• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

140mm case fans

Joined
Oct 13, 2013
Messages
277 (0.16/day)
Likes
54
System Name IVY BRIDGE
Processor i7 3770K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
Cooling PHANTEKS TC14PE
Memory GSKILL ARES DDR3-1600
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE GTX 770 WF OC
Storage SAMSUNG 830 / GSKILL PHOENIX / SAMSUNG F4 / SEAGATE MOMENTUS / SEAGATE HDD 1.5
Display(s) ASUS 24" / DELL 20"
Case CORSAIR AIR 540
Audio Device(s) ASUS XONAR DG
Power Supply COOLERMASTER V700
Software WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE x64
#1
Hey guys, I need some general pointers on how I should be looking for 140mm case fans. I can navigate through newegg with filters but just wanted some general guidance from more experienced members.

they will be used for : 2x top exhaust fans (horizontal?)
what types of fan bearings is optimal for this use and position? i know sleeve and 2-ball is bad for this.

my budget is: trying to aim for $15 shipped per fan (unless you can sell me on better/expensive-r)

currently with my requirements filtered on newegg = click here newgg link
-non-blacks fans have priority over black fans, but not a deal-breaker in any way

P.S
round-framed fans - do they fit in 140mm mounting holes like normal?

what can you guys recommend me ?

**the rosewill hyperborea really sticks out; that cfm to noise level seems awesome
 
Last edited:
Joined
Dec 6, 2005
Messages
10,341 (2.26/day)
Likes
4,220
Location
Manchester, NH
System Name Working on it ;)
Processor I7-4790K (Stock speeds right now)
Motherboard MSI Z97 U3 Plus
Cooling Be Quiet Pure Rock Air
Memory 16GB 4x4 G.Skill CAS9 2133 Sniper
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE Vega 64 (Non Reference)
Storage Samsung EVO 500GB / 8 Different WDs / QNAP TS-253 8GB NAS with 2x2Tb WD Black
Display(s) 34" LG 34CB88-P 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD (3440*1440)
Case Rosewill Challenger
Audio Device(s) Onboard + HD HDMI
Power Supply Corsair HX750 (love it)
Mouse Logitech G5
Keyboard Corsair Strafe RGB & G610 Orion Red
Software Win 10 upgraded from Win 7 Pro
#2
(rather have it non-led because i dont want to hook up molex cables for no reason)
Just because it's LED doesn't mean you have to have Molex. Most have a 3-pin MB fan header, and include a Molex adaptor in case you want to run of the PSU cables directly.

In The Cooler Master and Cougar have great reviews.
 

Norton

Moderator & WCG-TPU Captain
Staff member
Joined
Dec 21, 2011
Messages
13,407 (5.65/day)
Likes
38,528
Location
USA
System Name My Fortress/Trish (WCG)/Julia (WCG)/Ella (WCG)/Junior(WCG)/Cruncher 1 & 2/Kreij (WCG)
Processor Ryzen 1700X/i7-970/2600K/i7-980X/Ryzen 1700/Opteron 6168x4/Ryzen 1800X/FX-8350
Motherboard X370 Taichi/ ASUS R3E/Asus P8P67 Pro/EVGA X58 SLI 3/B350 M/SuperMicro 4P/AB350 K4/ASUS 990X
Cooling NH-D14/Phanteks/NH-U14S/H70/Scythe Mugen5/CM 212+ (x4)/NH-U14S/Xig DK Nighthawk
Memory 16GB GSkill TridentZ-3200 (1700X), 16GB GSkill FlareX-2400 (1800X),... various...., 4P- 16x1GB
Video Card(s) RX 580/HD 4670/HD 7770/HD 7870/HD 7770/onboard/HD 7770/GTX 1080
Storage WD 500GB SSD/Seagate 2TB SSHD, everything else is Western Digital (mostly)
Display(s) Dual Dell Ultrasharp U2414H
Case Silverstone FT01B/Source 530/Corsair 230T/Define XL R2/Silverstone FT05/Define R4/custom/Tt P3 open
Audio Device(s) on board (All)
Power Supply Corsair HX850/TX650/CS650M/X Gold 750/EVGA P2 850/X Gold 1050/HX650/M12 II 750
Mouse Logitech G300s
Keyboard Thermaltake Challenger Prime (Great for $30!!!)
Software Win 10 Pro (Fortress), Win 7 Pro (Ella), Ubuntu for everything else
Benchmark Scores Why sit on the Bench when you can get in the game and Crunch!!!
#3
Joined
Oct 21, 2005
Messages
4,374 (0.95/day)
Likes
2,122
Location
USA
System Name Small ATX Desktop
Processor Intel i5 8600K
Motherboard Asrock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Fans: 2xThermalright TY143 / 2xCorsair SP-120L / 1xYate Loon D14BH-12
Memory G-Skill TridentZ 2X8GB DDR4 3200 CL14 F4-3200C14D-16GTZ
Video Card(s) Zotac 1060 6GB Mini
Storage Seagate 600 240GB SSD + 2xWD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Data
Display(s) Asus PB258Q 2560x1440 + Asus VH242H 1920x1080
Case Lian Li PC A05NB (Inverted Mobo)
Audio Device(s) Audiotechnica ATH M50X, Antlion Mod Mic 4, SYBA SD-CM-UAUD, Beige era Acoustic Research 2Ch
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 660 Watt Platinum
Mouse Zowie EC2A Mouse, Corsair MM600 hard pad, on top of a Inateck 900x300 XL pad
Keyboard Filco Majestouch II Ninja TKL, Goldtouch GTC 0033 Ten Key
Software Win7 Pro 64 (Installed on Coffee Lake using PS/2 Emulation mode)
#4
I prefer dual ball bearing for horizontal fans, just keep that in mind. I love my Koolance branded fans. 120mm fans are better than 140mm fans usually. Just a more standard size so theres better ones available. Get some 38mm thick if you want to really move air.

Cougars are great but they will die if you run them horizontal. I have a (phenom2) case full of nothing but cougars and it performs stellar.
 
Joined
Oct 13, 2013
Messages
277 (0.16/day)
Likes
54
System Name IVY BRIDGE
Processor i7 3770K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
Cooling PHANTEKS TC14PE
Memory GSKILL ARES DDR3-1600
Video Card(s) GIGABYTE GTX 770 WF OC
Storage SAMSUNG 830 / GSKILL PHOENIX / SAMSUNG F4 / SEAGATE MOMENTUS / SEAGATE HDD 1.5
Display(s) ASUS 24" / DELL 20"
Case CORSAIR AIR 540
Audio Device(s) ASUS XONAR DG
Power Supply COOLERMASTER V700
Software WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE x64
#5
I prefer dual ball bearing for horizontal fans, just keep that in mind. I love my Koolance branded fans. 120mm fans are better than 140mm fans usually. Just a more standard size so theres better ones available. Get some 38mm thick if you want to really move air.

Cougars are great but they will die if you run them horizontal. I have a (phenom2) case full of nothing but cougars and it performs stellar.
yeah i was a bit (worried?) about cougars and horizontal. might have to look at other options.

i will keep in mind about the 2-ball bearing, thanks vario!
 
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
9,044 (2.62/day)
Likes
1,459
Location
Montreal, Canada
System Name Homelabs, #2 in construction
Processor i7 3930k @ 3.6 GHz | Ryzen 1700
Motherboard AsRock X79 Fatal1ty pro | AsRock x370
Cooling Dark Rock Pro 3 | Wraith Cooler
Memory 32GB (4x8gb) DDR3 2133Mhz | can't afford DDR4 yet lol
Video Card(s) GTX 970 incoming | RX 560 2gb
Storage Bunch of SSDs (HDDs coming eventually)
Display(s) Korean 1440p | Dell refurb 19"
Case BeQuiet! SilentBase 800 | some ATX case
Audio Device(s) AKG KXXX
Power Supply EVGA P2 750W | none yet
#6
I've heard good things about a certain enermax 140mm but I don't remember which line, it had LEDs
 
Joined
Oct 21, 2005
Messages
4,374 (0.95/day)
Likes
2,122
Location
USA
System Name Small ATX Desktop
Processor Intel i5 8600K
Motherboard Asrock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Fans: 2xThermalright TY143 / 2xCorsair SP-120L / 1xYate Loon D14BH-12
Memory G-Skill TridentZ 2X8GB DDR4 3200 CL14 F4-3200C14D-16GTZ
Video Card(s) Zotac 1060 6GB Mini
Storage Seagate 600 240GB SSD + 2xWD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Data
Display(s) Asus PB258Q 2560x1440 + Asus VH242H 1920x1080
Case Lian Li PC A05NB (Inverted Mobo)
Audio Device(s) Audiotechnica ATH M50X, Antlion Mod Mic 4, SYBA SD-CM-UAUD, Beige era Acoustic Research 2Ch
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 660 Watt Platinum
Mouse Zowie EC2A Mouse, Corsair MM600 hard pad, on top of a Inateck 900x300 XL pad
Keyboard Filco Majestouch II Ninja TKL, Goldtouch GTC 0033 Ten Key
Software Win7 Pro 64 (Installed on Coffee Lake using PS/2 Emulation mode)
#7
This might be a good choice, I have a 120mmx25 and a few 120x38 of the same brand, they have nice motors for the money. Koolance's site is overpriced, its usually $10-15.
http://koolance.com/fan-140x25mm-91cfm
http://www.nmbtc.com/fans/white-papers/fans_ball_vs_sleeve.html

Another factor that can impact fan longevity is fan mounting. Fans can be positioned horizontally, or shaft center line parallel, or perpendicular to the ground. Fan orientation does not affect the longevity of ball bearing fans. Ball bearing fans can be mounted in any position because preloading of the bearings is built in during the bearing manufacturing stage. Preloading describes the procedure by which manufacturers build an initial side load, such as a spring or a wave washer against the balls, into the ball bearing. This makes the bearing more durable. In comparison, sleeve bearing fans can maintain life spans comparable to their ball bearing counterparts when the sleeve bearing fans are mounted in vertical positions. However, when sleeve bearing fans are mounted in any position other than vertical, the fan’s life span decreases. When selecting a bearing type, the design engineer must consider the orientation for which the fan will be mounted. If the fan needs to be mounted vertically, the engineer might choose a sleeve bearing fan. However, if the fan is mounted in any orientation other than vertical, the engineer may want to select a ball bearing fan.
 
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
9,044 (2.62/day)
Likes
1,459
Location
Montreal, Canada
System Name Homelabs, #2 in construction
Processor i7 3930k @ 3.6 GHz | Ryzen 1700
Motherboard AsRock X79 Fatal1ty pro | AsRock x370
Cooling Dark Rock Pro 3 | Wraith Cooler
Memory 32GB (4x8gb) DDR3 2133Mhz | can't afford DDR4 yet lol
Video Card(s) GTX 970 incoming | RX 560 2gb
Storage Bunch of SSDs (HDDs coming eventually)
Display(s) Korean 1440p | Dell refurb 19"
Case BeQuiet! SilentBase 800 | some ATX case
Audio Device(s) AKG KXXX
Power Supply EVGA P2 750W | none yet
#8
I remember now, enermax t.b vegas trio or something. Also check cooljag
 
Top