Pros: To start, these fans deliver on what they were designed for: They push/pull a lot of air through a restricted path. These are great for moving air through a radiator, heatsink, or dust filters. The exchangeable colored rings add a nice touch and make these fans stand out from the crowd.
Next, the bundled resistor cables are a welcome addition. These fans really drone at their full speed. With the resistor cables and motherboard fan control, these fans are surprisingly quiet.
Finally, the fan blades are removable- they easily pop out with a push from behind. This is a very valuable feature for any fan. It makes cleaning and maintenance a simple affair.
Cons: Pro’s aside, these fans have a critical flaw. Each of the gray rubber corners have an embedded plastic ring in the center that the self-threading fan screws bite into. When attempting to remove the screws, the surrounding soft gray rubber will flex. The inner plastic ring turns with the screw and does not allow the screw to come out. The inner plastic ring can break free and strip through the soft gray rubber.
After the first screw stripped I was especially careful to remove the other fan screws. In the end, three of the eight screws bound up on me like this and pretty much destroyed the gray rubber corners. I had to remove the fans though, so destroying the corners was necessary.
I’ve used fans from other manufacturers that use soft rubber corners to dampen vibration and sound, but this is the first time I’ve seen the embedded plastic ring implemented into the design. Sorry, I can’t give a full 5 eggs with this oversight.
Overall Review: These are high quality fans, and I can appreciate that. Just don’t use self-threading screws to mount them if you ever want to remove them, or at least don’t tighten them too much. A better idea would have been to include rubber or silicone fan mounts rather than self-threading screws.
100% fan speeds reported in my set up:
2241 RPM without the resistor
1761 RPM with the resistor
Pros: - Great looking fans with interchangeable colored rings to match your rig's color scheme. You can also opt to just let them be pure black.
- Fin design shows such a difference between, for example, Corsair's AF120 series. You can see how the fins are broader and much thicker, that way optimizing static pressure over simple air flow. Which basically means that these fans pull or push heat gathered in a radiator's fins more efficiently. I've personally noticed a large difference in cooling using these fans over the stock fans that came with the H80. They really pull that heat out of a radiator.
- The SP120's cool radiator's very effectively and work great in push/pull configuration. I'd say if you are going for a Corsair CLC, pick these fans up.
- Even on maximum RPM, these fans are pretty quiet. Almost inaudible if you are at the very least five feet away.
- Comes with an under-volter cable.
- The overall form factor, the rubber coated design around the edges of that fan really makes a difference in both aesthetics and quiet operation.
- Good packaging.
- Nice, black 3-pin cables.
Cons: - Though I understand why, the cables are really short. There shouldn't be a need for a longer cable due to the fact that these should be near your CLC connector/CPU_Fan Header. But If you will be routing the cable a good distance, be sure to pick up an extender.
- These fans are expensive.
Overall Review: - The box includes black screws, which I liked due to using a black case, but if black will mash with your scheme, make sure you have some silver or white fan screws.
- Overall, these fans are very capable and effective on a radiator and I do recommend them. The quiet and effective operation is really outstanding.
Pros: -Works great on radiators
-Can remove fan blades for cleaning
-Vibration dampening through rubber mounts
- When I replaced the default coolermaster fans with these, idle temps dropped 4-7 degrees
Cons: Power cord is somewhat short
Overall Review: Have not had any temp problems while running these fans. Even with cpu stress tests, my cores stayed cool the entire time. These fans are extremely quiet and can only be heard in a silent room. Color rings allow easy matching for the most common color schemes.
Overall amazing and attractive fans - especially for their low price !
Pros: These are sp120 high performance edition 2350 rpm (35 dBA/63 CFM)
or, if you need quiet get alternate sp120 quiet edition 1450 rpm (23 dBA/38 CFM)
SP model for static pressure, best for heat sinks & water cooler radiators, etc.
Otherwise use AF model (air-flow) for case fans.
- Cost effective and economical set.
- 7V to 12V power
- Optional red, white, or blue color rings, or black without ring
- SP model, static pressure, direct air flow.
- Fan blades removable, great for cleaning
- If fan stuck, will restart on delay circuit
- Hydraulic bearing system for longest life
- Rubber mounts, effective vibration damping
Note: Damping important because vibration can be noticed between home floors
These are very quiet, vibration free, high performance fans at great price.
Cons: - Single speed only, medium length cables
- More noise than some models but noticeable only in quiet room
- Mounting rubber grommets fragile
Overall Review: Overall, top notch performance and price compared to other brands.
SP120 are quiet, great performance and long life, but not most powerful.
Ran for over month in hot, dusty environment and flawless.
I read all the reviews across web, and these fans are consistently
a surprising value.
Pros: These fans do exactly what they are designed for, they are great for pushing air through very dense heatsinks or radiators. The changeable color rings are very nice for color coordinating, so these fans match pretty much any color scheme. At full speed these fans are audible, but I wouldn't call them loud, they are actually very quiet for the pressure and airflow they generate. Once I closed my case these fans were silent actually with all my other fans running in the case. The bundled resistors are nice as well, with them these fans slow down to close to the Quiet Edition of the SP120 fans. These fans also seem very well made. The plastic has no flex to it, and it feels very strong.
Cons: The rubber in the corners is more of a pain than a benefit. I understand they are to help with noise, but the rubber makes is almost impossible to mount on any heatsink that uses clip style mounting, like Thermalright heatsinks. There is no PWM control, this is very disappointing. Fans this expensive should have PWM control.
Overall Review: Overall these are great fans, they have the best balance of static pressure, airflow, and noise. They will work great on radiators or very dense heatsinks.
Pros: Pushes a lot of air even when restricted! This fan's main purpose is if you don't have a particularly well vented case or you're trying to push through a closely spaced radiator. Then this fan has the extra muscle needed to push the same volume of air through. (Traditional fans will move far less air when encountering backpressure and slow down.) Plug it in free-air and you can feel the torque on this baby! You won't be chopping pencils with this fan but you don't want to get your fingers stuck in it, either.
Cons: A little noisier than traditional fans, but that's almost to be expected. Color rings are kind of a pain to replace. No lights. Only uses a 3-pin motherboard connector, so your motherboard can't vary the speed. Has a 3-to-4 pin adapter, but that's for motherboard pins; adapter to plug into a hard disk drive power plug is absent
Overall Review: Has rubber grommets to isolate vibrations from transferring to the case. Has three to four pin adapter to plug into the motherboard, which is superfluous. (Three pin fans can plug in anyway!) Would have preferred an adapter to plug into disk drive power instead.
Pros: High static pressure
Not too loud
Interchangable color rings
Perfect for after market heatsinks like my Cooler Master TPC 812
Cons: Not PWM
Overall Review: The rubber isolaters in place to reduce vibration noises make it a little tricky in regards to screwing the fans in place since the rubber torques with the screw which will most likely cause problems with the removal of the screws.
Pros: Very useful product. I put these in place of two existing 120mm fans and they improved cooling a few degrees, though nothing substantial. I suppose if you had these in the ideal configuration where the static pressure would be of benefit they would really shine.
These things are built like a tank, by their appearance they will outlast most of the other components in my build.
Very aesthetically pleasing, these certainly add to the looks and the included trim rings allow them to match most cases.
Though I didn’t find the noise obtrusive, the included step-down did decrease it noticeably. The rubber mounts guarantee vibration free operation.
Cons: I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to re-wire fans, sometimes to change to another connector, other times to increase the length of the leads. The leads are not color coded, so some trial and error would be involved in wiring it up correctly unless you knew the pin configuration of the existing connector and marked the wires before cutting the connector off.
Overall Review: For the price, I think you get a lot for your money. Corsair found a way to cram a lot of nice features into a product you don’t usually find them in. I think the build quality sells itself, and the other features (rubber mounts, trim rings) add a nice bonus. Maybe a potentiometer to fine tune the speed would be handy, but that would probably move the price up. I would definitely recommend someone pay the little bit extra for these, replacing cheap fans when they die just isn’t worth it, especially for computer builds for people who aren’t tech savvy, and can’t replace components on their own. I have a feeling you just plug this in and forget it them.