Indispensable but undecided: Which fan is right for me?

ARCTIC Casefan p-fan bionix

Fans: If not for the fresh air they provide, your computer would run out of steam at some point. Not infrequently underestimated, case fans play a key role in PC cooling. Used properly, they will help your system achieve long-lasting operation with maximum performance. Likewise, they can also be the cause of disturbances – be it through annoying noises or even the tragic heat death of other components. This means a case fan should be chosen with care and adapted to suit its specific purpose. Choices are not lacking, but which is the right fan for you?

Here ARCTIC, we split our fans into two product groups: the pressure-optimized P-series, and the high airflow F-series. The F fans are particularly suitable as case fans, while the P fans are designed especially for use on heat sinks, radiators and concealed housing inlets.

For a more in-depth comparison of our two fan series, click here. So, you‘ve decided between pressure-optimized and high airflow fans—now what? Here’s what to choose if you want a…

Basic fan

Reduced to the essentials, but without sacrificing quality: our F and P standard models with fixed speeds offer an excellent balance of effective cooling, quiet operation and exceptionally good value for money.

Available in (diameter) sizes 80/90, 120 and 140 mm.

Barely audible fan Silent

Specially optimized for silent systems, this fan was designed with low fixed speed and inaudible 0.08 sone. Want to know the secret? At low fan speed, the engine noise is crucial. A German-engineered engine with an improved alloy/lubricant combination reduces friction and keeps operating noise to a minimum.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with manual/custom control PWM

Thanks to its 4-pin connector, fan speed can be controlled via pulse-width modulation or PWM. Depending on the workload, the speed can be customly set to always guarantee the maximum cooling capacity with minimum noise.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only) 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with temperature sensor TC

The highlight of this fan series is a separate temperature sensor. This sits at the end of a long cable and can be placed anywhere in the housing where the most heat is generated. It determines the ideal speed of the fan without PWM signal and ensures the lowest possible noise level with, of course, good cooling performance.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with distribution cable PWM PST

Thanks to innovative PWM sharing technology (PST), several fans can be daisy-chained together with just one PWM signal. Here‘s how connected fans rotate in unison: evenly quiet in phases with low load; simultaneous and fast when necessary; and always extremely effective.

Available in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Want to see PWM PST in action? Check our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vw2QWWgdvI

Continuous operation fan PWM PST CO

Robustness is necessary here: CO (“Continuous Operation”) fans cool 24 hours a day, 7 days a week– making them ideal for servers, for example. The premium quality of the double ball bearing reduces friction and, consequently, reduces wear and tear. Compared to standard models, the service life is five times longer.

Available with PWM PST in sizes 80/90 (F series only), 120 and 140 mm.

Fan with vibration absorption PRO

Patented Solution: ARCTIC’s PRO fans feature a vibration-damping design that absorbs vibrations from the fan within the mount, providing the ultimate in smoothness. Due to the unique frame, however, only one-sided attachment is possible.

Available with TC & PWM PST in sizes 80, 90 and 120 mm (F series only).

Gaming fan BioniX

With a focus on design (available in multiple color options), ultra-low-vibration operation and a particularly wide speed range, these high-speed fans are tailored to meet the needs of gamers.

Available with PWM PST sizes in 120 mm and 140 mm.

Text: Tamy Kahlert

The innovative PWM Sharing Technology – Use PST to control the fan speed

How is the temperature decreased by PST?

Fans using the PWM feature just function with the necessary speed to endure maximum cooling at the lowest noise level.
Thanks to the patented innovative PWM Sharing Technology (PST), up to 5 fans (including CPU fans) connected to the ARCTIC F PWM fan can share the PWM signal. The speed of all the fans in this PST system is then centrally controlled by a single PWM signal via BIOS.
This means if the system load becomes greater, the fan speed of all fans within the PST system increases to reduce the chassis temperature. If the utilization is low, these fans will operate at a relatively low speed to ensure a proper cooling.

ARCTIC PST fans to lower noise level

Patented PWM Sharing Technology (PST) lowers noise level

All advantages at a glance

  1. Regulate the speed of different fans with only one PWM signal
  2. Quiet and effective case ventilation: Several fans rotate slowly and quietly at a little load.
  3. Save energy through lower fan speed

    several case fans working in parallel with PWM Sharing Technology

    Centralized controll with PST

How to install several PST fans

The following video gives an overview about the feature and explains how to install up to 5 fans with the PWM Sharing Technology feature.

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