Thermalright TY-143 is a pretty serious 140mm fan according to the official technical details, part of the Thermalright TY series, which already features several models separated in two subseries by different dimensions – 140 and 150mm. All of them are meant to be used as a main cooling unit for the company CPU coolers introduced for the past few years. Thermalright TY series features:
- TY-140 with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 160g working at 900~1300 revolutions per minute range PWM powered and regulated, providing airflow level range of 28.3 – 73.6 CFM at noise level range of 17~21 dBA.
- TY-141 with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 175g working at 900~1300 revolutions per minute range PWM powered and regulated, providing airflow level range of 28.3 – 73.6 CFM at noise level range of 17~21 dBA.
- TY-143 with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 170g working at 600 – 2500 revolutions per minute range PWM powered and regulated, providing airflow level range of 31.4 – 130.0 CFM at noise level range of 21 – 45 dBA.
- TY-147 with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 160g working at 900 – 1300 revolutions per minute range PWM powered and regulated, providing airflow level range of 28.3 – 73.6 CFM at noise level range of 17 – 21 dBA.
- TY-150 with dimensions of L170 mm x H153 mm x W25.5 mm and weight of 180g working at 500~1100 revolutions per minute range PWM powered and regulated, providing airflow level range of 38.2 – 84.2 CFM at noise level range of 22 – 34 dBA.
For this test and review I received Thermalright TY-143 and since I already have experience with this fan, when I tested Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme I am pretty excited and eager to measure its real performance with my equipment.
Thermalright TY-143 was provided to me in the pretty standard and at the same time pretty simple carton package made entirely of recycled paper with the company logo, the model name, the rated revolutions per minute and a see through cut, through which we can see the propeller colour on the front panel.
Of course, the full technical specification and some details regarding the technologies used so this product can be created are described on the back side of the carton package. Not really extensive details but still the most important ones.
Thermalright TY-143 Structure
And this is what the fan looks outside of its package.
Thermalright TY-143 is made of pretty standard for the series and at the same very solid round frame, entirely painted in bright red with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 170g, meant to be used as a 140mm fan. With this frame it will be impossible to install the fan on the back or front of every modern case, while it may fit on the top panel of every wider case on the market providing the option for 140mm fan on the top panel.
Apart from that after I paid some more attention to the frame I noticed the aerodynamic body shape, which according Thermalright is made to provide less friction around the edges and give more centered and concentrated airflow. So far so good. The frame looks pretty nice but let’s check out the propeller, too.
Thermalright TY-143 features an entirely painted in bright orange propeller with seven very wide and at the same time not very sharp angled blades, which are bearing the Thermalright technology name: silent torpedo blades, which should provide the most quiet and efficient airflow. We will find out a bit later if this is true.
The connection between the propeller and the frame is done by two ball bearings, which should guarantee consistent and stable revolutions per minute and longer life span for the product. The motor of the fan is PWM powered and regulated by not very long, sleeved in black mesh 4 pin cable and connector for optimal automatic control of the performance/silence balance.
Of course, the quality and the origin of the product, like every product in Thermalright portfolio, is guaranteed by a company sticker on the back of the motor.
Thermalright TY-143 Additional accessories
The standard Thermalright TY-143 package features… well, absolutely nothing… To be honest that really surprised me, because knowing what this fan can as performance I was expecting too see it supplied with a lot of additional accessories but seems I was wrong. The fan came absolutely solo in the package.
And here I started thinking why the guys from Thermalright did it like this and came to some conclusions.
1. The fan is not really suitable for being used as a case fan and for that reason rubber dumpers or screws are completely useless.
2. All of the company coolers are featuring additional metal clips and rubber dumpers so additional fans could be installed. As a matter of fact seems that the addition accessories for the fans are already included in the cooler packages.
3. The fan provides very good working PWM automatic fan control, so additional low-voltage adapters gets a bit useless, too.
And after the things I wrote I believe it is ok like this, but still 4 screws inside the package could be useful.
I believe the time to check how Thermalright TY-143 performs has arrived.
Thermalright TY-143 Tests
The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will mount the fan and test it at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the performance of the fan in real conditions. The product 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 fan 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.
And this is what the fan looks like installed on my test stand:
And this is what the fan looks like when operating on the test stand:
Airflow through the fan at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V
Propeller rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.
The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propeller:
After mounting the fan onto the stand, and leaving it to run for about 30 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 Thermalright TY-143 made at least one full revolution at about 7.5V. To do the first test I had to decrease the operating voltage to 5V.
Test at 5V:
At the first test conducted at exactly 5V the TY-143 was rotating with stable 1170 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 90.24 cubic metres per hour. At this test the fan was completely silent.
Test at 7V:
At the second test conducted at 7V, Thermalright TY-143 was rotating with stable 1770 revolutions per minute, which was pretty serious revolutions per minute increase, providing airflow level of 133.44 cubic metres per hour. At this test the fan was already a bit noisy.
Test at 9V:
At the third test conducted at 9V, showed very serious increase and reached up to 168 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 2325 revolutions per minute. At this test the fan was pretty loud.
Test at 12V:
At the last test conducted at 12V, the fan reached its maximum performance providing airflow level of 208.8 cubic metres per hour while rotating at 2580 revolutions per minute. At this test the fan was very, very loud and at the same time moving tons of air and showing very, very serious performance.
Thermalright TY-143 Conclusions
Thermalright TY-143 Performance:
So, what should I say about Thermalright TY-143?
After I spent some time having fun with this product before and now doing the tests and the review I should only salute Thermalright. This fan is one really interesting product, entirely made to provide an outstanding performance, unfortunately sacrificing the noise level when it is working on maximum speed, and to provide the best possible performance/noise level balance when it is working on automatic PWM control. And here I want to say that this model reached an airflow level record among all 140mm fans which I’ve tested in the past.
At full speed this fan is extremely loud but who really cares when it can keep cool every big single or twin tower heatsink cooling every processor working at every frequency. Overclocked or default, it doesn’t matter the fan will do its job. When the fan is set to work at PWM mode it barely increases its speed at point where it will be loud or annoying.
Unfortunately, the fan is suitable to be used only with high grade CPU coolers with one or two towers, with one exception. It could be attached to big cases with 140mm fan slots on the top panel. It would be almost impossible to install this fan anywhere else.
Thermalright TY-143 Appearance:
Thermalright TY-143 offers very interesting and very attractive colour scheme featuring bright red round frame combined with bright orange propeller. I can’t really say it is one of the best combination since these colours are not very common for the other hardware manufacturers but overall it looks pretty nice and eye catching. To be honest, this colour scheme I find the most attractive among all fans, which I already tested in the past.
I think Thermalright TY-143 deserves the following reward:
Thermalright TY-143 has been added to the 140mm catalogue.
Official price (MSRP): Thermalright TY-143 –9.99 euro
Warranty: 24 months
I thank Thermalright for the test sample.