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Introduction:

First off, out of disclosure I would like to say I got this fan from SVC as a gift to review under the agreement that they could post it on their site. But I am in no way obligated to give this review high praise or a low score. And that my data is my own which I the equipment to test with on my own. And did the work on my own. I will break down scoring, testing methodology, ect later.

For now I'd just like to give a thanks to the SVC Representative here on the forums

SVCweyman for sending me this fan and helping me explore my own curiosities in the fan world

Links will be provided throughout this review to certain terms to help you (the reader) understand the terminology I am using. Or a link will be provided to a certain product I am talking about; this way you can see the numbers for yourself and have a visual picture of what I am speaking about.

P.S. Questions for SVC can be answered in their thread as well; Weyman is very helpful so I 100% suggest asking him questions if you have them.

The Product:

Today my test bed will have across it the

Thermalright TY-140, which is the stock fan that comes with the Thermalright Silver Arrow. And is Thermalright's second venture into 140mm fans after their X-Silence 140mm.

A brief highlight of why you should care; the TY-140 is a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) 140mm fan which has the mountings of a 120mm fan. This is a big deal for many as 140mm fans offer a slightly better Airflow to Noise ratio (CFM:dBA) than 120mm fans because of the larger blades that it can support.
This fan also uses Thermalright's Enhanced Hyper-Flow Bearing which is a Hydrostatic Bearing. Fluid Bearings are great things for just about any operating condition. They offer high heat tolerances (temperatures vary on the type of fluid used.) Excellent acoustic profile (as in no high pitched noises or motor grind.) And flexible mounting, as they're able to be mounted in any conceivable position without it affecting their performance.

As for what Thermalright says this fan can do:

Fan Dimensions : L160mm x H140mm x W26.5mm
Fan Weight : 140g
Fan Speed : 900~1300RPM (PWM)
Sound Level : 19~21dBA
Airflow : 56~73CFM
Static Pressure: Unlisted
*Cable Length: 10.5"

But we'll see about that. Static Pressure will also be tested today.

*Added & measured myself.

Testing Methodology

Today we'll be testing 4 Aspects of this fan:

  • Sound Pressure Level (recorded in dBA)
  • Airflow (recorded in CFM)
  • Static Pressure (recorded in mmH20)
  • Heat Tolerance (testing done at 30*C)

The Testing Equipment that I will be using was purchased by myself, it includes:

  • Dwyer Differential Pressure Gauge Model 2000-00 AV
  • General Tools DCFM8906 Digital Air Flow Meter
  • Tenma Digital Sound Level Meter
  • Kintrex IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer
  • Universal Enterprises DM383B Digital Multimeter

The fan will under go one test at a time for 30 minutes and I'm doing multiple testing levels:
Testing w/ 5v & 7v resistors. Along with one 30 minute test at each voltage level for Airflow, and Static Pressure (as I can't measure static pressure and Airflow at the same time) and I do sound level tests each time to make sure my results are repeatable.
Sound Pressure Level Testing will be done at the same level as the fan, at a distance of 1 Meter.




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Edited by Tator Tot - 8/23/10 at 3:04pm
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Well this is going to be some simplified information for you; but it's an easy post to link to (which is why it's in it's own post.)






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Conclusion

Well again; under full disclosure, I went into this review not expecting a lot. Thermalright's last venture into the 140mm fan department did not impress me. And just the looks of this fan were not terribly pretty. But I always go into a review looking for a hidden gem of the computer world. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail (or to be more accurate, the product does.)

Either way; it's now time to break down testing:

  • Performance: Worth 60% of the final score
    • This is a judgment based on how well the fan holds up to it's specifications.
  • Acoustics & Aestheticss: Worth 20% of the final score
    • Acoustics are the actual noise profile of the fan and if it makes any distinguishable noises that could be irritating to the user.
    • Aesthetics: How the fan looks & cable sleeving quality (if it has sleeving.)
  • Value: Worth 20% of the final score
    • The cost of the fan compared to how well it performs
Performance:

Well this fan holds up well; and we can see it's pretty close to it's advertised specifications which is all well and dandy. I kinda expected a bit more out of it in the static pressure department. Though I can't really fault it; as the fan does better than most other 140mm fans.

9/10

Acoustics & Aesthetics:

Well I can say this fan was really quiet. And the sound profile was much better than any of my other 140mm fans I have. It's bearing is showing it's up to snuff. And it was just a pleasant airflow noise coming from the fan at all times.

On the other hand; who ever decided to copy Noctua in the ugly colors department... well they need to be taken out to pasture and probably left to think about their actions for a month before they come back to work. Though the cable's sleeving was superb it had a very odd rubbery feel to it, different from the heatshrink used. It didn't show any cable through it though.
Score

7/10
EDIT: Post #34 has shown that Thermalright did listen and new batches of the fans come with normal sleeving.

Value:

As I'm told right now; the cost of this fan is going to be $10 (from Thermalright) so at that price I think it's a solid deal for a well performing 140mm fan. This isn't the worlds greatest fan; but it's damn good. Especially compared to the lackluster selection of 140mm fans out there.

9.5/10
Final Score: 9/10 Recommended

The Good:

- Good Performance; close to what's rated.
The Bad:
- No included screws, stickers, or accessories
Other:
- Colors may not appeal to everyone
- Only mounts on 120mm hole spacing
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Great job! The static pressure looks comparatively better than most 140mm fans in that RPM range I don't care for the aesthetics, but it looks well-made!
    
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Lol, you got parts of that last format off of JonnyGuru. Excellent testing, I think the only thing left is to find someone that will donate unused 120mm and 140mm radiators to do real-world effectiveness testing of applied static pressure, and make sure you get relatively unrestrictive rads (like H50/XSPC rads) and thick, bulky ones (Black Ice GTX).
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Lol, you got parts of that last format off of JonnyGuru. Excellent testing, I think the only thing left is to find someone that will donate unused 120mm and 140mm radiators to do real-world effectiveness testing of applied static pressure, and make sure you get relatively unrestrictive rads (like H50/XSPC rads) and thick, bulky ones (Black Ice GTX).
Yeah; that's the only thing I don't have. I've got water cooling gear already: EK Supreme HF, Laning D5 Vario, tubing, ect.

If you know anyone looking to give me lots of toys I'll be happy to test.
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Covered the ground nicely.

How did you measure to static pressure and cfm?
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Covered the ground nicely.

How did you measure to static pressure and cfm?
Static Pressure was done with a similar design that Martin used at SkinnyLabs.

Though; for the sake of being able to use multiple sized fans; I actually have to test using setups for Airflow & Static Pressure.

So I have one box setup for testing the Static Pressure & another setup for testing the airflow itself.
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Measuring cfm is hard, given that most cfm meters are little propellers driven by the airflow. I recall that one comprehensive review used a neck-down device to capture the entire airflow. Another uses a big bag. I guess you could just stick the propeller into the airflow. What method did you use?
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