Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack Review

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Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack

When it comes to releasing relevant, high quality computer peripherals that feature RGB lighting, Corsair has cemented themselves as one of the best in the industry, with a solid lineup of RGB-capable products constantly being released. Corsair began life as a cache memory manufacturer in 1994 and later expanded into the high performance DDR memory industry, competing with companies like Mushkin, OCZ and others. Corsair is still a respected DRAM manufacturer and even has a lineup of RGB DDR4 memory available, but they have also expanded into other territories with amazing success. Today, you will find many PC enthusiasts whose rigs feature Corsair AIO coolers, cases, fans, keyboards, memory, power supplies and more. I have been using Corsair components for over sixteen years, beginning with a set of their DDR memory on an AMD Thunderbird build, so seeing their expansion into a powerhouse peripheral manufacturer has been interesting.

Corsair LL120 and LL140 RGB fans

The LL120 and LL140 RGB LED Fans are the latest in a long line of RGB capable products from Corsair

 

When I began covering the industry in 2000, windowed side panels and cold cathode lighting were considered cutting edge PC modifications. It seems like in just a blink of an eye, we went from boring beige peripherals to a point where RGB LED lighting has hit almost every PC peripheral and component possible, from keyboards and mice, all the way to mouse pads and case fans. There are even 80+ Titanium rated RGB power supplies available. RGB lighting on PC accessories and components seems to be an undeniable trend that isn’t going away anytime soon, especially now that the top motherboard manufacturers are integrating RGB lighting into their boards, along with headers for RGB LED strips. With the RGB trend continuing upward, it only makes sense that Corsair would continue to invest heavily in developing new products in the arena that they helped grow.

So far, Corsair has produced two successful lines of RGB fan in their HD and SP series, which are both designed with specific functionality in mind. The Corsair HD series of fans are my personal favorite series of RGB fan, as they offer good performance on radiators thanks to a decent static pressure rating (2.25 mmH20), while offering good airflow (54.4 CFM) and relatively quiet operation (18-30 dBA, depending on RPM, specs taken from the HD120). Featuring four center mounted LED’s for a more subtle lighting effect, the SP series are also good, but are aimed towards more budget-oriented consumers who want to bask in glorious RGB without burning their wallets too badly.

Today, we are looking at Corsair’s latest entry into the RGB fan market, the LL120 RGB case fan, which were shipped in a Triple Pack ($119.99 shipped) that includes the Corsair Lighting Node Pro, sans LED light strips.

 

Corsair LL120 - Frosted Fan Blades

The LL RGB fans feature semi-translucent, frosted fan blades and have 16 total RGB LED’s, with twelve in the front outer loop that surrounds the blades and four in the hub of the fan. While the Corsair LL RGB series fans don’t feature the static pressure rating of the HD series fans, their design has them suited well for quiet operation at even maximum RPM (24.8 dBA at 1500 RPM on the LL120 RGB), while the dual LED rings with sixteen total RGB LED’s give the LL RGB series the ability to deliver some new transitional lighting effects that previously released RGB fans aren’t capable of.

The LL RGB series of fans compete with the NZXT AER RGB ($76.65 on Amazon for a set of three, requires the $53 HUE+ controller to work), which feature an outer LED lighting ring with 8 RGB LED’s and are capable of various light effects, but do not have lighting from the hub of the fan. Right now, I would consider Corsair and NZXT the two top companies when it comes to producing functional, good looking RGB case fans. Thermaltake and others also have RGB fans available, but the best overall build quality, lighting effects and control software currently comes from Corsair and NZXT.

Let’s take a look at the LL120 RGB LED Triple Fan Kit and the included Corsair Lighting Node Pro components, next.

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  • NoOneWantstoWatchYouStream

    Can you individually program every single led to any color you want? How come you reviewers never do that with anything RGB? Every Trident Z RGB ram review just shows us the damn rainbow wave, but never user created lighting, so can these fans be programmed to have the LED’s alternate between three different colors of my choice? or 16 different colors for each LED in the fan is I so choose?

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Good question. When we do a review, we often times have a few days to install, test and write about the product, including taking photos and videos. While it would be great to test everything and take pics of it all, it’s just not possible due to all of the configurations possible. In my situation, I installed the fans in my personal case and did testing with Corsair Link and have tried the various modes, but to screenshot and write about each mode would lead to a 10,000 word review that not many people are going to sit through. I hope you understand the issue and why you see this happening in so many reviews.

      Right now, the individual LED’s are not addressable by the user. They are obviously addressable, since effects are able to toggle LED’s from the Corsair Link software, but Corsair hasn’t opened up that functionality within the software. (The Marquee mode in particular tells me that individual LED control isn’t an issue)

      Now, whether Corsair opens up the software more for exacting control is another thing. I stand by my feelings/review that the LL series are the best looking RGB fans out and that their mix of performance and low noise operation make them a great choice for a case fan.

  • NoOneWantstoWatchYouStream

    So you don’t think the Premium Plus Riing Fans from thermaltake, the first with addressable LEDs and what NZXY and Corsair basically copied have good looking fans? Personally, I think the Aigo Aurora fans (though not sold in North America) are the best looking…they’re fully addressable,have 16 LEDs in the “ring”, and a five pack WITH controller only costs about $60 on aliexpress. Also, they can be controlled by ANY digital LED controller, even an arduino, because they are seen as addressable LED strips by every controller https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a9839c87238fded9504afe330c1c2ce2e0ca915e490abb925f74a82f94678fd7.jpg

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Those are fine fans, but they don’t have a center ring. When I reviewed the LL from Corsair, I made the point of pointing out that they have effects not possible on other fans due to having a center LED. The AIGO kits are fine, but there are areas that the Corsair fans can’t be touched: The Dual LED rings allow for transition effects within the fan, for some cool, easily programmable features. Secondly, the fan blades on the Corsair have a nice diffuse material that spreads the light evenly. The AIGO fans are good, with a decent transluscent material, but their CFM rating/airflow leave something to be desired and they are a bit louder than the Corsair LL series fans. The Thermaltake fans are decent, but again, only have that center ring. Also, of all the fans, the Corsair look the best from the back, as the diffuse material does a great job of spreading the light evenly. I am glad there are choices for consumers, but right now, I think the LL series RGB fans offer the best mix of looks AND quiet performance of any RGB fan out there. Thanks for your inquiry.