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Summer is strong and more fans inbound.
Today, a very interesting product from DeepCool, their new high performance LED 120 mm case fans.

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Deepcool was founded with the mission of providing the best performance and humanized thermal solutions for worldwide customers.

Established in 1996, headquartered in Beijing, factory was established in Shen Zhen, Deepcool originally produced desktop, server coolers and cooling accessories.
With the rapid development of personal computers, Deepcool expanded the business into AIO liquid cooling products, chassis, power supplies.

Their slogan “Enjoy your cool life!” was chosen ever since the stunning victory of Deep Blue, a program running on an IBM supercomputer, over Gary Kasparov, then world chess champion, in 1997, it has been clear that computers would be the most powerful tool of human being.
Still waiting on exact availability and pricing (~ < 20 $); very soon as informed by DeepCool.

Presentation and Specifications

 

Let’s jump in the specs first.

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The fan comes in three colors – red (with red illumination), white (white illumination), and black (blue illumination).
We have the Red and White variants.
The TF120 takes input from a 4-pin PWM connector, offering speeds of 500 to 1,800 RPM, with up to 76.52 CFM of air-flow, and between 17.6 to 31.3 dBA of noise output.

Now for the things that set it apart:

Key features

– 2-Layer Blade Design
– Unique patented 2-layer blade design, show an amazing visual feeling to tune in well with wavy LED light.
– The unique blade configuration to offer a powerful air pressure; the scientific channelized frame to reduce the noise arose by the whirlpool of airflow
– Semi-hermetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing solution to power MTBF up to 100,000 hours; Avoid electromagnetic sound & reduce the noise arised by mechanism friction.
– The detachable blade to give more color choice built-in 3-proof functions (Dustproof, Waterproof, Oil-leakage proof)

 

Visual inspection

 

They have a nice box design that gives a glimpse of the fan’s features.

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On the back all the necessary technical details.

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Removing the outer shell, the fans is nested in good transparent drawer type box.

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Moving to the content:

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– 4x Philips screws
– 1x zip tie
– 1x sleeved extension cable
– 1x low noise Molex adapter

And the sleeving is impeccable and very rugged. Very nice.
The frame is hard and inspires quality and no unnecessary play in the blade.

Now let’s focus on their new features.

The 2-Layer blade design that not only looks good they also claim it can drastically improve air pressure.
Regarding mmH2o we have this wheel gear design that offers airlfow stability and further reduces turbulence.

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On the front we have another angle to see the blade design.
Also to point out the rubberized mounting holes for reducing vibrations.
The engraved logo on 2 corners and the LEDs with their own housings.

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And the final trick is that the blade is removable and also is waterproof, dustproof and this gives you the advantage to oil the rotor yourself thus prolonging its life.
Is uses FDB – Fluid Dynamic bearing that are rated for over 100.000 hours of operation.

 

How we tested

 

– Sound meter – Pyle PSPL01 – positioned 1 meter from the case, (we will include +/- 2-3 % margin for error) with ambient noise level of 25-30 dB/A.
– No video card is present so it does not interfere with the results.
– RPM control and monitoring via MSI Control center, tested at 4 different stages 20, 50, 80 and 100 % RPM load.

– Regarding airflow we used an anemometer – Mastech MS6252A (we will include +/- 6-11 % margin for error) – positioned 15 cm away from the fan and in between we use an improved cardboard tubing also in diameter of 120 mm to channel all the airflow as straight as possible. The results were recorded in CFM.

– And the ones that could be mounted on the CPU heat sink to test their cooling and static pressure efficiency. CPU at stock speed and OC to 4.5 GHZ.

– The rest of the hardware:
Processor: Intel i7 2700k
CPU heatsink: Thermalright AXP-100R
Case: NCase M1
Storage: Samsung Pro 840 128 GB (no HDD, again to remove all noise)
Motherboard: MSI B75IA-E33 mITX
PSU: Silverstone SX-600G SFX w/ semifanless function

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The LEDs are just right regarding intensity.

The competition:

Noisblocker eLOOP B12-P – 800 – 2000 RPM – < 78 CFM – < 28 dB/A – < 2.204 mmH2O
DeepCool GF-120 – 500 – 1800 RPM – < 80 CFM – < 33 dB/A
Scythe Glidestream 140 PWM – 400 – 1500 RPM – < 71 CFM – < 29 dB/A – < 1.320 mmH2O
Reveen Goldwing 140 mm – 300 – 1700 RPM – < 92 CFM – < 36 dB/A – < 2.200 mmH2O
Venturi HF-140 mm PWM – 400 -1500 RPM – < 78 CFM – < 30 dB/A – < 1.940 mmH2O

 

Results

 

First the noise and CFM output.

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All good, the only mention is at maximum rpm some noise can be perceptible.

And the CPU temperature test:

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It performed really well and regarding our test setup (where static pressure matters more); came 2nd best that we had tested so far so, well done DeepCool !

 

Conclusions

 

The good:

+ High quality construction
+ Unique features that works stand out and also look very good
+ LEDs – always welcomed, maybe the will increase the variety
+ Very good performance /expected price ratio
+ Good bundle

The bad:

– a bit noisy at full chat but that is all we can find as a small negative.

Let’s move to our scores and awards:

Really impressed today with this fan from DeepCool and thus it gets our:

Glob3trotters “All around package” Award – 4.5 out of 5

 

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Many thanks to DeepCool for supplying these products !

 

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