Read the updated review on this product here: Phanteks T30-120 Cooling Fan Review – ReCheck!
Phanteks has made an extremely good fan, achieving sky-high static pressure and airflow without increased noise output, thanks to its unique design of fan blades and the magnetic levitation bearing. Besides low noise output, the latter offers improved reliability even in harsh operating conditions. Typically fluid dynamic bearings have a problem operating at high temperatures for prolonged periods, which is why double ball bearings are preferred in such situations. The problem with the latter type of bearing is that it is noisier. After a period, noise further increases because the bearings lubricant doesn’t do an equally good job as in the start, resulting in higher friction, affecting noise output. This is not a problem for MagLev fans, with no contact between the fan’s shaft and the bearing.
Phanteks invested lots of time and money in the T30-120 fan, and the results speak for themselves. In the noise normalized tests, where I don’t have many entries since I just started fan reviews, the Phanteks fan shames the pretty good Seasonic MagFlow, with the latter using a fluid dynamic bearing. At $31 for a single fan or $86 for the triple-pack, the Phanteks T130-120 is far from affordable but offers high airflow and static pressure performance. It also has three operation modes to meet every need, it’s built like a tank, and you can easily daisy chain them, although not as easy as Seasonic’s MagFlow fans. The lack of RGB lighting can be a problem for some, but not for me. I would like an easier way to change PWM modes without access to the fan. Once you have the fan(s) installed, selecting a different PWM mode will be tough. A remote control could make this easier.