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Great for an average build, but not for SLI setups.
on January 28, 2015
Let me preface this by telling you my setup. I have an a Core i7 2600k oc'd to 4.4Ghz w/ CM Seidon 240 w/ Corsair SP120s. I have 2 MSI GTX 780Ti GAMING in SLI oc'd +80 core +180 memory, in a Corsair Carbide Air 540 case. I bought 4 of these fans for intake/exhaust. 3 for intake, and 1 for exhaust, replacing my super loud CM Jetflos (Awesome fans, just too loud no matter what speed you're running them at. gets annoying). Anyway, after replacing my "old" fans with these AF120s, I loved them at first. Amazing looking LEDs, super quiet, and they seemed to move a decent amount of air. They are very quiet fans, at least in relation to what I'm used to. My hopes died quickly though after getting my game on. After 30 minutes to an hour of playing Dragon Age Inquisition, I noticed the room was quite warmer than it typically is. My computer room also has a ceiling fan too, which is always on, and I never have problems with being too warm in this room as it has 2 sliding doors that lead outside, which aren't sealed the best they could, and it's winter. More time goes by and I am getting warmer - HOT actually. Borderline sweating. So I finally decided to investigate, and wow, was it hot. I felt the air exhausting out the back of the case and it was just as hot as a little electric heater you can buy at the store. I felt the metal frame around the video card slots on the back and they were too hot to touch. The entire surrounding area of my computer was crazy warm. It was giving off more heat than some space heaters I have used. Knowing this was not a good sign, I busted out my monitoring software and took the GPU temps and holy cow, my primary GPU was hitting 90°C to 95°C. Throttling temperatures! Never have they been this hot. The GPUs are also spaced apart leaving a PCI slot gap in between them since I have an ASUS Maximus V Extreme mobo. My CPU was also getting in the high 70's and low 80's, on a Seidon 240! Needless to say I was forced to reinstall the JetFlos. Once I replaced the AF120s with the Jetflo's, my temps went way down. Even with the Jetflo's at low speed. I really wanted to like the AF120 fans, especially because they look fantastic, but I could not use them without potentially damaging my hardware. Some people may not believe me or think I don't know what I am doing, and to those people, I say go ahead and believe what you want. I did proper testing and compared temperatures with my previous Jetflos. JetFlo GPU temps were high 70's low 80's. Never even close to 90, all while running at low speeds. (still loud and whiny though) My CPU never went above 65°C with the JetFlo's either.
Even though these fans did not suit my needs, I will be keeping them for my BF's PC and doesn't have an SLI setup... yet....
Overall, the performance of the AF120s were rather disappointing considering Corsair is a popular brand among enthusiast and they make some quality products, except for these fans. I say definitely do not buy them if you have a multi GPU rig like mine, but for the average gaming build, they should suffice.
I just bought 3 Cougar Cougar Dual X 140mm Red Fans to replace the 4 JetFlo's and they are awesome! Way quieter than the Jetflo's and only a tad warmer. Keep an eye out for my review on the Amazon page for them. Fantastic fans. Think I finally found the "one".