Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack Review

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Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack –  Installation

 

For my installation, I used the CoolerMaster MasterCase 5 Pro with tempered glass side panel. Installation proved very simple, as I was able to install the Corsair fan hub and Lighting Node Pro on the rear of the motherboard tray in an area that CoolerMaster designated for a fan controller. Since the CoolerMaster fan controller is included with the higher-end MasterCase Maker 5T and I have no intentions on ever getting it, the space on the rear of the motherboard for it was a perfect place to install the Lighting Node Pro, with the fan hub installed directly above it. The USB cable from the Lighting Node Pro was routed thru a hole under the motherboard that was right by the onboard USB connector. I was able to use two unused SATA power headers from the cable going to my HDD’s to power the Lighting Node Pro and fan hub.

LL120 RGB - Fan Header Install

Installing the LL RGB fans was simple, as the cables were long enough to reach headers at the bottom of my motherboard all the way from the top of the case. The rear fan had a header right next to it and the cable was very easy to fold and tuck in between the chassis. Since the fan motor (12V) and RGB lighting (5V) run off of separate power sources, you can tune the fans for optimal noise levels and not have it affect your lighting, at all. In the past, this was an issue that affected LED fans, as the fans and LED’s would both run on the fans 12V signal, which affected the lighting based on the amount of voltage applied to the fan.

When I powered up the system the first time, everything worked, but my BIOS POST indicator gave me some weird issues. I double checked my connections after powering down the system and never had the issue, again. I am chalking up the anomaly to a loose connection, as securing the cables after powering down the system has seen the LL120 RGB Fan Triple Pack working flawlessly for the past several days.

Corsair LL120 RGB - Installed in MasterCase 5Installation off the LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack will vary depending on the case you use, but as long as you have areas to install 120 mm fans and enough area to install the Corsair Lighting Node Pro and fan hub, you’ll be good to do. Both the fan and RGB cables are almost two feet long, so routing the fans to an appropriate motherboard header or fan hub and getting the LED wired to the fan hub should be a simple task for moderately experienced builder who is installing in a mid-tower case. I can see fan routing getting a little tricky in gigantic cases, but creative users should be able to find a centralized area for the fan hub to be installed so that every fan can have access. Corsair does make extension cables for their RGB connectors, so users with gargantuan cases aren’t left in the dark.

 

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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.