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Fractal Design Silent Series R3 120 mm

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Part #: FD-FAN-SSR3-120-WT

SKU: 108095
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David_V15
03/23/17
Experience: 5 Days

Quiet, no LEDs, quality blade shape, low RPM Verified OwnerVerified Owner

Pros

-quiet fan, cannot hear it over my power supply fan which is also quiet
-3 pin connector for chassis fan / power fan plug on motherboard
-not shiny, no LEDs (I did not want anything flashy)
-moves air, which is what a fan should do
Cons
-no PWM signal for controlling fan speed from the BIOS/motherboard, but since the fan is quiet, it doesn't matter
Summary
Great..... would buy again.

G_M8
12/22/16
Experience: 6 Months

Great Value

Pros

Silent operation at 7-9V
Cons
Has a slight vibration at 7V that goes away at 9V
Summary
I bought this fan to replace a stock fan in my Corsair C70 which made a clicking noise. This fan is just as good if not better than stock.

nord
10/22/16
Experience: 3 Days

super Verified OwnerVerified Owner

Pros

silence
Summary
super

Nick_B38
07/08/16
Experience: 3 Weeks

Cheap and quiet!

Pros

-Very competitive price.
-Easy installation.
-Incredibly quiet.
Cons
-None.
Summary
A great little fan that has definitely improved the airflow in my rig, with almost no increase in noise that I've noticed.

Simon_G24
05/16/16
Experience: 2 Weeks

Pros

near no noise and cheap
Cons
nothing
Summary
nice cheap, good looking black and white fan

Ben_A
04/23/16
Experience: 1 Weeks

Pros

good price (on sale), long flat (350mm) cable, rifle bearings, low noise, black screws included, cardboard packaging
Cons
none at the moment
Summary
Got these to replace 2 out of 7 existing Yate Loon D12SL-12 that are top mounted as exhaust fans in my old Silverstone PS05 case. I am happy with the Yates and they have been service for more than 6 years of almost 24/7 operation, but since they have sleeve bearings, they tend to lose lubrication every 6-7 months and start getting noisy. For the last 2 years or so, I would simply take these two fans out for servicing, peel of the label/sticker, pop the rubber seal and put a drop  of all purpose oil (sewing machine oil). This immediately quiets the fan and life goes on for another half year or so. This behavior is inherent of most sleeve bearing fans as they are less suited to being mounted with the shaft vertical. (Note: The other Yate Loons in the machine have never had the noise and lubrication problem simply because they are mounted in the shaft horizontal position.]
Nothing wrong with oiling. Just do this together with the bi-annual cleanup / dusting service of any computer anyway. I don't just blow canned air on my fans, I always take them out, clean and wipe the blades manually with rubbing alcohol and let them dry fully before installing them back in.
Anyway, Long Story short, I saw these Fractal Design fans recently on sale and they had very similar specs to the Yates. They also feature rifle bearings which are better suited for any mounting orientation. They are not as prone to lubricant drying up since these bearings have a spiral groove that pumps fluid all the way to the top of the shaft.
YL D12SL-12 = 1350 rpm, 47.0cfm, 28dB noise, approx 50cm cable length braided with white 3-pin connector
FD SSR3-120 = 1200 rpm, 46.5cfm, 20.5dB, approx 35cm cable length flat/slim black with black 3-pin connector
The Yates were quiet enough for me, so a 7dB+ reduction in noise level should be even better. The cable length even at 35cm is still sufficiently long for most applications
The Fractal Design R3 came in very sturdy cardboard case will all the relevant specs on the outside. The entire packaging is recyclable and the only piece of plastic included is a very tiny bag that holds the 4 included fan screws.
Noise and airflow are roughly the same as to be expected. However, I do notice a slight clicking from the FD (regardless of whether they are running at full speed or connected to a fan controller. The clicking is very faint though - ears have to be within 6 inches or less away and in direct line with the fans. Anything farther or with the PC case to the side and you'll probably not notice it.
If these FD start going on sale more often, then these might be my next go-to case fans for budget builds.

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update: The method of measurement for noise was probably different between the Yates and these Fractals. Noise was actually slightly more but it was a low hum as opposed to a high speed whine and barely even noticeable.

Also, as it turned out, the Yates were 24.5mm thick and these Fractals were exactly 25mm (per spec). The plastic fan retainers of the Silverstone PS05 case needed to be modified (filed) ever so slightly to allow the top tray to snap back in place.


This review was modfied by poster @ 04-25-16 06:54 PM

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Features:

Fractal Design Silent Series R3 fans offer excellent value for money, with good performance and assured reliability.

All Fractal Design Silent Series R3 fans are equipped with long-life rifle bearings and an easy-to-hide, sleek black cable.

Available in a large variety of sizes, ranging from compact 40mm fans to full-size 140mm fans, the Silent Series R3 delivers suitable options for replacing loud or damaged fans in both computers and many other electronic devices.

Quick Specs:
Air Flow 1 x 46.5 CFM
Application/Usage Case
Package Contents
  • Silent Series R3 120mm
  • Screw Pack with 4 Metal Fan Screws
Connectors 3-pin
Fan Diameter 1 x 120 mm
Weight (Approximate) 4.41 oz
Noise Levels 20.5 dB(A)
Fan Bearing Type Rifle Bearing
Country of Origin China
Height 1"
Width 4.7"
Depth 4.7"
Number of Fans 1
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS WEEE
Fan Speed (rpm) 1 x 1200 rpm
ProductId1030385211

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

Additional Product Specifications  
     Full Product Specifications: Click to view
Fan Information  
     Air Flow: 1 x 46.5 CFM
     Fan Bearing Type: Rifle Bearing
     Fan Speed (rpm): 1 x 1200 rpm
     Noise Levels: 20.5 dB(A)
     Number of Fans: 1
General Information  
     Brand Name: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer Part Number: FD-FAN-SSR3-120-WT
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.fractal-design.com
     Product Line: Silent
     Product Name: Silent Series R3 120mm
     Product Series: R3
     Product Type: Cooling Fan
Interfaces/Ports  
     Connectors: 3-pin
Miscellaneous  
     Application/Usage: Case
     Country of Origin: China
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
WEEE
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • Silent Series R3 120mm
  • Screw Pack with 4 Metal Fan Screws

Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 4.7" (120 mm)
     Fan Diameter: 1 x 120 mm
     Height: 1" (25 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 125 g
     Width: 4.7" (120 mm)

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