Arctic BioniX P120 Fan Review

Advertised Vs. Real Performance

This is probably the most crucial page, showing how accurate the data provided by the manufacturers/brands on their products is. Since nobody so far could verify these numbers, it was an open field for every brand to declare whatever it wanted, but this stops now. I should also note that I strictly follow the specific guidelines (ISO7779: 2018) for taking noise measurements in information technology and telecommunications equipment.

In the table below, anything in Red means bad news, while the Blue fonts are good!

Performance Metric Advertised Performance Real Performance Difference
Max Speed (RPM) 2100 2105 +0.24%
Max Input Current (A) 0.13 0.13 0%
Max Power (W) 1.56 1.61 +3.21%
Qmax (CFM) 67.56 55.4 -18%
Pmax (mmAq) 2.75 1.69 -38.55%
Max Noise Level (dBA) 16.49 32 +15.51 dBA

There are many red readings here, so things don’t look so good. The claimed airflow and static pressure are far from what I measured, and the same goes for noise output. Arctic provides the fan’s max noise in sones (0.45), so the equivalent is 16.49 dBA.

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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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