Corsair Air Series Fans Review SP120 AF120 Review
So when we heard Corsair were going to be releasing some new fans we instantly thought that they would either cost a small fortune or just be rebrands that didn't really work that well / be loud. So talking about price they are £11.99 for any of the 120mm fans and surprisingly you can buy them as bundled pairs for £18.49. Quite a discount for buying a pair when you think about it and perfect considering all the Corsair cases and hydro coolers you can easily use two of each fan. This also means that two SP120's are the same price as a SINGLE Noctua NF-F12.
Talking of the Nf-F12 all I ever hear is how people hate the colouring, well the SP and AF fans all have the same basic neutral design with 3 customisable rings that come bundled with the fans, this means they will pretty much suit any rig and if you are hand with a spray can you could easily customise your own. The fact the SP (static pressure for heat sinks and radiators) and the AF (airflow fans for cases) have the same basic design means you can spec your system with fans designed for that job and still have a rig that will look like it all matches. No compromises needed anywhere. Master stroke!
So far we have heard nothing bad price and aesthetics are all good in our books so lets move on to the final point, Performance. How did they fair? Well the standard Corsair fans win but they will make you deaf or mad maybe both, just depends which comes along first. Second place is the NF-F12's but they do cost a mint and a great deal of you don't like the colouring. 3rd place in performance terms are where the SP120's fall in our graph, 1.5c warmer than the Noctuas and .5c cooler than the scythe GT's. The strange thing is that we would say the Corsairs are actually the quietest fans on test here today. Yes thats right quieter than the Noctuas!
So to recap on the SP120 Quiet Edition you can buy a pair for the same price as one NF-F12, they have a neutral design with customisable rings to fit in with pretty much any system. They do run a degree or two warmer than the Noctua but actually end up being quieter, and you can also get matching fans designed to work as case air flow fans.
Talking of the AF fans we ran the AF120 QE's at 12v throughout all of the tests and were very surprised quite how much air they move compared to the minimal noise levels, these too are awesome. Its hard to test a case fan much further than this but considering we ran them at 12v and still rate them as a high performing quiet fan should be quite some statement.
So as said at the beginning considering we didn't exactly have great hopes for these fans we have been well and truly left in shock quite how well these perform. Admittedly they were not the coolest fan when tested on our H100 and there wasn't much in it when compared to the NF-F12 and they are very well priced. They were also quite surprisingly the quietest fan on test here today. With everything considered we can only give the Corsair Air Series Fans the OC3D Gold Award.