Arctic BioniX P120 Fan Review

Normalized Noise Tests

For these tests, I set the fan to speeds with noise output at the following predefined levels: 20/25/30/35/40/45 dBA. I skip the corresponding tests if the fan under the test cannot reach some noise levels. The speeds shown in the graph below are measured with the fan in a clear space inside my hemi-anechoic chamber without any obstacles. I set these speeds on the Longwin machine, but they slightly change because of the variable conditions that the device applies.

Lately, we discovered a peculiarity of the Longwin apparatus, so we are re-testing every fan we have, and we will continue to double-check all results because it seems the Longwin’s fan controller doesn’t “like” speed control for these tests, but it works better with PWM control. This is why you will find differences with results listed in previous reviews; we constantly update the noise-normalized tests to make them as accurate as possible!

20 dBA Noise Output

The fan speed is decent but nowhere near what the P12 Max achieved. Airflow and static pressure are low.

25 dBA Noise Output

High enough speed, decent airflow, but low static pressure.

30 dBA Noise Output

High speed, but still performance lacks, especially in static pressure.

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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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