Scythe Grand Tornado
We’ve known about Scythe’s preparations for a new fan for some time now. We are only now getting to the details of its design. While it hasn’t officially been released yet, it has appeared in Wootware catalogue – and in all its glory. In addition to the complete parameters, we have several high-resolution photos available. With the Grand Tornado fan, Scythe is sure to get a say in who has the “best” fan.
Regarding the new Grand Tornado fan, Scythe says its design will outperform the Gentle Typhoon D1225C. These were once sold under the Scythe brand, although that was a long time ago. Since then, the company hasn’t had anything to shake up the computer fan scene.
The Kaze Flex II 120 (Slim) models are decent, but they can’t compete with high-end fans like Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM or Phanteks T30 – they don’t have the geometric prerequisites for it. But now the Grand Tornado comes with those. This fan is based on the proven geometry of the more pronounced curved scythe-shaped blades. It relies on a larger number of blades (9) so that they don’t have to be too long and can be characterized by high stiffness. That is also supported by the use of liquid crystal polymer (LCP), which is also suitable in the context of very high speeds. According to the parameters, the Grand Tornado fan with model designation GT1225FD30-P is designed to reach up to 3000 rpm.
Thanks to the use of the rigid material, even at this speed, it’s possible there won’t be vibrations that would significantly increase the noise level of the operation by transmission to a case/cooler or at its own level (by vibrating the blades into rumbling sound frequencies). Airflow of as much as 166.2 m3/h is quoted. The lower limit is also known, at 400 rpm it should reach around 20.8 m3/h. Static pressure is stated in the range 0.62–5.13 mm H2O. At higher speeds across applications, the Grand Tornado will certainly outperform the GT D1225C and it will be interesting to see how it performs at the same noise level compared to, for example, the 120mm BeQuiet! Silent Wings Pro 4, which has virtually the same speed range. The format of the Grand Tornado GT1225FD30-P is 120 mm and the thickness is listed at 26 mm.
OThe fan rotation is clockwise, similar to the Kaze Flex (II) fans. This is good for increasing the cooling performance of dual-tower heatsinks if such a fan is combined with a counterclockwise-rotation fan. Scythe will probably reach for it again (as with the Fuma 3), perhaps as part of the Fuma 4? Let’s wait and see.
It is also worth mentioning the “sealed” fluid bearings, which will have increased precautions against lubricant leakage or, conversely, the ingress of dust particles, which increase friction in fans during use. This also explains the very high MTTF value quoted at 370 000 hours.
Although everything said in the article is unofficial, Scythe has confirmed the veracity of this information. There will be an official press release coming out in the next few days, which will hopefully include the price as well. We’ll be covering the Grand Tornado fan in our tests afterwards. As soon as possible.
English translation and edit by Jozef Dudáš
- Scythe Grand Tornado