Arctic BioniX P120 Fan Review

The Arctic BioniX P120 costs three dollars more than the P12 Max, offering a nice external design and a daisy chain option. Don’t expect though the top performance of the latter, because of the slower rotation speeds. That said, Arctic states that this fan is optimized for high static pressure, something that I will verify during my testing on the Longwin fan testing apparatus. 

The Arctic BioniX P120 is a bit more expensive (three dollars difference) than the P12 Max I reviewed. This fan focuses more on design and silent operation than pure performance, looking way nicer than the P120, which looks to be the performance king in Arctic’s portfolio of 120mm fans. Arctic states that the BioniX P120 is destined for coolers, thanks to its high enough static pressure, something that I will confirm (or not) during the testing sessions. A significant advantage of this fan over the P12 Max is the daisy-chain option, which is highly welcome in cooling solutions where two or more fans are typically used, so it is way easier to use a single cable to control and power them than multiple ones.

The BioniX P120 uses a fluid dynamic bearing, and it is covered by an extended warranty (six years), so the Arctic is confident of its reliability. There is no information, or I couldn’t find it, at least about the mean time to failure (MTTF) period. You should know that fans destined for high temperatures should use double ball bearings for an extended lifetime. In contrast, a fluid dynamic bearing will also provide an extended lifetime at average temperatures and lower noise output than a DBB.

 

 

 

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Official Technical Specifications:
  • Model Name: Arctic BioniX P120
  • Material (Frame & Impeller): Plastic
  • Connectors: 4-pin PWM + 4-pin Socket
  • Fan Speed PWM: 200–2100rpm PWM Controlled (0 RPM <5% PWM)
  • Fan Airflow (Max): 67.56 cfm | 114.9 m³/h
  • Operating Ambient Temperature: 0–40 °C
  • Static Pressure (Max): 2.75 mm-H2O
  • Fan Noise Level (Max): 16.49 dBA (0.45 Sone)
  • Fan Bearing Type: Fluid Dynamic Bearing
  • Bearing durability: no info
  • Fan Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Fan Rated Amperage: 0.13A
  • Fan Rated Wattage: 1.56W
  • Fan Weight: 140 gr
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 120 x 120 x 27mm
  • Daisy-Chain Capable: Yes
  • Power Cable length: 400mm
  • Price (excluding VAT): $13
  • Warranty: 6-year
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8 thoughts on “Arctic BioniX P120 Fan Review

  1. Thanks Aris
    – If you could include every fans you reviewed even RGB in the charts. Even if a fan doesn’t go at 30-35-40 dBA in normalised noise or difference in cost. I often link the RPM/FCM/PRESSURE in forums. Making my life easier instead of searching old articles for the complete data.
    – Could you add on all reviews page 1 (fans, psu, watercooling etc) the release date of the product.

    Arctic BioniX P120 (2018) : dBA 25 – 1.09mmAq – 41.94CFM
    Arctic P12 PWM PST (2018) : dBA 25 – 1.42mmAq – 44.95CFM
    Arctic P12 Max (2022) : dBA 25 – 1.72mmAq – 48.04CFM

      1. I also like the idea; I create a spreadsheet of all your reviews for data processing and it certainly would help for error checking on my end.

      2. Images of graphs/tables containing for example this information:

        PSU: Noise output / overall performance 115-230v.
        FANS: RPM/FCM/PRESSURE/POWER 20-25-30-35-40-45 dBA
        CPU: Power consumption/Max Temp/Gaming relative performance/All the cinebench;3mark etc comparison
        GPU: Noise/Heat/Clocks Speeds & OC/Power consumption

        The main thing is that it is digestible and easily understandable for readers.

        And in the images a little change on the top right side:
        Hwbusters.com / Logo
        Updated 03/02/2024 / ^
        lower is better etc on the usual spot

        Because when I share the pictures many don’t recognize the logo, it’s a shame.
        I want your hard work, and other proofreader,cowoker to be recognized.

        1. Thank you! I will try to work on these graphs, although I am all alone in these reviews, have so many other things going on, in general I am trying my best to keep up but this doesn’t always happen 🙁

  2. Hi~
    First of all thank you for your professional testing!!
    I learned a lot from the reviews of P12 MAX and BioniX P120
    But what’s surprising is that the performance gap between BioniX P120 is so big, it’s almost equal to P12 or even worse?!

    However,
    looking forward to other product reviews next time.
    Thanks!

    Best regards,
    Hanson

  3. Indeed, I use the 13600k with Freezer eSports 34 DUO. The performance of this CPU cooler really does not disappoint.

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