This new Shark Force series of high performance fans from SilverStone carry an impressive punch in terms of airflow and static pressure – 100 CFM and 4.66m H₂O respectively. They can be had in either an all black theme or ARGB variant.

SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd is a company based in Taiwan, founded in 2003 that makes computer cases, power supplies, and other peripheral for personal computers. Their goal was to provide products that create inspirations and customers a wide selection of choices.

With distribution centres in different areas of the globe, SilverStone products can be seen all over the world, not just for computer users but also for home entertainment use. Thus providing leisure with integration of advanced technologies that is functional and making them enjoyable to use.

 

Prices and Availability

 

Price wise, they retail for around $30 and $26 for the non-ARGB variant. This is really good value for money considering the rated airflow and static pressure numbers. We have on hand the ARGB version.

 

Presentation and Specifications

 

* Courtesy of their website.

* Distinctive “Shark Force” fan blade design for lower noise and higher performance
* Wide 0~2,500 RPM speed range via PWM control
* Three-phase, six-pole design which allows for smoother, quieter operation compared to most single-phase, four-pole design. Energy efficiency also improves greatly.
* Modular cable design simplifies connection and management of cables
*Utilizes standard ARGB 4-1 pin for compatibility, displays any colour combination by use of an addressable RGB controller or capable motherboard
*Fluid Dynamic Bearing for long life expectancy

 

Visual Inspection

 

The SilverStone packaging theme and brandind is present and familiar with clear information on all sides.

These Shark Series fans have a modular interface regarding power and lighting, via separate non-braided daisy-chained cable sets. The power one is a 4-pin PWM cable while the ARGB one uses the 5v 3-pin plug. You also receive installation screws and a warranty leaflet.

They have the ‘standard’ 120mm dimension, as in 25mm thick, thus perfectly suited for a wide variety of applications.

With the help of its fluid dynamic bearing three-phase, six-pole rotor, these Shark Force 120mm fans are rated up to 2500 RPM and can push up to 100 CFM of airflow, with a static pressure of 4.66mm H2O while not going above 41.2 dBA of sound output.

The frame has these aggressive cut-outs which complements the shark theme quite nicely.

Antivibration pads are preinstalled in each corner, on both sides of the fan.

The 9-bladed fan is also inspired by the hydrodynamic properties of shark skin which act as a drag-reducing mechanism to improve their aerodynamic motion. This insures a passively altered flow that favourably affects the pressure gradient along the fan blades which improves the overall airflow performance and noise level.

On this corner we have the ports for the power and ARGB cable which is such a welcomed feature because it helps wire management. You can even run the fans without ARGB and eliminate even more clutter. Both ports are marked and even separate sized plugs are used to remove any doubt.

We are going to use them on an AIO to see how they behave since they posses such an attractive high static pressure rating. Just make sure you orientate them in your required intake/exhaust position.

The daisy-chain feature is so useful because most motherboard will not posses multi 5v ARGB ports. Thus, as you can see with these cables from SilverStone, we can use the ARGB feature of the fans and the one from the ITX case.

Cable length is excellent and as you can see we managed to route them without any extension cables, since, you guess it, we can daisy chain the fans together as well.

The ARGB is vivid and fully compatible with all of the lighting software from all of the main motherboard vendors.

 

Testing methodology

 

  • The SilverStone fans will be placed on the SilentiumPC Navis 240mm AIO radiator and then compared to the stock fans of the same liquid cooler
  • The Ryzen 5 5600x will be tested at 4.0 GHz @ 1.05v as the baseline parameter since in stock form, the results are highly inconsistent dues to the board’s BIOS pumping inconsistent voltage values. Also the CPU will be tested with the stock settings
  • As the main torture test, we will employ a 2 minute run in AIDA64
  • Room temperature was recorded at ~21°C
  • For the noise testing, we used our Pyle PSPL01 placed 30 cm away from the setup, where the SilverStone fans will be tested at 30, 50, 80 and 100% RPM points
  • Thermal paste used Noctua NH-H2
  • Any results over 90°C in any condition are considered a fail

Hardware used:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600x
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B550-i Gaming mITX @ BIOS 2803
CPU Cooling: SilentiumPC Navis F240 AIO
Boot SSD: Samung 970 PRO 1TB M.2 Gen3x4 MLC PCIe NVMe 1.3
Video card: ASUS GTX 1080 STRIX A8G
PSU: Corsair SF750 SFX Platinum
Case: Phanteks Evolv Shift XT ARGB mITX

Software:

OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
NVIDIA Drivers517.48
CPU-Z v1.95To verify the CPU’s and RAM’s statistics
Core Temp v1.17 – To see the temperatures in real time
AIDA64 Extreme v6.60Memory analysis and Benchmark suite
MSI Afterburner v4.62 – To record the FPS and load/temperatures
Cinebench R23Great overall CPU benchmark tool
3D/Game(s)Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with latest update, set at 1080p, ultra quality settings, no V-Sync

 

Testing, Results and Analysis

 

The first series of tests come from Cinebench R23 which will put a serious load on the CPU while it renders a specific frame. Thus the first picture covers the stock Navis fans while the second one is with the SilverStone Shark Force ones, in both 4.0 GHz @ 1.050v and stock form scenarios.

Since the SilverStone fans have a broader RPM curve and posses such high static pressure, we get some really good results.

The 2 minute long AIDA64 stress test should impose the maximum workload just for the CPU, therefore we should get the highest stress scenario and we sure did. The overall delta difference is preserved here as well.

If a CPU cooler manages to survive the torture tests, then a benchmark run in a gaming scenario, should be a walk in the park. Games are not as stressful as a synthetic torture tests but are a great indicator of real life usage.

The noise output test is an important challenge for any CPU cooler brcause if you can’t live with the noise, this negates any of the other advantages. Above 80% RPM the Shark Force fans start to get really audible, so make sure to keep them below this threshold if you plan to have a silent build.

 

Conclusion

 

These new Shark Force fans from SilverStone demonstrated to be a serious solution for those who require high static pressure numbers. For the asking price, they will pose competition to the Noctua Industrial series regarding mm H2O figures. Of course, the trade-off will always be noise output when it comes to high performance fans, so just make sure to fine tune them to your needs. The modular implementation regarding the daisy-chained power and ARGB cables is such a practical touch, that other companies should integrate it as well. So, if you want an upgrade to your AIO’s fans and have ARGB on top, then look no further than these Shark fans!

The good:

+ High static and airflow numbers
+ Modular cable system for power and ARGB ports
+ Daisy-chained ready cables
+ Cool design and build construction
+ Good value for money

The bad:

– Audible above 80% RPM
– Only one year warranty

Glob3trotters “High Performance” Award – 4.5 out of 5

GG

Many thanks to SilverStone for supplying us with these fans!

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