I’ll admit it, fans are boring, but they an integral part of any computer system and without good fans bad things can happen.  To me a good fan is one that can move a good amount of air but yet be quiet as low noise is important to me. ARCTIC has sent me over two of their F Pro series of fans for review, the 80mm and the 120mm sizes. These fans are meant to help keep things cool but be virtually silent while doing so. The F Pro fans are specifically designed with silence in mind and they are virtually silent.

Specifications:

ARCTIC F PRO Fans

ARCTIC F Pro is a professional case fan that outperforms other generic case fans in the market. Its noise-performance ratio is superior as it offers high airflow while maintaining quiet operation at the same time.

Cost-Efficient with Exceptional Performance
ARCTIC F Pro is an affordable option that guarantees optimal airflow inside a chassis. It is ideal for any PC cases, including HTPC systems. This case fan utilizes fluid dynamic bearing to extend its service life since it reduces friction rotation and seals the lubricant securely in the bearing. Complement this case fan with ARCTIC’s prominent CPU and VGA coolers to enhance superior airflow for your hardware cores.

Extremely Quiet
The patented vibration absorption fan holder is the key in keeping the ARCTIC F Pro to run inaudibly. This frame absorbs vibration caused by spinning and in turn offers whisper-quiet operation.

Quick Installation
Setting up the ARCTIC F Pro is easy. It can be installed by mounting it with four screws that are included or simply install with screwless mounting mechanism that is provided in the chassis.

Specs:

Fan Speed:
-80mm: 2000rpm
-120mm: 1500rpm

Air Flow:
-80mm: 33 CFM / 56.1 m3/h
-120mm: 54 CFM / 91.7 m3/h

Bearing: Fluid Dynamic Bearing

Price:
80mm: $4.90
120mm: $7.90


The box for the fans are the familiar white of ARCTIC and they have pictures along with specs and features listed.

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We’ll take a look at the fans separately.

The first fan is the 120mm and in the box you’ll find an ARCTIC badge along with a bag of screws for installation.

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The F Pro fans have a specially designed shroud on them. It’s basically a built in fan grill but it’s much more than that.

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The fans are actually not fully attached to the frames, they’re held on with rubber fasteners to let them sort of float thus preventing or reducing vibrations and in turn reducing the noise from the fans.

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The back of the fan is totally open for full unimpeded airflow and cooling performance.

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Here’s the 80m m fan in pictures, it’s designed the same as the 120mm but just smaller.

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Installation is simple, you can use the included screws and just fasten it to your case either in the back of maybe in the front if there’s enough room.

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The one thing about these fans that kind of bothers me is the fact that they can only be installed one way because of the front shroud. Most cases don’t have enough room in the front behind the bezel for a type of fan like this, so you’re only real option is to use them for exhaust fans. This does work fine though.

The second thing that kind of bothers me is that they really can’t be used as a cooling fan on a heatsink. This second thing isn’t that big of a deal, but it would be nice to really test how well they move air.

They are quiet fans, I didn’t notice any increase in noise levels with these fans installed and they seem to be more than adequate for helping to keep the system cool.

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Conclusion:
The ARCTIC F Pro fans are quiet and they seem to do a decent job of moving air around to help keep your system cool.

The 120mm fan sells for under $8 and the 80mm fan sells for under $5, which is very good I think. When you look around for fans you’ll find many that cost over $20 each and that’s a lot for single fan in my opinion.

The ARCTIC F Pro series of fans over a very good value for the money. They are quiet and they will do a very good job at helping to keep your computer running cool.

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Pros:
+Runs quiet
+Simple to install
+Inexpensive
+Includes parts for installation

Cons:
-Can only be mounted one way

Grades:  
Overall score 9 10 thumb1 Review of ARCTIC F Pro 80mm and 120mm Cooling Fans
Design score 9 10 thumb1 Review of ARCTIC F Pro 80mm and 120mm Cooling Fans
Performance score 10 10 thumb1 Review of ARCTIC F Pro 80mm and 120mm Cooling Fans

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