According to the test results and also in our subjective opinion, only two out of the fifteen 120mm fans turned out more of a disappointment. Unfortunately, they are the NZXT FZ-120 and the NZXT FZ-120 LED. They are quite noisy, mediocre in terms of air flow (despite the contrary marketing claims), not energy-efficient and on top of that rather expensive. We don’t think the FZ series fans look competitive considering the practically endless list of 120mm fan choices available today.
The GlacialStars IceWind 12025, Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120, LEPA CHOPPER and, oddly enough, Nanoxia FX EVO 120 PWM 1000 offer pretty average combination of characteristics. The GlacialStars must be noted, however, for very high performance results despite its very low price. The only question is how long it will be able to work that well. The Antec was expected to do better since it features a uniquely designed impeller with a monolithic frame. The major appeal about the LEPA CHOPPER is its LED highlighting, yet its other characteristics are superior to those of the above-mentioned outsiders anyway. The Nanoxia FX EVO 120 PWM 1000 wasn’t supposed to be here, but the electric noise of its motor determined its fate this time.
The Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition, Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC 1000 and 1300, GlacialTech GT12025-LBD0A, ZEROtherm ZT-120F (and its LED modification), NZXT FN 120RB and Enermax T.B.APOLLISH are high-quality fans with a good balance of noise and air flow and other characteristics. Each of them deserves your attention if you are choosing a 120mm fan. The inexpensive GlacialTech is particularly attractive. The perfectly noiseless and beautiful Enermax fan must be noted, too. And Nanoxia and Corsair just prove that they are indeed the makers of high-quality products.
The Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition stands out among all the today’s testing participants. Thanks to its very low noise level, this fan took the leading position in every test and was head above its closest rivals, including Corsair’s AF120 models. No wonder it has a higher default speed. Moreover, it is energy efficient and can start up at a very low voltage. Its price isn’t low, yet there are even more expensive fans in the 120mm category as you’ll see in our next review.
That said, we are proud to announce the winner of our today’s race - Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition. This superb product definitely deserves our Editor’s Choice award. Corsair has come up with yet another fan which is superior to its competitors: