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.