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This review is from: Phanteks PH-PWHUB_01 PWM Fan Hub
Pros: The advantage to the Phanteks as opposed to Swiftech (PWM Only) or ModMyToys (DC Only) offerings is that it works with either PWM or DC variable voltage input to control less expensive 3 pin fans. If using PWM, you get the advantages of PWM while avoiding the potential buzzing, ticking noises when PWM fans are run at low speed..... kind of a "best of both worlds" kinda thing.
The Hub is capable of powering:
- When connected to a single PWM Header and a SATA power connector, will control up to eleven 3 pin DC fans through PWM modulation. If exceeding 1 amp draw, connect the DC SATA cable to provide the needed voltage w/oi losing speed control
- When connected to a single CHA / OPT Header, will control a number 3 pin DC fans through variable voltage control said number of fans being limited by the amp rating of the MoBo header (typically 1.0 , sometimes 2.0 amps). You can connect the SATA Power Connector to handle more fans but then the 12v signal from the power connector will over ride the variable voltage from the MoBo header eliminating speed control.
I have had as many as 8 (0.14 amp) fans (Phanteks SP140) connected under DC voltage control w/o incident but recommend 6 as a max .
Can use in many different ways but here's some examples:
1. Air Cooling:
1 Hub connected to CPU Header (PWM) to control air cooler (1 - 3) and case fans (8 - 10) via PWM (11 fans max)
2. Water Cooling Single Loop (2 Speed Control Curves) via BIOS or utility (i.e. FanXpert2)
a) CPU_1 (PWM) => D5 Vario Pump
b) CPU_2 (PWM) => Fan PCB => Push / Pull Fans (10) on 240 + 360 or 280 / 420
3. As above but with multiple loops
Cons: Only one comes with each Phanteks case .... you have to buy extras but at $15 a pop on Phanteks site, no worries.
Other Thoughts: This is how I am using (15) fans & 2 pumps
a) Pump Curve
CPU_1 (PWM) => Pump No. 1
CPU_2 (PWM) => Pump No. 2
b) Case Fans Curve
CHA_1 (DC) => Fan PCB_1 => (5) Case Fans
c) Top Radiator Fan Curve
CHA_2 (DC) => Fan PCB_2 => (6) Push / Pull Fans on XT45-420
d) Bottom Radiator Fan Curve
CHA_3 (DC) => Fan PCB_3 => (4) Push / Pull Fans on UT60-420
All fans are Phanteks SP140s
This review is from: Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK 140mm Case Fan
Pros: I got 5 of these .... (See review below) well (2) LED and (3) non LED with the Enthoo Primo Case..... bought (3) LED and (2) non LED a month later and now 6 months later bought (1) LED and (5) non LED bringing the total in the Primo case to 16.
It's not the fastest rpm, it's not the biggest air mover, it's not the most silent at full rpm. What it does have is the best performance to noise ratio of any fan I have ever seen.
It knocks the crown off the Noc's head as can be seen in the Overclockersclub review beating it by by 3C even while the former king is spinning 25% faster. My other former fav was the Gentle Typhoons and while I'd still use those for high fpi radiator, high rpm applications, these are THE choice for noiseless (up to 850 rpm) and quiet (1200 rpm) applications on the 8 to 12 fpi rads which dominate the market today.
I run them via FanXpert2 from 325 to 850 rpm and in that range, even with case side panels off I actually have to look to tell if they are spinning.
Though I had just a 8.4C Delta T with 5 of them in push, this new purchase will add pull to the push on the rads and the one LED fan will go in the top three 5.25" slots for aesthetic appeal to go with the Reeven Six Eyes temp display. May add one more on the HD cages someday.
Cons: The Phanteks PCBs that let ya control up to 11 3-pin fans are still not available other than buying a case. Hopefully soon.
Saw a few peeps having bad experiences but noticed some were running the PWM version off 3 pin headers or the 3 pin fans off PWM headers. If ya have a problem, an e-mail to phanteksusa.com should bring quick resolution
The ones that come in the case don't come equipped the the rubber vibration isolators that the ya get on the ones in retail packaging but an e-mail to Phanteks Tech Support with this or any other problem promptly resulted in a brown truck at my door within a few days.
Other Thoughts: Once the PCBs become available as an accessory and I can snag a 3rd one....
Recommended Control Scheme for Water Cooled Builds:
MoBo CPU-1 Header => Pump No. 1
MoBo CPU-2 Header => Pump No. 2
MoBo CHA_1 Header =>PCB_1 => (6) Case Fans
MoBo CHA_2 Header =>PCB_2 => (6) 420 Rad Fans
MoBo CHA_3 Header =>PCB_3 => (4) 280 Rad Fans
This review is from: Phanteks PH-F140SP_BK_BLED 140mm Blue LED Case Fan
Pros: Easily the Best Fan I have ever used or actually had my hands on. Came in 2nd in Silentpcreviews 140mm fan roundup but the 1st place finisher had that annoying ticking sound. Dead silent from 400 rpm to 850 rpm and never gets annoying even on radiators. Currently have (5) of the LED variety and (5) of the non-LED ones. Have (5) in use as case fans, and (5) as push on the rads, will be adding (5) more once the Phanteks Fan Control PCB's (Have the one that came with the case, ordering 2 more) go on sale as an accessory.- in March.
Along with the other fans tested in the silentpcreview 140mm roundup, (4 of the top 5 and 9 outta top 11 were 140mm fans) shattered the old axiom that 140mm fans can't compete on air coolers and radiators due to inadequate SP.
Five of them (2) LED and (3) non LED or about $100 worth of fans / controller come with the $220 Primo Enthoo essentially making it a $120 case purchase.
Cons: -It's not free and nobody comes over to install them for you
-Fan Control PCB not as yet available as an accessory and March won't come fast enuff.
Not a con for us but for Phanteks really, .....Scythe and NoiseBlocker have something coming out to compete shortly