Fractal Design Dynamic Series Review. Today we examine the 12cm and 14cm version of the Dynamic fans, from Fractal Design. Announced earlier this year, the new lineup is part of 3 new ranges, we’ve already covered the Venturi recently, those being premium and performance products, this range being a more all-rounder, with a more pleasing price tag.
Marketed as a true all-purpose fan, we’ll see how they performed. You may recognise the design, as these are indeed the very fans Fractal bundle with the R5 case, which we reviewed some months back, and then the alternative S version too
Anyhow, pricing on the day of review is £10 for the 14cm and £9 for the 12cm version respectively, here in the UK that’s a £5 saving compared to the Venturi series. We’ll have a glance of the specs of the 12/14cm versions before taking a closer look
[Features and Specification]
Fractal Design Dynamic GP-12 and GP-14 are true all-purpose fans, with good airflow in any usage scenario. Their customized design lends to a beautifully aesthetic fan to help keep your system cool, yet quiet.
Designed with leading technology techniques in mind, the Dynamic Series fans feature aerodynamic elements, similarly found in airplane wing designs, with significant noise-reducing elements, resulting in a fantastic price-performance ratio.
The Dynamic Series fans come in two color combinations: all-black and the classic Fractal Design signature color scheme with white blades and black frame.
|Colors available|| || |
|Connector||3-pin fan header||3-pin fan header|
|Number of blades||7||7|
|Rotational speed [RPM]||1200||1000|
|Acoustical noise [dB (A)]||19.4||18.9|
|Maximum air flow [CFM]||52.3||68.4|
|Maximum pressure [mm H2O]||0.88||0.71|
|Actual input power [W]||1.44||1.7|
|Minimum startup voltage [V]||4||4|
|Cable length [mm]||500||500|
|Cable type||Black ribbon cable||Black ribbon cable|
Despite technically being a budget product, opposed to the Venturi series. Theirs been no comprise on quality of the actual package. A sleek black box with a very typical Swedish Design, very clear and neat. From the Front they offer a picture of the actual product, notice the white bar on each box? Here Fractal indicate what blade colour is inside, as mentioned earlier. The choices are
- White blades, black frame
- Black blades, black frame
The backside of box is equally clear, with key and meaningfully information, including specifications. As referenced above, each model is slightly different aside from size of course. Something key is found here, and that is the following line, designed together with our high-end Venturi Series, The dynamic series fans features any of the same aerodynamic and noise reducing improvements.
Unlike the Venturi series, you’ll find no extra vibration pads, or noise adaptors, the product has been trimmed back to keep pricing down. Instead we have:
- Dynamic Series fan
- Screw pack with 4 metal screws
We will examine the GP-12 first.
This sample is the black frame, white blades but can be purchased in an all black option too. Demand is likely not there to warrant a White/White version but I’d appreciate the choice. That said, black and white as combo have and will continue to be met with praise from consumers, it’s almost become a fractal trait.
To be honest theirs very little to mention, I mean it’s a fan right? Realistically it’s whats going under the hood that matters 99% of the time, though the blades shouldnt be ignored, as they can make or break any fans, in terms of noise and performance. The following image is from Fractal’s own site, and does a great job of outline just what’s going on as whole
Side by side both models, apart from size are identical. The cable is 50cm in length for either , what I appreciate most is that it’s black all the way to the motor.
Which is something, not all brands offer, and the result is a rainbow like effect…no big deal right? We’ll that depends on fan location and orientation. I’m pleased Fractal has thought ahead.
The GP-14 fans are bundled with the R5 case, as intake and exhaust, so if you want to add more, these are the ones to go for!
[Test Setup and Method]
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Intel® i5 4670K
|Memory:||Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB|
|Motherboard:||MSI Z97 GAMING 7|
|Video Card:||MSI Radeon 270X Gaming|
|Hard Drives:|| |
SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB
M.2 -Kingston M.2
|OS:||Windows 8.1 64-Bit|
We’ve not tested an individual fan for some time, and our test method and equipment has changed. Therefore we will start fresh today, these fans being the only fans in the database (more coming soon)
We spent a great deal of time devising a logical, and clear set of tests. The decision was made to test every fan in both and air cooling and water cooling scenarios. Sure some fans are optimised for one and not the other, however some fans are middle ground and for comparison sake, this made the most sense going forward.
It’s worth mentioning though heavily based on the Venturi fans, the specs are different and it’s fair to assume they won’t perform as good…
Heatsink Performance (Air Cooler)
We installed the fans onto a heatsink we recently tested. The results for both were fantastic…
Let’s break down these numbers, because at first glance I appreciate it may not be easy to digest.
- Blue=Low noise recorded
- Red– Highest Noise
- Green= Max Temperature
Starting with the Dynamic 14, it was equal in terms of noise output to that of the Venturi HP-12, but in terms of thermal performance, weaker than both Venturis. Th GP-12 was the quietest of all, but the weaker of the bunch, falling behind by a few degrees.
AIO Performance (watercooler)
The only single 120mm Rad AIO cooler we have in our database is the SilverStone Tundra. Which we reviewed here. The HP-14 is able to deliver more static pressure, making it more suitable for radiators. It will surely perform better this time.
- Blue=Low noise recorded
- Red– Highest Noise
Focusing on thermal ability first this time, the Venturi series are better of the bunch no doubt, with the dynamic slipping behind a few degrees, especially the GP-12.
Noise emissions are very similar, again the GP-12 the quieter of all.
Just what do these numbers mean you may be asking, and sadly there’s is no correct answer…as everyone perceives sound differently.All I can see that is anything under the 30 range, my meter can’t detect and generally my ears don’t either. Between the 30-40 range, I’m aware but rarely notice it, above 40 I’d say Is acceptable for most, but you’ll be aware, and above 50 is a no go for me, even the higher 40’s can be irritating.
Granted a fan review isn’t the most interesting, though the desire for the best balance between noise and performance, is at the heart of many consumers needs. Think back a few years, and the leap we’ve made is phenomenal. Perhaps it’s a British trait but experience tells me, we always want more.
Pleasing the consumer is harder than ever, once you offer them something quiet, they want it to perform better, offer them something that performs…they want it to be quieter. Round and round we go, it’s been happening for years now, but finally we seem to be approaching the holy grail. With brands like Fractal Design at the forefront, putting their unique Swedish spin into the design. Have we hit the jackpot then? I’d say not, but we are damn close.
The Venturi we saw recently delivered something pretty epic, and as we covered these two ranges are heavily linked, which of course means they also performed very well. Marketed as all-rounder, I appreciate the idea. Will the consumer? I’m not sure, it’ll depend greatly on their current setup and amount of fans required, because pricing adds up quick. The charts demonstrated as a CPU cooling fan, they can deliver and theirs no doubt as a case fans it will make a difference for most users. We’re in the age of customization, the users wants it all and while there will always be a market for discrete, and low-key. The series just doesn’t stand out and grab attention
The Dynamic series fans are awarded the Silver Award, While I appreciate what they are able to do, with such vast competition they’re likely to be overshadowed. Which is a shame…
We would like to thank Fractal Design, for sending out the samples for review. We also look forward to seeing more from them soon.