CORSAIR iCUE QL RGB Fans Review 18


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Nearly two years ago, CORSAIR released their LL RGB series of fans with 16 addressable RGB LEDs per fan. Our own readers were quick to point out that these were going to usher in an era of RGB more than before, and the time since has indeed shown that these fans have been extremely popular—even more so than the CORSAIR ML RGB fans I personally am a bigger fan of. Other companies, including Thermaltake, have gone about adding even more RGB LEDs per fan since, so it was only a matter of time before CORSAIR decided to do this all over again. It is now the holiday season of 2019 where people are looking for deals to build new PCs, and what better time then for these new fans to show up. Thanks again to CORSAIR for sending review samples to TechPowerUp!

The CORSAIR iCUE QL RGB fans come in both 120 and 140 mm size offerings, and CORSAIR sent over both for me to check out. The performance section of this review will stick to only the 120 mm fans to fit in with the rest of the test database I have here, but given how these fans are going to all be about looks over performance, it made sense to showcase them together. The name itself is a hit or miss—the latter for me, especially because I have already made my reservations about iCUE itself public before, but let's just call these the QL120 and QL140 RGB fans for the sake of time and sanity. Each fan has a whopping 34 addressable RGB LEDs across four loops—inner and outer loop rings on the front and rear alike. Prepare to be blinded by the RGB as we begin the review with a look at the specifications below.


Dimensions:120 x 120 x 25 mm
Rated Speed:525-1500 (+/- 10%) RPM
Max Airflow:41.8 CFM (71 m³/h)
Max Static Pressure:1.55 mm H2O
Noise:26 dBA
Fan Control:4-pin/PWM control
Current Draw:0.3 A peak
Warranty:Two years

Dimensions:140 x 140 x 25 mm
Rated Speed:550-1250 (+/- 10%) RPM
Max Airflow:50.2 CFM (85.3 m³/h)
Max Static Pressure:1.4 mm H2O
Noise:26 dBA
Fan Control:4-pin/PWM control
Current Draw:0.3 A peak
Warranty:Two years
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