In our hands-on review of Cooler Master's MasterAir Pro 4 and MasterAir 3 CPU heatsinks, we found ourselves impressed by the company's MasterFan Pro series fans, particularly the 120-mm variety that accompanies the Pro 4. Those fans are not, however, particularly colorful. Cooler Master, always ready to supply an RGB LED to a gamer in need, has a solution to that problem in its new MasterFan Pro Air Balance RGB fans.
Cooler Master says the Air Balance fans are designed to balance static pressure, air flow, and silent operation. The company says their design allows them to propel air farther and maintain more static pressure than their previous models. A glossy coating on each fan blade helps to reduce air resistance, and rubber grommets at the mounting points help with cutting down vibration and rattle noise. CM says the fans produce between 6 dB and 20 dB, too.
To add some color to these fans, Cooler Master replaced the black fan blades with clear ones, and attached RGB LEDs around the driver. A small switch on the back of the fan lets users pick between three color modes: red, blue, and RGB. Selecting a color in RGB mode requires the assistance of the CoolerMaster RGB fan controller, which the company sells separately.
Cooler Master rates these fans's average life at 490,000 hours, and backs this claim (and the fans) with a five-year warranty. The spinners haven't quite made their way to Cooler Master's online store, but we don't expect that it will take the company long to begin selling them.
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