NZXT 140mm & 120mm FX Enthusiast Fan Review


Effects with Enthusiasm!

Yup, this isn’t a press release or a tease… this is the only review on the new NZXT FX Enthusiast Fan series that I know of on the Internets at the time of this writing.

If you’re familiar with the NZXT brand, then you’re probably a loyal customer and not only have a few of their cases, but some of their matching case accessories like their Sentry line of fan controllers.  NZXT does a great job with getting all of their stuff to match and look great, so having an NZXT-only rig will certainly get some attention from the ladies… or at least the only girl at the LAN party… who is probably only there because her boyfriend drug her along and she plays Bejeweled or Facebook games all day to pass the time.  Well, now is the time to woo her with your extraordinary taste in PC couture!

NZXT FX 120mm NZXT FX 140mm
Size 120 x 120 x 25mm 140 x 140 x 25mm
Bearing Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) Fluid Dynamic Bearing( FDB)
Life 35,000 hours 35,000 hours
Settings Low Medium High Low Medium High
Current 0.08A 0.15A 0.30A 0.13A 0.25A 0.55A
Input 0.96W 1.8W 3.6W 1.56W 3W 6.6W
Speed (±10%) 1000RPM 1800RPM 2600RPM 1000RPM 1500RPM 2000RPM
Air Flow 35.8CFM 64.5CFM 96CFM 49.1CFM 73.8CFM 98.3CFM
Air Pressure 0.75mm-H2O 2.4mm-H2O 4.9mm-H2O 0.56mm-H2O 1.3mm-H2O 2.2mm-H2O
Noise 22dBA 32.8dBA 36.5dBA 22.1dBA 30.8dBA 37dBA

The NZXT FX Enthusiast line of case fans come in two sizes: 140mm and 120mm.  They draw between 0.13 and 0.55 Amps and have an input between 1.56 and 6.6 Watts.  Depending on their set speed, they rotate between 1,000 and 2,000 RPM (give or take 10%), and have an impressive airflow rating of 49.1 to 98.3 cubic feet per minute!  They also have a moderately low noise ratio of 22.1 to 37 dBA, and use fluid dynamic bearings to make sure the fan has a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 35,000 hours.

Now that we have that out of the way we can look at the fans themselves on the next page…