September 16, 2013

Scythe Gentle Typhoon Unboxing

While the preparation for the Corsair H70, H80 and H100i is taking its place, I got myself some Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 for unboxing. Pretty much known as the king of radiator fans, the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 has respectively high static pressure and being low noise at the same time during operation, making it the most notable radiator fan for enthusiasts.

The packaging is simple and clean, revealing the entire fan for preview if it is placed on the shelf. 

What's in the box? A 4-pin molex to 3-pin fan connector, 4 piece of screws and Gentle Typhoon AP-15 itself. These extras gives you the option to make it as your case fan too. Except that it doesn't comes with the rubber fan mount like what I have seen in Noctua's NF-P12 and Bitfenix's Spectre Pro 120 fans.

Here's how it looks like from the front. unlike traditionally designed case fans with large impellers, the Gentle Typhoon impellers resembles a sickle.

From the back, if you did notice, there's a saw edge like notches design on each and every of the impellers, combined with its double vibration reduction structure, is the answer to its low noise / near silent during operation.

Well, here comes the cable, it's a bit letdown when I came upon realizing the cables wasn't black/ sleeved. As an enthusiast myself, I can't bear having such a nice fan has it cable naked/exposed.
I've decided to sleeve the cable to make it looks better.

And it's done, a 5 minutes work which can be done easily if you have what's required. The fan now looks much better with sleeved cable, giving it a much higher quality look in overall. That's all for now and I'll move on to a small comparison next.

Unlike fans by other well known brands ( Cooler Master, Arctic Cooling, Corsair as example), the Gentle Typhoon does not comes with fancy branding sticker, but Let us check the pic below:

By looking clearly at the pic above, we can clearly see that Gentle Typhoon has thicker frame compared to other brands, making it much sturdier and less vulnerable to break if over tighten with screw by mistake. Anyway, I will show the comparison in performance when the test rig is ready and move on with the unboxing.

Since I have not done any performance test with it yet, I can only sums up things as following:

Pros - well built, aesthetic looking impellers, low noise, high static pressure
Cons - relatively expensive ( cost 59 MYR or Malaysian Ringgit each), cables not sleeved / color of cables ( not what I am expecting from a fan that cost you 59 MYR ), no rubber mount included.

Unboxed by: lucidlts