Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM – Test and Review

Cooler Master Silencio FP is the latest, high-tech fan series featuring 2 brand new models equipped with the newest Loop Dynamic Bearing, Silent Driver IC and Smart Fan technologies entirely focused to bring quality airflow level at extremely low noise levels.

The two models are:

  1. Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin – the fan is with dimensions of 120 x 25mm, made to operate at 1200 ± 200 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 38 CFM (64.5 m3/h)± 10%, static level pressure of 1.2 mmH2O ± 10% with noise level of 11 dBA.
  2. Silencio FP 120 PWM with dimensions of 120 x 25mm, made to operate at 800 – 1400 revolutions per minute (PWM) ± 10% ,  providing airflow level of 16.4 – 44 CFM (27.8 – 74.7 m3/h)± 10%, static level pressure of 0.47 – 1.69 mmH2O ± 10% with noise level of 6.5 – 14 dBA.

For this test and review I received both of the fans and I am excited to test what they have to offer in terms of cooling performance, apart from a pretty stylish design. But first let’s check out the package, the structure and the additional accessories provided with the fans.

 Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin   Cooler Master Silencio FP 120PWM
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Both of the fans were provided to me in almost identical, pretty big, very stylish and entirely painted in white carton boxes with big pictures of the fans, the models names and the main technical and performance features on the front panels of the boxes.

All of the additional technical details, pictures and explanations regarding the technologies used so these products can be created are located on the back of the boxes. And as you can see in the pictures above there is plenty of information.

Now I believe it is time to check the fans’ structure.

 

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM STRUCTURE

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM are absolutely the same fans offering identical visual appearance and structure but with some major performance differences, which are actually the revolution per minute operation range and the powering and regulation method.

  Silencio FP 120 3pin front view
 Silencio FP 120PWM front view
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First things first, so let’s check the fans structure.

Both models are equipped with absolutely identical square plastic frame, entirely painted in black matte, with dimensions of 120 x 25 mm made to be installed on a 120 mm case fan slot or a CPU cooler heat sink compatible with 120 mm fans. The frame itself is not equipped with any rubber isolation pads to reduce the vibrations of the fan. Of course, if there are any.

Apart from that, both of the fans are not equipped with LEDs to boost the overall appearance of the products.

The frame itself is actually pretty standard and now I believe it is time to pay some attention to the propeller, which for both of the fans is again absolutely identical and offering very interesting design. The propeller used for both models is entirely painted in black matte and designed as a very solid structure featuring 5 very wide and at the same time very sharply angled blades made to provide up to 25% more air pressure compared to conventional propeller designs.

 Silencio FP 120 3pin back view
 Silencio FP 120PWM back view
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And now I believe the time has come to check out the most interesting feature integrated in both of the fans and that is actually the bearing.

Both of the fans are equipped with the latest Loop Dynamic Bearing (LDB), which according to the official technical specification is made as a rigid and run-out resistant compound that reduces the vibrations, the noise, and increases the life span of up to 160,000 hours. The self-lubricating and IP6X dustproofing design protects the bearing and keeps it operating smoothly, ensuring a long life and stable operation.

Apart from the new bearing the fans are equipped with the latest exclusive Silent Driver IC feature, made to provide up to 200x more precise control over the speed of fans versus conventional fans on the market. This feature will actually make the fans the perfect choice for those customers who use fan controllers and will offer precise control of the fans revolutions per minute range within ±0.05%. The Silent Driver IC is made to suppress the typical PWM switching sound, which will decrease the noise level and make the fans ultra-quiet up to 14 dB and will decrease the overall power consumption.

And last but not least the models part of the latest Silencio FP series are equipped with the Smart Fan Engine technology made to protect the propellers from jamming. Actually this feature will stop the propellers if they are blocked and will auto-resume the function of the fans as soon as the blades are unblocked.

The powering and regulation method for Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin is done by entirely sleeved in black mesh 3-pin cable and connector, while the Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 PWM is powered and regulated by a 4-pin PWM, again entirely sleeved in black mesh cable and connector.

 

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

After checking the fans’ structure I believe it is time to check the additional accessories added in the packages and accompanying the fans.

  Silencio FP 120 3pin accessories
 Silencio FP 120PWM accessories
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Both of the fans were provided to me with almost identical accessories pack featuring:

  1. A set of four, entirely painted in black rubber pins to attach the fans to a case fan slot for both of the fans
  2. A set of four, entirely painted in black metal screws to attach the fans to a case fan slot for both of the fans
  3. 1 x 4 pin fan power adapter for Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin made to power the fan directly from the power supply if it is installed as a case fan and the motherboard has no additional or free fan headers.

So far so good. I saw some really interesting features and I believe it is time to do some testing.

 

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM Tests

The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will install the fans and test them at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the performance of the products in real conditions. They 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 models are mounted on a cooler or on the case fan slot of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fans for one hour and their speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.

And this is what the fans look like installed on my test stand:

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The test results are shown in the following charts:

Airflow through the fans at 5V, 7V, 9V and 12V

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM A

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

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM R

The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propellers:

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM  S

After mounting the fans onto the stand, and leaving them to rotate for about 60 minutes at maximum speed, it was time to do the tests.

As with my other tests, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and both of the fans made at least one stable revolution at about 3,5V. To perform the tests I had to increase the operational voltage up to 5V.

Test at 5V:

At the first test conducted at exactly 5V Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin rotated at 465 revolutions per minute and provided airflow level of 15,84 cubic metres per hour, while Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 PWM was providing airflow level of 18.72 cubic metres per hour while rotating at 510 revolutions per minute. At this test, both of the fans were absolutely silent.

Test at 7V:

At the second test conducted at exactly 7V, Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin was rotating at 690 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 30.24 cubic metres per hour, while Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 PWM was providing 33.6 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 750 revolutions per minute. At this test both of the fans remained quiet.

Test at 9V:

The third test conducted at 9V, showed that Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin was able to provide airflow level of 39.84 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 900 revolutions per minute. At the third test Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 PWM was providing 48.96 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1110 revolutions per minute. Again both of the fans were absolutely quiet.

Test at 12V:

At the last test conducted at 12V, both fans provided their maximum performance, which for Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin was airflow level of 59.04 cubic metres per hour at 1230 revolutions per minute, while for Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 PWM it was 71.52 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1515 revolutions per minute. The 3-pin model remained silent again, while the PWM powered and regulated model started generating a tiny noise coming out of the rotating propeller.

The review of the fans and their features are done. The tests are done so I believe it is time to finally express my feelings regarding the overall performance and appearance of the fans.

 

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM CONCLUSIONS

1. Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM Performance:

After I had the opportunity to spend some time reviewing and later testing the products I should say that I am really speechless regarding the overall appearance, the high-tech features, the cooling performance and the operational noise level of the products.

Overall, both fans are entirely made to provide the best possible airflow / static level pressure balance, of course while working at extreme low noise level, which will make them a perfect choice for customers who require silent fans suitable to be installed as case fans supporting the airflow inside the case or as main cooling units for CPU heat sinks and water cooling radiators compatible with 120mm fans.

And the most important thing is that both of the models will definitely deliver a reliable operation guaranteed by the Loop Dynamic Bearing, Silent Driver IC and Smart Fan technologies, which will help to keep every modern processor working at default or a bit overclocked frequencies cool and quiet for a long time with life span up to 160 000 hours.

2. Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM Appearance:

Both of the entirely painted in black matte fans are designed to provide one really interesting and at the same time very attractive structure, which not only provide very good cooling performance but will add a very aggressive look inside every modern case. With the black colour scheme both of the fans will stay neutral in every modern, entirely painted in black case or modding project. And of course it will be really nice to see new models added to the series, which will feature a nice and steady back light in different colours.

I think Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM deserve the following reward:

 

Best-Visual-silence

Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM have been added to the 120mm fans catalogue.

Official price (MSRP): Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin:   unknown

Official price (MSRP): Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 PWM:   unknown

Warranty: 60 months

I thank Cooler Master for the test sample.

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Cooler Master Silencio FP 120 3pin and FP 120 PWM – Test and Review
9.6 Total Score
Both models offers quality performance/ appearance / noise level balance

Performance
8
Noise Level
10
Additional accessories
10
Appearance
10
User Rating: 4.83 (3 votes)

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.
6 Comments
  1. Reply azfar 25.04.2016 at 9:08

    im using two of these silencio pmw 120mm fans with cooler master v6 gts (push pull) and its really really really quiet even under full load running prime95. temps are 2-3 degree celsium better compared to the original included fans and also CM jetflos while remaining whisper quiet. Jetflos are too noisy for me. 100% satisfied

    • Reply Dobrin Krastev 25.04.2016 at 10:46

      Hello Azfar,

      I am happy to see that you are satisfied with the Silencio fans.
      I hope that this review helped you with your choice.

      Best Regards

  2. Reply belgeek 11.06.2015 at 8:35

    Hello,

    Those ones indeed look really nice. I’m actually looking for a 120mm fan and that one has picked my interest.

    However I need it to be used in a Lian Li BS03 (a duct that you attach on the mesh of your rear panel) so I would need a fan which has a wide range of intake (to pick the most of the hot air coming out of my 780 SLI) and a good static pressure (else the air will be stuck in the duct).

    Do you have any recommendation for such a fan ?

  3. Reply Dimcho 27.02.2015 at 14:19

    I personally love quiet fans and these ones sounds good enough to me 🙂

  4. Reply PepiX 26.02.2015 at 22:15

    🙂 Those sound like a wet dream with their acoustic performance (according to the review of course..) 🙂

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