Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB ELITE Performance 120 mm PWM Triple Fan Kit with iCUE Lighting Node CORE (CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, Eight Addressable RGB LEDs, Low-Noise 18 dBA, Up to 1,500 RPM) Black
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I went with the fan on the front with rad behind, so far these seems great as my CPU temps stay pretty low (28c idle) and in game so far only tried Rust but around 55c @ 4.8Ghz / 1.28v. Last, but certainly not least, we have the premium cooling specialists from Austria…Noctua. These guys were pulling no punches whatsoever, sending us 2 variations from their premium range, but also 2 speed iterations of their Industrial PPC fans. These guys really mean business! Each of the 120mm PC case fans tested below were tested inside of our be quiet! Silent Base 600 system with a very powerful Intel i9-7900X 10 core processor which is perfect for rendering, multi-tasking and production work flows. Each fan was installed into the rear of the case and was set up as an external dump at the rear of the case. Our be quiet! Silent Loop 240 240mm AIO CPU cooler was installed with the radiator mounted in the front of the case with the fans set up in a way which draws air from the front panel. The ASUS ROG GTX 1060 STRIX graphics card was installed to give the system a more “natural” feel and we felt this was the right way to go to emulate a real world set up. Currently due to the change in premises, audio testing isn’t going to be possible due to large amounts of road works outside causing excessive ambient noise levels.
Your ML-Elite and SP-Elite are a perfect match, 8 LEDs center and same color tone. The LL is going to be the oddball in the mix. It may look just fine (rear exhaust?), but be aware nothing can make the other fans do the "ring style" effects native to the LL or QL series.https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Fans/RGB-%26-LED-Fans/iCUE-QL-RGB-PWM-Fan/p/CO-9050098-WW
You will have to use the Commander Core as one controller since it is required to power/control the Elite series AIO. That's not a problem and it gives you 6 PWM and 6 RGB ports on the other side. The Lighting Node Core that comes with the case can be saved for later expansion or something else.
Intuitive 3-button controller
I understand some RGB may behave funny but I'm not super bothered about that as long as they all light up :D This particular 120mm offering from Noctua sits top of our performance charts and is in no short thanks to the fast 3000rpm speed. If you’re all about performance and don’t care about things like RGB (god forbid), then this is the fan to go for!
Our friends over at Cooler Master weighed in with one of each of their 3 designs of the new RGB laden MasterFan Pro 120; sending us the Air Flow, Air Pressure and Air Balance. These fans will be of particular interest during the testing, to see just what temperature difference each of these fan design & layouts make when it comes to exhaust performance. The 2nd top performer on our list and possibly most stylistically elegant in design, the Silent wings 3 from be quiet! is a must have if RGB isn’t your thing and you want an alternative route to Noctua’s basic and famed beige colour scheme; something Noctua has been working on changing with their new Chromax products.So we’ve tested them all in the exhaust case fan position and our findings are pretty interesting. The best performing fan in our testing is the Noctua NF-F12 Industrial PPC 3000rpm which may come as no surprise. It’s also one of the most expensive offerings from the list and is the strongest indicator of pure performance without being flashy, especially against those in the price range which extra premium is spent on RGB lighting such as the Corsair SP120 RGB fans. It wouldn’t make sense to conclude everything individually as the results above speak for themselves. When choosing a 120mm to act as a case exhaust, the variation in temperatures between all of the fans tested is minimal with the biggest differences coming from purposely designed slower fans against the fastest with speeds up to 3000rpm. Minimum temperatures were taken at idle and the system was left on for 4-6 hours before the reading was taken. Temperatures at Play3r are done in Delta which gives a more consistent and broader set of results. Delta is room temperature minus core temperature in this case. At maximum, Prime95 with AVX was loaded and run for 2 hours; the maximum core temperature was taken after this time. Performance Can I add the SP120 onto the Commander core as well?I don't care too much for fan speed control on the SP120, they can run at 100% for all I care.