Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack Review

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Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack – A Closer Look and Corsair Lighting Node Pro

 

Corsair LL120 RGB Fan Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 120 mm x 120 mm x 25 mm
  • Rated Voltage – Fan: 12V
  • Rated Voltage – RGB LED’s: 5V
  • Fan Operating Voltage: (7V-13.2V)
  • Fan Startup Voltage: 7V
  • Rated Current – Fan: .30 A
  • Rated Current – RGB LED’S: .062 A
  • Speed: 600-1500 RPM +/- 10%
  • Airflow (at 12V): 43.25 CFM
  • Static Pressure (at 12V): 1.61 mm-H2O
  • Sound Level (at 12): 24.8 dBA
  • Connection Cable: 4-pin
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM): Yes
  • Bearing Type: Hydraulic
  • Cable Length – Fan: 600 mm/23.62 inches
  • Cable Length – RGB LED’s: 600 mm/23.62 inches

       MSRP:

  • LL120 RGB single: $34.99 USD
  • LL120 RGB triple pack: $119.99 USD 
  • LL140 RGB single: $39.99 USD
  • LL140 RGB twin pack: $99.99

Corsair LL120 RGB Triple Pack -Retail Box

The Corsair LL120 RGB Led Triple Fan Kit ($119.99 USD) ships in a black box with yellow accents lining the sides and a rainbow line across the bottom. The box features a picture of three LL120 fans in action and Corsair branding throughout. Corsair did a great job of showing off the default RGB effect of the LL120 RGB with great detail in a way that should attract the eyes of customers in retail outlets.

Corsair LL120 RGB Fan - Box Contents (Fans Not Pictured)

Here you can see the full layout of components and accessories that come with the LL120 RGB Fan Triple Pack, minus the fans. Corsair includes screw sets for each of the fans, along with the necessary USB and RGB cables for the Lighting Node Pro and RGB Fan LED Hub. The various components for the Corsair LL120 RGB Fan Triple Pack were each packaged in simple cardboard boxes and arrived in excellent condition. Keep in mind that while Corsair lists the Lighting Node Pro as an included accessory, the LED strips that come with the retail version are not included with the LL fans because it would have increased the cost too much. You can buy compatible RGB LED strips separately from Corsair, though for $39.99 each. Also of note, only the LL120 RGB Fan Triple Pack ($119.99) and LL140 RGB Fan Twin Pack ($99) come with the Lighting Node Pro and RGB Fan LED Hub, which are absolutely necessary for the RGB LED’s to work. Without the Lighting Node Pro and RGB Fan LED Hub, the LL RGB fans can still work as non-LED fans over a PWM fan connection, but that’s just not any fun and defeats the purpose of getting these fans in the first place. It is wise of Corsair to sell fans without the additional hardware, as there are users who already have the Lighting Node Pro and LED RGB Fan Hub who don’t need them and can save a few bucks by just buying the fans by themselves.

 

The Corsair RGB Fan LED Hub has six four-pin inputs, allowing it to work with up to six Corsair RGB fans at a time. The Corsair RGB Fan LED Hub is compatible with all of the Corsair RGB fans that require Corsair Link, so you can mix LL, HD and SP series fans on the same hub. This comes in particularly handy for me, since I have some HD140 fans coming in for my radiator and I can easily drop them in and connect them to the hub without having to add any additional hardware to my rig. The 3 pin connector that is focused in the picture above on left connects the fan hub to the Corsair Lighting Node Pro, which is a necessary component that lets all of the fans communicate to the Corsair Link software via USB.

 

The Corsair Lighting Node Pro ($49.99) is a compact black box that allows you to control up to four individually addressable RGB LED strips and up to six individually addressable RGB fans through the Corsair RGB Fan Hub. The Lighting Node Pro requires SATA power and interfaces with your PC through an internal USB connection. The SATA power cable on the Lighting Node Pro is 400 mm (17.32 inches) long, while the included USB cable is 375 mm (14.76 inches). I would suggest putting the Lighting Node Pro in a location central to all of your fans so that the cables don’t have to route too far, leaving no room to hide them. The Lighting Node Pro features a Corsair Logo on top and a small reset button is located right above that logo.

Corsair LL120 RGB Fan

The Corsair LL120 fan has a black frame, with rubberized screw holes and rubber isolation tabs on the four corners to reduce noise. The LL series fan has a frosted blades, which should diffuse the RGB lighting more evenly than glossy plastic would. There is a Corsair sticker on the center blade of the fan and it looks okay, but I think a stamped or silkscreen logo would look better. Thankfully, Corsair put the sticker on straight, so there isn’t any wobble when the fans are running.

Corsair LL120 RGB - Rear

The rear area of the LL120 RGB fan is fairly uneventful, with a Corsair sticker covering the rear of the hub. The same rubber isolation bumpers that are on the front are also on the rear of the LL120. The LED and fan cables run through a channel neatly through the side of the fan. Our sample had the sticker lifted slightly where the cables exited, but it was easy to flatten them and push the sticker back down. Hopefully this isn’t an issue others will see, but it’s easy enough to remedy.

The LL120 fans have two cables coming from them. One is a four-pin PWM fan header that can be installed on your motherboard for direct control. The other cable coming from the LL120 is to be wired directly to the Corsair Fan Hub, which connects to the Lighting Node Pro with a single cable connection. The Lighting Node Pro is able to communicate with each fan on the fan hub individually, as long as they have been installed in serial and no ports were skipped. If you break the chain, say by connecting fans to ports 1,2 and 4 instead of 1,2 and 3, the Lighting effects will not work and the chain will be broken.

Let’s take a look at our installation of the LL120 RGB Fan Triple Pack, next.

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  • Rene Alas

    Help please. Do i connect fans to the hub or straight to motherboard. I want to install two ll120 x3 kits. Motherboard is msi z97 gaming 5 and it doesnt have six fan headers. Do i need splitters or they dont connect to motherboard at all. Thank you.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Rene,

      The fans have two cables and need to connect to the hub for lighting control, only. You still need to connect them to a 4-PIN PWM fan header to power the fan motor, otherwise the fans won’t spin, they’ll just light up. You can use splitters to power the fans from a PWM fan header, or use something like the Corsair Commander to power the fans.

  • GP

    Hi!
    I have a MSI Z270-A-PRO mobo… nothing fancy. Do I need anything special?

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Just an open USB 2.0 header on the motherboard and the LL Kit with the Lighting Node Pro will work fine. Your board should have two USB 2.0 headers on the bottom section of the board, to the left of the reset and power header section.

      • GP

        Wonderful, thank you. I’d to ensure that I’ll not need any special connection on the motherboard

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          Nothing special, just a standard USB 2.0 header is all you’ll need. The fans themselves will connect to your motherboard headers and the LED control runs to the Lighting Node Pro via the fan hub. The only thing that connects to your motherboard is a single USB connection.

  • Eliad Buchnik

    cooling and noise wise how do they compare to the corsair ML pro ?

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Glad you asked!

      They are a little bit more noisy than the ML Pro (I had the red RGB MagLev Pro’s) and they move a LITTLE bit less air. However, the compare very well to the ML pro and are quiet fans, in general. The ML are amazingly quiet, but these are very close.

      I have an upcoming review in which I will do sound measurements of the ML vs LL from the rear exhaust position.

  • 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.