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Alphacool Unveils Core 120 PWM and Core 140 PWM Series Case Fans

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Alphacool's fan lineup gets a new addition! The quiet and efficient Core PWM fan is now available in 120 mm and 140 mm, each in 3 different speed variants. The 120 mm version is available with a maximum speed of 2500rpm, 3000rpm as well as 4000rpm. The 140 mm version is available with maximum speeds of 2000 rpm, 2500 rpm and 3200 rpm.

The fan, which can be controlled via PWM signal, is not only suitable as a fan on CPU coolers or radiators. Thanks to its excellent performance values (throughput & static pressure), it can also be used as a case fan. The double-bearing fan axis (>2500rpm) is smooth running and allows for a long service life as well as quiet operation. If you are looking for an affordable and powerful fan without aRGB illumination, you will find it with Alphacool's Core PWM fan.



Features overview
  • available as 120 mm or 140 mm version
  • high airflow & static pressure
  • wide speed control range using PWM
  • durable smooth running bearing for quiet operation
  • MSRP 6.48€ - 8.98€
For more information, visit the product page.

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4000 rpm. We have lift off...

But they might be good for a thick radiator.
 
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Size:140mm
Dimensions:140 x 140 x 25mm
Power connector:4Pin PWM
Volume range:30 - 49,9 dB(A)
Rated speed:2500 U/min
Start voltage:7 V
Lifespan (at 25°C):70000 h
Pressure:3.96 mm/H2O
Air flow:115.56 CFM
Volume:43,3 dB(A)

Core 140 @2500RPMS.

Although loud, louder at the upper end, it has great static pressure.
 
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I'd love to see TPU do a review/comparison between these alphacool 3000 and 4000 rpm fans and the Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 rpm and the NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 rpm.

When comparing the listed specifications, the Alphacool 120mm 3000rpm fan has less airflow, but better static pressure than the 120mm 3000rpm Noctua industrial fan so I'd be interested to see how these fans compare on a radiator/AIO. I'd also like to see the 4000rpm alphacool compared to the 3000rpm Noctua.

**The price on the alphacool fans is A LOT lower than the Noctua fans, so it'd be interesting to see if alphacool could match the performance.
 
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Bearing type? I assume FDB or maybe rifle.
These look ridiculously cheap but if they're reliable and work well, that's fine. A cheap 120mm fan running at 4k RPM is a bit concerning.
 

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These look like cheap fans. And they are actually pretty cheap fans. Id still take an Arctic P12 or P14 though.
 
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I'd love to see TPU do a review/comparison between these alphacool 3000 and 4000 rpm fans and the Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 rpm and the NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 rpm.

When comparing the listed specifications, the Alphacool 120mm 3000rpm fan has less airflow, but better static pressure than the 120mm 3000rpm Noctua industrial fan so I'd be interested to see how these fans compare on a radiator/AIO. I'd also like to see the 4000rpm alphacool compared to the 3000rpm Noctua.

**The price on the alphacool fans is A LOT lower than the Noctua fans, so it'd be interesting to see if alphacool could match the performance.
The noctua industrials are crap though. The phanteks t30 and the a12x25 are the go to 120mm fans.
 
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Nice and cheap. I can't tell if the screw holes in the corners have rubber inlays or if that's just a mould mark.

Either way, these will be on the loud side; 7V starting voltage and 2500RPM means that the minimum fan speed is probably 1100 or something like that. IME 8-9V is usually half the maximum rated RPM and it's absolutely not a linear relationship.
 

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I'd love to see TPU do a review/comparison between these alphacool 3000 and 4000 rpm fans and the Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 rpm and the NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 rpm.

When comparing the listed specifications, the Alphacool 120mm 3000rpm fan has less airflow, but better static pressure than the 120mm 3000rpm Noctua industrial fan so I'd be interested to see how these fans compare on a radiator/AIO. I'd also like to see the 4000rpm alphacool compared to the 3000rpm Noctua.

**The price on the alphacool fans is A LOT lower than the Noctua fans, so it'd be interesting to see if alphacool could match the performance.
Forget that each time they review a fan they stop at like 1500 rpm . If they ever review those fan they will say "oh their are loud and have bad noise/performance ratio at 1500rpm". They doing that with all fan clearly not destined for that type of use.
 
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The noctua industrials are crap though. The phanteks t30 and the a12x25 are the go to 120mm fans.
Why would you say that. I replaced a Phanteks 140mm with a Noctua 3000 RPM and it improved my temps. Yes it is audible but it is running at 1800 RPM on PWM.
 
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Why would you say that. I replaced a Phanteks 140mm with a Noctua 3000 RPM and it improved my temps. Yes it is audible but it is running at 1800 RPM on PWM.
I don't know what fan you replaced with what , but the only good noctua fan is the a12x25. The industrials are outdated and they lose to performance to noise ratio by a lot of fans.
 
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Why would you say that. I replaced a Phanteks 140mm with a Noctua 3000 RPM and it improved my temps. Yes it is audible but it is running at 1800 RPM on PWM.
If you need more RPM to cool, you're doing something wrong. :D
 
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If you need more RPM to cool, you're doing something wrong. :D
I will tell you what I did. I took off the chipset heatsink and replaced the thermal pad. That was when the adventure started. As I have said before I have a tremendous amount of I/O running through the chipset as well. When I turned back on the PC the chipset would sit in the 80s. I even replaced the pad with different material but no success. I also have my AIO rad on the side panel with some 3 120s pulling air. I do believe that was causing a minor wash in that area. When I got the Noctua it actually improved it by about 7 degrees and I can feel the air coming through my GPU at the back much stronger. Part of it is the design of the case as the bottom mount sits about 3.5 inches closer to the side panel vs the MB tray. I since added a 80MM Noctua but it is a little too big with expansion card I have in the 3rd slot (That idles at 50 C). So on Amazon this morning I picked up one of these. I was reading reviews and it seems that Noctua have the acoustics for small fans solved.

 

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Having just got 3x of AC's 2500RPM aurora fans, i can at least vouch for them and say they quiet down nicely at lower RPM
They could be used to fly a drone at full speed however, lotta airflow

4,000RPM? They'd go into orbit, pretty much industrial fans like the famous finger-chopping deltas

I will tell you what I did. I took off the chipset heatsink and replaced the thermal pad. That was when the adventure started. As I have said before I have a tremendous amount of I/O running through the chipset as well. When I turned back on the PC the chipset would sit in the 80s. I even replaced the pad with different material but no success. I also have my AIO rad on the side panel with some 3 120s pulling air. I do believe that was causing a minor wash in that area. When I got the Noctua it actually improved it by about 7 degrees and I can feel the air coming through my GPU at the back much stronger. Part of it is the design of the case as the bottom mount sits about 3.5 inches closer to the side panel vs the MB tray. I since added a 80MM Noctua but it is a little too big with expansion card I have in the 3rd slot (That idles at 50 C). So on Amazon this morning I picked up one of these. I was reading reviews and it seems that Noctua have the acoustics for small fans solved.

I had to replace the thermal pad on my x570 boards chipset, first board I've ever had to do that to - and so much hardware (like PCI-E lanes) runs through them they really do need to be cooled properly these days or weird things can happen
thickness matters so much, even 0.1mm too thin or too thick can make or break how they perform
 
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