Vantec Tornado and NXP-205 Multi Fan Controller Review

Modding/Small Mods by piotke @ 2004-12-11

If you want extreme performance from your air cooled system then this Tornado fan might be what you need. The generated noise is equally extreme, that?s why Vantec recommends the use of a fan controller; In this review we take a look at the NXP-205 fan controller used in combination with their high CFM CPU/Case fan.

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Vantec Tornado Case fan

Vantec Tornado Case fan (TD8038H):

The name of this Vantec fan quite accurately describes its main feature: powerful like a Tornado!

looking for a powerful case fan to cool your hot computer? Vantec presents “Simply Power” Tornado Case fan to solve your problem. It generates up to 100% more air flow than other standard case fan, and double ball bearing fan construction for longer fan life. All retail packages come with a custom made cable for fan detection to protect your computer. Perfect for gamer and overclocked systems.

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Specifications :
  • Dimension : 80x80x38 mm
  • Weight : 175 g
  • Rated voltage: 12 V
  • Rated Power: 9.1 W
  • Rated Current: 0.76 Amp
  • Fan speed: 5700 rpm
  • Air flow: 84.1 Cfm
  • Noise: 55.2 dB(A)
  • Bearing system: Double ball bearing

    Package contents :
  • Case fan
  • Mounting screws
  • Fan Guard

    The Tornado looks like an 80mm fan on steroids, it's about 13mm higher then your average case fans, when you take a closer look you notice that there are 2 set of fan blades inside, the first ring is mounted onto a central rotor which spins at a speed up ~5700rpm, while the 2nd ring is fixed in its place to further increase the total pressure of the air being blasted out of this fan.

    When you first power it on, you have the impression of sitting next to an airplane, at take-off, which is quite loud, of course. If you are holding the fan in your hand you better make sure to have a good grip on it.

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    Coupled with the extreme noise comes also extreme performance, luckily. With the help of the NXP-205 fan controller the speed can be reduced to 3000rpm which offers a more quiet experience while still retaining quite some airflow.

    Besides the fact that it can be used as a case or CPU fan, it also comes in handy in the kitchen. Pick the correct fan grill, turn the fan on, and chop or rasp your vegetables. Perfect for the lazy cook!

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    I'm joking here :) !

    Onto our PC-related practical tests ->
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