The be quiet! Silent Wings 3 120 mm High-Speed fans are available for purchase at $19.90 from the be quiet! store at Newegg.com, in both DC and PWM options, in the USA as of the date of this article. It is nice to see the same price for both versions, as generally the inclusion of a PWM motor costs more to the MSRP. Over in the UK, the DC version costs £17.99 (inc. VAT) from Overclockers UK as of the date of this article. Either way, these prices are lower than what the be quiet! Silent Wings 2 used to cost, at least in the USA, from resellers and so it was a pleasant surprise to see a price cut coming along with the newer fans. Note also that these cost the same as the standard speed versions, and so customers with fan controllers will do well buying these instead. These prices put them up against some very good fans though, and I suppose it is a good thing then that these seem worth it.
From packaging to build quality, there isn’t much to go wrong here. The all black (sans the hub sticker) color scheme, the included and updated fan corners and the increase in fan performance means you now have a fan that is not just all about low noise but has decent performance too- even as a radiator fan to where it is the best from an airflow/noise basis in a lot of the usable regime. The DC version especially is my recommendation now for ~2000 RPM fans, and if warranty increases to ~5 years or so then I have really no complaints. The PWM version was disappointing, however, as it displayed a massive drop in fan speed and this can’t be excused since customers should not have to take the risk that their PWM controllers may or may not be compatible fully. At this time, I recommend going with the DC version and having voltage control over the fan speed instead. If things change in the future, and hopefully they do, then it is a different story of course.
The Silent Wings 3 120 mm High-Speed fans (DC version only) get:
As always, my scoring is based off a start of 100% with deductions for relative performance and noise, build quality and packaging, relative pricing and how well a product meets the intended application. The PWM version are not even going to be scored and I will continue to warn people about them in general. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the reviews, do subscribe via the widget on side or on social media- Facebook,Twitter. If you would like to support or want to simply reach out, please use the contact page. Thanks for reading!