Enermax Marathon Enlobal Fan
Written by Andros Lee in Peripherals on 10 July 2006. Page 5 of 7. Add A Comment

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So after we have looked at all of the insides, its only fair to wonder what it is supposed to do with all of this newfangled technology. If it is not obvious already, Enermax has designed this fan to be a quiet (quiet, it is SILENT), long lasting, and that it's actually cleanable. The longer life and low noise are both qualities of this fan that directly relate back to the Enlobal bearings (the use of magnets to keep the fan in line so it only rubs against the loose air instead of metal bearings). Because of the lack of, or much less occurring friction in the rotation blades of the fan, it does not generate as much noise (noise through collisions and scratching parts). On top of that, because of the lack of physical wear (thanks to less friction, thanks to less rubbing, etc...), the fan lasts a lot longer and will succumb to mechanical failure not near as soon as a regular fan would.

The third claim, the "cleanable" claim they give is a very nice quality. In this section, are pictures of a very loyally used 120mm regular fan. While it has served its purpose, it has a horrific amount of dust on it (mainly from lack of cleaning, but I swear that is not the point!) shows you why it is a good idea to clean your fans at one point or another and why you will appreciate the detachable bladed area that much more. The generic 120mm obtuse case fan after years of successful air pulling has accumulated an ugly amount of dust. While it is not impossible to clean, it is not going to be easy to clean. We would probably have to use one rag to clean out the inside of the bladed area. Next, we would have to individually stuff the rag in there to clean the blades while it was still stuck in the case. Even then, if we get excess water or cleaning fluid in there, we are going to have to let it dry completely before we try to use it, or it could short out.


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