Thermaltake announces its first replaceable fan blade design for its new product Swavan RGB Radiator Fan (opens in new tab), which allows users to change the direction of airflow by simply popping out a standard fan and swapping it out for a reversed fan. It’s neat, but pretty unnecessary when you consider easier, less expensive ways to reverse airflow from a PC fan.
The Swafan RGB Radiator Fans are three PWM controlled fans that spin up to 2000 RPM. Swafan comes with two sets of replaceable fan blades: standard and reverse. It is available in 12cm and 14cm sizes. Each side of the fan has an RGB ring, managed by Thermaltake’s NeonMaker software.
The purpose of the replaceable fan blades is to instantly reverse the airflow without having to unscrew the entire fan. Based on the video above, Thermal Mike explains that you need to make sure you lubricate the new fan or you’ll hear all 2000 RPM, which is not pleasant.
I think being able to easily eject the fan to wipe away accumulated dust and PC junk seems convenient, it’s just $130 inconvenient. I’ll admit, I can’t think of a time when my fans were so trendy that I needed to wash them in the kitchen sink.
Reverse airflow means you’re pulling cool air into the PC, while another set of fans blows all the hot air out, which isn’t a too crazy concept. However, as my hardware colleagues pointed out loudly in our morning Slack, there is another way to get your fan blades to push the air in a different way. Turn the entire fan over to install. wild, right?
While it’s fun to change fans at any time, the real question is, who randomly turns on their PC and decides to change its airflow on a whim? Most PC manufacturers choose their cooling in advance.according to our experience (opens in new tab)the cooling performance of reverse airflow versus conventional airflow is nominal at best.
This Swafan 12/14 RGB Radiator Fan (opens in new tab) (3-packs) are $120 and $129.99 respectively, but you can’t price a hot-swap operation, can you?