Phanteks T30-120 Fan Review - One Fan to Rule Them All? 103

Phanteks T30-120 Fan Review - One Fan to Rule Them All?

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What happens when you take the Sunon magnetic levitation bearing from the impressive CORSAIR ML120, liquid polymer chemistry from the excellent Noctua NF-A12x25, and a little bit of thickness from the EK-Meltemi? If you are Phanteks, then it might well result in the brand-new T30-120 fan. I first heard of this project a few years ago behind closed doors at a trade show, and then COVID hit to where I wasn't sure what the release timeline was going to be. Imagine my surprise when an email hit not two months ago informing me that the T30 project had now been completed and its release was imminent. Of course I said yes, and here we are with a launch-day review thanks to Phanteks having arranged review samples to TechPowerUp!

Phanteks has much praise for the T30-120, calling it the company's "Ultimate Fan" with the intention of it being the best fan for PC cooling. The model number is PH-F120T30, so you may see it referred to as such in some places. The T30-120 fan is also launching alongside a new Glacier 240 AIO using two of these fans with the target of delivering 360 mm AIO performance at one size less. The naming scheme also leaves room for a 140 mm version of the same in the future, which is no doubt going to be dictated by the market reception to this 120 mm version. The stock photo above tells us a few things already, including that there is daisy-chaining support for the fans. There is no RGB lighting, yet that fan hub is relatively massive, which is indicative of more going on underneath. The color scheme is also quite industrial, and did I mention that these are 30-mm-thick fans? Let's put the Phanteks T30-120 through its paces in this review that begins with a look at the specifications below.


Phanteks T30-120 Fan
Dimensions:120 x 120 x 30 mm
Rated Speed:1200/2000/3000 (+/- 5%) RPM via three modes
Max Airflow:39.1/67.0/101 CFM (66.4/114/172 m³/h)
Noise:11.1/27.3/39.7 dBA
Static Pressure:1.27/3.30/7.11 mm H₂O
Fan Control:4-pin/PWM control
Current Draw:0.05/0.13/0.36 A peak
Warranty:Six years
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