Adding RGB lighting to fans was expected, and then companies decided to add even more. We saw CORSAIR do it with their new iCUE QL RGB fans, and others, including NZXT and Thermaltake, have had versions of such fans with over 20 RGB LEDs in each. Bitspower went a slightly different route by hiding the LEDs outside of ring loops and still having a large number of LEDs in their Njord Dual Fin, so it was expected that the trend would follow. Cooler Master had revamped their cooling solutions a few years ago with fans under the then-new MasterFan series. The original entries were all about performance, and they continue to be sold today. Adding to the product portfolio was the MF120 Halo, which was introduced in other regions earlier and came to the US shortly after CES 2020. We take a look at these fans today, and thanks again to Cooler Master for sending along review samples!
The Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo is already competing with the CORSAIR iCUE QL120 RGB for dumbest product name, especially since the "MF" in "MF120" stands for MasterFan as well, so I will take the liberty of referring to these as the Cooler Master MF120 Halo in this review henceforth. Available as a single fan or as a triple pack with an included RGB controller, I requested a sample of the latter to be able to test multiples of the same fans for statistical accuracy and also see if the bundle made more sense with the controller added in. As seen in the provided marketing image above, each fan has a dual loop of addressable RGB lighting and a hybrid blade design for supposedly a balance of airflow and static pressure. We begin the review with a look at the fan specifications in the table below.
|Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo|
|Dimensions:||120 x 120 x 25 mm|
|Rated Speed:||650-1800 (+/- 10%) RPM|
|Max Airflow:||47.2 CFM (80 m³/h)|
|Static Pressure:||1.6 mm H₂O|
|Fan Control:||4-pin/PWM control|
|Current Draw:||0.37 A peak motor + 0.55 A peak LEDs|