Originally Posted by ADragg
Are the stock fans the same as the PH-F140SP otherwise? I didn't realize they already had a fan available for purchase. I thought everyone has been waiting for them to release the fans so they can buy more? If they're different, is there something better about the stock ones that I would rather use them? One last question, are the stock ones good for using on radiators (SP)? I'm finally about to order everything for my loop and wasn't sure if I should harvest 3 of the stock fans for the 420 rad, or buy more Corsair SP's or buy another brand like Noiseblocker, etc. But if the PH-F140SP is just as good on radiators and just as quiet, etc as the stock ones, then I'll probably get some of those.
The on;y difference is the one I referred to. Ay the corners there's these little indentations. On the case fans they empty, in the retail boxes, they have "peel and stick" pads for vibration isolation. That's the only difference hat i have observed.
The 140 SP is an oustanding fan.... it outperformed every other fan tested ay spcr. Specs are on their web site
It often feels like Phanteks can do no wrong. Time after time, they deliver products that are either clearly top of their class, or merely arguably the top of their class. The new breed of fans, the 140XP and SP, do nothing to change that. Construction and performance are spot on, while noise to air movement is excellent. I have been fortunate enough to have been using seven of these in a build for the last month, and time has done nothing but make me like them more.
As case fans, the 140SP and 140XP are very controlled, and able to move excellent amounts of air through the case. This would be expected given the specs, but what is not expected is how quietly they manage to do this. First off, there is no discernible mechanical noise from either iteration of the fan. The bearing is dead silent, and there is no ticking, buzz or hum often associated with PWM present in the 140XP. The other factor is the actual pitch of the fan, which is lower than most 140mm fans we have encountered. There is no whine or high pitches of any kind. This makes the 140SP and XP far less intrusive even at higher speeds. At lower speeds, the air movement is substantial, but even in the front intake position there is no real discernible noise until ~850rpm, and they never become distracting when pushed beyond that.
While the fans are essentially the same with PWM added to the F140XP, that also adds some perks. The PWM control allows the F140XP to be run all the way down to 300rpm for absolute silence. The lower speeds also allow the static pressure to increase ~15%, making them an excellent choice for 140mm factor radiators. The 140SP serves very, very well on radiators also with good static pressure and low noise.
Phanteks has done well with their new 140mm fans, and have even included a blue LED version to the lineup. Performance is excellent, and really takes a back seat to no other 140mm fan. The F140SP and XP have excellent build quality, nice cabling with black sleeving to the ends and include extension cables with the same. The PWM F140XP also includes low noise adapters as a bonus. With a price point in the middle of the pack of 140mm fans, there is no doubt that the F140SP and F140XP represent an incredible value and are very deserving of Hi Tech Legion’s Editor’s Choice Award.
The Phanteks PH-F140HP/TS is the clear winner in every respect. It edged out the new Noctuas every step of the way, delivering the best overall results of any fan we've tested thus far. To top it off, it had cleanest, smoothest sound of all the new fans in this roundup. If we had to start from scratch, this might be our new reference model.
I see no reason to even think about another fan unless you want high speed but thatz a place I'm not interested in going.
I did get an e-mail from Noiseblocker indicating that they have new 140mm fans in development....wouldn't talk about timing tho.