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CoolerMaster TLF-R82 Neon LED Fan
review by David, 18 September 2002

Introduction

The average casemodder will almost certainly have a window cut into his or her case, with a neon light, or cold cathode lighting up the hardware inside. Maybe a decal or two on the outside of the case, with logos or some such. Only one thing looks out of place. Through the window, the casefans can be seen. Plain old black casefans. Some might have painted the fan blades. Some might have embedded LEDs into the fanblades, for colored strips of light to be seen when the fan is spinning. Some others might even have clear case fans, with LEDs of varying colors.

CoolerMaster's Hong Kong office sent over one of their latest products, the TLF-R82 Neon LED Fan. Not wanting to be confused as another 'me too' type of product, CoolerMaster stresses features that make this product different from others of the same genre. The features include 4 blue neon LEDs and a patented Rifle bearing mechanism.

One problem with the many types of LED fans out there is that the LEDs are embedded into the fan blades, causing the need for some wierd extensions to accomodate the LED mountings as well as for powering the LEDs themselves. Some others only have 2 or 3 LEDs. CoolerMaster's LED fans have 4 of these blue babies, so expect them to light up really well.

As to the Rifle Bearing mechanism, searching on the Net results in zilch, so going to Tony, a CoolerMaster rep, I came back with this, "Rifle bearing is kind of sleeve bearing, however it has some special mechanism that will increase Life Expectance of the fan (still slightly less than ball bearing) and it is quieter than sleeve and ball bearing." Interpret that as you may.

Specifications & Features

(ripped from the CoolerMaster spec sheet)

  • Size: 80 x 80 x 25mm
  • Rated Voltage: 12V
  • Bearing Type: Rifle Bearing (patented)
  • Input Current: 0.15 A
  • Fan Speed: 2500 RPM
  • Air Volume: 32 CFM
  • Noise Level: 25 dBA
  • Connector: Three pin
  • 4 blue neon LEDs for maximum glowing effect
  • 3 pin connector for mainboard speed detection
  • No additional wires required

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