Cooling specialist EK Water Blocks has announced the launch of a new family of fans, dubbed Vardar, designed specifically for use with liquid-cooling radiators.
Vardar, it would be a disservice not to mention after the time and effort EK clearly put into the introductory section of its press release, is named for 'a type of the cold northwesterly wind blowing from the mountains down to the valleys of Macedonia. It is a type of ravine wind, enhanced by a channelling effect while blowing down through the Moravia-Vardar gap, bringing cold conditions from the north to the Thessaloniki area of Greece. Most frequent during winter, it is blowing in the rear of a depression when atmospheric pressure over eastern Europe is higher than over the Aegean Sea.
The meteorological lesson aside, EK's Vardar family is claimed to be designed from the ground-up for use with liquid-cooling radiators. Seven fins are designed to provide the high static pressure required to push air through the dense fins of a radiator without sacrificing noise levels, while the motor windings themselves are actively cooled through cut-outs in the fan hub itself to ensure reliable usage over a claimed mean time between failures (MTBF) of 50,000 hours. The fan casing itself is square-edged and designed to seal against the radiator, and comes in single- and two-tone colour choices with pre-sleeved PWM power connectors.
The Vardar family is to feature five 120mm models at launch: a 1,150rpm entry-level model, the EK-Vardar F1-120; the EK-Vardar F2-120, which boosts the top speed to 1,450rpm; the EK-Vardar F3-120, which hits 1,850rpm; the EK-Vardar F4-120 at 2,200rpm; and the oddly named range-topping EK-Furious Vardar FF5-120, which boasts a 3,000rpm top speed. Each comes with black sleeving and a choice of case and blade colour, aside from the FF5-120 which is exclusively available in single-tone black with red sleeving.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, ahead of a January 2015 general availability - although the EK Webshop is expected to release a 'limited quantity' in mid-December. More details are available in the company's official announcement