AcoutisFan Dustproof fans

Accoustifan 120mm fan

With North America now well into hot summer weather and new processors getting hotter more users are looking to update their stock case cooling with a better solution. The main problem with updating system cooling is the noise trade off.  The more fans you add the more system noise will be generated.  Anyone that likes a clean system knows that additional fans bring a ton of dust into the system and have to be cleaned to keep your platform looking at its best. 

Legit Reviews was recently asked to look at some products from a company called Acousti Products, a maker of quality case fans, whose line includes "AcoustiFan  DustPROOF" fans.  While not actually dustproof, that's simply the name for the line of fans, the Acoustifan Dustproof fans do in fact have a dust-fee sealed motor. Although it's not the magical dustproof fan, these fans bring something else to your system, quiet cooling. A big thanks goes out to QuietPC for bring these fans to our attention. 

"AcoustiFans have not been designed for maximum airflow performance, but rather for quietness (although the cubic feet per minute (CFM) airflow specifications are still very respectable). The ultimate solution for a near-silent system is adequate airflow to maintain low system and component temperatures but without excessive fan noise and vibration. These fans are not designed for 'extreme' or 'overclocked' systems with a particular need for high airflow, but rather for systems where several well positioned ultra-quiet fans, each with a relatively slow RPM, will be more than adequate for cooling purposes.  The DustPROOF fans all start as low as 5VDC for virtually silent operation."

While some companies manufacture high flow fans for case cooling, these fans can be quite annoying, a great example would be the Tornado, which sounds like a dust buster or vacuum cleaner.

Dustproof fan

Let's take a look at the fans specifications.

Dustproof fan features

Dustproof fan features

 

Dustproof fan gaskets

Along with the fans I recieved a set of these silicon fan gaskets to help keep acoustic levels down. I was really impressed by the fit and thickness of these gaskets. Regardless of the fan you choose to use them with, they should really help dampen vibration and the noise it causes.

dustproof fan with gasket

Anti-vibration Soft Silicone Fan Gaskets

These ultra-soft fan gaskets are designed to reduce the vibration from PC and server case cooling fans, and maintain a seal between the case side and the fan housing. Each retail pack contains an anti-vibration fan gasket with 4 silicone washers and mounting screws. We believe they are the thickest and most effective available anywhere!

 

gasket technical drawing

 

Features

Installation was simple enough (really, how hard can a fan be to install?). Using the silicon gaskets, the whole system was in place in less than two minutes. One thing I didn't use, and ended up just tossing aside, was the wiring assembly that allows for the fans to be monitored and ad adjusted. I'm not big on extra wires in my case, and though these added some functionality to the fans, it to me at least, wasn't worth the hassle. The wires themselves would quickly end up in a rats nest inside the case anyway.

While a more detailed look at their specs can be found here, I chose to look strictly at two things when comparing these fans against a few other prominent brands, air flow (CFM), and noise (dBA). For testing purposes I chose two of the most widely used and most popular brands, Sunon and Panaflo. For the 80mm fans I chose the SUNON KD1208PTB2 80mm and Panaflo FBA08A12L -1J 80mm Hydro Wave fans. when it came to the big boys, the 120mm fans I chose the Panaflo FBA12G24M1A 120mm Hydro Wave and the SUNON KD1212PMB1-6A 120mm fans. I always recommend Panaflo fans when asked by our members or friends, and Sunon has proven to be a popular choice among system builders.

FAN Dustproof 8025B 80mm Panaflo FBA08A12L -1J 80mm Hydro Wave SUNON KD1208PTB2 80mm Dustproof 12025B 120mm Panaflo FBA12G24M1A 120mm SUNON KD1212PMB1-6A 120mm
CFM

19.9

24

39

56.3

86.5

108

dBA

15.6

21

32

24.7

35.6

42

RPM

1600

1900

2900

1500

2199

3100

As for  DustPROOF, if you are looking for a fan that is "dust free", then you would be upset to know that these fans only offer a sealed fan motor that allows for dust-free operation.  You'll still have to either use filters, which can be bought or easily made, to keep out dust/dirt that can get blown in your case causing heating problems!

As far as performance, the  DustPROOF I used, both provided ample air flow, and without a doubt were much quieter than my cases stock fans. Even when compared to the quietest Panaflo low flow fans, the  DustPROOF  fans look really attractive. Couple this with a 3 speed adjuster, as well as a 6 year expected lifespan and I believe these fans are a good choice for anyone looking for the quietest fans possible for their system. Keep in mind though, these are low to moderate flow fans, and as such, they are not going to give you the performance of a Panaflo or Sunon fan.

All in all, a nice set of fans that definitely are among the quietest I have come across. thanks again to QuietPC and AcoustiFan for their help in providing information and samples for this review