Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack Review

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Corsair LL120 RGB LED Fan Triple Pack –  Corsair Link and Lighting Effects

The latest version of Corsair Link is v4.9.0.57 and it is fully compatible with the LL RGB fans. The software isn’t capable of automatically recognizing which Corsair RGB product is installed, so you do have to select your specific fan, or tell the software if you’re using an LED strip. During my testing, Corsair Link was very responsive and stable. All of the lighting modes worked well and I never experienced any crashes with the software.

Corsair LL120 RGB Fan Triple Pack - Installed in MasterCase 5

Without Corsair Link installed on your system, the LL120 RGB fans will be stuck in the mode pictured above, which looks great, but the whole point to these fans is customization. Corsair Link saves the lighting profiles, so whenever the PC is in a situation where Corsair Link isn’t running, the LL RGB fans will run at the default color setting.

Corsair Link - Main Section

The main section of Corsair Link has a very clean, simple layout, with a red and black theme. Per-core temperature and a voltage readout for the CPU are available, in addition to temperatures for storage drives and GPU’s. Memory clock and timing information is also presented, though I am not sure if this section activates when non-Corsair DRAM is used. Most importantly for this review, the configuration section for Lighting Node Pro connected devices can be easily accessed by clicking the “Configure” button. The Corsair Link Software

Corsair Link - Case Temperature Layout

Before I get into the RGB adjustment section, I wanted to show off the temperature configuration section. The Corsair Link Software lets you put an image of your case in the software for a customized look and to give an accurate representation of which hardware it is monitoring. Here, we see the Link software monitoring the RPM of my various case fans, along with my GPU fan. You can drag the other temperatures over, but the screen will start to get cluttered. This is a really well thought out customization feature that Corsair has implemented.

The Corsair Link Software Has a LOT of different RGB Modes for the LL fans

Fourteen different RGB effects are available on the LL fans through the current Corsair Link software, with the HD fans supporting 12 modes. The new Arc, Heartbeat and Pong modes are only available on the LL RGB fan, which is also compatible with every RGB effect that the HD fans are. While most of the effects can be programmed to individual fans, there are some effects, like Sequential, that span the effect across the fans in order, for some really extreme, distracting RGB. I personally liked the Rainbow Wave and Marquee modes, as they both have an appealing look that didn’t distract me from using my PC from behind the tempered glass panel of my MasterCase 5.

When set to white, the Corsair LL120 RGB fans put out a nice, bright color that is as close to white as any RGB LED I’ve seen. While there is definitely still a blue spectrum to these fans, they look great when set to a static white to highlight your system.

Static color modes can be set on each of the fans individually. Here, we have an excellent color of green that looks like glowing Kryptonite in person. Pictures cannot do these colors justice, the LL RGB fans have excellent, bright RGB that is uniform across the fan.

The LL120 RGB fans do a very nice, consistent red that looks great. The crimson diffuses nicely across the fan blades to give a faint effect that looks like a thin red fog.

While the RGB effect of the LL fans is brighter and more focused from the front where the LED’s are located, these fans diffuse the light really well across their frosted blades for a nice, even look when the fans are viewed from the rear. The floating RGB that emits from the top of my case at night is really cool, without being too distracting.

I am not the best at making video and I don’t have a professional setup for doing so, but I really wanted to be able to show our readers a few of the effects the LL RGB fans are capable of. For this video, I have recorded the LL120 RGB installed in my case and running in Color Pulse, Color Shift and my personal favorite, Marquee Mode.

I was really happy with how easy it was to get the desired effects I wanted with a simple drop down menu. The Corsair Link Software worked great with the LL RGB fans, which offer amazing lighting effects.

Let’s get to my final thoughts on the Corsair LL RGB fans and where they stand against the competition.

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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


      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

    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

    • 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.