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EK-Loop Fan FPT 120 D-RGB


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Jul 1, 2014
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The EK-Loop Fan FPT 120 D-RGB aims to buck the trend of RGB fans being poor performers. You get a balance of function and form here courtesy nine DRGB LEDs in the hub but then a standard square frame and a hybrid rotor design paired with an updated motor and bearing too. The end result is a long RPM range and good performance:noise ratio too.

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Mar 9, 2021
296 (0.27/day)
System Name Back in Black
Processor Ryzen 5 3600
Motherboard MSI B450 Tomahawk
Cooling ID-Cooling SE-224-XT Black
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8) 3000mhz C15
Video Card(s) Asus Rog Strix GTX 1070 TI Advanced Edition
Storage Crucial MX500 500GB / Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB
Display(s) Samsung 32" TV 1080p
Case Montech Air X Black
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W Gold
Mouse Redragon M711 Cobra
Keyboard Corsair K55
Omnilink connectors only seem used by EK
This is a problem with these fans with specialty daisy chain: they're all (most) proprietary to make you buy another unit from them if it goes kaput.
Nov 3, 2014
191 (0.06/day)
Worse noise-normalized performance than expected vs the Be Quiet. Those ~2mm outer edge that the Be Quiet compromised for the aesthetic RGB ring usually account for a big chunk of performance .
Nov 18, 2010
7,064 (1.46/day)
Rīga, Latvia
System Name HELLSTAR
Processor AMD RYZEN 9 5950X
Motherboard ASUS Strix X570-E
Cooling 2x 360 + 280 rads. 3x Gentle Typhoons, 3x Phanteks T30, 2x TT T140 . EK-Quantum Momentum Monoblock.
Memory 4x8GB G.SKILL Trident Z RGB F4-4133C19D-16GTZR 14-16-12-30-44
Video Card(s) Sapphire Pulse RX 7900XTX + under waterblock.
Storage Optane 900P[W11] + WD BLACK SN850X 4TB + 750 EVO 500GB + 1TB 980PRO[FEDORA]
Display(s) Philips PHL BDM3270 + Acer XV242Y
Case Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO
Audio Device(s) Sound Blaster ZxR
Power Supply Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W
Mouse Razer Basilisk
Keyboard Razer BlackWidow V3 - Yellow Switch
Software FEDORA 39 / Windows 11 insider
For the lulz, can you conduct some fun test? Can you run 4 these fans via Y splitter ie 4 fans from one PWM drive like for 480rad.
Feb 20, 2019
7,053 (3.84/day)
System Name Bragging Rights
Processor Atom Z3735F 1.33GHz
Motherboard It has no markings but it's green
Cooling No, it's a 2.2W processor
Memory 2GB DDR3L-1333
Video Card(s) Gen7 Intel HD (4EU @ 311MHz)
Storage 32GB eMMC and 128GB Sandisk Extreme U3
Display(s) 10" IPS 1280x800 60Hz
Case Veddha T2
Audio Device(s) Apparently, yes
Power Supply Samsung 18W 5V fast-charger
Mouse MX Anywhere 2
Keyboard Logitech MX Keys (not Cherry MX at all)
VR HMD Samsung Oddyssey, not that I'd plug it into this though....
Software W10 21H1, barely
Benchmark Scores I once clocked a Celeron-300A to 564MHz on an Abit BE6 and it scored over 9000.
Even if they're not the best or the most consumer-friendly fans, I can at least appreciate that EK didn't shrink the fan rotor to accommodate the stupid lights.
Aug 26, 2021
261 (0.28/day)
Worse noise-normalized performance than expected vs the Be Quiet. Those ~2mm outer edge that the Be Quiet compromised for the aesthetic RGB ring usually account for a big chunk of performance .
I use light wings they are good all rounders for radiators imo and the RGB is intrusive but still do a good job.
Mar 29, 2018
157 (0.07/day)
These fan makers, always copying each other...look at the Tecware Omni P12. Well, the Tecware would be the very cheap version, without the rifle bearing and connections. Also, the have a little angle winglet like surface at the end of each blade that these EK do not seem to have. I have 3 Omnis. They are good in which they can pull a lot of air from a filter without dispersing in it to the sides. Way better at that, at same speeds, than other fans I have/had, including the XPG Vento 120, ID-Cooling XF 12025 SD old (probably the most original of all these) and then the XF 12025 SD new, FL 12025, Aerocool Frost 12, all three with the same shape, same as those new Thermalright and others. But not sure if the Omnis are better than the classic old shape that I also have (how all PC fans were before they started with the weird blade shapes).
Noise: not bad up to less than 1300 RPM, then they get noisy. Luckily they are good enough at pulling air through the front filter that I don't need much more than 1300RPM. They have some strong resonances though, and when they go pass 1500 they start sounding different and resonate strongly.
Dec 26, 2006
3,407 (0.54/day)
Northern Ontario Canada
Processor Ryzen 5700x
Motherboard Gigabyte X570S Aero G R1.1 BiosF5g
Cooling Noctua NH-C12P SE14 w/ NF-A15 HS-PWM Fan 1500rpm
Memory Micron DDR4-3200 2x32GB D.S. D.R. (CT2K32G4DFD832A)
Video Card(s) AMD RX 6800 - Asus Tuf
Storage Kingston KC3000 1TB & 2TB & 4TB Corsair LPX
Display(s) LG 27UL550-W (27" 4k)
Case Be Quiet Pure Base 600 (no window)
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC1220-VB
Power Supply SuperFlower Leadex V Gold Pro 850W ATX Ver2.52
Mouse Mionix Naos Pro
Keyboard Corsair Strafe with browns
Software W10 22H2 Pro x64
Do all rgb fans have such a short warranty? Serious question I don't own any, mainly Noctua's with a 6 yr warranty.
Feb 24, 2020
89 (0.06/day)
3rd world sh1thole, AKA italy
System Name AMDream v2.6.2
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D+TechN AM4, CO-30 all cores
Motherboard Asus Prime B550-Plus w. PCIe USB 3.0/3.1 case connectors card
Cooling 2x240 slim rads, 1x420mm slim rad, 4xEK Vardar Evo RGB, stock case fans
Memory 2x8GB RGB+2x8GB non-RGB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600 CL16
Video Card(s) AMD Radeon RX 7900XT Reference+Alphacool waterblock+Kryosheet
Storage 2TB SK Hynix Platinum P41+Eluteng NVMe heatsink
Display(s) Xiaomi Mi 2k Gaming Monitor 27” (1440p165 IPS)+VESA arm
Case Lian Li Lancool III White ARGB
Audio Device(s) Creative Inspire P380
Power Supply Seasonic Focus GX-850
Mouse Steelseries Rival original (white), Steelseries Qck+ mousepad
Keyboard Arealer Roarer with white pudding keycaps (Long Hua blue switches)
Software Windows 11 Pro
Basically, quieter but worse performing vs. my Vardar Evo RGBs... Which are relatively old. Weird that there hasn been all that much progress on RGB fan performance in all those years.
Not that I need other fans… since I added a 420mm rad, my rig is whisper quiet thanks to all the additional rad capacity