This began as a reply about fans, and turned into a bit of a rant... But then I figured we really need a thread like this to promote truth in advertising in this sector. I think the header of this post is self-explanatory, but here's a couple of guidelines about suggesting candidates:
-- Product aimed at silent/quiet market
-- Misleading by virtue of name, promotion, packaging, etc.
-- Flaw(s) not easily evident before purchase makes it virtually useless
No lambasting of honest mistakes or products not quite right yet. We want to encourage the innovators
, not beat them up, so please, no frivolous posts. Admin will keep an eye out and take action on such.
Anyway, here are my first votes; naturally you are welcome to comment / agree / disagree.
the Stealth is a bit noisier than the Panaflo
Vantec Stealth 120mm -- clickty clack is what I's say about them. Haven't heard the 120mm Panaflo L (or any 120mm Panaflo) but if they're anywhere close to the Stealth, I'd be really disappointed.
For the record, I think the Vantec "Stealth" line is one of the very worst offenders in the Lies in Advertising/Marketing sweepstakes. The whole Vantec "Stealth" line is mostly a misnomer there's hardly one product that lives up to its name.
Their 80mm fan might be the only exception and it ain't that good either. It's the old branding & repetition trick: Say it is so repeatedly and people will believe.
Too often, it works.
There I've said it finally and that feels great!
I've said it before: This market sector is ripe for hype because there are no mandatory standards for noise declarations in PC components.
Look at the "w/noise killer" tags on all those noisy PSUs w/no noise specs, for example, and Enermax's continued (laughable) use of the word "whisper".
It'll get worse before it gets better.
EDIT Jan 7/03: On reflection, the heading of this thread -- "Dubious Marketing" -- probably falls into the category of nonsensical repetition, much like smelly dung or windy tornado or corporate greed. Marketing by its very nature is always at least a bit dubious.