NZXT Premium Cooling Fan Round Up

Keeping our computers cool seems to be a never-ending job. As our systems get faster and smaller, they generate more heat. That heat has to be removed somehow. Today we take a look at 3 of NZXT’s Performance cooling fans. NZXT has provided us with a 200mm, a 140mm, and a 120mm fan. We will be checking these units out and compare them against the specifications of the fans in my current case. These are some heavy-duty fans and I expect them to hold up well to the completion. Lets take a look at these fans.

Provided by: NZXT

Price: $8.19 to $15.49 Newegg

Closer Look:

Lets start off with a look at the packaging for the three fans. The packaging lets you see what your buying and has all the specs on the back.

 

 

 

 

Here is a good look at the 120mm and the 140mm fans. With their 9 blades they promise to move quite a lot of air. The sleeved cable and 3-pin connector are nice additions also. There is also a 3-pin to Molex adapter if you need it.

 

The 200mm sports 11 blades. This monster will move a lot of air very quickly. As with the other two, the cable is sleeved and it has a 3-pin connector.

Specifications:

 

NZXT 120mm

Antec 120mm

Size: 120x120x25mm

120 x 120 x 25.4 mm

Connection type: 3pin and 4pin molex

3pin

Current: .16A

Not given

Input: 1.92W

Not given

Speed: 1300 RPM +/- 10%

Fan Speed 1,600 RPM (avg.)(has 3 speeds)

Air flow: 47.27 CFM / 80m^3/h

Volumetric Airflow 56 CFM

Air Pressure:.95mm H20

Not given

Bearing: Rifle Bearing

1 ball bearing

Noise: 25.35 dBa

Acoustic Noise 28 dBA (at average rpm)

Life: 40,000 hours

Not given

 

3 Blue LEDs

The NZXT 120mm Professional fan spins a little slower and has less airflow than the Antec 120mm, but it is quieter.  And sometimes quieter is the keyword. 

NZXT 140mm

Size: 140x140x25mm

Connection type: 3pin and 4pin molex

Current: .24A

Input: 2.88W

Speed: 1300 RPM +/-10%

Air flow: 62.5 CFM / 106 m^3/h

Air Pressure: .81 mm H20

Bearing: Rifle Bearing

Noise: 26.52 dBA

Life: 40,000 hours

 

NZXT 200mm

Antec Big Boy 200

Size: 200x200x30mm

20.0cm x 20.0cm x 3.0cm –

Connection type: 3pin and 4pin molex

3pin

Current: .70A

0.08, 0.17, 0.30Amps

Input: 8.4W

Not given

Speed: 1300 RPM +/-10%

400,600,800RPM

Air flow: 166.2 CFM / 282 m^3/h

83,108,134CFM

Air Pressure: 1.82 mm H2O

Not given

Bearing: Rifle Bearing

1 Ball Bearing

Noise: 37.25 dBA

24, 27, 30dbA

Life: 40,000 hours

Not given

 

Ah!  The NZXT 200mm Professional Fan!  If your case can accept one of these monsters, put it in!  The NZXT 200mm fan is much faster than the Antec BigBoy and moves 32 CFM more air.  The noise is a little higher, but when you hit that 30dBA and higher mark, noise is noise.  You probably wont be able to tell the difference.

Conclusion:

Well folks, I would say that the NZXT Professional series fans are a force to be reckoned with.  The match up well with the Antec fans I compared them with and like all fans have their good and not good qualities.  These are great fans for a basic install where you’re more concerned about cooling than a little extra noise.  The 140mm is a definite winner!  Those of you that like you LED fans will be a bit disappointed though.  These don’t have them.

Pros:

  • Price
  • 3pin connectors and a 3pin to molex adapter included
  • A 140mm version

Cons:

  • Might be a little more noisy than some others
  • No LEDs

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