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Unboxing and Overview- HD140 RGB
Corsair operates a web shop in the USA, however the items used in the review came from a shipping hub separately so we begin with product packaging directly. As usual, click on any image to be taken to a full-size option.
Corsair’s product packaging has adopted the black and yellow scheme from their “Corsair Gaming” lineup to also the DIY components now, and this is no different. This twin pack w/controller SKU has a fairly large box to accommodate the contents inside, and on the front we have a colored illustration of the fans themselves along with salient marketing and technical features. This carries over to the back and sides where we also see the product carries a 2-year warranty which I really want to see go up to at least three years sooner than later. There are seals on the top and bottom to help keep the contents inside in check. There is also a hang tab at the top which is a nice addition to the packaging, although I wish it was open so we could use it in addition to just the retail stores with open ended rods.
Opening the box, we see the items included are packaged separately with the two fans at the bottom (or top, depending on how you opened it) and the accessories in their own yellow box. Alongside the fans, Corsair includes a multi-language quick start guide (which can be downloaded from here), a warranty manual for Australians with their specific warranty policy, two sets of self-tapping metal screws to help install the fans as case fans, a 6-fan HD140 RGB LED hub, and the aforementioned 3-button hardware controller. The LED hub and controller are specific to these fans, so do not plan on using this with other RGB fans. The LED hub has six inputs marked so you have to use connected devices in order from 1 to 6 without skipping any, an outlet to where the controller goes, and also a full size SATA power connector to power the LEDs. The controller in question does not need power, and simply has separate buttons to toggle LED color, animation mode speed and the various modes themselves. Both the fan controller and the fan hub come with pre-applied 3M double sided tape to help secure them on to case panels. Finally, Corsair also provides an adapter cable to use the LED hub to supporting, dedicated buttons on your case if you have such a case (the Crystal series from Corsair, for example).
The fans come in a cardboard blister inlay style packaging that will help keep them protected during shipping and handling in most cases. The cables are tucked in a lower compartment. You will notice immediately that the fan rotor is a frosted white, and not translucent in color as with most, if not all other, LED fans. We saw this on the other Corsair RGB fans as well, and it worked out great once the LEDs are powered on. The plastic used to make this rotor is very unique, and helps diffuse light very nicely. There has been a lot of thought that went into the design of these RGB fans, and it paid off.
The fans adopt a white rotor, black frame color design which will go well with PC DIY builds to begin with, let alone after the customization available via the RGB LEDs. The frame has a clear front and back section, as well as on the inside surface where the LEDs are located. There are 12 individual addressable RGB LEDs located here. The frame is similar looking to the ML series of fans, but the materials used are different on the frame. There are rubber pads on the corners, on both sides too, which is another point of differentiation from the SP RGB fans. The rotor has 9 blades, and Corsair claims these are ultra thin to “ensure less vibration, noise and turbulence”. I am disappointed that the marketing department has not been alerted to this nonsense yet by anyone in the production/engineering department, as this has been present on the product pages for all their RGB fans now.
There are arrows on one side of the frame to show the direction of airflow through the fan and that of blade rotation. The corners are closed, so it’s a good thing that there are vibration dampening pads pre-installed. The LEDs being located on the frame, the fan hub is smaller in size here compared to the SP RGB which had hub mounted LEDs, measuring in at 1.76″ in diameter. Each fan is rated for 0.3 A (3.6 W), although do note that the LEDs are powered separately and from the PSU (via the fan LED hub). In practice, each fan consumed a max operation current draw of 0.178 A (2.12 W). The hub is also clear, and we can see the power distribution for the 12 LEDs and the 4 wires for the PWM motor here. There are two fan cables per fan here, and both are unsleeved. The first is the fan power cable for the fan motor which runs the fan, this is 14″ long and ends in a standard 4-pin black fan header. This will go to any 4-pin fan header on your motherboard or fan controller capable of PWM control. The second is the LED cable that plugs into the fan LED hub, and this is also 14″ long. There is a hook at the end to be able to lock it in place and also help remove it by pressing down on the hook.
This is the configuration when you have at least one fan with the included controller- as you can see, there are a lot of cables and wires here. The fan cables are flat ribbon style which helps somewhat, but when you have 8 cables from 4 fans that can be on a 480 mm radiator in push, things can get very messy. This is one of the cases where I would have really appreciated a tighter, round fan cable with sleeving. This does not even include the SATA cable that has to be routed towards the PSU as well. Corsair does provide a lot of cable ties which will be handy here, which does merit appreciation regardless.