As one of the oldest companies on the market, Enermax is always trying to provide a wide range of cooling products designed and manufactured to provide a lot of innovative features. The company itself offers a lot of fans with different dimensions and various features separated in several product series.
For this test and review I got Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD, which are two completely different products and part of the Twister and T.B.Vegas series. The first product is entirely made to deliver supreme airflow and static pressure levels for CPU coolers or AIO radiators, while the second fan is made to provide very good airflow level combined with amazing appearance for every cooler or modern case compatible with 120mm fans.
Both fans arrived to me for doing a test and review placed inside the typical for the company package made of a very solid transparent plastic box, containing a pretty colourful carton cover holding the fan in place and allowing for the fan structure to be seen from outside the package. Also, the carton cover is hiding and protecting all of the additional accessories in a separate compartment.
Apart from that, on the front side of the carton covers there is information regarding the model names and a lot of information regarding the bearings, the APS control, the powering and regulation method, the back light colours and so on. Details which I will describe one by one for both of the products through this article.
|Enermax Twister Pressure details||Enermax T.B.Vegas QUAD details|
All of the technical details regarding the Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD are explained in several languages on the back side of the packages.
So let’s continue the article with checking out the fans’ structure…
Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD STRUCTURE
Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD as part of the two most distinctive series in the company portfolio are fans designed to provide different set of features and performance and for that reason they offer totally different frame and propeller structure. The only common thing between both of the fans are the dimensions, the life span and the APS Control.
So let’s check both of the fans structure one by one.
|Twister Pressure details front view||T.B.Vegas QUAD front view|
Enermax Twister Pressure features an entirely painted in black matte 120 x 120 x 25 mm square frame, made to be installed on a 120mm case fan slot or on a CPU cooler compatible with 120mm fans. The frame itself looks pretty solid and at the same time very aggressive with a lot of sharp angles. Also, the frame is equipped with isolator mounts for shockproof and easy installation.
The model is equipped with a detachable for easy cleaning, semi-transparent black propeller featuring 9 pretty wide and at the same time very sharply angled blades made entirely to deliver enhanced cooling performance.
The connection between the frame and the propeller is done by a 4-pin PWM powered and regulated Twister bearing made to deliver low noise operation and long lifetime span of up to 160,000 hours. The motor itself is meant to work and be controlled by Smart APS control, which provides 3 different modes switched by a small key on the back of the stator:
- Performance Mode – the fan works at 500 ~ 1800 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 40.45 ~ 135.85 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.673 ~ 3.845 mm-H2O with noise level range of 14 ~ 25 dBa.
- Silent mode – the fan works at 500 ~ 1500 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 40.45 ~ 118.13 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.673 ~ 2.679 mm-H2O with noise level range of 14 ~ 23 dBa.
- Ultra Silent Mode – the fan works at 500 ~ 1200 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 40.45 ~ 94.50 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.673 ~ 1.709 mm-H2O with noise level range of 14 ~ 21 dBa.
And here comes the most interesting feature regarding the product. According to Enermax, the fan’s structure is capable to operate at 85℃ without a problem.
|Twister Pressure details back view||T.B.Vegas QUAD back view|
On the other hand, for sure the Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD is the more beautiful fan in this article with its structure and very attractive back light feature. The fan itself is equipped with a square 120 x 120 x 25mm carved halo frame featuring isolator mounts for shockproof and easy installation. Also, the frame is designed with an aluminum border forming a cylinder around the propeller with the name of the company cut in by laser and designed to deliver up to 20~30% additional airflow.
And of course there is the typical for the series LED stripe inside the cylinder part of the frame around the propeller with 48 (4 x 12) blue, red, green or white SMD LEDs delivering an awesome back light. The back light itself could operate with 6 different switchable modes: all lights on, sparkle, propeller, triple propeller and Vegas, which includes all of the previous four modes and of course the no back light mode.
To boost the visual effect of the back lights, Enermax included the typical for the series detachable propeller featuring 7 not very wide but with very sharp angles blade structure and of course half of each blade is transparent, while the other half is made with a reflective surface to reflect the lights from the LEDs.
The connection between the frame and the propeller for this model is also realized by 4-pin PWM powered and regulated Twister bearing made to deliver low noise operation and long lifetime span of up to 160,000 hours. The motor itself is also equipped with Smart APS control and provides 3 different modes switched by a small key on the back of the fan:
- Performance Mode – the fan works at 500 ~ 1800 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 34.69~129.09 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.618~2.276 mm-H2O with noise level range of 14 ~ 25 dBa.
- Silent mode – the fan works at 500 ~ 1500 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 34.69~107.48 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.618~1.680 mm-H2O with noise level range of 14 ~ 22 dBa.
- Ultra Silent Mode – the fan works at 500 ~ 1200 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level range of 34.69~86.11 m3/h, static pressure level range of 0.618~1.504 mm-H2O with noise level range of 14 ~ 20 dBa.
Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
After checking the fans’ structure I believe it is time to check the additional accessories added in the packages and accompanying the fans.
|Twister Pressure accessories||T.B.Vegas QUAD accessories|
Both of the fans are from different series, but overall they offer pretty similar accessories packs, which feature:
- Four very long rubber pins for mounting the fan on a case fan slot ( Enermax Twister Pressure )
- Four short rubber pins for mounting the fan on a case fan slot ( Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD )
- 1 x 4 pin fan power adaptor to power them directly from the power supply for both of the fans
- 1 x adhesive tape for sticking the modes switch ( Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD )
I believe the time has arrived to install the two fans on my test stand and check out how they will perform.
Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD 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 tests 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:
The test results are shown in the following charts:
Airflow through the fans at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V
Propellers rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.
The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propellers:
After mounting the fans onto the stand, and leaving them to rotate for about 30 minutes at maximum speed, it was time to do the tests.
As with my other tests, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and Enermax Twister Pressure made at least one stable revolution at about 3.5V, while Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD started rotating at 5.5V. Also the backlight for the second model started operating stable at 9V. To do my tests I had to flatten the operation voltage for both of the fans at 5V and check their performance.
Test at 5V:
At the first test conducted at exactly 5V, both of the fans were rotating at 870 revolutions per minute. At this revolutions per minute Enermax Twister Pressure was delivering airflow level of 67.68 cubic meters per hour, while Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD was providing airflow level of 55.2 cubic meters per hour. Through this test both of the fans were completely silent.
Test at 7V:
At the second test conducted at exactly 7V, Enermax Twister Pressure was providing airflow level of 94.56 cubic meters per hour, while rotating at exactly 1200 revolutions per minute, while Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD was providing 85.92 cubic meters per hour, while rotating at 1230 revolutions per minute. At this test both of the fans started generating a tiny noise coming out of the air passing through the propellers.
Test at 9V:
The third test conducted at 9V, showed that Enermax Twister Pressure was rotating at 1440 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 115.2 cubic meters per hour, while Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD was providing 108.96 cubic meters per hour, while rotating at 1530 revolutions per minute. At this test both fans became a bit noisy.
Test at 12V:
At the last test conducted at 12V, both fans reached their maximum performance, which for Enermax Twister Pressure was airflow level of 145.92 cubic meters per hour at 1860 revolutions per minute, while for Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD it was 140.16 cubic meters per hour, while rotating again at only 1950 revolutions per minute. Both fans increased their noise levels significantly and became pretty noisy.
After I am done testing and reviewing the fans I believe the time to share my conclusions regarding the products has arrived.
Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD CONCLUSIONS
1. Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD Performance:
After I spent some time examining the structure of the products and having fun with their features and performance I am really excited about what I saw. Overall both of the fans are very interesting, very effective products and most of all – a very good choice for all possible cooling setups inside every modern assembly.
At first sight Enermax Twister Pressure offers very aggressive and very, very effective structure made to deliver outstanding cooling performance for CPU coolers and AIO radiators. In fact this product is entirely made to deliver amazing airflow level combined with huge static pressure level to keep every processor working stable, cool and quiet at default or overclocked frequencies. Of course, to provide the best possible airflow the fan should operate at maximum speed, which makes the product very and I mean it, very loud. But of course who really cares about noise when the CPU of the system is working with 20-30% higher than the stock frequency. For me this product is the best choice when chasing high CPU overclocking results.
On the other hand Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD is a product made to deliver stylish and attractive design combined lovely cooling performance. The second model in this review is indeed very good performer but with one addition and this is the added very colourful backlight. Actually, T.B.VEGAS QUAD is a fan which has multiple purposes such as be a good cooling unit for CPU cooler or AIO radiators or be a very good addition to boost the airflow inside every modern case and most of all add amazing visual effect with its various and attractive LED modes.
Before I finish the article I want to say that both models were very effective through all of the tests. Also at the first two tests they were pretty quiet, while at the last two tests they were very loud. But if someone decides to achieve high OC frequencies or even OC records they wouldn’t really care about the noise. At least, I wouldn’t.
2. Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD Appearance:
In matter of appearance, I’d rather say that Enermax Twister Pressure is meant to be a stylish fan, which does not need to be pretty but should stay neutral inside every modern case with black interior, while on the other hand Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD is totally made to be an eye-catcher with its amazing reflective structure and back lights feature.
I think that Enermax Twister Pressure deserves the following reward:
while Enermax T.B.VEGAS QUAD deserves the following reward:
Enermax Twister Pressure and T.B.Vegas QUAD have been added to the 120mm fans catalogue.
Official price (MSRP): Enermax Twister Pressure – unknown
Official price (MSRP): Enermax T.B.Vegas QUAD – unknown
Warranty: 24 months
I thank Enermax for the test samples.