NZXT FZ-120 and FZ-120 LED
The next three products from NZXT belong to the FZ series whose impeller is optimized for a stronger air flow. The FZ-120 lacks any highlighting whereas the FZ-120 LED can be highlighted in five different colors. We've got blue and white versions for our tests.
The fans are sealed into compact plastic boxes with an oval cutout in the front. You can differentiate the models by the caption in the bottom right:
The back of the box is designed identically for each model. It shows the specifications.
The accessories are the same for each model, too. They include an adapter cable (3-pin->PATA) and four self-tapping screws.
These fans are manufactured in China and cost $13-15. Their warranty lasts 2 years.
Like the 140mm FZ series models we tested earlier, the FZ-120 and the FZ-120 LED have 13-blade impellers with flat and narrow blades that feature a aggressive angle.
The impeller is 110 mm in diameter (the smallest in this test session), yet NZXT positions these models as fans with improved air flow. Indeed, the specifications promise 59.1 CFM at 1200 RPM.
The specified static pressure isn’t high at 0.71 mm of water. The specified noise level is 26.8 dBA. Like their 140mm cousins, the FN-120 fans have square cutouts in both sides of the frame:
The fans are rather heavy at about 140 grams. The motor is 40 mm in diameter. The manufacturer, model name and electrical specs are indicated on its sticker.
The highlight-less version is expected to consume no more than 1.7 watts. The highlighted version needs 2.52 watts. The sleeve bearing has a service life of 40,000 hours or 4.6 years of continuous operation. The 3-wire flat sleeved cable is 500 mm long.
The soft highlighting looks attractive, both in white and blue versions.