Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 and Cluster 140 review

Recently I did the first test and review for the fans Enermax T.B. Silence 140 and T.B. Silence 140 Manual and I am eager to touch their other 140mm models Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 (UCTA14N-R) and Enermax Cluster 140 (UCCL14).

Both fans arrived in two different types of plastic transparent boxes. On the left is the new one, while on the right side is the older type which is, let’s say harder to work with. Both transparent boxes offer the ability to see the structure of the fan with some technical details on the front panel and the full technical details on the back.

Let’s check them out one by one.

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140

According to the original technical details, Enermax T.B. Apollish is a series that offers five different types of fans with different dimensions and backlight. Those models are with size 80, 120 and 140mm and with red and blue backlight. For this test I have the biggest model with red light.

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 is made of semi-transparent plastic frame in black and a semi-transparent propeller with seven blades in red, which are the interesting part of the product. The blades are 2/3 painted in red and the other 1/3 is some sort of a reflective surface that reminds me of a small mirror, which should reflect the light from the small smd LEDs installed on the inner cylinder around the propeller. This is an interesting feature and I’d really like to see how it will work.

And seen from the back:

Seems the aluminium border forming a cylinder around the fan with the name of the company cut in by laser is missing in this model.

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 power and regulation is done via quite a long cable with a 3 Pin connector as every other case fan from Enermax.

The fan comes with the following accessories:

  1. Four metal screws
  2. 4-to-3 Pin power adaptor

Enermax Cluster 140

 

Again according to the original technical details, Enermax Cluster series offers four different types of fans with different dimensions. Those models are with size 80, 90, 120 and 140mm and all of them with white backlight. For this test I have the biggest model. On the whole, Cluser is one of the oldest fans series from Enermax and the model with dimensions 90mm is already EOL (end of life).

Enermax Cluster 140mm is made of plastic frame  and a propeller with nine blades with bat wing shape for focusing and improving the airflow. Having in mind the propeller shape I am expecting a big airflow level from this model, but only time will show.

All of the parts used in this model are painted in white. Apart from that inside the plastic frame there are four white LEDs working as a white backlight for the product.

And seen from the back:

Enermax Cluster 140mm power and regulation is done via quite a long cable with a 4 Pin PWM connector inside a white sleeving kit. The interesting thing about the product is the small switch attached to a separate cable for ON/OFF the white LEDs.

The fan comes with the following accessories:

  1. Four metal screws
  2. 4-to-3 Pin power adaptor
  3. Four rubber shock-proof isolator-mounts

The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will mount the samples and test them at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the authenticity of the technical characteristics given by the manufacturer. The products 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 fan is mounted on a cooler or on the case fan hole of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fans for one hour and its speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.

 

The test results are shown in the following charts:

Airflow through the fan at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.

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

The anemometer showed the following airflow speed:

After I mounting both fans to the stand and leaving them to run for about 30 minutes at maximum speed, it was time for the tests to begin.

All of my tests in the past started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V until the fans make at least 1 full revolution and with these models I did absolutely the same. Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 made one full revolution at 12V but the red lights started at 5,5V, while Enermax Cluster 140 did one full rpm at 5.5V and his white LEDs powered at 2.5V. All of the lights were blinking at their starting voltage.

Test at 5V:

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 – to do the first test I had to decrease the voltage from 12 to 5V and the fan was rotating at 345 revolutions per minute with airflow level of 23.04 cubic metres per hour.

Enermax Cluster 140 – again I had to decrease the voltage but this time from 5.5 to 5V and the fan reached an airflow level of 34.08 cubic metres per hour at only 435 revolutions per minute.

Both of the fans were absolutely quiet.

Test at 7V:

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 – the second test was at 7V where the first test sample was rotating at 465 revolutions per minute with airflow level of 36.96 cubic metres per hour.

Enermax Cluster 140 – the performance got a really nice boost with airflow level of 72 cubic metres per hour at only 795 revolutions per minute.

Both of the fans were absolutely quiet.

Test at 9V:

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 – the next test showed these results: 48.96 cubic metres per hour at 585 revolutions per minute

Enermax Cluster 140 – the performance got one more boost up to 102.24 cubic metres per hour at 1125 revolutions per minute

The first model remained absolutely silent, while the second started to generate noise from the airflow passing the propeller.

Test at 12V:

Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 – at the last test Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 reached its top performance at 750 revolutions per minute and airflow level of 64.8 cubic metres per hour.

Enermax Cluster 140 – the last test with this model provided 132.48 cubic metres per hour at 1425 revolutions per minute.

The first model again was absolutely silent, while the second got a bit noisy at a small distance. At a bigger distance it was ok.

So, I believe it’s time to express my conclusions about  the fans.

  1. Visual: What can I saw about the appearance of the fans. Both of them look really great and when the lights are ON the effect is even nicer. I really like the idea with the mirroring part on Enermax T.B. Apollish 140’s propeller and the hidden LEDs inside Enermax Cluster 140’s frame.
  2. Performance: Although both fans are with same dimensions they perform in totally different manner. Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 is the perfect 140mm case fan with low to average airflow level, working at very low noise level and providing a great visual effect, while Enermax Cluster 140 can be used in all scenarios. I can say, this model can handle cooling a CPU cooler or even a CPU cooler mounted on overclocked or even extreme overclocked processor. Good job Enermax!
  3. Noise level: As I said before, the first test sample was complete silent at all tests, while the second remain silent only at low voltages. At 9 and 12V he shows really nice performance but that lead to a noise from the air passing through the propeller.

As disadvantages I can say that Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 requires a LEDs ON/OFF switch while Enermax Cluster 140 a new package and to continue being in Enermax product list in the future.

Before I give the rewards here is a small video of how both fans look.



I think Enermax T.B. Apollish 140 deserves the following reward:

and Enermax Cluster 140:

Both models have been added to the 140mm catalogue.

Official price (MSRP)unknown

I thank Enermax for the samples!

 

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.
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