BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 120mm Fans - Installation, Testing and Conclusion

Article Index
BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 120mm Fans
Features and Specifications
Installation, Testing and Conclusion
Conclusion
 

Installation:

Installation in any case will vary.  In my case installation wasn’t so as easy.  I had a little more work as I have the Antec Twelve Hundred case.  Fan installation in this case is difficult no matter what fan I would have put in the case - not just the Spectre. As you can see in the image, I had to pull the tray out of the case and detach the front clip from the tray to reveal the screws that hold the fan in.  Once these are disconnected, I can place the new fan in this tray.  I had to repeat this step three times and the fan fits in nicely with no problems.

Fan Cage Installation
Fan Installation

As you can see below, the Spectre fans look much brighter with four LED lights - one in each corner as opposed to the stock fans with only three LEDs per fan.

 

   

Stock Fans
Stock Fans
Spetre Fans
Spectre Fans

 

Testing:

Before we jump into testing, we'll cover some basic systems specs.

System Specs:

  • Antec Twelve Hundred Case
  • Asrock 890FX Deluxe 4 Motherboard
  • AMD Phenom ll x4 Black Edition
  • Thermaltake V1 AX  HSF
  • 8G G.skill RipJawz Gaming Series DDR3
  • XFX radeon HD 5870
  • Kaze Master ll Fan Controller
  • Windows 7 Ultimate


The first thing I noticed when testing with a fan controller was that the higher the RPM on the fan, the brighter the LED lights go.  Now with all three fans running at the 1200rpm speed, (max) it is still nice and quiet - nearly to the point of silence.  When comparing these fans to the original setup I had, I'm not thinking of updating the rest of my fans in my system to the Spectre Pro series.  BitFenix can hook you up with 140mm, 200mm, and 230mm fans in addition to the 120mm version we have on our bench today. 

I have a lot of fans in my system and I had to really turn down every other fan and listen really close to hear these fans at all.  At about 1100 RPM I could start to hear them above the system noise in my PC.  When comparing these to the original stock fans - all three Spectre fans running at 1200 RPM are still much much quieter than having one of the originals running full blast.