Phanteks PH-F120 White and Ph-F120S Black – Test and Review

Both fans arrived in stylish compact cardboard boxes, and through the front panel you could clearly see the structure of the propeller and the colour mode of the product inside the packaging, while on the back there were the technical characteristics of the product, and beneath the Velcro flap you could see a description of the technologies used in both products.

After opening the boxes, I took out these products:

The very first time I saw the fans, I thought of: Static-X – Black And White .

Both fans are in fact absolutely identical, except for the colour pattern.

Phanteks PH-F120S White

The fan lies in a standard plastic see through bed and around it there are all the necessary accessories, which are:

  1. Four metal screws
  2. Four rubber screws
  3. 3-to-4 pin adaptor
  4. 8 anti-vibration rubber pads for use when mounting the fans on the case slots.

What is interesting about the fans is the structure itself, both of the corpus and of the propeller. The fan is made of a plastic frame which has channels cut on it near the holes for the screws, where the rubber pads can be glued when the fan is mounted on some of the case slots. Both models have their frame entirely in white.

And from the back:

I was also impressed by the hard connecting pieces between the frame and the fan engine. Moreover, as you can see from the picture, the cable is sleeved in white and is reliably connected to the frame. The fan itself is powered via a 3-pin connector, again painted in white.

The second interesting thing about the fan, which of course is a common feature amongst fans, is the propeller structure, which is made of nine blades with cuts on the back side, and on the top side – channels focusing the airflow. Usually fans with such a structure are meant for a relatively high airflow at relatively lower noise levels. We will see a bit later if this is the case here.

Phanteks PH-F120S Black

The second model that I’m going to test has absolutely the same structure – both of the frame and of the propeller. Of course, this one has the same accessories.

Apart from the appearance of both pieces, I was very much impressed with the metal piece at the back of the fan.

And as always:

The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will mount the sample and test it at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the authenticity of the technical characteristics given by the manufacturer. The product will be tested under close-to-perfect conditions, not taking into account any external factors. The results achieved during the test can in no way be the same if the fan is mounted on a cooler or on the case fan hole of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fan for one hour and its speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.

Results are shown in the following charts:

Airflow through the fan at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.

Propeller rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.

The anemometer showed the following airflow levels:

After mounting the fans to the stand and leaving them to run for about 30 minutes at maximum speed, it was time for the tests to begin.

As with my other test, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and Phanteks PH-F120S White and PH-F120S Black made at least one full revolution at 3.5V. So far so good, seems both fans start on the same level. Let’s see if there would be any difference of performance.

Test at 5V:

  1. Phanteks PH-F120S White – the starting voltage was lower than that of the first test, so I increased to 5V, whereby the fan reached a speed of 660 rpm with airflow of 44.64 cubic metres per hour.
  2. Phanteks PH-F120S Black – the case here was the same, and at 5V this model again reached 660 rpm with airflow at 44.16 cubic metres per hour

I got interested in the results of the first test, for I had tested identical fans of different colours before but there was always some deviation in performance, while the difference here was minimal. Of course, there was no noise to speak of at this speed.

Test at 7V:

  1. Phanteks PH-F120S White – after increasing the voltage to 7V, the white fan reached 900 rpm and 65.76 cubic metres per hour of airflow.
  2. Phanteks PH-F120S Black – the black one also reached 900 rpm and again offered almost the same airflow level – 64.32 cubic metres per hour.

Here again I could not detect any noise.

Test at 9V:

  1. Phanteks PH-F120S White – the third test at 9V showed airflow levels of 82.08 cubic metres per hour and speed of 1110 rpm.
  2. Phanteks PH-F120S Black – the second one also reached 1110 rpm and again had only a slight difference in airflow levels – 81.6 cubic metres per hour.

During the third test I could slightly hear the movement of air through the propeller, and both fans again showed the same speed and almost the same airflow levels.

Test at 12V:

  1. Phanteks PH-F120S White – during the last test the white fan reached 1350 rpm and airflow of 102.24 cubic metres per hour.
  2. Phanteks PH-F120S Black – of course, the black one also reached 1350 rpm and the airflow was 101.28 cubic metres per hour.

During the last test I could hear a bit more clearly the air going through the fan.

After completing the measurements, I can say:

  1. Both fans offer a wonderful balance between airflow levels and low noise levels, and they also use a well-balanced engine, which as can be seen in the tests works in the absolutely same way with both fans. Well, yes, there are slight differences in the airflow, but this can always be due to the unequal amount of running time before the conduction of tests or due to the margin of error.
  2. Apart from good performance, both fans offer a pleasant and stylish vision, which is also due to the sleeved in white cable. I could boldly say that the quality of manufacturing is similar to that of another company – Noctua, which is something Phanteks can be proud of!
  3. I have to mention the accessories as well, which are absolutely enough for a normal mounting, both on a CPU cooler and on the fan slots of any modern-day case. And I can say that these fans will be able to deal with the challenge of overclocked CPUs  – cooling the CPU coolers.
  4. The only disadvantage to these fans I could mention is lack of PWM regulation. And yet, is it necessary? I think it would be nice to have it, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

I think both fans deserve the following reward:

The fans have been added to the 120 mm fan catalogue.

I thank Phanteks for the samples!

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
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