Pros: - the fan speeds go from super quiet to all-out
- good warranty
Cons: - two wires to every fan (one for fan power and control and another for fan RGB control)
- all of this and now two small boxes that both need SATA power = a lot of tiny wires all over my case
- YOU CANNOT CONTROL THE SPEED OF THE FANS IN THE CORSAIR LINK SOFTWARE UNLESS YOU BUY THE OPTIONAL CORSAIR COMMANDER PRO CONTROLLER (for an additional $70)
- the whole thing is really expensive
Overall Review: Packaging and Un-boxing:
Comes in a small cardboard box… all the fans are in separate little cardboard boxes and all of the wiring / hardware / instructions are in another little cardboard box.
(three) Corsair ML120 PRO RGB fans
(one) RGB Lighting hub
(one) Corsair Lighting Node PRO
Powering up and setting up:
I REALLY have to recommend this kit or any one that is similar… that it would be 1000x easier to install this as a part of a new build. I installed this into an existing build and now my cable management is a bit of a mess. Every fan has two wires running to it… one 4 pin lead that goes to the fan control headers on your motherboard. The other lead goes to the “RGB Lighting hub”. I would have much prefered to do this when I built my rig, just for the sake of clean cable runs.
As it turns out… much to my Google-ing and forum surfing… the fans in this kit CANNOT be controlled via the Corsair Link software with the provided hardware. The “RGB Lighting Hub” and “Lighting Node PRO” can control the LED color function of these lights, but if you want the Corsair software to be able to control fan speeds… you’ve got to get the optional Corsair Commander PRO controller (for an additional $70).
The fans are fans. My motherboard controls them. They are quiet and come with a five year warranty.
Like I said before, I’m not impressed with all of these tiny wires going all over the place in my case now… these wires go to the fan headers on my motherboard. These leads have to go to the “RGB Lighting Hub” so that you can make the colors dance.
These are fans that can do colors… with a lot of wires and setup. If you want Corsair’s software to control your fans (rather than the control the probably came with your motherboard), you’ve got to buy another tiny box and rewire everything. I like the idea of the fans being “magnetic levitation”... everything comes with a 5 year warranty… but the kit is EXPENSIVE and you don’t even get fan control with that. This is a head-scratcher to me.
Pros: Corsair quality shows with these fans as they are built very sturdy and operate quietly with plenty of RGB customization available. The RGB lighting is bright and works through the Corsair link software which I already had installed for an H100i v2 AIO I'm currently using and the options to control the fans were immediately available on the first boot after I installed them. They come packaged very neatly and come with everything you need other than the software which is a free download. The USB module included has 2 channels for adding other RGB fans to your setup with easy customization through the Corsair Link software. Easy to configure the speed and color of these fans and the cables are plenty long enough to use them wherever you need them.
Cons: The LED lights show through the fan blades when viewed from the side which can be distracting. Each fan has two long wires coming from it adding to the clutter inside the case along with two bricks to plug everything into. Even though there is a second channel available the fans only come with one cable to connect the first channel leaving me without software control on my other set of RGB Corsair fans and I can't seem to find the cable by itself to be able to add them either. Uses two SATA power cables.
Overall Review: I think these are great fans with a good quality feel to them. The lighting is neat and easy to change so long as you install the software. I do wish that there was another cable included at this price point to have software control of my other set of fans and eliminate one of the fan hubs from my build, or at least the remote control unit I must use to change the color of them currently. I'd also like to see an option that combines the power wires with the RGB wires and be able to eliminate one of the boxes inside the case since its all Corsair anyway I really don't see why not.
Pros: Silent cooling is available for the entire range of RPM on this fan. You almost don't need to throttle it. I was just barely able to hear the fan above 1100RPM with just my PSU fan on my open case running. The mount corners are a flexible and vibration dampening rubber that do well to isolate any high frequency humming in both the vertical and horizontal orientation. I did not notice any difference in sound level in these 2 orientations.
This fan will work with a standard 4-pin system fan plug (you do not need the Corsair Lighting Node for the fan functionality, just the LED control). The Lighting Node combined with Corsair Link is a very intuitive package and lets you customize and set profiles with great flexibility.
Cons: As the other reviewer mentioned the 2 4-pin connectors are both able to be plugged in to the system fan posts on your board and there is a slight risk due to lack of labeling or cautionary tape or something. IMO, the price is a tad steep for a 140mm LED fan. The packaging does state that this is for use as an expansion to the Corsair Lighting Node PRO, but I think Corsair/Newegg could substantiate that more clearly in the Overview section instead of just mentioning that it works with the Corsair Link software (buyers would be wise to watch the informative video in the Overview section).
Overall Review: If you are looking for a really excellent performing fan that is, for all intensive purposes of this review, silent then you are in business. If you have built your PC around the Corsair Link Software and the Lighting Node then you cannot go wrong.
Pros: The lighting effects that are done on this fan are mesmerizing, they are just awesome. The frame of the fan is nice and solid, and I appreciate the rubber on them for noise reduction. The fan itself just has this high quality feeling, the quality justifies the price on this. Installation was easy, the screw are very high quality and easy to screw into the frame of the fan. The blades are nice and thick and move confidently when on. The two sets of cables made it a bit more unwieldy than most fans, but they are nice and long and easy to tame.
Performance wise, I found the fan to be quieter than the one it replaced and much prettier. As the only rear-exhaust fan in my system it does a wonderful job pushing the hot air out of the case.
Cons: The ecosystem is a big investment.
It's a lot to get these fans up and going and will need to have already purchase the kit in order take full advantage of this beautiful fan. These should be labeled as expansions to their existing kits, or have a way of using the RGB without having to use the hub.
It's a Mess to set up with having to deal with two different hubs and using up two different SATA-power ports. This issue is reduced if you already have the Corsair Lighting Node Pro already installed and set up, which I thankfully did, and is most likely the use case for a single fan.
Overall Review: This is a wonderful, high quality fan that runs quietly and pushes a nice amount of air, all the while looking beautiful. The Magnetic Levitation technology may prove to be more reliable than traditional fan types, and is likely better for the long haul.
I have some complaints, such as it not being able to connect directly to the Lighting Node Pro, or at least have an adapter to do so for a single fan, for those that only intend on having the one of these fans installed. Along those lines it would have been great to be able to just connect these fans directly to one of the RGB-strips that already took up the two ports on my Lighting Node Pro.
Like I said, this is more of an expansion for an existing owner and as such is a high-quality fan that pushes a nice amount of air and is quiet at doing that. I have yet to be disappointed by a Corsair product and this wonderful fan keeps up the tradition.
Pros: - 5 Year Warranty (always a plus)
- Great Build Quality
- Versatility In Usage Due To Design
Cons: - A little pricey compared to non LED equivalent fans (even from Corsair), but admittedly way cheaper than LL's
- Three fans requires the following plugs- 3 PWM Fan headers, 2 SATA headers, 1 USB 2.0 header. Hope you have plenty of each.
Overall Review: So if we look at fans in five stages of succession based off of total budget, we start to see where this makes sense:
1. Standard case fans (AF)
2. AIO cooler and/or case fans (SP)
3. LED Fans (AF/SP single color)
4. RGB LED Case/AIO fans (AF/SP/ML RGB)
5 Double Ring RGB LED Case/AIO fans (AF/SP/ML/LL RGB)
The interesting thing in this list is that you get a similar quality of fan from the bottom to the top, so the main changes are limited entirely to the type of airflow, and whether or not you you want LED lighting. Budget builds aren't going to set aside a lot of money for fans (many just use whatever comes with the case), but as the "look" of the build becomes more important, the capabilities of your equipment become more important. Considering that this kit gives you everything you need to nearly all the same lighting effects as the LL's (although without the second ring), these actually are at a good price point for what they provide.
My only real gripe with these ended up being a common one. The amount of devices and connections needed to make this set work is completely absurd, and the fact that this doesn't come with a fan controller hub makes it even worse. The lighting node pro is completely redundant, and ultimately should just be consolidated with the RGB Fan LED Hub and be done with it, reducing cable clutter and reducing the need for sata power cables by one. The aformentioned merged hub could still have an expansion plug for a second kit if needed, so up to six fans could be controlled via a single usb 2.0 header.
Overall, it's a very solid kit, but I look forward to the next version which will hopefully resolve some of the cable clutter that these fans create.
Pros: By far the best fan on the market that has the most premium features.
Extremely easy to go into the bios and change the PWM signal to get it quieter but at the same time perform better than others I've owned. Colors are mesmerizing, my daughter can stay in my office and look at the different effects for long periods of time.
Personally, I like the solid color as entire system is purple but for those looking into effects they'll feel like they're at a laser show in Vegas. Highly recommend having more than 1, or even 2 of these as the effect put across more fans looks even more splendid. This now makes 3 120mm fans I'm using and 3 140mm fans, just make sure to not mix and match with other RGB and all issues would be avoided. I like that this syncs with other Corsair products, namely the memory and the effects can be quite pretty.
Cons: Meant to be used with a lightning node pro or commander pro, this is the single fan that would be an addition to someone that has more fans like this and the controller.
Overall Review: Price could be a bit lower, but it's to be expected from a magnetic levitation solution
Pros: These fans are high quality fans that are QUIET and full of potential customization. They are controlled by Corsair's LINK software that you install on your PC. This software shows you information about your motherboard such as memory frequency, fan speeds, and temperatures. It will also do things related to these readings like shutting down your PC, running a specific file, or changing fan colors and speeds. It's a pretty nice software package you get for free.
You have full customization control of the fan's LED lights and speeds through LINK. If you have multiple fans , you can synchronize their lighting effects to make some pretty neat displays. You can also predetermine how fast you want to fans to spin depending on your temperatures at any given time.
Build quality. These are solid, well built fans and you can tell Corsair is trying hard to lead this market. Everything from their plastic cross-beam construction to magnetically levitatating the fan rotor over the hub as it spins which uses only a third of the typical power draw, increases bearing longevity, and quiets down the overall operation. They even built in a rubber gasket between the fan's body and the screw mounts in the corners so there would be no pressure from the mounting screws possibly warping the body and eliminating vibrations.
Again, they are amazingly quiet for the amount of airflow they can push.
Cons: Top speed. The most these fans will give you is 1200RPM. I have fans currently that will do 4000RPM (though they sound like jet engines at that speed). This speed gives you 55.4 CFM of airflow. While very quiet, and probably sufficient for most users as chassis fans, hard core overclockers might want something that will deliver more static pressure and airflow.
Cable length is also something that might prove annoying, especially if you have a full size tower and like to route cables via hidden pathways to keep a build looking neat and tidy. At just under two feet long, I had issues with the cable lengths and had to resort to using extenders.
LED control is limited to one effect for all fans connected to each chain coming from the RGB hub via the LINK software. Since my two pack came with one hub which has two separate LED communication chains, I can only have two different LED effects going at the same time no matter how many fans I have. All this means is I can't control the LED effects of each individual fan in the same chain. Honestly though, I don't think I'd really want every fan doing something totally different from all the others anyway.
Overall Review: Quick things you may want to know:
You will need a free internal USB port on your motherboard for the lighting node to plug into. You will also need a free fan port for each fan you integrate.
So what is RGB? It means Red Green Blue technically, and every color you can make with them. The point of this is to immerse you in a colorful hippy trance of dancing hypnotic lights. That and to possibly alert you to your CPU temperature getting too hot. You can control the lights on these fans to display specific colors correlating to your motherboard's temperature sensors. The LINK software has a slew of lighting effects you can choose from . I personally just like the slow pulsating effect in random colors.
Then what is PWM? Fans with only two wires have only plus and minus (ground) connections and that’s it. The second type has three wires; two for powering the fan and one that carries the so-called “Tach” or tachometric signal (in English: the wire that gives a readout of the current fan speed). A signal is sent via this third wire with a certain frequency that is proportional to the fan speed, expressed in RPM (revolutions per minute). The third type of fans that use four wires are PWM fans. PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) or modulation with the width of an impulse, is a widespread term in the world of electrical engineering. It has a broad range of application, like in the field of telecommunications, audio equipment, servo motors, etc. Interesting for us enthusiasts is the application of PWM in voltage regulation. In short, PWM operates like a switch which constantly cycles on and off, thereby regulating the amount of power the fan motor gains.Why is PWM so important? Well, almost all fans „die“ if the voltage is lowered under 5V, but with PWM control, the fans can reach really low operation speeds of 300-600 RPM. They don’t die literally; they just shut down and stop spinning, and that is why often the declared speed range of the fan can only be achieved by using PWM regulation. At these speeds, the fans are dead silent, and some fans can even be turned off completely via PWM regulation. One more very cool thing about PWM regulation is that you can use one PWM signal to govern all of your fans. Since the fans are getting 12 volts all the time, you can use special fan hub splitters that will send one PWM signal to all of the connected fans. This way, they will all work in harmony.
If you are in the market for some new chassis fans, these are super amazing, super high quality fans that you should consider. If you need fans to blow hard on your liquid cooling radiator, or CPU heat sink, you may want to look for something more muscular.
Pros: I have had these fans installed in my wife's system for a couple weeks now, and can honestly say, if you're an RGB fan (no pun intended), these are well wroth the money. The lighting effects are easily and highly customizable via the Corsair Link software, a great balance of form vs function. There are videos online of these fans in action, you should check them out, trying to describe how they look simply doesn't do them justice.
- Kit includes everything you need.
- 5 Year Warranty!!!
- Great build quality. I can see why they offer a 5 year limited warranty.
- Quiet. Unnoticeable over the other fans in the system and ambient noise.
- Rubber mounts.
Installation is pretty simple, it does require 2 free SATA power connections. The node pro and fan hub are both small and easy to hide if necessary, but there will be a lot of cables to manage when all is said and done.
I am not sure what else to say about these fans that has not already been said in other reviews. They move air and they look great doing it. They are built to last and what you would expect from a company like Corsair. This was an easy 5 Egg rating for me.
Cons: Remember, you will need 2 SATA power connections to use this kit.
I powered mine using a SATA power splitter and hid the bulk of the wires behind the bottom mounted PSU and motherboard tray. I mounted the fans to the side panel of her case, with the node pro hidden and the fan hub stuck to the bottom of the case, this way I could easily disconnect the fans when I need to service the system.
Beyond that, I can't think of any real "cons" to these fans.
Overall Review: I like them so much I am thinking about getting a second set for another build. My wife is also using the Corsair K70 LUX RGB Keyboard, and the overall effect on her desk is pretty wild. After seeing it, now my daughter wants the same fans.
If RGB is your thing, then these are highly recommended!