiators. The fan is engineered to focus the inner weaker circle of air outward which allows the outer section to pressurize and compress the air. Combine these characteristics of the fan with the special “wind blocker frame” and you get maximum static pressure in all applications. As the frame works in harmony with the blade, there is a compression effect created, blocking any pressure from escaping. With this, the blade’s noise and vibration is reduced; perfect harmony with balance of power and sound.
The internal components include a hydraulic bearing that self-lubricates with a high quality, friction-reducing substance leading to lower operating noise and efficiency of the fan. There is a seal cap that prevents leakage of the lubricant which in turn improves the lifespan of the unit. Included in the packages is a low noise cable (LNC) which reduces sound output of the fan from approximately 24.6dBA to 18.7dBA or 24% reduction.
What's Included in the Package?
Included in the package is:
- 120mm Riing Fan Assembly
- Low Noise cable (LNC)
- Molex Adapter
- Standard 3-pin power cable
- Long mounting screws (for radiator mounting use)
- Case mounting screws
My Thoughts and Experiences
I purchased this fan assembly from my local Best Buy in Clarksville, TN, for $16.99. I purchased the fan before I knew that it was a static pressure fan and not a high air flow fan. The difference is that static pressure fans are better for pushing air through things (e.g., radiator) given the high pressure that they produce where high air flow fans push more air faster and are designed for intake and exhaust fans; essentially that’s the difference between the two. At any rate, I purchased the fan and have used it as an outtake fan. I noticed a two degree decrease in case temperatures just by adding the fan at the top of my case in exhaust configuration. This is good considering I am overclocking a very hot chip in the i7-7700K using a Corsair AIO cooler as well as overclocking a hot GPU in the MSI GTX 1080 Duke. The GPU is exhausting heat in excess of 80 degrees Celsius and so exhausting that hot air out is paramount. I may end up mounting this fan in a push/pull configuration on my 120mm Corsiar H60 AIO cooler radiator and purchasing a Thermaltake high air flow fan to mount in the top of my case in an exhaust configuration. In my use of this fan, I can say without reservation that is a well worth the small price you pay for it. The fan is very affordable and produces results. A 2 degree decrease in overall case temperature is quite impressive, especially considering how quiet this fan is (it's silent to me even maxed out). I am actually quite intrigued as to how it would do as a radiator fan. So, should you buy this fan? Absolutely. I look forward to more Thermaltake products and new and improved technology.
Thermaltake Riing 12 Fan Product Animation
Riing 12 in "The Superman"
Thermaltake Product Webpage
- Thermaltake - Global - Riing 12 LED Blue - CL-F038-PL12BU-A
Riing 12 LED Blue-A 120mm patented blue LED Ring radiator fan with high-static pressure design.
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