When you're looking at PC fans, there's two general categories they'll be grouped into: performance fans and silent fans. Performance fans will give you incredibly high airflow ratings, great for overclocking, water cooling, and other areas where a large airflow is needed. Performance fans usually come at a cost though - they can be pretty loud. Silent fans are fairly self explanatory - they're optimized to be as quiet as they can and move as much air as they can - although always a much reduced airflow compared to a performance model. Now that new bearing designs have allowed a lot of manufacturers to really conquer the silent fan market, they've spent their attention on making performance fans quieter, while still keeping those high airflow ratings they're known for.
The Wing 14 is the the latest performance fan from GELID. This is a 140mm fan that comes straight from the "Gamer" class of fans in GELID's product lineup. However, GELID is working on cross advertising some of these gamer designed fans into the silent field as well - the Wing 14 included. The front of the box highlights in quite large letters that this is a "low speed optimized silent fan". My regular readers will know how fan crazy I am, so I'm already excited to put the Wing 14 up against the competition to see where it stands!