If cool light shows is what you like then this product will certainly please you. Read on as we test the iFlash 12 120mm case fan from Thermaltake.
“Thermaltake Technology Co., Ltd.
started its core business based on our extensive knowledge of PC thermal management during the era where the area of performance CPU cooling was only exclusive for “overclockers” orPC enthusiasts. With the company’s initial launch of Orb coolers, it created waves of shocks and appraisals throughout the gaming and overclocking communities. Thermaltake quickly became the name gamers turn to when they need high-end and reliable thermal solutions.With company’s core business of CPU cooling still growing at a vast rate, Thermaltake made another grand entry to the PC chassis industry. To date, Thermaltake has always been considered as the pioneering company that revolutionized the PC chassis industry with Xaser series enclosures. The typical and traditional beige and plastic front panel design was outdone by Xaser series chassis’s atypical gaming red and aluminum front panel. It was also the first enclosure available to public with Hardcano unti which provided users full control over computer’s thermal management system.”
Another easy to open package, actually we’ve been getting a lot of these recently and it can’t be a bad thing. You can see from the picture above the translucent plastic frame of the fan with a distinct design. Some of you may find the name “iFlash 12” amusing and that’s ok because we did too.
- Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 28 mm
- Start Voltage: 7 V / 13.2 V Max
- Power Input: 2.40W
- Rated Current: 0.20A
- Fan Speed: 1600 ± 10% RPM
- Max. Air Flow: 62.12 CFM
- Max. Air Pressure: 1.56MM-H2O
- Noise: 16dBA
- Bearing Type: Sleeve
- Life Expectation: 30,000 hrs
- Connector: 3 pin
- Weight: 166g
The package is very simple, 4 screws, a 3pin to 4pin adapter and reading material.
You can see above only one side of the iFlash 12 is covered in translucent plastic and it’s obvious why. This fan is all about show (iFlash, excuse the humour) so it’s obvious you’ll be fitting this fan to the side panel of your chassis. Keeping in mind the fact that the iFlash is geared towards flashy looks we weren’t expecting this fan to be a silent runner.
In fact the picture above clearly makes things more obvious. The LEDs are actually placed on the blade. Not a smart move of course, especially if you’re concerned with noise levels, but then as we mentioned earlier this isn’t about keeping quiet it’s about show. Before installing and powering on the fan it should be obvious what kind of appearance it’ll have during operation. With the LEDs placed directly on the blade itself you can expect to see circular streaks of light patterns.
The other side of the frame is very dull and seems to be a standard frame design. It’s a shame the actual power cable isn’t sleeved in any shape or form.
Testing & Performance
Well the installation of this fan couldn’t be any easier really but instead of using the provided screws we opted for some silicone mounts instead to keep things on the quiet side. Since we would be interested in the noise generated by the iFlash 12 we don’t want to make it unfair by using screws to secure it to our chassis in case of vibration noise.
The iFlash 12 isn’t what we would call quiet and those who strive for quiet computing will not enjoy the noise level produced by it however when connected to our fan controller it operated very quietly at around 1280RPM.
The alternating colours looks really cool when using the iFlash 12 however with our sample it seemed a little biased to red. Nevertheless it certainly is very cool to look at and the transition to each colour is smooth.
The iFlash 12 didn’t make any noticeable difference with regards to ambient temperature within our chassis when compared to our standard 120mm fan. It does manage to shift a fair amount of air though.
Case modders will be happy with this fan. Rather than sticking to one colour it alternates and creates cool looking streaks. Other than cool looks there isn’t much else this fan has to offer. It would be nice if it did live up to the 16dBA claim but in our tests it didn’t. This shouldn’t bother anyone if they just want a cool looking gaming rig and because this fan is indeed very flashy it would be hard to understand why anybody would avoid it. Overall the iFlash 12 is a great addition to your computer system which will increase visual appeal and make you stand out from the rest.
Would have been nice to see a fully translucent fan frame. Not that there is a lot going for this fan but just because of the fact that it does look extremely cool it just about manages to scrape an editor’s choice award.
- Great looks
- Moves a decent amount of air
- Not quiet
- Power cable is very short
- Power cable could do with sleeving