These fans are basically the non-ARGB variant of the previously reviewed Shark Force fans. Both flavours are high performance fans from SilverStone that carry an impressive punch in terms of airflow and static pressure – 100 CFM and 4.66m H₂O respectively.
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 $26 and $30 for the ARGB variant. This is really good value for money considering the rated airflow and static pressure numbers. Today we have the all black variants.
Presentation and Specifications
* Courtesy of their website.
* Distinctive “Shark Force” fan blade design for lower noise and higher performance
* Wide 0~2500 RPM speed range via PWM control
* Three phases, 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
* Fluid Dynamic Bearing for long life expectancy
This time around the packaging is made from recycled materials which is highly pleasing to see. In terms of branding, the layout is unchanged from the ARGB ones.
A key feature of the Shark Force series fans is that the cables are all modular (power and/or ARGB) with a unique plug port and further they can be daisy-chained for a cleaner wire management. The other accesories include the four installation screws and the warranty leaflet.
They possess an identical frame to the ARGB variants as in an all-black polycarbonate frame with aggressive cut-outs, which complements the shark theme quite nicely.
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.
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 previously mentioned port for the power cable, which is such a welcomed feature because it helps wire management. The other port is closed off because that one is of course free to use on the ARGB model.
As before, 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. Then the daisy-chain feature is put to good use since this way you can connect multiple fans with minimal routing and in our case, they reached the designated ports on the motherboard without any extension cables.
- 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
– 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
– OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
– NVIDIA Drivers – 522.25
– CPU-Z v1.95 – To verify the CPU’s and RAM’s statistics
– Core Temp v1.17 – To see the temperatures in real time
– AIDA64 Extreme v6.60 – Memory analysis and Benchmark suite
– MSI Afterburner v4.62 – To record the FPS and load/temperatures
– Cinebench R23 – Great 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 because 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.
Since they are identical in performance to the ARGB brothers, thus the overal conlcusion is the same. So these new Shark Force series 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 is such a practical touch, that other companies should integrate it as well. So, if you want an upgrade to your AIO’s fans, then look no further than these Shark fans!
+ High static and airflow numbers
+ Modular cable system for power
+ Daisy-chained ready cables
+ Cool design and build construction
+ Good value for money
– Audible above 80% RPM
– Only one year warranty