60mm to 80mm Fan Adapter Review

60-to-80mm-fan-adapter

Introduction

Sharka Corp sent us a couple of fan adapters made by Akasa which are made so that you can put 80 millimeter fans on 60mm heatsinks. This isn’t a new idea, but its not a bad one either. Using an 80mm fan which can push as much air as a 60mm fan, we can cut down on noise produced by heatsinks such as the delta screamers, since the 80mm fans don’t need to spin as quickly to push the same amount of air, thus cutting down on decibals. Or, if noise is not an issue, you might want to use a really powerful 80mm fan to push even more air, and possibly increasing the effectiveness of the heatsink.

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All you get in this kit is the adapter, some screws, and a fan grill, which are really all you need, well, an 80mm fan to use the adapter with wouldn’t hurt :) They sent us both a black one and a clear one, so you can make it fit your case’s design and color scheme.

Installation

Installation was simple, just screw the adapter into the heatsink and screw the fan onto the adapter, that’s it. You’re ready to go! Here are a few pics of the adapter itself:

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And just for fun, here’s a heatsink with a Pepsi can on it :Þ

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Testing

For this review I will be using the OCZ Goliath heatsink reviewed here using both 60mm and 80mm Delta fans. Here are the system specs of the testbed so you can get a feel for how the adapter affects performance:

  • CPU: Athlon XP 1600+ (1400 MHz) at default voltage (1.75)
  • Motherboard: Epox 8KHA+
  • Videocard: ATI Radeon 8500 Retail
  • RAM: 256 Megabytes Micron PC2100 DDR-SDRAM at default voltage
  • Hard Drives: 30 Gig Western Digital Caviar ATA100
  • 15 Gig Western Digital ATA66
  • Heatsink: OCZ Goliath
  • CD-ROM: 50x Delta
  • Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! Value Digital
  • Network Interface Card: Linksys LNE100TX 10/100 BaseT/TX

The ambient temperature of the room in which the adapter was tested was 23 degrees Celsius. To get the idle temperature I let Windows boot up and I shut down any programs running, except for Motherboard Monitor, and allowed the computer to sit for 30 minutes. To get the load temperature I ran Prime95 torture tests for 30 minutes, as well as a little bit of 3DMark2001SE. Since the small pics are a little fuzzy, you can click on them for larger ones.


 

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Idle:30 Load:35     Idle:29 Load:35

As you can see, the adapter didn’t really do much for temperatures, which could be the result of the gaps on the sides of the adapter, as can be seen in the next picture.

 

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Now I don’t really understand why the manufacturer would leave gaps on the sides, which just allow air to escape without touching the heatsink. I honestly believe that this is why the temperature didn’t change, since the air pressure wasn’t increasing, nor was the flow of air over the heatsink’s fins. But that doesn’t mean that this item is useless, since even though it doesn’t change temperatures much, it can be used to lessen the sound emanating from the computer, which is worth it to me

Conclusion

I think that this kit is a good idea that wasn’t quite implemented right. It doesn’t have any positive effect on the temperatures of my processor, but it also didn’t have any negative effects either, so if you are looking for a way to get the same performance as you get with a loud fan using a larger, quieter fan, then this product would be good for you. Other than that, I can’t really recommend it, unless you’ve just got 8 bucks to blow. Overall I give this product a 7/10 because it is a decent product with a (as far as I can tell) flawed design. On the other hand, it isn’t all that expensive, and if you want a quieter case it’s quite good. I would like to thank Sharka Corporation for sending this product over to the ‘Shop to be reviewed, please visit their site because they have a lot of cool stuff for your computer.

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Allows larger, quieter fans to be used
  • Installation is a breeze

Cons

  • Doesn’t affect temperatures even when using a high output fan
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