Here’s our first subject, the H80 stock fans. Other than having sharp edges on the impellers which I almost
lost a finger cut myself, it seems to be a pretty much capable fan: rated up to 96 CFM, having maximum operating speed up to 2600 RPM, static pressure of 1.6 to 7.7mm/H2O. Seems good? We’ll just have to find out after the test.
Last but not least, our king of radiator fan – the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 1850 RPM version. Many have heard and experienced the awesomeness of his majesty (LOL), with a rated operating speed up to 1850 RPM, air flow of 58.3 CFM and static pressure of 1.65mm/H2O. For those of you who hasn’t been able to try it out and been wondering if it’s worth to go for, you’ll find out soon enough.
The corsair H80 comes with adjustable speed in 3 mode:
Basically, I’d call them min, mid and max for the ease of data recording during the test. just not to left out an important key detail: ambient temperature is 33°C during the test.
First up is the test done in Quiet mode and it seems that the Cooler Master XtraFlo did the best with 38°C while idle and 71°C while on load. It’s not a clear win as the others are just few °C behind, especially the Stock H80i fan SP120L with 39°C on idle and 71°C on load. H80 Stock fan seems to be the worst in this scenario.As for our king the Gentle Typhoon AP-15, it doesn’t seems to be as superior as what others have said it would as it gives a temperature of 38°C on idle and 72°C on load.
Up next, the test is done with the Balanced mode and we can see that Cooler Master XtraFlo is still maintaining it’s temperature while the Gentle Typhoon AP-15 and H80i Stock fan SP120L is now doing slightly better than Quiet mode with idle temperature 37°C and load temperature 71°C. Bitfenix Spectre Pro on the other hand, is doing not quite well, with higher load temperature 75°C compared to what it did in the Quiet Mode, 74°C.
By giving it a scale from 1 to 10, here’s what we’ve rated for these fans involved during the test.
The stock H80 fans seems to be the noisiest kid around, having a scale of 9 during max load and running at 2600 RPM. Our current leading subject, seems to be a bit noisy on load, having a scale of 7 and running at 2200 RPM. Surprisingly,the stock H80i fan SP120L seems to be an average performer, with a scale of 7 on max load and running at 2700 RPM. Our worst performer (1200 RPM) turns out to be pretty outstanding when it comes to low noise, where the king (1850 RPM) is a clear winner in low noise during operation.
The table has turned as soon as the noise details is revealed. The Bitfenix Spectro Pro is able perform slightly near to the stock H80 running 2600 RPM as it only runs on 1200 RPM during full load. Being the best low noise fan in this test, the Gentle Typhoon AP-15 running on 1850 RPM beat crap out of the H80i stock fan SP120L which runs on 2700 RPM despite of having the near same result in cooling.
So does this means that the king wins and fans always root for the underdog? Not quite. In the end it all depends on the user himself/herself whether it is worth to spend more for a good low noise fan with high static pressure / CFM or just stick to the noisier stock fans. If you
can sacrifice can cope with the noise produced by the stock fans, it’s no harm to stick with it as the stock fans is doing pretty well in Quiet mode, especially the H80i stock fan SP120L, rather than spending extra for a good and nice low noise fan as these fans aren’t cheap (may cost you extra 30 to 120 Malaysian Ringgit, depends on what fans you will be getting, what you pay is what you get).
Million thanks to:
Tech Eden – for the test rig
Corsair – for the Hydro Series H80 Liquid Cooler, SP120L fans
Bitfenix – for the Spectre Pro 120MM fans
Cooler Master – for the XtraFlo 120MM LED fans
Scythe – for the Gentle Typhoon AP-15 fans
Reviewed by: lucidlts