Date: April 14, 2005
Author(s): Rob Williams
Modders know. If you want a pimpin’ looking computer, you want to deck it out with UV and LED’s. AC Ryan, once again to the rescue, delivers Blackfire4 fans, that are both UV, and contain 4 LED’s. See how they performed, and look, in our review.
AC Ryan wants your case to look fantastic, and light up like Las Vegas. With their Blackfire4 fans, it can be. What does the 4 mean? 4 LED’s of course!
AC Ryan sent us an 80mm Green fan with Blue LED, as well as a 92mm Orange fan with a Blue LED. They have many to choose from though, and you can check out the full list at their site here. As mentioned in the intro, the reason for the ‘4’ in Blackfire, is for the 4 LED’s that are in each sides of the fans.
What also makes the Blackfire4 fans special, is that they are made of UV reflective plastic. So, the LED’s reflect off the actual fan to add to the glow. As you likely already know, there is not too much to installing a new fan. I was however a little worried, because I knew that my motherboard only had one 3 pin Molex connection left. I was relieved when each Blackfire fan came with a 3 to 4 pin Molex converter, so that I could connect it straight to my PSU, rather than my motherboard.
I didn’t have any problems installing the fans, except for one minor thing. In the case I am currently using, there is no available spot for a 92mm fan. To make matters worse, there is not even a window in this particular case, so bare with me!
First, we must check to see if AC Ryan would send me a broken fan! Thanks to the recently reviewed Backy, I was able to see that they work perfectly!
Since I didn’t have a window in this case, in the example, I show the case without the side on, and the 92mm lying on the bottom, since there was no spot for it. As you can see though, it gives off a great glow. As for the airflow, I was very impressed with it as well. You could ‘really’ feel the air blowing strong, and it felt as though it was faster than the 2500RPM that they claim it goes.
Lastly, I wanted to see how loud the fans were compared to before. They ended up being very quiet, even though they are so fast. It’s definitely audible, but it’s a mild hum, just like it was with stock.
As good as the Blackfire4 fans look, it doesn’t necessarily mean they cooler better than stock. To test this, I originally used the stock fans I had, and ran a few rounds of Counter-Strike: Source, and then took the Max and Min temps from Motherboard Monitor. Once I installed the Blackfire4’s, which replaced the Stock fans, I did the same tests, and outputted those figures as well.
I think that the figures speak for themselves. Overall, the Blackfire beat out the Stock fans, by a very nice margin. Max CPU went from 57°, to 47°, which is a very healthy decline.
There’s no reason to not like these fans, and AC Ryan get’s our 10/10 score once again. How can something be THAT good you say? Well, the fans may be a simple idea, but they do exactly as promised, and does it well. Considering there were no installation problems, or any other problems really, then there’s no reason it doesn’t deserve a perfect score. Thanks to Mike from AC Ryan for threatening to put my fingers in the fans if I didn’t review them!
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