Today I will be using the very popular Cooler Master Haf 912 Case to install the ZM-F4 fans into for our testing. Zalman sent me two of their latest fans so I had no choice but to use both fans in this installation.
The install of the fan is rather easy and requires no tools to be used; unless you have to remove a currently installed fan. For those of you that have not used one of the silicone mounting pin before I will give you a quick walk through on how to use them. The basic idea is… pull. Place the fan where you want to install it, take the rubber pin and push the narrow part of the pin through the case and fan until you grasp the pin. Pull on the it until two things happen 1- that the wider opening on the pin is in position that the mounting hole in the fan housing is wedged in place. 2- that the thinner groove is pulled (you might have to help the rubber into the case hole) hard enough that the lower half is on one side of the panel and the larger top is on the other. I have found in my experiences that putting the pin into position into the case works much better. Then all you have to do is place the fan and give a tug and you locked in.
The installation went well with the side vent but as I dry fitted the top vent I knew this was going to be trouble, I tried almost everything to get these Silicone Pins to work but in the end I was only able to use 3 out of the 4 Pins to hold the fan in place. As you can see below how tight it would be to get that last pin in the back corner of the case. If the case would have be totally empty it might have been a different story, but with the hardware in place it was really hard to try and position my hand to grab and pull the pin.
Here you can see the one pin missing from this installation, its unfortunate but maybe with better perseverance then me you might be able to find a way to get into tight spots like this.
The side vent was a much easier task then the top, the only down fall from those Silicone Pins were looks. They defiantly aren’t pleasing to the eye when white pins are used against a black case. We are not sure why they used the color white instead of black, but they do cancel any noise the fan might carry with standard screws. So it is kind of a wash on looks versus purpose.
Not only can they be used to help cool your case but it can also replace any 120mm fan on a CPU cooler.