Evercool Ever 12 Plus Green Fan
(3.5 star rating)
The Evercool 12 Plus Ever Green Fan is actually a 14 centimeter fan that fits in a standard 12 centimeter fan mount. In addition, the fan comes with shock absorbers that can be used if desired to further reduce noise from vibration. The fan can be used as either an intake or exhaust fan, and includes all necessary hardware for installation. The Ever Green Fan is compatible with RoHS stnadards, and Evercool takes pride in the fact that these fans are produced with environmentally friendly materials and cause no direct pollution. My first impression was how the blades looked kind of like the swept propeller blades on the stealth nuclear submarine that wound up on the Google satellite view back in 2007. This instantly bought geek points for me, but how well will they really work?
Design and Installation
When I first emptied the box, I was a little surprised to find there were no instructions. It seems even the most simple things these days have an instruction sheet, and this fan included shock absorbing rubber studs and a mounting ring that I have never seen before. Fortunately, it was pretty self explanatory once I looked at the pieces, and Evercool has managed to live up to their green promise by not wasting a piece of paper. The assembly process is also easily reversible, so you're not stuck with your initial decision of how to mount the fan.
I was disappointed to find that my Ultra aluminum full tower case could not accommodate the 14cm fan. I knew initially that I could not install it in the front due to a recessed mounting location that exactly fits a 120mm fan. The rear was close, and the fan would fit, but I could not get any mounting holes to align thanks to the mounting location being just a little too close to the edge. Evercool does warn the purchaser to be sure there is enough space, however when installing oversized components, millimeters count. I ended up installing the fan on the outside of my case replacing the exhaust fan for an airflow test.
|Box||What's In the Box|
Features and Specifications
- 14CM fan can fit into12cm case providing higher airflow and high cooling performance.
- Shock absorption ring design reduces both vibration and noise.
- Manufactured with environment-friendly materials. Protects the Earth and causes no pollution Compatible with RoHS standard.
- Great flexibility. It can be installed either in the front, back or side of the case.
- Long-life lubricating feature allows longtime use.
- Easy installation for both professional and entry-level users.
- Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 25mm
- Bearings: Ever Lubricate
- Life Time: 40,000 hours at 25° Celsius
- Rating Speed: 1200 ± 10% RPM
- Noise Level: < 23 dBA
- Weight: 138g
|Overhead closeup||View compared to stock fan|
Since this fan is meant to fill the space of a 120mm, I figured this was a good fan for comparison. My case currently sports a 120mm clear LED fan. Aside from the LED's, this fan is pretty traditional. Powering them up side by side in a quiet room, I can hear them both come to life. They are both standing upright on the table. An admittedly subjective test does seem to indicate that the 12 Plus Ever Green Fan is a little quieter, but they are both pretty quiet in this environment. I followed this test up by laying them both down on a table with the air flow blowing towards the table. The difference is still pretty small. I then added the shock absorber to the 12 Plus Ever Green Fan. This didn't offer a noticeable difference, possibly due to a well balanced fan in the first place. However, when combined with vibrations from other sources in a case, this seemed to be a little better.
The most relevant portion of this measurement is how much heat is removed from the case. For this test, I used the hardware sensors on my motherboard, CPU, and GPU to measure system, CPU, and GPU temperatures at idle and under load with both the original 120mm fan, as well as the new 140mm fan. To generate heat, I played Just Cause 2 for at least 30 minutes running through an urban environment and battling roaches in an attempt to find the last objective to conquer the city. The reported temperatures are indicated in the table below. Unfortunately, the differences between the two fans under load is not enough to indicate any improvement in airflow. To be fair, my case does not have air holes beyond the regular 120mm range, so this may be better in a more accommodating case.
Evercool Ever 12 Plus Green Fan
The Evercool 12 Plus Ever Green Fan is available for less than $10 USD online, and is an interesting idea to squeeze every bit of air flow possible out of your current configuration. Unfortunately, by pushing these limits, it does come with its own drawbacks, such as not quite fitting in my case. I cannot hold this limitation against the fan since that is the known and expected trade off in this device. I think the 12 Plus fan fulfills its promises by delivering a quieter, larger fan in a more common mounting configuration. There are numerous cases that would be much more accommodating to this fan than mine turned out to be. The fan is quieter than most 120mm fans and moves at least as much air. If you're looking for a quieter system without resorting to liquid cooling and have extra room around your current fan mounting locations, this is definitely an option to consider.
Pros: Quiet; Fits standard 12cm mounting; Environmentally Friendly; Includes shock absorbers.
Cons: Difficult to verify fit prior to purchase.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5