Cooling Fans Reviews

Six popular140 mm case fans from Alphacool, Arctic, Cooler Master, Corsair, Noiseblocker and Noctua in a comparison test

Reader requests are of course our command and so today we have a big comparison test with 6 popular 140mm case fans. And yes, fans are a dime a dozen, but in the end, which fan fits which system and which budget? Is a model suitable as a case fan and how does it really perform on different radiators? What about the real speed range, how high is the start-up speed and what parameters does such a fan offer over the speed range, including the usually unavoidable noise emission? Exactly for these findings we test, because you should not trust any data sheet that you do not…. well, you know already

Today we are testing a total of six popular 140mm fans, but we also know that of course you can’t cover all your needs with them. But we will continue to test piece by piece (fan by fan) and then also tackle the database as a kind of compendium – but until then there will be individual or group tests to further fill our data. How extensive the results are, you will see on the next pages and today I put in everything that Pascal measured for the 140.

How exactly this all works and runs, you can see on the next page, where we present the test system and measurements once again. And one thing is also clear here: it is not the purchase price of a measuring instrument alone that counts, but its appropriate use and correct calibration. Because you can also sink a lot of money and time for nothing. But that’s why there are consulting industry partners and the almost omniscient community and not just undifferentiated swarm knowledge.

Important preliminary remark

I don’t want to spoil anything and I don’t want to blacken any manufacturer unnecessarily, but I have to make an important preliminary remark. We had already chosen the Noctua NF-A14 FLX as a reference and will continue to use it as a reference for individual tests of 140mm fans, although the Noiseblocker NB-eLoop X PWM B14XP ARGB now performs slightly to significantly better in many test fields. However, there is a good reason why we still stick to the Noctua model, at least in this review.

In the 120mm roundup, as well as now, the first tested fan from Noiseblocker was defective, respectively acted below the specs and consequently had to be replaced. This can happen once, but not several times. This is exactly why, and until the manufacturer gets a better handle on quality control, we will continue to use Noctua’s model. We can measure whether the fan does what it says in the specs (although Noiseblocker also showed deficits here and the homepage has not been corrected to this day), the buyer unfortunately cannot.

Unfortunately, this cannot be tolerated in this amount and must be openly communicated. In the future, sample tests will have to show whether the circumstances have improved and whether all the technical specifications on the packaging and the homepage are really correct. Then this fan can also become the reference.

Maximum speeds in a quick check

We have deliberately chosen 6 fans with very different maximum speeds between 1500 and 2000 rpm and first test whether this specification is also adhered to. In this case, at least everything is already right, at least a good start.

On the next page you will see how and what we test and why. Understanding the details is extremely important in order to be able to objectively classify the results later. The differences between many models are more in the details and THE best fan for all situations can hardly exist. There is a certain optimum in every situation and of course there are also good all-rounders. But they usually have their price. But if you plan to use 60mm radiators for example, you might save money by choosing the best model for your application, which might not perform so well as a case fan. And vise versa, of course.

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Göran

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Sehr interessanter Test. Ich muß sagen Lüfter für über 30€ pro Stück habe ich noch nicht gekauft, aber die Performance des NB ist schon beeindruckend.
Kann es sein das der Noctua bei 100% nicht so gut aussieht, weil er am langsamsten dreht ?
Normalerweise würde ich Arctic kaufen und wenn die Lager irgendwann kommen, dann halt die nächsten ... bei den Preisen ist man selbst mit Versandkosten noch günstig. Aber im Sinne der Nachhaltigkeit ist das natürlich nicht.
Vielen Dank für den Test!

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DHAmoKK

Urgestein

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Fehlt noch die Verbindung von Artikel zum Forum und beim eLoop hat sich ein Fehler eingeschlichen, der ist nämlich 29mm dick, nicht 25mm. Daher performt er auch so gut.

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ipat66

Veteran

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Unterhaltsamer Artikel...:)
Neue Referenz?
Mir ist aufgefallen,dass der Energieverbrauch ( in min und max – Watt ?) nirgends auftaucht?
Entweder ich bin blind oder es ist nicht vorgesehen?
Ich fände es interessant zu wissen, ob einer nur 2 oder doch schon10 Watt braucht um Luft auf links zu drehen....

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Pascal Mouchel

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162 Kommentare 193 Likes

bist du wohl Still :ROFLMAO: bitte nicht noch eine Messung mehr ich werd noch irre bei so vielen Zahlen und Daten ich muss mittlerweile höllisch aufpassen das immer alles eingetragen ist. Langsam verlier ich vor Tabellen und Balken denn Überblick.

Aber schauen wir mal wie wir das vielleicht noch einbauen können.

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Pascal Mouchel

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sagen wir mal so Arctic gibt echt sehr lange Garantie das spricht für Überzeugung Natürlich ist hier dann die Frage wer schickt seinen Lüfter nach 3 Jahren ein oder kauft nicht direkt neuen. Schön ist einfach zu sehen das es nicht immer Premium braucht. Wer Günstig kauft kauft 2 mal das seh ich beim Arctic nicht so. Da hab ich schon Premium gesehen die schon eher die Flügel strecken.

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Pascal Mouchel

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162 Kommentare 193 Likes

wird geprüft danke für Hinweis

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Igor Wallossek

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Arcaras

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Könnte auch dran liegen, dass ich es falsch lese, aber irgendwie habe ich das Gefühl, dass auf Seite 10 in der letzten Grafik die Balken teils falsch angezeigt/skaliert werden.

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Pascal Mouchel

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ipat66

Veteran

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Die Werte der X-Achse stimmen nicht.....

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Danke für die Spende



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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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