The fan is on the market and can be found inside a stylish black/blue/white carton box with a see through plastic cut, through which you can see the fan structure, with some basic information on the front and full technical details on the back of the box.
According to Gelid Solutions, the fan offers these technical details:
Size (mm): 140x140x25 mm
Rotation Speed (RPM +/-10%): 1200RPM
Airflow (CFM): 135.92CFM
Pressure (mmAq): 1.45(mmAq)
Acoustical Noise (dB/A): 26dB(A)
Input Current (A): 0.35A
Voltage Range (V): 12V
Bearing: Nanoflux Bearing (NFB)
So lets see what is inside this beautiful box.
After I took the fan out of the box I realized that this model has almost the same structure as Gelid WING 12 PL (blue) but this one is 20mm bigger. The model offers the same plastic frame in black and a propeller with 11 blades which are made of a semi-transparent light blue plastic. The number and the shape of the blades can be a hint about its performance.
According to Gelid, the propeller of WING 14 UV Blue is UV reactive.
When I look from the back of the fan I noticed some cuts on the plastic frame which are empty, but I assumed that they might be slots for installing leds or installing rubber spacers when it is added to a heatsink. Unfortunately, they are not installed. Maybe we will see them in future models.
Fan power and regulation is done via quite a long sleeved in black cable (500mm) with a 3 Pin connector.
As you can see on the picture above Gelid Wing 14 UV Blue comes with the following accessories:
- Four metal screws
- 3-to-3 Pin power extender cable
- Four rubber screws
- An advertising sticker
The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will mount the sample and test it at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the authenticity of the technical characteristics given by the manufacturer. The product will be tested under close-to-perfect conditions, not taking into account any external factors. The results achieved during the test can in no way be the same if the fan is mounted on a cooler or on the case fan hole of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fan for one hour and its speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.
The test results are shown in the following charts:
Airflow through the fan at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V
Propeller rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.
The anemometer showed the following airflow levels:
After mounting the fan to the stand and leaving it to run for about 30 minutes at maximum speed, it was time for the tests to begin.
As with my other test, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and the Gelid Wing 14 UV Blue made one full revolution at 4.5V. In order to conduct the first test I had to increase the voltage to 5V.
Test at 5V:
After leaving the fan to run at 5V for a while, I conducted the first test. The fan reached 690 rpm and 65.76 cubic metres per hour. At this revolutions per minute we can’t talk about any noise.
Test at 7V:
The second test was conducted at 7V, where the fan reached a speed of 8700rpm and an airflow level of 87.36 cubic metres per hour. Again I wasn’t able to hear anything from the fan.
Test at 9V:
The third test at 9V the fan reached airflow level of 104.64 cubic metres per hour at 1020 revolutions per minute. The fan was still silent.
Test at 12V:
During the last test Gelid Wing 14 UV Blue reached his maximum speed of 1215 revolutions per minute and maximum airflow of 120 cubic metres per hour. Unfortunately, at this fan speed there was a tiny noise from the moving air through the fan.
Yes, I finished the tests and it is about time to give my personal opinion.
- Performance: On the whole, Gelid Wing 14 UV Blue offers quite a good performance in fact the rotating speed of the propeller is only 1200 rpm. At this speed the static pressure is not so big and I can say that this model is made to be mounted on the 140mm case holes for improving the case airflow. It can handle cooling a heatsink too but with not so much of a load.
- Noise level: Gelid Wing 14 UV Blue was complete silent at 5,7 and 9V, while at 12V it was almost silent. The only thing that was possible to hear is the moving air through the fan at very short distance.
- Vision: The visual effect that this model can provide is great, especially when there are UV cold cathodes or Led strips inside the case. The effect is astonishing.
The only disadvantage I could mention is the lack of PWM regulation. Yes, the PWM regulation is missing but still the fan is almost silent and with this speed level maybe it’s not needed.
I think Gelid Wing 14 UV Blue deserves the following reward:
The model has been added to the 140mm catalogue.
Official price (MSRP): USD 20.00 / Euro 15.40
I thank Gelid Solutions for the test sample.