It’s amazing how good these $ 11 RGB fans are
Building a PC in 2021 is expensive. Thanks to component shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as continued tariffs on China, players are having to pay a premium. It doesn’t help that scalpers are taking advantage of the situation, buying up all inventory as soon as retailers see restockings of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080s. At the time of publication, nearly a year after launch, a benchmark of 699 $ Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 sells for over $ 1,600 on eBay.
After months of researching components at decent prices, along with Amazon Prime Day deals and connections I made over the years as a reporter, I had everything I needed to build a computer. modern and powerful. I had to spend two nights camping in front of a Micro Center which was no fun.
While the case I chose, the Cooler Master NR200P ($ 129 on Amazon), included case fans, they looked generic and didn’t have the RGB pop I was looking for. I then started looking for good quality RGB fans only to find that the Corsair QL120, probably the best on the market according to reviews, were unnecessarily expensive. A fan costs $ 40 and I needed four.
I refused to pay over $ 160 for the case fans. It just wasn’t worth it to me no matter how much I wanted the inside of my computer to glow like Baskin Robbins Wild ‘N Reckless sorbet.
There were other brands with less notoriety than Corsair also selling on Amazon. But after some research on Google, I came across Gelid Solutions and its new Stella Frost fans. What first attracted me to these blowers was their glacier “ice” design that shone on both sides.
The other thing that attracted me was the price. On the Gelid Solutions website, fans are listed for $ 11 USD. I decided to order four.
Shipping costs unfortunately reduced the savings, adding an additional $ 25 to the total as the fans were being shipped from Gelid’s facility in Hong Kong. Still, $ 69 was cheaper than $ 150 and up.
I contacted Gelid Solutions to find out more about the company and these fans. Co-founder VC Tran replied to me via email. He offered to send me fans as press samples. For the sake of total transparency, he canceled my initial order.
According to the About Gelid page, the company was founded in 2008 by Gebhard Scherrer from Switzerland and Tran. The company is proud of its Swiss roots, claiming that these origins have led the company to create products with the same quality and attention to detail as Swiss watches. Looking on Reddit, I found a lot of praise for the company’s GC-Extreme thermal compound. I can’t say if this extends to its entire product portfolio, but the reviews on Amazon of other Gelid products looked good.
It took a while, but Stella Frost fans have arrived. The all-white fans have 24 ARGB LEDs, a double ball bearing and a quiet motor. That’s ten LEDs less than the Corsair QL120s, although the top speed is just over 1,600 rpm versus 1,500.
When installing the fans, I was amazed at the improvement in noise and room temperature. Don’t get me wrong, the default Cooler Master fans worked fine, but were a bit noisy. But after adjusting a few fan curves and letting the Stella Frost settle in, I was amazed at its muted circulation.
When performing more inactive tasks, the Stella Frost did a great job pushing hot air out of the case. Although every computer is different, my processor and motherboard temperatures were more stable. On average, my processor, an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, was 46 degrees Celsius and my motherboard was 39.
The gaming performance was also good. Even when playing a demanding title like Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 4K with Ray Tracing effects turned on, the CPU and motherboard temperatures hovered around 65 and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively. Of course, the fans followed suit, but that was to be expected.
Now I have to clarify that I personally have not compared the Stella Frost to the Corsair QL 120. I am sure Corsair fans are working perfectly. TweakTown gave fans a 96% rating. But even then, it’s hard to justify that price when there are alternatives that work for a quarter of the price.
At the moment, Gelid Solutions Stella Frost ventilators can be ordered directly from the company’s website. The company confirmed to Tom’s Guide that the Stella Frosts will be heading to Amazon in the coming weeks.