AOA Forums AOA Forums AOA Forums Folding For Team 45 AOA Files Home Front Page Become an AOA Subscriber! UserCP Calendar Memberlist FAQ Search Forum Home


Go Back   AOA Forums > Hardware > Cooling & Temperature Monitoring


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 3 votes, 2.33 average.
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 12:57 AM
Chaz's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: March 2005
Location: England
Posts: 208

Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.

21 Decibals? You’re having a laugh!

I recently got hold of three of Thermaltake’s ‘Thunderblade’ fans. Reviews of them were few and far between, so I was reliant on the manufacturers info on the quality of the fans, along with Thermaltake’s reputation.
The first thing to mention is the manufacturers claims, as found on the site, and on the back of the box. As you’d expect, they vary with the size of the fan, but basically all you need to know is that according to Thermaltake, the 120mm fan will push an impressive 78 CFM at only 21 dBA, while the 80mm version will push a far less impressive, 27.8CFM, again, at 21 dBA.

Clearly the fans are aimed at the noise conscious user, like me, which is the main reason I took the plunge and ordered two 80mm fans, and one 120mm fan. They arrived a few days later, and I got a bit of a shock.

I took them out of their boxes, and I’ll admit they look the part. The build quality is very good, the cables are nice and long, and have been sleeved to keep them tidy, and the most impressive thing I noticed was that they had come with four very long screws, and a nut. It took a while before it dawned on me that they were included so that you simply had to thread them through the holes from the inside of your case, and then twist the nut on at the end until it was tight, with your fingers, and you’re done. No screwdriver required.

I wired the 120mm fan up first, on its own, to see whether or not it actually pushed a decent amount of air at just 21 decibels. I flicked the switch, and one word popped into my head. “Hairdryer”. “Hairdryer with pretty green LEDs”. I was shocked – the 21db advertised on the site and on the box was a blatant lie, I’m no sound expert but this single fan is far louder than the rest of my PC put together, and none of my parts are particularly quiet.

On the upside, the LEDs did give it a nice glow, and it was pushing a lot of air – probably around about the advertised figure of 78cfm. But this was at the expense of my eardrums, so I hastily unplugged it.

Next up were the two 80mm fans, I didn’t even bother mounting these in my case, as I had a bad feeling they would be no better. Well from one extreme to the other, these 80mm fans, also advertised as 21dBA were very quiet, and subsequently pushed a mediocre amount of air. I felt the amount of air being pushed by the cheap and cheerful fans 80mm fans I bought off Ebuyer for £1.47 a pop, and they were doing a much better job. I mounted them anyway, since they did look pretty cool, and I had to put my ear right up to them to hear them quietly whirring away.

And so, in conclusion, the 120mm fan is only really any use for the performance enthusiast who cant afford real cooling, and the 80mm fan is for the sound enthusiast who… cant afford real cooling.

I hope you enjoyed my review.


PS. I'll probably get some photos tomorrow.
Attached Thumbnails
Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-blue.jpg   Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-blue-closeup.jpg   Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-80mm.jpg   Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-wiring.jpg   Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-120mmback.jpg  

__________________

Last edited by Chaz; 27th October, 2005 at 02:05 PM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 03:42 AM
AMDRules's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: January 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 12

I was all ready to buy one of those 80mm fans tonight, with the inlcuded 90mm adaptor per "A2013 Silent 92mm Fan Kit - Thermaltake"

Now I have to reconsider.
__________________
EPoX EP-9NDA3+
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
2x 512 Mb PC3200 DDR OCZ Platinum
PNY VERTO GeForce 6600 8x AGP 256MB DDR3
200 Gb Maxtor SATA
Antec Sonata II Case c/w 450W PS
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 04:12 AM
Gizmo's Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
BassTeroids Champion, Global Player Champion, Aim & Fire Champion, Puzzle Maniax Champion, Othello Champion, Canyon Glider Champion, Unicycle Challenge Champion, YetiSports 9: Final Spit Champion, Zed Champion
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Webb City, Mo
Posts: 16,178
Send a message via ICQ to Gizmo Send a message via AIM to Gizmo Send a message via MSN to Gizmo Send a message via Yahoo to Gizmo Send a message via Skype™ to Gizmo

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chaz
PS. I'll probably get some photos tomorrow.
Yes, please. Post some photos.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 02:16 PM
Chaz's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: March 2005
Location: England
Posts: 208

More photos, and a video of the 120mm fan to show just how loud it is will be included shortly, once it has been uploaded to aoafiles.com.
Attached Thumbnails
Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-greenclose.jpg   Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-two-80mm.jpg  
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 02:36 PM
Gizmo's Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
BassTeroids Champion, Global Player Champion, Aim & Fire Champion, Puzzle Maniax Champion, Othello Champion, Canyon Glider Champion, Unicycle Challenge Champion, YetiSports 9: Final Spit Champion, Zed Champion
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Webb City, Mo
Posts: 16,178
Send a message via ICQ to Gizmo Send a message via AIM to Gizmo Send a message via MSN to Gizmo Send a message via Yahoo to Gizmo Send a message via Skype™ to Gizmo

The video is available in AOAFiles here.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 02:47 PM
Gizmo's Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
BassTeroids Champion, Global Player Champion, Aim & Fire Champion, Puzzle Maniax Champion, Othello Champion, Canyon Glider Champion, Unicycle Challenge Champion, YetiSports 9: Final Spit Champion, Zed Champion
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Webb City, Mo
Posts: 16,178
Send a message via ICQ to Gizmo Send a message via AIM to Gizmo Send a message via MSN to Gizmo Send a message via Yahoo to Gizmo Send a message via Skype™ to Gizmo

You're up in lights, dude! www.aoaforums.com

Thanks for the review!
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 03:07 PM
robbie's Avatar
AOA Staff
 
Join Date: November 2001
Location: Out in the desert of Ca.
Posts: 12,548
Send a message via AIM to robbie Send a message via MSN to robbie Send a message via Yahoo to robbie Send a message via Skype™ to robbie

WOW that sucker is pretty loud!!
Thanks for the 411 and the review!!
__________________
Taking each day as it comes
Grow, learn and OVERCLOCK. Need help?? Ask me.
Your Mommy!! (Aug/02) Welcome to the fold.
Buy it, Sell it, or Trade it in the AoA classifieds!!
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 03:35 PM
Chaz's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: March 2005
Location: England
Posts: 208

Quote:
Originally Posted by gizmo
You're up in lights, dude! www.aoaforums.com

Thanks for the review!
I'm honoured.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 03:52 PM
danrok's Avatar
AOA Staff
 
Join Date: March 2003
Location: Great Britain
Posts: 18,917

Very good work Chaz! Nice clear pics and the video is a nice touch.
__________________
Desktop PC: AMD FX-8370E / Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0 Motherboard / 16GB DDR3 RAM / GeForce GTX 970
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 04:51 PM
Member/Contributor/Resident Crystal Ball
 
Join Date: March 2004
Posts: 7,451

Yep the video is great. i have both the 80mm and the 120mm as well..i figure the noise level to be around 34db.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 05:23 PM
hoinar's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: February 2005
Location: Iasi, Romania
Posts: 945
Send a message via Skype™ to hoinar

Hey Chaz, at least you've got a nice avatar for yourself
__________________
I'd cry...but I can't stop laughing.
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 05:42 PM
Chaz's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: March 2005
Location: England
Posts: 208

Yup.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 08:03 PM
Member
 
Join Date: September 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 32

Cheers for the review Chaz, I'm always interested in making the computer quieter.

I might try the 80mm thermaltake. I'm currently using YS Tech 80mm and 92mm Silents, cheap, averagely quiet and the bearings seem to last well. Probably all start rattling on me now!
__________________
AOA Team fah
Epox EP-8RDA6+ Pro v1.2, XP-M 2600+ w/ SP-97, 1024MB Corsair TwinX 3200C2 Pro, Sapphire 9600 Pro 256Mb,
M-Audio Audiophile 24/96, Pioneer 107 DVDRW, 2x Seagate 7200.7+ 160Gb 8Mb Cache ATA,
2x Seagate Cheetah U320, LSI 21320 controller, Netgear 801.11g, Tagan Easycon 580w.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 08:41 PM
Daniel ~'s Avatar
Chief BBS Administrator
 
Join Date: September 2001
Location: Seattle Wa.
Posts: 45,606

Nicely done Chaz!
__________________
"Though all men live in ignorance before mystery,
they need not live in darkness...
Justice is foundation and Mercy ETERNAL
."
DKE

"All that we do is touched by Ocean
Yet we remain on the shore of what we know."
Richard Wilbur

[img]/forum/attachments/random-nonsense/16515-sigs-dan_drag.jpg[/img]
Subscribers! Ask Pitch about a Custom Sig Graphic

Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 10:02 PM
jnansley's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 888

I have yet to find an exception to the rule of Thermaltake = poopy. And I don't really want to waste any more money to continue proving that point.
__________________
I have a kit.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 27th October, 2005, 10:14 PM
Member/Contributor/Resident Crystal Ball
 
Join Date: March 2004
Posts: 7,451

One product...the Big Typhoon...
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 28th October, 2005, 02:36 AM
alexkerhead's Avatar
Member/Contributer
 
Join Date: June 2004
Location: Montgomery, AL USA
Posts: 3,018
Send a message via MSN to alexkerhead

Great job chaz, wish I did that first..
I've had 3x 120mm thunderblades in my main rig since last december..lol
1 intake, 1 outtake, and one on my hyper48 with a 92mm to 120mm funnel.
they run full speed over 70cfm each, and I can barely hear them compared to my other rigs.
I measured my case with a decibel meter, was 36Db.
Thats quiet to me, considering I run 3 fans in my room all day, because my dad keeps the a/c off all the time, and has the heat on all winter.
btw chaz, flimsy cases make the fan seem louder.
No offense chaz, but that case looks like your basic run of the mill flims-0-ramas.

Heres a pic of mine with the thunderblades mounted.
Attached Thumbnails
Thermaltake 'Thunderblade' 120mm and 80mm Fans - My Review.-p1010004-0.jpg  
__________________
Linux(Ubuntu) and Windows(XP) User. Dual-Booting.
Desktop: Intel E6600 2.4Ghz@3.2GHz(355MHz*9@1.3V), 6GB G. Skill DDR2-800(4-4-4-12 2T@2.0V), EVGA Nforce 680i LT SLI, NVIDIA 8500GT 512MB(500MHz Core + 450MHz Mem) etc, etc.

AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 28th October, 2005, 09:19 PM
Logan's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: August 2004
Posts: 1,235

At high RPMs it's been my experience that anything Thermaltake sounds like a hairdryer. I had the Thermaltake Extreme Volcano 12 cooler, and thankfully it had a speed controller on it. I was able to get it to inaudible levels and it still cooled like a mad fiend.

That fan, though...lol. Holy crap. Sounds exactly like the Volcano 12 did on high speed setting.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 2nd November, 2005, 12:55 PM
danrok's Avatar
AOA Staff
 
Join Date: March 2003
Location: Great Britain
Posts: 18,917

You made the press Chaz!

See paragraph 4:
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=27323
__________________
Desktop PC: AMD FX-8370E / Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0 Motherboard / 16GB DDR3 RAM / GeForce GTX 970
AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old 2nd November, 2005, 01:17 PM
MONKEYMAN's Avatar
Member
5 Card Draw Champion, Tomb Digger Champion, Alpha Force Champion, Autobahn Champion, Big Bird Hunting Champion, Mumu Champion, Attack of the Tweety Zombies Champion
 
Join Date: January 2005
Location: DORSET, UK
Posts: 2,170

__________________
AM2 X2 4000
2GB DDR2
NVIDIA 6150 ONBOARD!

Join our F@H team today.. http://www.team45.info/
Are you a subscriber? No? well then, why not....
Subscribe to AOA for a better experience and faster downloads!
How to unlock and overclock your Nvidia 6800
BIOS Volt-mod your 7800gt

AOA Team fah
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thermaltake A2368 120mm Case Fan @ $3.99 danrok Online Deals, and Steals 2 1st July, 2007 07:39 PM
Cheap 80mm fans (uk) Favu Online Deals, and Steals 1 27th October, 2005 04:21 PM
120mm UV LED Fans RussianMissile1 Cooling & Temperature Monitoring 6 8th July, 2004 05:09 PM
80mm or 120mm JayJay Case Modifications 8 12th April, 2002 05:54 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:17 PM.


Copyright ©2001 - 2010, AOA Forums
Don't Click Here Don't Click Here Either

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0