MASSIVE Fan Comparison! We tested 23 different 120mm PC fans!

When it comes to PC fans, everyone looks for something different. Best value (bang for your buck), best thermal performance, or the quietest fan, but it’s really hard scrubbing through YouTube to try and compare all your choices. We decided to help you guys out and chose the top 5 companies that have the reputation for the best fans in the industry for performance and silence. Check out our comparison and see how Arctic, Be Quiet!, Noctua, Noiseblocker, and Scythe perform head-to-head.

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Arctic:
➤ F12: https://amzn.to/3atJljH
➤ P12 PST: https://amzn.to/2NzGXiw
➤ BioniX F120: https://amzn.to/3k3Ka63
➤ BioniX P120: https://amzn.to/2OP00pK

Be Quiet!:
➤ Pure Wings 2: https://amzn.to/2Zrc5Dz
➤ Pure Wings 2 HS: https://amzn.to/3py1JMN
➤ Shadow Wings 2: https://amzn.to/3uc7NxV
➤ Silent Wings 3: https://amzn.to/3biYEuL
➤ Silent Wings 3 HS: https://amzn.to/3rYIQnG

Noctua:
➤ NF-A12x25: https://amzn.to/37pHjzl
➤ NF-F12 Chromax: https://amzn.to/37mR9Cc
➤ NF-S12A Chromax: https://amzn.to/3dkjsF3
➤ NF-F12 iPPC 2000: https://amzn.to/3dmV7ye
➤ NF-F12 iPPC 3000: https://amzn.to/3pvCPgI
➤ NF-P12 redux-1700: https://amzn.to/37pkg7X
➤ NF-P12 redux-1300: https://amzn.to/3jXd87P
➤ NF-S12B redux-1200: https://amzn.to/2LZHI3W

Noiseblocker:
➤ NB-eLoop B12-P: https://bit.ly/3jZCKAJ
➤ NB-eLoop B12-PS: https://bit.ly/3qx1JxU
➤ NB-Multiframe M12-P: https://bit.ly/37qcbzB
➤ NB-Multiframe M12-PS: https://bit.ly/2NzGCwg
➤ NB-BlackSilent Pro PL-PS: https://bit.ly/3bhAiBD

Scythe:
➤ Kaze Flex: https://amzn.to/3u2C1U2

Time Codes:
0:00 – Intro
0:48 – Fan brands
1:26 – How we tested the fans
3:39 – Thermal Performance – AIO
5:26 – Thermal Performance – Air cooler
6:36 – Acoustic Testing – Individual Fan
8:59 – Combined scores explained
9:47 – Combined Performance & Acoustics – AIO
10:05 – Combined Performance & Acoustics – Air cooler
10:30 – Price to Performance – AIO
10:56 – Price to Performance – Air cooler
11:13 – Conclusion

Test Bench:
➤ AMD Ryzen 3600X: https://amzn.to/2HHXzSK
➤ Asus Prime X570-Pro: https://amzn.to/3m7ZGOw
➤ Galax HOF Aurora 32GB 3600MHz CL17
➤ Nvidia GT710: https://amzn.to/2ZrM1Iw
➤ Samsung 970 Evo 1TB: https://amzn.to/2JatMCu
➤ Seasonic Focus PX-750 750W: https://amzn.to/2JfNugh
➤ Aqua Computer OCTO Fan Controller: https://bit.ly/33jVtQo

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50 Comments

  1. Lime on September 1, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Some of these numbers don’t really make sense. The NF-A12x25 should not be cooling better than the NF-P12 Redux 1700. It has lower static pressure and airflow according to Noctua, who I’m wiling to bet has tested both thoroughly. The acoustic performance seems in line with what they advertise, the Redux is not as quiet.

    Awesome work, but I think some of your fans may be old or maybe the mounting wasn’t consistent. If two fans from different manufacturers weren’t showing results in line with their specs then I would just say it was how the manufacturers measured them, but being from the same company makes this a little odd.

  2. NumbPat on September 1, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for your effort you put in this video!

  3. m.khalid bouazza on September 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    THX!

  4. Pertev Ak000 on September 1, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Funny how Noctua NF-F12 iPPC 3000 score always the best in temperature testing just because its maximum fan speed.
    And boom in the the noise test always the last 😀

  5. NoNonsensePC on September 1, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Some math for ya’ll….

    – 23 fans
    – 2 coolers
    – 4 different fan speeds
    – 3 runs per speed
    – 30min runs

    (23x2x4x3)/2 = 276 hours

    Please Like & Share!

  6. Ben J on September 1, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Excellent data & video!

  7. Kshitij Bhayani on September 1, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I watch linus bitwit gamers nexus, nobody had this content! thank you. you’ve earned a subscription

  8. SouthWest on September 1, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Inaudiable?

  9. profix25lo on September 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Sorry, but this is almost pointless. You have to use fixed RPMs for all the fans. fanspeed % is just not an accurate measurement especially for noise

  10. Glory on September 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    My takeaway : Boy, am I glad I didn’t buy Redux and got the OG Noctuas

  11. Waddah Mustafa on September 1, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Great

  12. Slickman Elite on September 1, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    I still think the vanilla Silent Wings 3 is a great fan. It cools well enough at 100% fan speed while still being virtually silent.

  13. Jesús Tadeo Ramírez Flores on September 1, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Great Comparison! Thanks for all!

  14. FalseInformation on September 1, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    What a great video, made it easy for me to pick what I need, thank you!

  15. Stipica Ključe on September 1, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Great video. I was searching for vibration pads and how much they reduce overall noise. I have Pure Wings 2 fan on be quiet! pure rock cooler. I hear vibration noise, does anyone knows how much pads helps reduce that?

  16. Nafie Z on September 1, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Nice effort, this video must be seen more than it is, new subscriber, thanks

  17. Blizzard4242 on September 1, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the great comparison! But please next time make it noise normalized (test all fans under the same noise levels), by testing noise separately from the performance they are not as comparable as 25% for example is not the same for every fan. By making sure all fans produce the same amount of noise, you can focus on comparing the performance.

  18. Steven Randall on September 1, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Well this is pretty much the exact thing I was looking for, and the dedication that went into making it happen is insane; I greatly appreciate this point of reference. Now to put this knowledge into action.

    Unfortunately for me the case fans or CPU cooler fans aren’t the main issue, it’s the GPU that goes off, even with a chonky triple fan axial cooler (strix Vega 64) and kryonaut paste (which I understand is no longer the best, but it’s been a few years with that card). Looks like my case of choice will probably be the Segotep Pheonix T1 (or maybe the typhon, I should get the same effect either way, but I like the pheonix better aesthetically), with 3 arctic F12s blowing directly into the GPU fans, with my 360 rad mounted to the rear with P12s (since I have them already and they’re virtually inaudible even with a 10850k at full load). That config should optimize as much as possible, no turbulent airflow direction changes causing loss of efficiency, very quiet fans optimized for airflow and static pressure respectively, now if only I could get my hands on a 30 series GPU with the flow through cooler design… Anybody in the chat here have an idea to better optimize noise and keep performance? I think that’s the best I can think of…

  19. Jorge Leon on September 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    NICE

  20. raY on September 1, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Shouldn’t the testing be thermals at a given noise level rather than fixed percentage since that doesn’t tell much and leads to the fastest having an advantage even with subpar noise

  21. Chris Alarcon on September 1, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for putting this together. I was well worth the time and energy. Debating between the Scythe Kaze Flex or Be Quiet! Silent wings 3 120mm

  22. Henery Bui on September 1, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Noise normalized testing or it ismt even worth yesting imho.

  23. Sarfaraz M. Hosseini on September 1, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I switched from Noctua’s F12 Industrial to NB-eloops, and can’t say I miss the Noctuas. Quiet and much better looking, not usually a fan of gloss, but the NB-eloops take on this liquid like appearence when they spin which i find fetching. The packaging and install are pleasent, but not as polished as Noctua, but no regrets on the switch. Highly recommended.

  24. Thepher on September 1, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Damn that’s a lot of work!
    Just got a phanteks case and need a bunch of fans. Looks like I found the only review I need

  25. Dome22180 on September 1, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Hey, first of all thanks for this great test and your hard work, but unfortunately I have to tell you that you tested the fans completely wrong.
    The fans all have different speeds with 100%, 75%, 50% and 25%. One fan rotates at 100%, for example at 2000RPM, the other at 1600RPM. 50% would then be 1000RPM vs 800RPM.
    For a proper test, the fans would all have to rotate at the same speed. For example, you could set all of them to 1000 RPM and then measure volume and temperatures. Then all fans are set the same and have the same test conditions.

  26. Pro Max on September 1, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Great video, very valuable info!

  27. Dzimka Bujiashvili on September 1, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    This video is great! Please do one with 140mm fans too.

  28. Mark Sulloway on September 1, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you. I would appreciate if you could add slim 120mm fans to the comparison.

  29. Berkay089 on September 1, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    which ones the best for low bugdet gaming

  30. Parsnips on September 1, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Unrated channel amazing work

  31. Roberto Bagyo on September 1, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Next add deepcool rf120.fan that more cheaper than f12. Really good experiment

  32. svtcontour on September 1, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I think warranty should have also been a factor (reliability)

  33. Slims on September 1, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Finally a review to have the a12 and f12ippc, really hard to decide between these 2 fans for watercooling. THANK YOU! still not decided but i will watch your video a few more times before i make up my mind.

  34. Morgan Prs on September 1, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Perfect job, thank you

  35. Wigglythegreat2 on September 1, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Great job on the video! I didn’t find this video until after I bought my fans, but it is still very interesting to see. My case is the Bequiet Silent Base 802. It came with 3x140mm Pure Wings 2 fans. I bought 3x Noctua Chromax NF-A14 140mm fans for the front intake. I’m quite happy with both Noctua and Bequiet fans as I can run them at low speed and get more than enough cooling even when stressing the CPU or GPU.

  36. 4vnee7 on September 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    amazinggg work dude top notch 🔥

  37. Jim Stirling on September 1, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you for all the hard work that is some epic testing

  38. Nythor on September 1, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Looooots of work went into this! Kudos to you man, good job!

    If you’re taking suggestions for future videos, I’d like to see temperature performance at a consistent dB across fans. For example, when the fan is 40 dB of noise, what’s the temperature like? I feel this is a more apples-to-apples comparison of fans, since "75% RPM" focuses more on the RPM range of the fan, over the efficiency of it (cooling-to-noise efficiency).

    And definitely looking forward to your RGB comparison video!

  39. Uarenotme True on September 1, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Done subscribe and like !!! Do Moreeeeee videoooo

  40. cmoneytheman on September 1, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    will sasso doing reviews

  41. Mohd Norhalim Zainudin on September 1, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    for some reason, this popped up in my recommendation. great comparison! deserve more than a like!
    i would personally prefer a line chart of temps vs noise level to indicate overall performance and noise level vs rpm for noise performance. your reasoning is valid, but i am not a fan (pun intended) of using duty cycle because 1) fan rpm spec deviation 2) motherboard pwm controller sometimes dont output the correct/compatible signal with the fan.

  42. Henry14arsenal2007 on September 1, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    For me the NF 12×25 PWMs are the best and the combined results confirm that.

  43. John Jones on September 1, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Very informative. I plan to use one of these fans to replace my projector fan.

  44. nyanpasu64 on September 1, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    combined performance? imo it would be more useful to look at a noise-to-temperature line graph.

  45. Mark Sulloway on September 1, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    All this work from you and then Scythe adds the Kaze Flex Black 120 with a higher max RPM. It matched the Noctua A12x25 on my own comparison as a top down fan on a Noctua L12 cooler with a Noctua A9x25 fan underneath in dual down draft configuration in a 5.9 liter case with no additional fans.

  46. KEZZIE on September 1, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you so much for this!!! I’ve been struggling with microphones picking up fan noise no matter condenser mics or dynamic mics so the only solution I see left are just getting super silent fans!

  47. Shiqi Tang on September 1, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you so much!!!!

  48. t kermi on September 1, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Really amazing test! Thanks for the info! 💯

  49. Paul Sackett on September 1, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    That is a really impressive amount of in depth testing. Well done👍

  50. Mathew Long on September 1, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    This was so well done, you got a new sub my friend.
    Please, roll in that monetization!

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