Corsair ML140 Pro RGB Fan Kit Review

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Corsair ML140 Pro RGB – What’s In The Box?

Corsair packages the ML140 Pro RGB in their trademark black and yellow packaging with an RGB accent lining the bottom, which Corsair has been using for years, now. Corsair has done a solid job of branding, as I can totally tell their products apart on store shelves and they stand out now when I browse the aisles of Best Buy or Fry’s.

Corsair ML140 RGB - Retail Box

The packaging of the does a great job of showing off the diffused lighting effects of the ML140 Pro RGB, with a high resolution image of the fans in action printed across the center.

When you’re selling a package of premium fans that ring in between $35 and $40 each, presentation is certainly key. While Corsair has done a decent job of packaging their ML Pro RGB fans, I do wish that they did a little better at packaging the accessories, as they were sitting loose together in a box, with nothing really securing them except for the closed flap of the box. I doubt anything is going to come out, but everything just kind of fell out of the box with an anticlimactic clunk of plastic and paper.

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB - Accessory Pack

Besides the fans, inside the packaging of the Corsair ML140 Pro RGB Twin Pack we find an installation guide, Lighting Node Pro, Fan Hub, USB cable and some fan screws. Unfortunately, Corsair hasn’t included any stickers or other swag with the ML Pro RGB fans, which isn’t a big deal, but something I always like to see with premium products. Overall, the packaging and presentation of the Corsair ML Pro RGB fans is satisfactory and everything arrived unscathed and in good, working condition. I would like to see Corsair take better care in packaging things in the future, but they aren’t guilty of poor packaging, the presentation just wasn’t all that great on the accessories side.

Corsair Lighting Node Pro -3M Adhesive

Corsair includes 3M mounting kits for the Lighting Node Pro and Corsair Fan Hub so that they can be mounted in various locations throughout the case.

The Lighting Node Pro features the Corsair sails logo on the top side and has a solid build quality , with a solid USB connection that doesn’t have any play and connectors that offer a firm, reassuring connection to the LED cables, which click into place. The Lighting Node Pro is capable of connecting to two different LED channels, which allows it to control up to twelve fans, or six fans and a group of four LED strips. Without the Lighting Node Pro or Corsair Commander Pro, there will be no way for Corsair Link to communicate with RGB channels. The USB cable that connects the Lighting Node Pro to the PC is under one foot long, so you will have to be considerate of your placement in the case. Since Corsair isn’t using a proprietary cable for the Lighting Node Pro, replacement cables can be sourced and users without internal USB ports could even rig a PCI-E port pass-thru and use a regular USB cable if their system configuration warrants it. With so many motherboards offering multiple internal USB ports these days, we doubt there will be many users who have connectivity concerns with the Lighting Node Pro.

The Corsair Fan Hub connects to the Lighting Node Pro via a single cable that is included with the kit. There are six LED channels on the Corsair Fan Hub and it is strictly used for lighting control, it cannot provide PWM control to the motor of any fans. Connections to the Corsair Fan Hub must be done in serial, as skipping a connection will break the chain and cause the lighting to cease functioning.

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB - Internal Packaging

Corsair packages each ML140 Pro RGB fan in a yellow box within the retail package, with a small area in the box devoted to storing the fan cable. The box protects the fan well during shipment, as it has thick sides and  grabs the fan pretty snugly. Corsair ships the fan with the wires folded and tucked cleanly into the frame, with twist ties keeping the cables from unraveling.

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB Fan Cables

Speaking of the ML140 Pro RGB fan cables, look at how long they are. There is a PWM connector, which powers the fan rotor, while a separate 4-Pin connector goes to the Corsair Fan Hub for lighting control. Thankfully, the cables are thin and very easy to fold, bend and otherwise manage into a neat little bundle, provided you are patient. If you lack patience, the thin nature and easy bending of the Corsair ML140 Pro RGB fan cables means they should tuck nicely and hide behind whichever corner you shove them in.

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB - Full View

The Corsair ML Pro 140 RGB fans each feature the touted Magnetic Levitation bearing system, which is a unique design that uses mythical magnets to do some magical, gravity defying stuff. The Magnetic Levitation bearings in the hub of the Corsair ML Pro RGB fan work by elevating the fan rotor over the hub as it spins, which greatly reduces friction and allows the fan to operate at a lower noise and amp draw than standard fans, while also providing longer bearing life than standard ball or sleeve bearing designs. Corsair has designed the seven fan blade rotor of the ML Pro RGB to provide low noise and high airflow. The Corsair Magnetic Levitation fans draw about a third of the power of a typical ball bearing fan, such as the Corsair HD140, if you want an idea of how impressive the Magnetic Levitation bearings are.

Corsair ML140 RGB Pro - Rubber Bumpers and Screw Indent

Each of the four corners has rubber bumpers that sit between the plastic frame of the fan where the screw inserts. These bumpers are integrated properly into the frame and add to the overall build quality of the ML Pro RGB fans. The screw insert of the ML140 Pro RGB has an indentation so that screws can set into the fan without pushing in on the plastic and deforming the corners, which can happen when the screws are tightened too much.

The Corsair ML140 Pro RGB features a side-cut pattern that makes the frame stronger

The side of the fan from of the ML140 Pro RGB has the same type of pattern from the other ML Pro series of fans. This pattern gives the ML Pro RGB fans a unique look, while also adding to the rigidity of the plastic, making the fan frames more durable than your typical affair. Corsair made sure to cover their bases and ensure proper quality through these ML Pro RGB fans.

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB - Cable Routing

Corsair routes the cable of the ML140 Pro through the frame and there is a slide machined out of the frame for the cable to run through. I will also note that unlike my LL RGB fan sample, the Corsair ML140 Pro RGB don’t have any issues with the Corsair sticker on the back of the hub peeling up where the cable exits. Corsair have zip-tied the two cable together at the exit point for cable-management and everything was done well in this regard. On the rear of the fan on each corner there are rubber stops that will sit between the fan and case or radiator when it is in an intake or exhaust position with the rear of the fan sitting against the case or radiator. However, if the fan is used in a pull configuration on a radiator, or similar situation, there is no rubber isolation extended to the other side, which is a bit of an annoyance if you are trying to do a specific installation and want optimal vibration prevention.Corsair ML140 Pro RGB - LED

Here, we can see the PCB-mounted LED that sits between the PCB and rotor of the ML140 Pro RGB fan. Corsair has embedded an LED evenly on all four sides of the fan PCB and it faces outward, with the light that is emitted spreading out beautiful against the semi-translucent diffuse material.

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB - Beasty RGB Fans

The Corsair ML140 Pro RGB have a great build quality and look at carries over from the previous ML Pro series fans, while adding some visual flair. The lower top end RPM of the ML140 Pro is a bit of a letdown, but overall, these are some well-made fans that have some solid specs. Next let’s see how the ML140 Pro RGB look installed in my case and see how they interact with the Corsair Link software.

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  • Nathan Kirsch

    Sean – What do you think is next for fans now that ML fans have been out for some time and have been fancied up with RGB bling.

    • Sean Kumar Sinha

      Per my review, Corsair needs to take the ML Pro RGB and up the RPM curve to 2000 like the other ML Pro fans to unleash their true performance. Then, they have to add some outer ring lighting to put the lighting on par with the LL series. Those would be the fans I want in my system. Hopefully other manufacturers take a cue from Corsair and develop fans beyond the RGB lighting aspect. With fan development, I want to see RGB software development take a leap. As it stands, I have to use FIVE pieces of software to manage the RGB in my system, two of them from Corsair. (Gigabyte Fusion, Corsair CUE and Link, Logitech G and EVGA Precision X)

      • Nathan Kirsch

        I was meaning more on the fan bearing/motor side. I mean Sunon debuted MagLev Motor Fan technology in Q4 1999 and here we are in 2016/2017 and its just now making into into home PCs. What are the fan bearing types available today… Sleeve, Rifle, Ball and Magnetic?

        • Sean Kumar Sinha

          FDB, as well. That about covers it.