120mm Fan Roundup: 1350 RPM or Lower Rotation Speed

This is the first part of our new large fan roundup featuring 120 mm models. Today we will discuss fifteen low-speed and quiet products.

by Sergey Lepilov
11/02/2012 | 12:57 PM

Following our recent tests of 135 and 150mm fans, we want to present to you fifteen 120mm fans from nine brands. The fans differ in specs, design as well as pricing. Except for the models from GlacialTech, GlacialStars and Enermax, we've got at least two samples of each product. The noise level was measured for each sample of the pair and the air flow, for only one of them. We used the same testing methodology as described in our previous roundup of 120 mm fans. The only difference was that this time we let the fan's bearing warm up and stabilize for 5-7 minutes rather than just 2 minutes.

 

First, let's take a look at each fan, following the alphabetical order.

Technical Specifications

We’ll emphasize the key features of the fans in their descriptions later on in this article, but for their full specs you can refer to the following table:

We would like to add that the impeller of each fan rotates counterclockwise.

Testing Participants

Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120

The alphabetically first product of this review is also its most original. Moreover, it is probably the most original of all fans we've tested so far (and this number amounts to a hundred products already). Called Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120, it comes in simple plastic packaging with a paper insert:

 

You can see the whole fan through it. Its key features are listed in six languages on the back of the packaging. Its specs can be found on one of the sides.

The fan is shipped with five long and soft silicone pins and an adapter cable for a PATA power connector.

The TrueQuiet Pro 120 is manufactured in China and costs about $15. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Although standard in its form-factor, the fan has a unique impeller and frame.

 

The frame and the impeller are a single whole in this model and rotate together. The seven blades are neatly soldered to the frame which is 117 mm in diameter (the largest in this review). Shaped in a curious way, the blades are narrow at the base and very broad near the frame. They curve out as if spreading along a surface.

All of this, including the monolithic impeller and frame, is meant to reduce the fan’s noise. The small switch on the fan cable serves the same purpose:

It can be used to reduce the speed from the default 1200 RPM to 600 RPM, lowering the air flow from 46.3 to 21.1 CFM at 18.8 to 10.8 dBA of noise. The latter specs are especially impressive, although they are not the best among the products included into this review. The specified static pressure is rather low: 0.66 mm of water at the maximum speed and 0.18 mm of water at the minimum speed.

Antec has filmed an interesting video to highlight the quality and benefits of this fan compared to other popular products. When turned off, the TrueQuiet Pro 120 keeps on rotating for 15 to 17 seconds longer than fans from other manufacturers.

The soft silicone inserts in the corners of the fan are meant to reduce noise, too.

They help prevent vibrations from reaching the computer case or cooler heatsink, bringing down the overall noise level. As we've mentioned above, the TrueQuiet Pro 120 is shipped with silicone pins that serve the same purpose.

There is no mention of the bearing's type or service life in the product specs and we do wonder what bearing such an original impeller might use. The sticker on the 33mm motor is not informative, either.

Therefore we can’t tell you anything about the electric parameters of this fan. The results of our own measurements will be published in the Tests section. We can only add that the cable of the TrueQuiet Pro 120 is 300 mm long.

Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition Twin Pack

Corsair's 140mm fans came out on top in our previous article and we've got two more to test today. First goes the AF120 Quiet Edition model.

Corsair ships it in original packaging which consists of two adjacent boxes with two fans. Unfolding it, you can see the fans and exhaustive information about them.

Besides the model name, you can learn the fan’s rotation speed, noise level, other specs and key features. The accessories include a user manual, a promo booklet, two interchangeable colored rings, mounting screws, and a cable with step-down resistor.

This fan is manufactured in China and costs $17 individually or $30 for a two-piece kit. The warranty period is 2 years.

The Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition is meant to be used as a system fan and has an original impeller with nine flat blades:

 

The manufacturer claims this model to produce a high air flow, reaching its maximum strength at a distance of 3 centimeters from the impeller. The latter is 112 mm in diameter. There is a 1mm gap between the blades and the interior of the frame.

The fan has a constant speed of 1100 RPM and lacks PWM-based regulation, but the included resistor cable can be used to lower its speed to 750-800 RPM (according to our monitoring tools). At the maximum speed the specified air flow is 39.9 CFM at a static pressure of 0.50 mm of water and 21 dBA of noise.

Like Corsair’s 140mm fans, this one has vibration-absorbing silicone inserts in the corners of the frame.

The interchangeable colored rings add more originality to the appearance of these Corsair fans.

The AF120 Quiet Edition is equipped with a fluid dynamic bearing whose service life is not indicated in the specs. The motor is 43 mm in diameter. Its sticker informs you of the manufacturer, voltage, electric current, and country of origin.

The fan is supposed to consume no more than 2.3 watts at 0.19 amperes. The startup voltage is not declared, but we will check it out in our tests. The cable is 300 mm long.

Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition Twin Pack

Here’s dual packaging again, this time for Corsair’s SP120 Quiet Edition.

It’s designed in the same way except that red is replaced with blue. The accessories are the same as those included with the previous model, too.

The price ($30 for two), country of manufacture (China) and warranty (2 years) haven’t changed, either.

But the fan itself looks different:

 

The SP120 has the same frame as the AF120 but the impeller with seven broad blades is absolutely different. As opposed to the AF120, the SP120 is designed for high static pressure, therefore its impeller is equipped with such impressively large and nearly flat blades.

On the other hand, the impeller is the same diameter of 112 mm and there’s still a 1mm gap between the frame and the ends of the blades. According to the specs, the SP120 rotates at 1450 RPM, producing an air flow of 39.9 CFM, which is a mere 2 CFM lower compared to the AF120, but its noise level is 2 dBA higher at 23 dBA. Most importantly, the static pressure of the SP120 fan is specified to be 1.3 times that of the AF120 or 1.29 millimeters of water. That’s not the highest static pressure among the fans in this review and, unfortunately, we don't have the equipment necessary to check it out. We just have to take the manufacturer’s word for it.

We can see silicone inserts in the corners of this Corsair fan, too.

With the same bearing type and higher speed compared to the AF120, the SP120 has lower electrical specs: 0.09 amperes and 1.08 watts.

The 3-wire cable is 300 mm long. The Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition can be purchased not only as a two-fan bundle but also individually for $17.

Enermax T.B.APOLLISH (UCTA12N-R)

The Enermax T.B.APOLLISH (UCTA12N-R) is shipped in an eye-catching shiny plastic package. You can learn about the fan and technologies employed in it from the text on the packaging.

 

The fan comes with a PATA power adapter and four self-tapping screws.

Made in China, the fan costs about $12 in retail and is shipped with a 1-year warranty.

After the original products from Antec and Corsair, the 120x120x25mm Enermax looks very ordinary in shape, yet the combination of the translucent gray frame and the eye-catching red impeller (7 blades and 111 mm in diameter) is most attractive.

 

The broad blades with a sharp front edge and thick ends are 2 mm away from the interior of the frame which is paved with a ribbon with 12 LEDs.

The rotation speed of the Enermax T.B.APOLLISH is constant at 900 RPM. The air flow is specified to be 37.5 CFM and the static pressure is 1.09 mm of water. The noise level is only 17 dBA. The impeller can be removed for cleaning.

The service life of the proprietary nanomagnetic bearing called Enermax Twister is specified at 100,000 hours or 11 years of continuous operation. The electrical specs are quite normal for fans of this class: 12 volts, 0.20 amperes, 2.4 watts.

The 3-wire cable is about half a meter long. Enermax also offers the T.B.APOLLISH with blue impeller and highlighting whereas our red version looks like that:

Isn’t it beautiful?

GlacialTech PWM Fan (GT12025-LBD0A)

Although an entry-level product, the GlacialTech PWM Fan (GT12025-LBD0A) has some simple cardboard packaging.

 

Product specs are listed on a sticker on the back of the box. The fan is only shipped with four self-tapping screws, which isn’t surprising considering its price of only $3. The GlacialTech PWM Fan lacks any visual pretense. It is an ordinary plastic 120mm fan with a black frame and a black impeller. It weighs 115 g.

 

The impeller is 112 mm in diameter; the motor is 40 mm in diameter. The photo shows the inferior quality of the impeller that has notches on the outer edge. The junction between the blades and the motor is finished sloppily.

Well, we could hardly expect anything better from a fan that costs so little. But unlike the four previous models, the GlacialTech PWM Fan features PWM-based regulation, so the speed of the fan can vary from 700 to 1400 RPM. The air flow, static pressure and noise are specified for the maximum speed: 62.3 CFM, 1.8 mm of water, 29.6 dBA, respectively.

The service life of the dual ball bearing is declared to be 50,000 hours or over 5.5 years of continuous operation. The sticker on the fan is quite informative:

The GlacialTech PWM Fan should consume no more than 1.8 watts at 0.15 amperes. The 4-pin cable is only 295 mm long.

GlacialStars IceWind 12025

Here’s another entry-level product for you. It is manufactured by GlacialStars, a daughter company of GlacialTech. The $3 China-made IceWind 12025 comes with no packaging at all. It resembles the above-discussed GlacialTech visually:

 

Well, the impeller is somewhat different and the motor is different, too, although both are the same size as in the GlacialTech (112 and 40 mm, respectively). We can note that the frame and impeller look neater than those of the GlacialTech, yet are still a long way from really high-quality products.

The GlacialStars IceWind 12025 has no PWM-based regulation. It has a constant speed of 1000 RPM. According to the specs, the air flow is 45.8 CFM, the static pressure is 0.85 mm of water and the noise level if 20 dBA. These are very optimistic specs for a 1000RPM 120mm fan, we must confess.

The sleeve bearing the IceWind 12025 runs on is expected to serve for over 30,000 hours. According to the electrical specs, the fan consumes no more than 2 watts of power.

The startup voltage is not indicated in the specs. The cable is 410 mm long and has a short offshoot for a PATA power connector:

 

LEPA CHOPPER (LPCP12N-BL/R)

We tested our first LEPA for the roundup review of 135/150mm fans and are going to test three more for the next part, but today we'll take a look at the CHOPPER (LPCP12N-BL/R).

The face side of the compact cardboard box is open, so you can easily examine the fan.

 

On the back you can read some information about the fan’s key features and learn its specifications. Besides the fan, the box contains a PATA power adapter and four short silicone pins.

Like the rest of fans in this review, the LEPA is manufactured in China and costs about $13. Its warranty lasts 1 year.

The LEPA CHOPPER is a 120x120x25mm fan that weighs 98 grams. Thus, it’s the lightest in this review. Here’s how it looks:

 

One glance at the fan is enough to see that it is a purely modding-oriented model that is meant for embellishing a system case or cooler. It is not designed for computer enthusiasts. The translucent frame and transparent 7-blade impeller with a diameter of 112 mm are connected with slim 4mm spokes. Every detail of the fan, and especially the impeller, is exceedingly sleek.

The manufacturer seems to have tried to smooth out every edge and lower the noise level along the way. Indeed, the specified noise level is 16 dBA, which is very good for a fan that works at a constant speed of 900 RPM. The air flow is expected to be 40.2 CFM (compare this to the specified air flow of the optimized Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition at 1100 RPM) and the static pressure, 0.72 mm of water.

The bearing type is not disclosed, but we suspect it is a fluid dynamic one. The service life is 50,000 hours. The motor is 40 mm in diameter. It has a sticker with the fan's part number and electrical specs.

According to them, the LEPA CHOPPER consumes no more than 2.4 watts of power at 0.20 amperes.

But of course, the key feature of this model is not its speed, air flow or noise but its beautiful highlighting:

 

Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC 1000 and IFC 1300

Nanoxia has been represented in each of our fan roundups. Today, we've got as many as three models from that brand. First, let’s take a look at the FX EVO 120 IFC 1000 and IFC 1300 models.

The rather large cardboard box is designed in Nanoxia’s traditional style. The fan can be partially seen together with the speed controller through the figured cutouts in the front of the box.

Product features and technologies are listed on the back. Besides specifications, you can also see graphs that show the correlation between speed and voltage.

There’s a plastic case inside the cardboard wrapper. Its compartments contain the fan, a speed controller designed as a bracket for the back panel of a computer case, and some screws and silicone pins.

The fan is manufactured in China (we wonder if no fans are manufactured in Japan anymore). The retail price of the FX EVO 120 IFC 1000 and IFC 1300 is about $15. They feature a record-breaking warranty of 10 years. Nanoxia should be given credit for having such faith in its products.

The diameter of the acid-green 7-blade impeller is 113 mm. These 120mm fans weigh a mere 106 grams.

 

The Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC series can be easily identified by the eye-catching coloring. The manufacturer employs a number of exclusive technologies in them which we've discussed in our earlier reviews.

The FX EVO 120 IFC 1000 and IFC 1300 models differ in their maximum rotation speed. As their model names suggest, the former has a max speed of 1000 RPM and the latter, 1300 RPM. By the way, the speed is indicated right on the sticker affixed to the 40mm motor.

 

The rest of the specs can be looked up in the table above. Using the included controller the speed of the junior model can be lowered to 300 RPM. The minimum speed of the midrange model is 395 RPM. There's also a senior model in this series we're going to test in our upcoming review.

The fans run on exclusive Nano Engineered Bearings whose service life is as long as 150,000 hours. The precision-balanced ECO motor makes the fans economical (0.8 watts) even at the maximum speed. The cables are 430 mm long and the speed regulator is half a meter long more. The startup voltage of both models is declared to be 3.5 volts.

Nanoxia FX EVO 120 PWM 1000

The FX EVO 120 PWM 1000 comes from the same series as the Nanoxia fans discussed above, but lacks a speed regulator. Its packaging is somewhat more compact as the consequence.

 

Besides the fan, the box only contains user guides, screws and silicone pins.

The fan looks exactly like its cousins equipped with a speed controller and even costs the same money. The single difference is that it features PWM-based regulation in a range of 300 to 1000 RPM. The air flow varies from 21.3 to 43.8 CFM at a static pressure of 0.39 to 1.10 mm of water and noise level of 8.2 to 15.2 dBA.

The PWM regulation support and rotation speed are indicated right on the motor, so you can’t mistake this model for any other 120mm Nanoxia.

The Nanoxia FX EVO 120 PWM 1000 consumes a mere 0.48 watts at 0.04 amperes. Its 4-pin sleeved cable is 510 mm long.

NZXT FN 120RB

The NZXT FN 120RB is packed into a small cardboard box with an oval cutout in its front.

 

Product specs are listed in four languages on the back of the packaging. Included with the fan are a PATA power adapter and four self-tapping screws.

The NZXT FN 120RB costs a mere $9. It is manufactured in China and is expected to last for no less than 2 years.

Like the rest of the tested fans, it has a form-factor of 120x120x25 mm. Its weight is 139 grams. The NZXT FN 120RB doesn't sport a highlighted impeller, interchangeable colored rings or green blades, yet it seems to be the most stylish fan in this review, in our opinion. The white impeller with nine aggressively shaped blades is in contrast with the black frame, resulting in an attractive hi-tech look.

 

The 113mm impeller and frame are very high quality. The sharp front edges of the blades have a big angle of attack.

The NZXT FN 120RB has a constant speed of 1300 RPM, producing an air flow of 47.3 CFM at 25.4 dBA of noise. The specified static pressure is rather low compared to fans with the same or even lower rotation speed: 0.95 mm of water.

The rifle bearing of this fan is expected to last for 40,000 hours or 4.6 years of continuous operation. The motor is 42 mm in diameter. A small sticker informs you about the electrical properties of the fan.

According to the sticker, the fan needs 1.92 watts of power at 0.16 amperes. We'll check this out in our tests, of course. The flat sleeved cable is 510 mm long.

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.

 

 

ZEROtherm ZT-120F and ZT-120F LED

The last pair of 120mm fans to be discussed in this review comes from ZEROtherm. The ZT-120F and ZT-120F are packed into cardboard boxes with a front window:

The accessories and specs are listed on the back of the box. Each fan is accompanied with two resistor cables to reduce speed, a PATA power adapter, four silicone pins and four self-tapping screws.

The country of origin is China; the warranty is 2 years long; the price is $13 for the highlight-less model and $15 for the highlighted one.

The ZEROtherm ZT-120F and ZT-120F LED fans look elegant:

 

The long and bravely curved blades look aggressive and ready to maximize air flow and static pressure. The well-finished impeller and frame and the round spokes imply a low noise level.

 

The maximum speed of the fans is 1300 RPM but the included resistors can help step it down to 1000 or 800 RPM.

The peak air flow is specified to be 43.1 CFM at 22 dBA of noise. The specified static pressure is the highest among all fans in this review, 1.84 mm of water, although the ZT-120F and ZT-120F LED are not the fastest.

The motor is 40 mm in diameter. The sticker on it tells you the bearing type, model name, and electrical parameters.

 

The fluid dynamic bearing has a service life of 50,000 hours or over 5.7 years of continuous operation. The main cable is 400 mm long and can be extended by means of the included adapters. Interestingly, both models have the same power consumption of 2.4 watts although the highlighted version should need more power, the other factors being the same. We’ll check this out shortly, though.

The fan with red highlighting will surely be appreciated by modders:

The highlighting cannot be turned off, by the way.

And now we can move on to our tests.

Performance

Before discussing the first diagram with our test results we should tell you that we don't include the duplicate fans, i.e. the Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC 1000, NZXT FZ-120 and ZEROtherm ZT-120F. The first of them is almost the same as the Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC 1300 whereas the other two are identical to their highlighted cousins in terms of performance. However, you can see all of our test results in the table at the end of this section.

The first diagram helps compare the fans in terms of noisiness. The lower the graph, the quieter the fan is.

The Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition stands out among the rest of the participating products. Its cousin Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition, optimized for a stronger air flow, doesn’t show such an outstanding combination of speed and noise, but becomes the leader among the other fans. Close to the Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition is the noise graph of the Enermax T.B.APOLLISH which is so quiet that remains not just comfortable (36 dBA) but actually quiet (33 dBA) even at its maximum speed. That’s a surprisingly good product from Enermax.

Nanoxia’s FX EVO 120 IFC 1000 and 1300 models do expectedly well, but the PWM modification of the same model isn't perfect. Unlike the other fans in this review, both samples of the Nanoxia FX EVO 120 PWM 1000 produced a characteristic sound of the motor and the tonality of that sound varied depending on speed, as is indicated by the jagged shape of the graph.

The GlacialTech GT12025-LBD0A, ZEROtherm ZT-120F (and its LED modification) and NZXT FN 120RB are good, too, whereas the GlacialStars IceWind 12025, Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120 and LEPA CHOPPER do not impress us at all. The NZXT FZ-120 and the NZXT FZ-120 LED are the noisiest fans here.

We can also view an enlarged fragment of the diagram up to 36 dBA (after which the noise becomes uncomfortable).

Both fans from Corsair and the Enermax T.B.APOLLISH still look best. The Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC and ZEROtherm ZT-120F are good, too. The Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120 is the worst fan at low speeds but the NZXT FZ-120 becomes louder, starting from 670 RPM.

Next goes a diagram that shows the correlation between noise and air flow. The lower the graph, the less noise and the more air flow the fan produces.

The results depend directly on the amount of noise produced by the fans, so the overall picture and standings remain the same. We just get a different perspective. The Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition enjoys a large advantage again. Even the slower Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition cannot deliver the same performance, although their graphs are very close in the diagram at low speeds. We like the inexpensive GlacialTech GT12025-LBD0A as it performs just as well as the Nanoxia fans which cost five times as much (the only question is how long the GlacialTech is going to last). The quietness of the Enermax T.B.APOLLISH and the perfectly balanced impeller of the ZEROtherm ZT-120F must be noted, too. The NZXT FZ-120, Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120 and LEPA CHOPPER are the worst ones in this test.

Now let’s take a look at a comparative diagram that shows the peak air flow of the tested fans.

It is not surprising to see the Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition on top but the runner-up is unexpectedly the GlacialTech GT12025-LBD0A. The Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC 1300 and the ZEROtherm ZT-120F LED turn out to be similar again, just as they were in the test of noise at maximum speed. After that we move down from faster to slower fans, the LEPA CHOPPER and the Enermax T.B.APOLLISH taking last places.

Now let’s check out their air flow at the subjectively comfortable noise level of 36 dBA.

The Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition seems to have no rivals today. It is followed by a group of seven 120mm fans that produce an air flow of 15.5 to 16.4 CFM at 36 dBA of noise. The GlacialTech and the GlacialStars must get a special mention here. The LEPA CHOPPER and Enermax T.B.APOLLISH are separated from the others because their noise level is below 36 dBA.

The Enermax T.B.APOLLISH is even quieter than 33 dBA, which is the basis for the next diagram, so it is separate again.

There are some changes in the standings in the middle group. The Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition and Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC have moved up. The PWM-regulated Nanoxia doesn’t keep up with the ordinary EVO 120 IFC fans and takes its place between the ordinary NZXT FN 120RB and the mediocre LEPA CHOPPER. The two NZXT FZ-120 fans are no good for ultra-quiet computers at all.

The peak power consumption of each fan is shown in the next diagram:

Both fans from Corsair and the two Nanoxia fans with rated speeds of 1000 RPM are the most economical in terms of power consumption. The Nanoxia FX EVO 120 IFC 1300 and the ZEROtherm ZT-120F need about 1 watt of power. The latter’s highlighted version requires 0.7 watts more. The least energy efficient fans are the GlacialTech GT12025-LBD0A and the NZXT FZ-120 LED.

The next diagram shows the startup voltage of each fan:

Most of the fans start up at 5 volts and lower and seven models can even start up at less than 4 volts. The shining LEPA CHOPPER needs 6.7 volts to begin to work while the Enermax T.B.APOLLISH won’t budge until 12 volts.

The final diagram helps compare the recommended prices of the fans covered in this review.

 

Conclusion

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: