Once again, the Phanteks T30-120 sets the bar high since it is priced similarly to the EK Quantum Impulse 120 D-RGB. The Phanteks fan lacks RGB lighting, but it offers way higher performance in the normalized noise tests, proving its better design. In general, and taking the 30 dBA noise normalized fan tests as a reference, the EK Quantum Impulse takes the lead from the Seasonic MagFlow, which, as I am testing more and more fans, doesn’t look so appealing, and the Corsair AF120 RGB Elite.
To be fairer, since users wanting an RGB fan will get it and won’t care for non-RGB lit fans, the direct competitor for the EK Quantum Impulse 120 D-RGB is the Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo². In the 30 dBA normalized noise tests, the MF120 Halo² has slightly higher airflow and, notably, higher static pressure. It costs less and is covered by the same warranty period (2 years), although it uses an inferior rifle bearing. The MF120 Halo² also has the lead in airflow and static pressure in the 20 and 25 dBA normalized noise tests, so it is tough for me to recommend the more expensive EK Quantum Impulse 120 D-RGB unless you need the daisy chain option, which is absent from the MF120 Halo². If you install more than two fans on a radiator or the chassis, the daisy chain option is crucial.
- 3-zone LED-lit zones
- Daisy chain option
- Decent static pressure
- Low power consumption of the fan’s motor
- PWM control
- VAPO bearing
- Rubber dampers for lower noise output
- Long extension cable provided
- Increased thickness (29mm) with the rubber dampers
- 2-year warranty only