NZXT FX-120LB and FX-140LB Case Fans Review

FX-140LB Angle

Moar Case Fans!

Do you realize that not too long ago, cooling wasn’t necessary for computers?  Okay, so it was like 30 years ago, but still…  I can’t imagine running my machines with only one or two fans, and back then it wasn’t even required that one be on the CPU’s heatsink.  Now if you don’t have proper cooling, the heat inside a case is enough to melt wires and cause an electrical fire.  I’ve never seen it myself, but it happened to a cousin’s best friend’s cousin once.

NZXT hooked me up with some fans that could help alleviate my fears of waking up to a Full ATX inferno.  In my hands I hold two of their enthusiast fans, a 120mm and a 140mm, each with a rating of 37 dBA or less.  So how well do these things push air?  And are they really quiet?  How great is the fan control?  Is Obama responsible for crop circles?  We’ll attempt to answer some of these questions in this review.  But here’s some info on these fans:


FX-120LB Features
  • Size: 120x120x25mm
  • Current: 0.08 – 0.30A
  • Input: 0.96-3.6W
  • Speed: 1000-2600RPM +/- 10%
  • Air Flow: 35.8-96 CFM
  • Air Pressure: 0.75-4.8mm-H2O
  • Noise: 22-36.5 dBA
  • Bearing: Liquid State Bearing
  • Life: 35,000 hours
FX-140LB Features
  • Size: 140x140x25mm
  • Current: 0.13-0.55A
  • Input: 1.56-6.6W
  • Speed: 1000-2000RPM +/- 10%
  • Air Flow: 49.1-98.3 CFM
  • Air Pressure: 0.56-2.2mm H2O
  • Noise: 22.1-37 dBA
  • Bearing: Liquid State Bearing
  • Life: 35,000 hours