Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance – Test and Review

Enermax Twister Advance series is a brand new fan series featuring 3 brand new fans based on the old Cluster, Magma and Everest models, made to provide the same appearance but with additional features only to improve the overall performance of the products. Of course, the old models are already end of life, but still the new models are made to provide much more and perform much better. Enermax Twister Advance series offers 3 sub series with several models with dimensions from 80 to 140mm:

Enermax Cluster Advance offers two models with Smart APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) control providing 3 peak rpm options, Twister Bearing technology, Batwing Blades design and Carved Halo Frame for extra 20%~30% airflow. Apart from that the fans are made with detachable fan blades for easy cleaning, isolator-mounts for shockproof and easy installation and white LED on/off.

  1. UCCLA12P – a 120 x 120 x 25mm model 4-pin PWM powered and regulated with MTBF 160,000 hours
  2. UCCLA14P – a 139 x 139 x 25mm model 4-pin PWM powered and regulated with MTBF 160,000 hours

Enermax Magma Advance offers two models with Shift Speed Control providing 3 cooling modes, Twister Bearing technology, the option to operate at up to 85℃ at least for 100,000 hours and Batwing Blades design for extra 20%~30% airflow. Apart from that the fans are made with detachable fan blades for easy cleaning and isolator-mounts for shockproof and easy installation

  1. UCMAA8A – a 80 x 80 x 25mm model 3-pin powered and regulated with MTBF 160,000 hours
  2. UCMAA12A – a 120 x 120 x 25mm model 3-pin powered and regulated with MTBF 160,000 hours

Enermax Everest Advance offers just one model with built-in thermal sensor for auto-adjusting the fan speed with additional Smart APS (Adjustable Peak Speed) control providing 3 peak rpm options. Of course, the model features Twister Bearing technology for long lifetime and low noise, Batwing Blade design and Carved Halo Frame for extra 20%~30% airflow and detachable fan blades for easy cleaning. Additionally the model is equipped with isolator-mounts for shockproof and easy installation and blue LED on/off.

  1. UCEVA12T – a 120 x 120 x 25mm model 3-pin powered and regulated with MTBF 160,000 hours

For this test and review I received all 3 x 120mm models – Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P, Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A and Enermax Everest Advance UCEVA12T. Unfortunately, I will test and review only the first two models because Enermax Everest Advance UCEVA12T was changing its speed automatically through the test process and it was not possible for me to set a voltage level and to receive a static revolutions per minute range and for that reason I can’t provide performance results.

So let’s check the fans’ structure and later check their performance.

Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A
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Both fans arrived to me for doing a test and review in the pretty standard for the company package made of a very solid transparent plastic box, through which we can see the fan’s colour scheme and structure including the frame and propeller. Behind the fans in every package there is a carton part painted in various colours hiding the additional accessories. Of course, on the front side of the carton part there are some basic technology descriptions, while the full technical specifications for both of the models are located on the back side of the carton and correspondingly on the back side of the box. As usual, Enermax included the additional information regarding the technologies used in these products in several languages on the back side of the box.

 

Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance STRUCTURE

So let’s check the fan structure one by one.

Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P front Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P back
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Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P – is a fan made of a square, entirely painted in white plastic frame with dimensions of 120 x 120 x 25mm and made of 3 components attached to each other. One plastic part holding the motor (the back of the fan), front plastic part (the front of the fan) and aluminum border forming a cylinder around the propeller with the name of the company cut in by laser. Of course, all 3 parts could be split for easier propeller detaching and cleaning.

The frame itself is made with 4 isolator-mounts for reducing the vibrations of the fan, if there are any at all, and easy installation on a CPU cooler or on a case fan slot. Apart from that, on the four corners of the fan there are 4 white LEDs, made to provide a nice, steady and very stylish looking white backlight.

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And by mentioning the propeller, the fan is equipped with an entirely painted in white propeller featuring 9 not very wide, but at the same time very sharply angled blades made with the batwing blades design, which when combined with carved halo frame should provide additional 20%~30% airflow.

The connection between the frame and the propeller is done by twister bearing, made for long life span and low noise operation, combined with smart APS control providing 3 operational modes which are:

  1. Ultra Silent Mode – the fan is working at 500~1200 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 45.04~90.08 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.483~1.073 mm-H2O with minimal noise level of 8 dBa.
  2. Silent Mode – the fan is working at 500~1500 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 45.04~121.05 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.483~1.676 mm-H2O with minimal noise level of 8 dBa.
  3. Performance Mode – the fan is working at 500~1800 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 45.04~147.29 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.483~2.414 mm-H2O with minimal noise level of 8 dBa.

Pretty impressive technical details but I really wonder why Enermax hasn’t given the maximum noise level range.

Anyway, to switch between the modes I had to just click a small switch installed on the back of the motor.

The fan itself is powered and regulated by a very long, entirely sleeved in white 4-pin PWM cable and connector. As addition there is a second cable with a tiny switch, made for powering on and powering off the white LEDs backlight, which is entirely made to boost the overall appearance of the fan.

Anyway let’s check the other fan, which will be tested in this review.

Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A front Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A back
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Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A – is a fan, again made of a square but this time, entirely painted in black plastic frame with dimensions of 120 x 120 x 25mm, but for this model made as one whole structure and again there are 4 x isolator-mounts for reducing the vibrations of the fan, if there are any at all. The frame itself is actually a pretty standard frame but features something pretty unique and that is the option to withstand a pretty high temperature operation, which makes it a fan that can run at 85℃ for at least 100,000 hours. Pretty impressive, to be honest.

Apart from the frame, Magma advance is equipped with a detachable propeller for easy cleaning, which is entirely painted in bright red and features 9 not very wide, but at the same time very sharply angled blades made with the batwing blades design to provide additional 20%~30% airflow.

The connection between the frame and the propeller is done again by twister bearing, made for long lifetime and low noise operation, combined with smart APS control providing 3 x operational modes which are:

  1. Ultra Silent Mode – the fan is working at 1000 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 80.99 m3/h, static pressure level of 0.880 mm-H2O with minimal noise level of 13 dBa.
  2. Silent Mode – the fan is working at 1500 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 117.49 m3/h, static pressure level of 1.400 mm-H2O with minimal noise level of 13 dBa.
  3. Performance Mode – the fan is working at 1800 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 141.07 m3/h, static pressure level of 2.016 mm-H2O with minimal noise level of 13 dBa.

And for this model we have a pretty impressive technical detail description but again only the minimal noise level was given.

And again, to switch between the modes I had to just click a small switch installed on the back of the motor.

The fan itself is powered and regulated by a very long 3-pin cable and connector, which unfortunately is not sleeved in black, which could be a very nice addition to the overall fan appearance.

Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A
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Both fans arrived with absolutely identical additional accessories packs, which feature:

  1. One set of four rubber pins to attach the fans to the case fan slot
  2. 1 x 4 pin fan power adaptor to power the fans directly from the power supply if they are installed as a case fan slot and the motherboard has no additional fan headers.

Well, I was expecting a bit more additional accessories but still these accessories can provide the option for the fans to be used as a case fans and as a CPU cooler main cooling units.

I believe it is time to install the two fans on my test stand and check out how they will perform.

 

Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance TESTS

The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will install the fans and test them at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the performance of the products in real conditions. They will be tested under close-to-perfect conditions, not taking into account any external factors. The results achieved during the test can in no way be the same if the models are mounted on a cooler or on the case fan slot of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fans for one hour and their speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.

And this is what the fans look like installed on my test stand:

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And this is what the fans look like when operating on the test stand:

The test results are shown in the following charts:
Airflow through the fans at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V

Enermax Cluster UCCLA12P and Magma UCMAA12A A

Propellers rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.

Enermax Cluster UCCLA12P and Magma UCMAA12A R

The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propellers:

Enermax Cluster UCCLA12P and Magma UCMAA12A S

After mounting the fans onto the stand, and leaving them to rotate for about 60 minutes at maximum speed, it was time for the tests to begin.

As with my other tests, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P made at least one stable revolution at about 2.5V, while the white backlight started operating at 5V. On the other hand, Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A started rotating at 3.5V and to do my tests I had to increase the operation voltage to 5V and check their performance.

Test at 5V:

At the first test conducted at exactly 5V, Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P was rotating at 1005 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 72.96 cubic metres per hour, while Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A was providing airflow level of 86.4 cubic metres per hour and rotating at 1050 revolutions per minute. Both of the fans were absolutely quiet.

Test at 7V:

At the second test conducted at exactly 7V, Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P was rotating at 1305 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 96.48 cubic metres per hour, while Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A was providing airflow level of 108.96 cubic metres per hour and rotating at 1370 revolutions per minute. Both of the fans started generating a tiny noise coming from the air passing through the propellers.

Test at 9V:

At the third test conducted at 9V, Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P was rotating at 1550 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 116.16 cubic metres per hour, while Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A was providing airflow level of 132.48 cubic metres per hour and rotating at 1600 revolutions per minute. Both of the fans became pretty noisy and the noise could be heard from a distance higher than 10cm.

Test at 12V:

At the last test conducted at 12V, both fans reached their maximum performance, which for Enermax Cluster Advance UCCLA12P was 1850 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 148.32 cubic metres per hour, while Enermax Magma Advance UCMAA12A was providing airflow level of 159.36 cubic metres per hour and rotating at 1890 revolutions per minute. Both of the fans were very noisy, but with this performance they were expected to.

 

Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance CONCLUSIONS

1. Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance Performance:

After I spent some time, having fun with reviewing and later testing the fans, I should say that I am pretty impressed with the overall cooling capabilities of the new Cluster Advance and Magma Advance models, which are actually part of the new Twister series.

Both of the fans are actually one pretty good combination of various sets of technologies, entirely made to provide very serious cooling performance, while working at low to middle noise level range with a long lasting life span and very easy to use and maintain features. Both of the fans are actually a really good choice for customers who require quiet fans providing at the same time very good airflow and low noise level when the ambient temperature is low and a very serious cooling performance, of course sacrificing the noise, when the ambient temperature is pretty high. In both cases the fans are a very good choice to keep every modern rig up and running no matter the ambient conditions and most of all setting the different operation modes by simply clicking a small 3-step switch on the back of the fan.

According to my experience with the fans I can recommend them to be used as a main cooling fan for a big cooler compatible with 120mm fans, installed on a processor working at default or overclocked frequencies and at the same time as case fans to improve the overall airflow inside every modern case and keep all of the hardware inside the case running at proper temperature levels. I believe in both scenarios these fans will definitely handle the job.

2. Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance Appearance:

Apart from the pretty good cooling performance, both of the fans offer amazing visual and very aggressive looking appearance. With the entirely painted in white colour scheme boosted by the additional white backlight LEDs, Enermax Cluster Advance can be a pretty good choice for cases with black or white interior, while for Enermax Magma Advance the best choice will be an entirely painted in black case with all of the hardware made in the black/red colour scheme.

I think Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance deserve the following reward:

Best-Perf-Visual

Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance  have been added to the 120mm fans catalogue.

Official price (MSRP): Enermax Cluster Advance:  unknown

Official price (MSRP): Enermax Magma Advance :  unknown

Warranty: 24 months

I thank Enermax for the test samples.

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Enermax Cluster Advance and Enermax Magma Advance – Test and Review
9 Total Score
Both models offers very good performance combined with amazing appearance and very stylish colour schemes

Performance
10
Noise Level
8
Additional accessories
7
Appearance
10
User Rating: 4.63 (2 votes)

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
2 Comments
  1. Reply Dimcho 11.09.2014 at 9:17

    For me, the really cool thing about this fan is the rpm-switch – no additional cables/adapters or whatever, but just a simple yet elegant solution 🙂

    • Reply Dk_vr 18.09.2014 at 10:07

      Actually I like everything about these fans. Especially for the Magma it just looks and performs amazing.
      And the switch is just an extra.

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