Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm Review

👤by Ed Hume Comments 📅10-08-12
A closer look

The intake side of the Phanteks PH-F140TS shows the rounded octagonal frame shape quite nicely. The square sides mean the fan will fit in those square spaces where a 140mm fan is anticipated. The screw holes are 105mm apart along the sides – that’s the standard for 120mm fans, so this fan can be used in any 120x120mm fan window where there is a little clearance along the sides. The advantage to that is that a 140mm fan fills up the entire 120x120mm window, so you can get the same airflow as a 120mm fan but more quietly. Another advantage is that this fan can be used in heatsinks where other 140mm fans go; those heatsinks also use 140mm fans with 120mm screw holes. The eight pockets bracketing the four screw holes also have a function.

You can also see three notches on each blade. These seem to be part of the Phanteks MVB system:

MVB (Maelström Vortex Booster)
The nine blades are positioned in a way that it provides a powerfully controlled airflow. The MVB produces a downdraft vortex allowing air passage through the surface to produce a significantly better performance while keeping the noise level down.

The exhaust side of the Phanteks PH-F140TS shows three split struts. Somehow this looks as if it would put up more resistance than a traditional four-strut solution, especially since the struts are wide where the meet the frame.

Under the label is the Phanteks UFB bearing:

UFB bearing (Updraft Floating Balance bearing)
Phanteks’ UFB bearings are composed by MOSS and SSC system. MOSS has an effective fan hub-blade ratio to achieve a dynamic balance, thus floating the axis for minimal air noise. SSC increases the bearing life span to ensure that the fan axis is consistently operating without mechanical noise.

Phanteks also wants you to know of its electrical protection circuitry:

Polarity Auto-Restart Protection
Phanteks’ unique fan circuit design provides a Fan Polarity Auto-Restart feature. The sensor inside of the fan will constantly send a series of rectangular signals to your PC M/B indicating that the fan is working correctly. The unique restart feature provides optimal support and protection.

Finally, push those little pads out of their rubber block, install them on the fan (they are sticky on one side) and you get this:

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