Zalman ZM-F4 135mm Multipurpose Fan ReviewSat, Apr 02, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Unboxing The Zalman ZM-F4 135mm Multipurpose Fan
I will say that’s a mighty sharp looking fan. The mounting holes are also open so that makes for easy mounting options with heatsinks. The cable is taped down which is why it’s held to the body like that
Here we have the ZM-F4 standing up; if you have trouble counting, this guy has 11 fan blades on it. That’s rather impressive, more so for a fan that is calling itself quiet.
Most people do not understand the dynamics of it all, but in simple terms, the more blades you add to an impeller, the more turbulence you are generating in the air. The more turbulence you have, the louder your fan is going to be.
Fan makers balance this out by changing the pitch, hue, and overall design of the blades.
Here we have the backside of the ZM-F4; it has a power rating of 0.28A which means at full speed it should draw around 3.36w. That’s rather nice as it’s not very heavy so it won’t overload most fan controllers included with cases.
Here we have the cable of the ZM-F4; this is your standard yellow-red-black colors unlike the monochrome design of the ZM-F3-FDB and unsleeved unlike the ZM-SF3. I’m not complaining, though, as they used a fused design, so it’s thin and flexible like a ribbon cable.
The Silicone pins included with the ZM-F4 are as very, very close to a pure white shade as you’ll get without being glossy. These are very nice, flexible, and easy to work with. From my experience, the vibrations from a case and its components are not huge. The pins help cut down on the vibrations and make a notable difference.
I love Zalman fans as they come with not only the pins but the resistor cable as well. Alas; accessories are only one part of the package, so let’s move onto testing the ZM-F4.