The Deepcool FC120 features fantastic digital RGB lighting, which does a good job of diffusing across the semi-transparent blades. The fans each have inputs and outputs, allowing you to daisy-chain them together, so you only need one 4-pin fan header and one 3-pin RGB header to control their speed and lighting. Each fan has chunky anti-vibration mounts too, but the best bit is the price. At just $50 / £35 for three fans, you’re paying very little for the features you get.
They’re powered by a SATA connector, so they only need the PWM signal from your motherboard’s CPU fan header to work. However, our Asus test motherboard’s AISuite software wasn’t keen on talking to the fans. Manually setting the EFI fan control to PWM solved the issue, but we didn’t have this issue with other PWM fans.
Deepcool FC120 performance
The FC120 only hit a peak airflow of 1.82m/sec, but this is still in the same league as the Noctua NF-P12 redux and beats the Antec Prizm X 120 ARGB.
Sound quality was reasonable, with only a slight audible tone and very low noise level of 55dBA, giving it the best airflow-to-noise ratio on test at full speed and 1,000rpm, and it came second in the noise-normalized test.
Deepcool FC120 pros and cons
- Great airflow-to-noise ratio
- Good airflow at 1,000rpm
- Superb value
- Limited maximum airflow
- No single-fan option yet
Deepcool FC120 specs
The Deepcool FC120 specs list is:
|RGB lighting||Yes, 3-pin|
Deepcool FC120 price
The Deepcool FC120 offer excellent value thanks to their low price and raft of features.
Price: Expect to pay $20 / £20
Deepcool FC120 review conclusion
The DeepCool FC120 has excellent efficiency, RGB lighting, decent performance, and a bargain price for three of them. The be quiet! Silent Wings 4 is a better performer, but the DeepCool FC120 wins on value. So good is the Deepcool FC120 that it makes it onto our best PC fan list.
These 120mm fans offer excellent efficiency and RGB lighting for a great price.