Continuing on with the EK Vardar series of 120mm fans, now it is time to test out the 3rd of the series following the review of the F1-120 and F2-120. The F3-120 (and F4-120) is very likely going to be among the more popular of the series from an enthusiasts’ point of view. Thanks again to Derick and Niko from EK as well as Hank from Performance PCs for a sample of the Vardar F3-120.

Let’s begin as always by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:

So we see that the fan has a double ball bearing which I would have expected to last longer than the advertised MTBF of 50, 000 hours (do note that the specified operating temperature there is 40 ºC and most consumers will have a lower temperature than that). No mention of warranty here, although I do know EK has a standard 2 year warranty on most of their products as mentioned here. The power draw rating is pretty low for a fan with advertised max RPM of 1850, and suggests one can easily daisy chain a lot of these off a single PWM fan header- even a standard 1 A (12 W) motherboard header. We shall see soon how this sample fares in reality. Let’s take a look at the fan in detail on the next page.

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