Kingwin 120mm Fan ReviewBluePanda - February 1, 2012
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Case fans are often times one of the most important elements in a build. Most cases come with a variety of fans these days, but they aren’t necessarily the best for cooling, nor are they the quietest available either. Finding a quiet fan that has good cooling can be rather difficult. Many stock fans either move a lot of air and scream or move little to no air at all and are silent. Finding the right mix between the two is key in a quiet well cooled case. Fortunately, Kingwin has done some thinking and have a new design on the market. These 120mm case fans have a new mounting system that doesn't require any screws or tools. Rubber nubs are all that hold these fans in place so it will be interesting to see how it all works out. Today we look at a pair of the Duro Bearing Silent Series 120mm case fans from Kingwin.
Fans generally come in some kind of bubble plastic packaging that makes it easy to see what they look like and cheap to package. These Kingwin fans are no exception. With the blue blade/white body/blue LED and the red bladed/black bodied/white LED fans to look at, we’ve got a nice sample of appearance options.
The fronts of the packages read 120mm in large letters to let you know what size you have got, in case you weren’t sure. It also lets you know what color LEDs are used, so you know what color it will be glowing in your case. The clear packaging leaves nothing for the imagination and you know exactly what is inside. The back of the package lists quick specs about the fans, these are located in the “Specifications and Features” (PAGE 2) of the review.
Out of the packaging, the fans take the shape of ordinary 120mm fans, except for one major and rather unique feature: rubberized corner mounts. If you’ve used the rubberized mounts for fans before, then you know what this material feels like. It’s soft, sound dampening, and somewhat hard to break. On one side of the corner there are the rubberized nubs for mounting the fan. The corners are completely removable to flip over and reverse the air flow direction.
Inside with the fan, a quick instruction sheet and 4 pin to molex connector are included. Not much to really show you here, just a piece of paper and connector – aren’t you excited?
A closer look at the fans and you can see exactly what “nubs” I’ve been talking about, in case you were still trying to form an image in your mind. The full corner comes off with a little effort, to be flipped over as mentioned before. Looking closely at the blades, you’ll notice they are pretty thin and have rather sharp points.
Looking at the fans side by side, it’s hard for me to really decide the color scheme I personally would want to own. However, from the features section there are five options to choose from:
- black body, black grommets, clear grey blades, white LED
- red body, black grommets, clear grey blades, white LED
- white body, black grommets, clear blue blades, blue LED
- black body, red grommets, clear red blades, white LED
- black body, white grommets, clear grey blades, white LED
The rubber grommet/corner pieces come in different colors as well and if you really wanted to have fun you could buy a few options and swap them around!
With the fans running, you can see the color of the LED lighting. The blue is a rather true blue, like most LED lit fans, while the red seems to be a little on the orangey/pink side. I have to again remind you, as I remind myself, the blade points are sharp – I did manage to take a chunk out of my finger taking these shots… I’m sure you’re a bit smarter, but I thought I’d take this chance to remind you not to put your fingers in running fans.