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DarkSide Gentle Typhoon 1450 RPM Black Edition Fan

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The Gentle Typhoon made a comeback recently under the DarkSide brand, and in an all-black color scheme too. It was the fan of choice for PC DIY enthusiasts only a few years ago, and in this review, we will see how it holds up against newer fans and features alike.

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Ive ran two of he 2000RPM versions of these on my H105 for well over 6 months over a year ago..... One of them then developed an annoying rattle so I ended up binning both of them. Not too impressed to say the least. I then switched to Fractal Venturi HP-12s which were very good but didnt move enough air before finally ending my long search for radiator fans by getting a pair of Corsair ML Pro's which are just perfect in every way. In performance to noise ratio, the MLs are just great and punch well above any of the EK Vardar, Fractal and Corsair SP's ive ever used on my H105

While these Darkside GT fans may look like the part just like they did the original GTs. They are far from being a spiritual successor to them
 

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Ive ran two of he 2000RPM versions of these on my H105 for well over 6 months over a year ago..... One of them then developed an annoying rattle so I ended up binning both of them. Not too impressed to say the least. I then switched to Fractal Venturi HP-12s which were very good but didnt move enough air before finally ending my long search for radiator fans by getting a pair of Corsair ML Pro's which are just perfect in every way. In performance to noise ratio, the MLs are just great and punch well above any of the EK Vardar, Fractal and Corsair SP's ive ever used on my H105

While these Darkside GT fans may look like the part just like they did the original GTs. They are far from being a spiritual successor to them
They are the same design as the original ones, the only change is the black plastic used throughout. There was a big batch of bad ball bearings in 2015 that persisted a long time, so perhaps you had some of the affected fans?
 

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They are the same design as the original ones, the only change is the black plastic used throughout. There was a big batch of bad ball bearings in 2015 that persisted a long time, so perhaps you had some of the affected fans?
I didnt know about the batch of bad bearings. I was just pissed off because i paid a premium to have them imported in from the USA or Canada.
 
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I did an experiment and ordered Nidec one from ebay... the are the same except for the color. 1850RPM version. These are fine, no problems at all.



I usually salvage bearings from stock intel fans if there is need really.
 

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I didnt know about the batch of bad bearings. I was just pissed off because i paid a premium to have them imported in from the USA or Canada.
Mayhems used to stock and sell this from Darlington, but not sure if they still do.

I did an experiment and ordered Nidec one from ebay... the are the same except for the color. 1850RPM version. These are fine, no problems at all.

I usually salvage bearings from stock intel fans if there is need really.
Yeah, ball bearings are really the only ones I feel comfortable replacing. That's also why these are the only fans I have disassembled also.
 
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Benchmark Scores over there --->
Would you consider doing a review in the future with some noiseblocker eloop fans for comparison?
 

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Would you consider doing a review in the future with some noiseblocker eloop fans for comparison?
There is one in the comparison table already (B12-4), which I have covered on my website before using the older testing setup.

Here's a link that will guide you to three of the NB-eLoop reviews if you were interested: Click here
 
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Yeah, ball bearings are really the only ones I feel comfortable replacing. That's also why these are the only fans I have disassembled also.
Aye, actually I spotted one thing more, mine are PWM these are not. Mine are capable running from 580RPM at lowest BTW.

I used Vardar ER's before, but actually bearings tend to wear out for them fast and start to emit noises at low RPM's, like in 6 months for me at least, I made a bet using these ones for my 360rad, so far really good. They perform really similar, noise curve is different thou.
 
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One of mine also developed a bad noise, had to take it out. The others are motoring along just fine. There are better fan technologies out there, as the reviewer stated, maglev, 6 pole motors, etc.
 
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I've got four Original Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm fans running in my machine for well over 4 years now all sound as quiet as the day I put them in
 
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I've got these old two Masscool 80mms that I always brag about like they are children or something.... The bastards just wont die.... almost 10 years old.

I do find it odd that there is a "Black Edition" fan though.
 
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Always liked GTs, have some that have been running fine for over a decade. Amazing fans for the price (makes sense as they're industrial fans), good to see them available again :)
 
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Gentle Typhoon was best almost 10 years.
Special 1850 and rear 2150RPM model.
But now I think they are outperform by CORSAIR ML120/140.

Anyway I would use some of these...

-EKWB Vardar F3/F4
-CORSAIR ML120/140
-Gentle Typhon 1850/2150

From my perspective Gentle Typhoon don't need to be slower than 1850RPM because it's not possible to hear from case.

Edit: Now I see ...1500 RPM is probably most interesting test for people with watercooling.

CORSAIR ML120: 34.1 CFM - 39.6 dBA
Gentle Typhoon: 33.5 CFM - 41.4 dBA
EKWB Vardar: 36.1CFM - 44.3 dBA

Only should be comparison on
2000 RPM and people could decide, but I think we have NEW King.
But really hard to decide because all of them look cool, Noiseblockers as well.
 
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Many things have changed over the years and like Grandpa's old saying that "[insert brand name here] is the Cadilac of [insert product here]" to indicate the best of the best, the superiority of the Scythe GTs faded before the relationship ended. Budding enthusiasts from those days remember the accolades placed on the GTs and from way back when and many are hesitant to let it go.

1. Back in the day, radiators were medium to hi fpi which benefitted from the GTs higher SP. Those rads are rare today and the higher speeds / FPI do not really bring anything to the table except on cheap aluminum rads and CLCs.

2. Comparing fan speeds / CFM / SP based upon what's on the ads and on the box is a fools errand. Fan performance is represented by a curve, not a single data point ... you get then highest flow at 0 backpressure and o flow at the highest backpressure. A fan that produces 80 cfm at 0 SP and 0 flow at 1.4 SP will often be advertised as Flow: 80 CFM / SP: 1.4. The fan is simply not capable of producing both those numbers at the same time. Even here ... were at least they idientify them as "Max", we see

Max airflow: 45.9 CFM
Max static pressure: 1.30 mm H2O

And in TPUs test, we see only 33.5 or 73% of "what's written on the box".

3. Another preference from days gone by that matters little today is PWM. In the past, you had to decide between the lower speed threshold of PWM versus the extra cost and putting up w/ the low speed clicking / hum that comes with PWM. newer DCV 3 pin designs have no problem going to 25% of full speed. The primary reason that DCV lost that low speed was because at lower voltages, the fans could not overcome the intertia of a static fan blade. If ya gave them a finger bum, they'd turn. Now control algorythms, start the fans with a voltage pump and once moving slow down to lower speeds than could be achieved otherwise. We also have Fan Hubs that provide PWM control of DCV fans. Also w/ some brands (i.e. Corsair), you had the problem of losing all speed control if you ganged too many fans on one channel.

4. Personally, I am am not interested in quiet fans ... only absolutely non detectable fans. If I sit down on the desk where the monitor is sleeping, if I can tell that the PC is ON with my ears, papa is unhappy. In blindfold testing, that comes at about 850 rpm. Using a 1450 rpm fan means the max allowable flow is only 58% of fan speed. These DCV GTS fans are well into what used to be considered "PWM territory" with a low speed cutoff of 29%. That leaves a range of only 29% - 58% of silent operating range. So for my usage, anything above 12100 rpm just won't make the list,

5. Surprised no one mentioned Noctua who sorta inherited the title after the GTs became rare. But Noctua got taken off the throne years ago, Take the Noc fans off a Noctua cooler and at same rpm, temps drop by a whopping 6C. Here's silent PC Review's top 10, tho its a bit dated (2013-05-21)

Phanteks PH-F140HP/TS
Noctua NF-A14 FLX
Noctua NF-A15 PWM
Noiseblocker B12-2
Noctua NF-P14 FLX
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120-12
Noiseblocker M12-S1
Corsair AF120 Quiet
Corsair AF120 Performance
Thermalright TR-TY150

I'm anxious to see a test on Noctua's new low clearance design with strengthened blades that they've been showing at trade shows in the past year.

Looking at this test, ya gotta like the beQuiets which both produce more air and lower noise .. as the does the Corsair and the Blacknoise

6. Another thing that should factor in is what comes with the case. Is Corsair including the MIl pro fans with their cases now ? If so that would be a factor. Phanteks does tho at a more reasonable (for my usage anyway) 1200 rpm. It would be great if case manufacturers provided an "option" where ya can pick ya own fans as an "upgrade"

7. Buying a $165 CLC (i.e. Kraken X62) and then slapping on a pair of $20 replacement fans makes more sense when ya can get better cooling and less noise from a Swiftech all copper and expandable unit for $150.
 
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I will not buy any more AIO systems if they are not expandable.
I think soon and EKWB will launch new AIO system and their Vardar EVO 140mm 2000 RPM fans Black are cool.
 

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Yeah, I have some of the new Vardar EVO fans. I will cover a couple of them here maybe next month or Jan, and the rest on my website. The ones that interest me more are those with the fluid dynamic bearing and the OdB mode (aka fans turn off at a lower PWM duty cycle).
 
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Vardar EVO are cool because they are full black and classic and you can use them always.
140mm 2000 RPM should push a lot of air. But most of time is enough 1500RPM.
I don't like because EKWB launch Coolstream CE 280 thicker than Coolstream PE 45mm vs 38mm I think.
 
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From the charts it seems that Phanteks might be the best all arounder? ~1 cfm less airflow for ~3db less noise. (varies a bit with speed of course.) Am I deciphering that right?
 

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From the charts it seems that Phanteks might be the best all arounder? ~1 cfm less airflow for ~3db less noise. (varies a bit with speed of course.) Am I deciphering that right?
Depends on your priority, the PH-F120MP is excellent for those who prioritize noise without losing much performance.
 
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I like your new airflow test station. Been thinking of making one similar but usng 12mm drinking straws cut 20mm long to make an airflow straightener. I looked at using woven wire mesh but smallest wire size I could find in small size pieces limited airflow area to 74-76%. This was 2 count mesh with 1.6mm wire. Charts show 2 count mesh (11.1mm holes) using 1.2mm wire.

Don't suppose you know what the opening and wire size is of your woven wire mesh airflow straighteners is. Would be interested in finding out.
 
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