|Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 80mm Case Fan - Page 2 of 2
The following standard system components were installed for the tests:
• AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor
• 2gb (4x512) Samsung 3200 DDR
• Gigabyte K8N-SLI motherboard (default settings)
• 2 - Seagate 80gb SATA in RAID 0
• CoolerMaster CoolDrive 4 (used to take temperatures and fan speed)
• Ultra Fan Commander
• BFG Technologies GeForce 6600GT OC PCI-Express
• Sony DVD-R DRU500A
• Memorex DVD/CDRW
• Ambient Room Temperature 22C
To test the Sharkoon fan, it was installed in the exhaust location of my case. Under a decent system load, the stock fan helped maintain a case temperature of 27C. With the Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 installed in place of the stock fan, the same load conditions resulted in a temperature of 25C. A 2 degree drop by switching to the Silent Eagle fan!
The Sharkoon fan ran at a default speed of 1980 RPM. The fan seems to be locked at this speed, as I was unable to increase or decrease the fan speed with both the CoolerMaster CoolDrive 4 and the Ultra Fan Commander. Aside from cooling performance, the next biggest factor is noise. The Silent Eagle lives up to its name. It's silent! I wasn't able to distinguish the Silent Eagle from any other component, which includes the Freezer 64, BFG GeForce 6600GT OC, Thermaltake 120mm front case fan or the Ultra X-Finity 500W PSU.
Sharkoon increases their product line-up with a unique fan that employs dimples to help increase airflow. The dimpling seems to help by moving a sufficient amount of air that caused a decrease in case temperatures by 2C.
If Sharkoon was to increase the fan size to 120mm and add some LEDs, they could very possibly have an incredible fan on their hands. If you're currently using 80mm fans, the Silent Eagle would be a great replacement for them, providing of course you don't have a desire for LEDs on your fans. I can't really fault them for not including LEDs, as that's not how the fan was designed.
I was able to find the Sharkoon Silent Eagle fan at two US based online retailers, Xoxide and Crazy PC. With a listed price of $11.99 from both, this is more expensive than generic 80mm fans. It is however still a good price for a high quality 80mm fan.
The price to performance ratio scores big points, silent operation and a lot of airflow helps push this over the top. Overall I have to give this a final score of 4.5 out of 5 stars and a rating of "Recommended".
Final Rating (4.5 out of 5 stars):
• Unique design
• Good cooling performance
• Includes vibration reducing fan mounts
• Quiet, high performance fan
• Limited fan sizes available
• No LEDs
Special thanks to Sharkoon for providing the Silent Eagle 200 dimpled 80mm fan to BigBruin.Com for review!
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