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Antec – TrueQuiet 120 & 140

Happy new year and WHAZZUUP Dawfreaks.
I’m back with a Review, and this time The friendly people at Antec sent me two fans to review for you! The TrueQuiet 120mm and TrueQuiet 140mm case fans.

Introduction.
My first real go with silent computing was with the Antec sonata case, back then I could not imagine that so many things could make noise in a computer and having a quiet studio is as you know most important.
From that day Antec has been in center for many of my studio pc builds when it comes to computer cases and Power supplies.
Antec has expanded their products and has brought many great silent products to the market. Today I will have a look at the TrueQuiet 120mm and TrueQuiet 140mm case fans.

2 boxes

Specifications.

TrueQuiet 120

Speed    Low 600RPM    High 1000RPM
Input Current    0.06A    0.12A
Air Flow    0.6m³ / min
(21.5 CFM)    1.0m³ / min
(35.8 CFM)
Static Pressure    0.3 mm-H2O
(0.1inch-H2O)    0.3 mm-H2O
(0.7inch-H2O)
Noise    8.9 dBA    19.9 dBA
Input Power    0.72 W    1.44 W

For more in depth specifications visit the TrueQuiet 120mm page

TrueQuiet 140

Speed    Low 500RPM    High 800RPM
Input Current    0.06A    0.10A
Air Flow    0.6m³ / min
(20.3 CFM)    0.9m³ / min
(32.4 CFM)
Static Pressure    0.2 mm-H2O
(0.1inch-H2O)    0.5 mm-H2O
(0.02inch-H2O)
Noise    9.8 dBA    20.0 dBA
Input Power    0.5 W    1.2 W

For more in depth specifications visit the TrueQuiet 140mm page

The package

TrueQuiet 120

120mm box   120mm box back

 

TrueQuiet 140

140mm box   140mm box back

The TrueQuiet fans comes in a standard transparent plastic package, and the first look at them shows that Antec has done some real changes to how a case fan can be made.

A Closer look.
the fan

The TrueQuiet fans comes with a short cabled fan controller, that can be set to High and Low. For the TrueQuiet 120 Low 600RPM High 1000RPM.
For the TrueQuiet 140 Low 500RPM High 800RPM.
This feature is sweet the controller will be inside the case making it nearly useless and I have seen far better fan controllers shipped with fans.

The fans comes with nine blades that have a unique shape, and the frame has has been modified a bit compared to regular fans.

The main changes that makes the TrueQuiet stand out is the mounting system.
The orange corners on the fan is actually a rubber mounting and damping system that goes through the fan to ensure no vibrations will go out onto the Case.
Most fans comes with rubber mounting system, but sadly they usually break when you mount the fan to the case. Antec has taken the mounting system to a complete new level with the TrueQuiet fans.

mounting screw   pin mounted

Antec´s version of the tool-less mounting system are Outstanding compared to other
tool-less rubber mounting systems as this one wont break as easy and is the most thought through mounting system I have seen. It is completely painless and easy to install and it is just as easy to remove the fan if you need to.

 

Testing the fans.
I installed the TrueQuiet 140 at the back of my Define XL case and the TrueQuiet 120 at the extra 120mm intake slot in the 5.25” bay.
I could not mount the TrueQuiet 140 fan on the 140mm intake spot on my Define XL since the frame on the TrueQuiet 140 was a bit larger then a regular fan so it would not fit.

Now I sadly don’t own any test tools for airflow or noise but here is how I felt the fans performed.

The TrueQuiet 120 felt week when set to low speed, but on high it pushed a decent amount of air.  I would say that this fan is however best used as intake fan as it does not push as much air as other 120mm fans. TrueQuiet 120 is dead quiet at full speed so having one of these in you case will give you some extra airflow with no additional noise.

If the TrueQuiet 120 would have had a third speed on the controller and a top speed of maybe 1450RPM then it would also have been perfect for exhaust, And I believe that the Truequiet 120 would not have made much more noise even at 1450RPM since most quiet fans are very quiet even at 1450RPM.

A normally a issue for exhaust fans specially if the fan grill on the case is small is turbulence noise. The TrueQuiet 140 pushes a good deal of air and even at 800RPM there is no turbulence, hum or noise coming from the fan and that’s impressive.

My system temps stayed the same as before I swapped to the TrueQuet fans, but the noise level has dropped significant and since installation the TrueQuiet fans I sometime wonder if my Computer has even started before the screen starts up showing it has.
I would also here would have loved to see a third speed of maybe 1000-1200RPM, so the user is given more options as I do not believe that adding a higher top speed than 800RPM would increase the noise to much.

The price for the TrueQuiet 120 is set at $14.99 on Newegg.
The price for the TrueQuiet 140 is set at $$20.99 on Newegg.

PROS
+ Superior mounting system
+ Quiet even at max RPM
+ quality
+ price
+ comes with a fan controller

Cons
– Not the best airflow
– only two speeds
– The fan controller is very limited and will be inside the case.

Conclusion
Getting a quiet computer can be a pain, it will take time and money to get the perfect balance between good cooling and low noise.
Antec has done a good job with the TrueQuiet Fans, but there is still some to ask for.
The fans are dead quiet and does the job god specially the TrueQuiet 140 that is perfect for most exhaust situations, but if you overclock you will need more powerful fans.
But most people who make music does not need to Overclock so for anyone building a studio PC the TrueQuiet will be awesome.

If Antec gave the TrueQuiet a third speed I would say that the True Quiet fans would have a shot at being among the top rated fans on the market.
The big reason I believe this is that they do push air as they are specially the TrueQuiet 140 and there is no noise at all coming from them. The mounting system is the best I have seen so these fans would most likely be close to dead quiet and perform outstanding with the speeds pushed a bit more.

A fan controller is always a nice feature but there are way better once out there that are shipped with other fans, being able to control the fans outside the box is nearly a must these days so this is something Antec should have a look at.

The TrueQuiet 120 is a god fan if you have an extra intake slot since it will add some additional air but will not generate any additional noise

The TrueQuiet 140 is a good pick for anyone who wants a quiet fan that can handle a system that is not overclocked.

 

The Verdict

4of5
Raise the max speed a notch and you have a true winner.

 

A Big Thanks to Antec for leting me review the TrueQuiet 120 and 140.

 

And as always, to my readers a big thank you.

Please leave a little note  Blinkar

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  1. Phil Clark
    March 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Nice revew, thanks for that.
    One thing that worries me about these fans is that the last 3 reviews i have read all make reference to the fan beng larger than normal and not fitting case slots. One person even went as far as drilling new holes in his case!
    How much of a difference did you find there was i wonder?

    • March 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      HI.
      Thanks for your post.
      I had no issues mounting these fans in my Fractal design define xl.
      I tested the 120 mm fan in the exhaust slot on the back.
      On the define XL there is pre drilled holes for both 120 and 140m fans and and both the 120 and the 140 mm fit perfectly.
      The only thing is that they take more distance then regular fans due to the awesome anti vibration and mounting system.
      I don’t know why people have had issues with mounting them i know i did not.
      Hope this answers your question
      /D

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