Review: Corsair QL120 and QL140 RGB fans

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Corsair launched the QL fan series on the 14th of November. These are PWM RGB products with quad light loops lit by a total of 34 individually addressable RGB LEDs, creating great visual effects. We c...

    Review: Corsair QL120 and QL140 RGB fans
     
  2. The Goose

    The Goose Ancient Guru

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    Could these be used with the Corsair H115i platinum aio or do they need there own node controller.
    Thx in advance.
     
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    These are good looking fans to use as side intake in the O11 Dynamic.

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  4. Goiur

    Goiur Master Guru

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    I missed a Noctua fan in that mix. Im all in for performance/noise, so this RGB fans are out of my playground.
     

  5. insp1re2600

    insp1re2600 Maha Guru

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    you can put a phanteks halos or similar on a noctua fan, done this a few times.
     
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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    Wonder how they compare to the ML120/140s.
     
  7. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    as someone with a Lian-Li O11 Dynamic XL "pimp my ride" rgb build :D
    here are my toughts
    1) the LL series looked beautiful but it forced you to orient your fans in only one way, the good looking side visible, which made for less than ideal airflow decisions (for example I had to make my "side" fans exhaust when really you want them as intake, it has been tested by hardware canucks)
    2) the airflow of the LL120 is weak, if they are worse that's going to be a problem
    3) if you use that kind of rgb fans it's recommended to have a push-pull config on your radiator for looks (front mounted) but also to help those weak airflow fans
    on the lian-li I have the radiator on the side fans emplacement with rgb visible inside and better non-rgb behind exhausting air (which is the wrong direction, it's sucking my gpu hot air to cool the cpu :/) but with the LL you didn't have a choice
     
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  8. jura11

    jura11 Ancient Guru

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    Hi there

    ML140 or ML120 are lot better fans, these ML fans are one of better fans there, I would stay away from LL or these fans if you are looking for radiator or case fans there, similarly I would stay from Thermaltake fans, they just don't push enough air through the radiator or case

    Hope this helps

    Thanks, Jura
     
  9. alanm

    alanm Ancient Guru

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    Thanks, I already have 2 ML140 fans and they've made a world of difference in my case airflow.
     
  10. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    I have ML,LL,QL,bequiet,noctua etc...4 drawers full of them, I'm a fan hoarder ><
    I'll repeat this whenever someone seems to be hesitating :
    LL and QL are look above function fans
    if you go RGB either go full RGB no matter the cost (lower performance) or don't do RGB at all, RGB is a pain to wire and configure there's no point going half way, apps are also heavy on the cpu

    if you value performance the ML are very powerful but noisy
    if you value silence I recommend bequiet or noctua I personnally like bequiet sound better, they make a pure "moving air" smooth noise, which you can hear at high rpm but it's not whine-y and not annoying
    there are in-between too, bequiet for example makes the "pure wings" which are silent-ish performance fans, again you hear them but the noise is bearable compared to other brands
     
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  11. jura11

    jura11 Ancient Guru

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    Agree with BeQuiet fans, have used them too on several loops, tried like Pure Wings or Silent Wings 3 and SW3 I like a lot like for radiators ir as case fans

    Noctua A12x25 are another great fan which I can only recommend, nice sound profile under load or idle, Phanteks PH-F120MP are another great fan, push nive amount of air through the radiator or case restriction, Thermalright TY-143SQ or TY-147ASQ fans have used them on radiators or as case fans, I use them on Phanteks Enthoo Primo or current Caselabs M8 with pedestal

    Corsair ML120 noisy, this depends, at max RPM or speed, they're noisy as any other fan which can ramp up to 1800-2500RPM, some fans at max RPM have still nice sound profile like Thermalright fans or some Phanteks or Noctua fans, usually I run these fans as max 600-950RPM(usually they sit in 600-650RPM) and they're not noisy fans at max speed or RPM off course they're noisy

    If budget is low then I would suggest get Arctic Cooling P12 PWM, running these fans on MO-ra3 360mm and on Hardware Labs SR-2 360mm radiators and they're quiet fans and push nice amount of air through the radiators

    Hope this helps

    Thanks, Jura
     
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    alanm Ancient Guru

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    I dont run the MLs at full blast, so they are not noisy to me. Re RGBs, have no use for them and never will.
     
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    Khronikos Master Guru

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    I use the ML140 Pros, and over 50% they are definitely a bit noisy. But I don't really ever need to use them over that. They can push serious air though at 100%. Really nice fans with the pro version.
     
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    Arctic recently released their new P-Fan series with high static pressure for heatsinks/radiators while not being loud.
    They have very low vibration and a 10 year warranty to boot!
    I cant find any reviews yet.

    Worth a look if you are after performance, no RGB though
    https://www.arctic.ac/uk_en/products/cooling/case-fan.html
     
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  15. wavetrex

    wavetrex Master Guru

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    These look gorgeous...

    Who knows, 2020 might be the year of RGB for me too... so far I've shown serious restraint (with just keyboard/mouse being RGB, for a very specific purpose - indicator of what's going on in my supported games)
     

  16. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    got them spent half a day swapping 10 fans and the verdict is....buy LL instead

    the LL "good side" looks way better than either side of the QL
    you can see visible led "spots" all around on the QL making the brightness and colors uneven
    rotating color transition isn't as smooth as in the LL (spiral rainbow effect)
    their only positive thing is that you can see the rgb from both sides

    for my specific current build I was a bit forced to at least get 4 (because you can only drive 1 fan type per rgb hub you can't mix models and I have 6+4 already on 2 hubs)

    but yeah not an upgrade which for the price is disappointing to say the least
    I would only buy them if you have very visible fans that face the wrong direction (fro airflow purpose) would not buy again and actually I cancelled an order of QL140

    the good thing of today will be that I finally found what was causing my 10% cpu usage on iCue
    On your Corsair RGB memory ICue settings, disable "enable full software control"
    it will remove your ability to make complex layered effects or prevent you from customizing each individual led, without full control led color is "by stick" but you'll gain 8% cpu usage
     
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    darrenj Ancient Guru

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    Glad I bought the Fractal Design Prisma AL 120 instead. The AL140 seems to very good
     
  18. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    video link showing you how to regain no less than 8% cpu usage from iCue, if you used one of their RGB memory kit that is
    Code:
    https://youtu.be/Cipj9genxHk
    I'm no Buildzoid or hardware expert but I had the same problem trying to use G.Skill "audio visualizer" effect my guess is it comes from the trickery they used to control rgb leds on a socket/slot that was never designed for that, this is why I was losing 500 cinebenchR20 and had way worse 3dmark timespy and firestrike than the same cpu/motherboard before I had my rgb "craze" with 8-10% cpu constantly taken, you lost roughly 10% in benchmarks and fps, which matches the loss in scores I had from 5000->4500 etc...

    p.s. I used the code function as I don't hink Hilbert likes imbedded videos but the forum system keeps auto-detecting youtube
     
  19. Mufflore

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    Do you have link for the audio vizualizer?
    I use a g.skill RGB keyboard and havent got this feature yet, its something I hoped for.
     
  20. kakiharaFRS

    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    no sorry it's a color scheme G.Skill memory has by default in G.Skill app, keyboards are something else, Corsair has the same thing only the behind monitor rgb led strings have it or their headset and both have a different one that you cannot use with anything else...

    Lian-Li o11 Dynamic XL
    7x QL120
    https://ibb.co/QCQdJJd
    https://ibb.co/PTgbM8M
    https://ibb.co/Lp7svV1
    yes they are all intake, yes it's weird, no it's not what I wanted to do or initially did but it's what works best in benchmarks and temps so whatever works best works for me
    the fact that the bottom and top fans are offset is also something that works best like that I litterally have more points in benchmarks just for that ><

    additional information : I could use the full software control for the RGB memory with threadripper as unlike a 9900k it only uses like 2% cpu not 10+ but I still don't as it's buggy and often breaks for no visible reason until you reboot (red triangle in icue and frozen memory lighting)
     
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