There’s no doubt that Corsair has an appealing product in their retail SP/AF fan series with the interchangeable rings and the brand awareness/loyalty resulting in these fans being everywhere I see. So when Corsair released their SP120 LED fans at Computex last year, there were promises of the fan being a complete re-work and being better performing as well. As with all LED fans, these come in a variety of colors (Blue, Green, Purple, Red and White) as well as in their usual single or twin pack versions. Thanks then to James for arranging a twin pack of the SP120 LED fans for testing out.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the product specs courtesy the product page:
I got the twin pack with green LEDs, but they should all perform similarly independent of color. We also see that the specs list is shared with that for the SP140 LED fans as well which were released/announced simultaneously and those will be reviewed soon as well. We see that this is a standard 25mm thick fan and in the Corsair SP series (static pressure optimized). I realize this is jumping forward a bit but these specs did not match what was listed on the box (1550 RPM, 1.6 mm H2O as opposed to 1650 RPM and 1.46 mm H2O, and the product box itself had the wrong units for static pressure- mm/H2O is not right). As far as the specs not matching up, a quick talk with Corsair informed me that the box was right about the numbers. As far as I am concerned the RPM correction is all that matters to me since that is the one constant that everyone can agree with in this industry. We see that the fan has a 2 year warranty and is a 3 pin, voltage controlled fan. There is no mention of bearing type (it is a sleeve bearing) or MTBF and I would like to see Corsair add this information to all their products that are fans or use fans (AIO coolers and PSUs included). Let’s now take a look at the fan on the next page.