be quiet! has been teasing their Silent Wings 3 series of fans for what seems an eternity now, with delays galore and a first introduction in their PSUs to tease customers. Wait no more though, they are all out now. Featuring a new 6-pole motor for high efficiency, and marketed with more emphasis on performance be quiet! has introduced not one, but 4 separate SKUs per fan size. So let’s not waste more time than we have to and thank be quiet! for the review samples as we set about taking a look at the first set today.
As mentioned above, there are multiple versions of the Silent Wings 3 fan series. Today we take a look at the 120 mm and 120 mm PWM non high-speed versions. They only differ in mode of control and some accessories, so let’s take a look at the specs of the non-PWM version courtesy the product page:
I will never tire of appreciating be quiet!’s consistency in having a detailed, comprehensive set of product specifications. The PWM version is missing the 12 V to 7 V and 12 V to 5 V adapter (and also a 12 V from PSU adapter, as we will see. All of these are on a single adapter, in fact). That aside, they are identical in every other way sans the mode of fan control and fan cable connector of course. Both are rated at 1450 RPM, both have the new 6-pole motor and both have their FDB bearing resulting in a promised lifetime of a whopping 300, 000 hours. The warranty of 3 years comes as a let down then, as such confidence would be better accompanied with a 5 year warranty. These are 120 x 120 x 25 mm square frame fans with a similar twist to the Silent Wings 2 fans in that the corners are removable and exchangeable. Let’s now take a good look at the fans on the next page.