Top 10: Best 120mm Case Fans

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I think it’s safe to say that being able to relax for a long gaming session is one of the best things in the world. Being able to immerse yourself in virtual worlds for hours on end, and escape the worries of the real world, is really a great way to cap off a busy day.

Too bad that intense gaming sessions can also heat up your gaming computer if you don’t have the right components. And if your system overheats, you are looking at computer crashes or worse. But overheating shouldn’t be something you have to worry about if you have a good fan.

Fans are important to have in your gaming rig, as without them, your components could heat up and in turn cause harmful damage to your gaming computer. Seeing how important these fans are, it’s essential to have the best one possible, and that’s why we made this list today.

In this list, we will take a look at ten of the best Gaming Case Fans for your computer, which will keep your system cool and you gaming longer. Along the way, we will look at the pros and con of each fan so you can better understand the best fan for you.

10. THERMALTAKE RIING 120MM Fan

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Chances are, when you are buying fans for your computer case, you are going to want to get more than one, as it helps to maximize cooling. That makes the the RIING fans by Thermaltake a good place to start, as every purchase of these fans come in packs of two.

Not only will you get more for the money you spend, but these fans let off a high amount of airflow. It does this using the Thermaltake’s “Concentrated Compression Blades”, which optimizes the direction of airflow for the best performance possible.

Despite the power of these fans, the RIING runs very quietly, barely emitting any sound while in use. And using the RIING’s anti-vibration mounting system, these fans are easy to use and can fit perfectly into most computer cases.

Should you want a single fan, the option is available to purchase these solo. However, if you do buy the duel pack, it should be noted that there has been a few issues where the “duel pack” has only come with one fan. While this may not be an issue with the fan itself, it would not leave the best taste in your mouth if you paid for two fans and only got one.

If you want a quiet fan that keeps your system cool, the Thermaltake RIING is a great choice. And with the ability to fit into most gaming cases, it’s certainly a purchase you won’t be disappointed with.

9. NXZT FZ-120MM AIRFLOW FAN

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Our next fan, from NZXT Technologies, is the type of fan for those gamers who want more out of their fan, but may be on a tighter budget.

This is because the NZXT series of fans all run fairly cheap. Ranging anywhere from $13-17 dollars, these fans are some of the most affordable computer case fans available. Don’t let the cheap price fool you, however, as despite the affordable price point, these fans are super durable. These fans have power that will last for years, making that little amount of cash you spent stretch even further.

In terms of specs, this fan is capable of cooling an entire system all by itself. With a minimal airflow of 1200 +/- 20% RPM, this fan puts out a high level of airflow, and does so while maintaining a low decibel level of around 26.8 dBA, making the fan quiet as well. And if all this isn’t enough, the NZXT is available in a variety of LED colors, allowing you to match up with the color fan that fits your system best.

Granted, while this fan isn’t very loud, it is louder than a good portion of other fans on the market. On top of that, while it may not be too much of an issue for everyone, the LED color lights on the fan tend to sometimes be dim.

Besides these relatively small issues, a gamer will love everything else about the NZXT fan. With great price, durability, and airflow, what’s not to love?

8. HBT+ AXE 120-MM FAN

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In my opinion, one of the coolest looking fans that you could get for your gaming case is the HBT+AXE fan. But while this fan does have a cool, sci-fi look, this fan is much more than just a pretty face.

To begin with this fan’s features, the HBT+AXE is made with a fluid-dynamic fan bearing. This bearing allows the fan to both run quiet, and increses the fan’s durability. Add to this the design of the fan blades, which help to increase air flow, and you have the perfect storm for what makes a great computer fan.

To make this fan even more quiet, the HBT+AXE comes with anti-vibration pads around the screws, as well as a noise limiting adapter. These features help to make this one of the most quiet fans available, leaving you with less noisy distractions while gaming.

As of right now, there are not many negatives to speak of about the fan, so you won’t have many regrets buying one. For a nearly flawless, and quiet, fan, HBT+AXE has got you covered.

7. ROCKSOUL 120MM FAN

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To look at the Rocksoul fan, you may think the fan is as generic as they come. It don’t come in many colors, and the transparent look leaves a bit to be desired. But if you can get past the aesthetics, you will find a fan that can live up to the competition.

Easy to install, the Rocksoul comes in a 120x120x25 mm frame, which allows it to fit into most gaming builds. And should this fan be in your gaming build, you will have little to worry about in terms of cooling. This is thanks to the minimal fan speed of 1800 +/- 10% RPM, which allows for extreme airflow, keeping your gaming rig cool while in operation.

What makes all this even better is the super affordable price of the Rocksoul. If you are a gamer building on a budget, then you will be more than pleased with the price of the Rocksoul, which are under $10 dollars(at the time of this writing). This means you can get a good gaming case fan for barely more than a Starbucks coffee.

While it is affordable, some of the features of this fan are just as cheap. The fan, for example, can be quite noisy while in operation in comparison to others, and sometimes the LED lights in the fan just flat out don’t work.

If these aren’t big issues to you, however, and you are short on cash, then the affordable and high performing Rocksoul 120mm fan is what you are looking for!

6. COOLER MASTER JETFLO 120

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If you are trying to build a gaming computer using a smaller computer case, your options for fans may not be as great. But luckily, should this be the case, we have the Cooler Master JetFlo 120.

The JetFlo is designed to save space, with the fan and the blades ultra thin design. This design means that the fan won’t take up any room in your gaming case, leaving more room for any other parts you may be putting into your computer. Despite this small design, the JetFlo is capable of pretty good airflow, with a range between 800-2000 +/- 10% RPM.

The JetFlo is also extremely durable for a small fan, and can even resist dust and water damage, giving you a fan that will last a long time. Should something get caught in your fan’s blades, you won’t have much to worry about, as the auto-resume function of this fan makes it go back to working normal after said obstruction is removed.

On the downside, these fans are extremely loud. This is something that can be quite the distraction to some, and if you are one of those people who may be looking for a quieter fan, you may have to look elsewhere.

Despite the noise, the Cooler Master JetFlo picks up the slack in nearly every other area. The JetFlo is small and powerful fan that will be sure to last as long as your gaming computer does.

5. ASIAHORSE SOLAR ECLIPSE FAN

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Other than the Logo (which can be peeled off!) I have to admit that the Asiahorse Solar Eclipse is a sight to behold. Anyone who’s looking for a case fan that’s just outright mesmerizing should check this out.  The Eclipse comes in four colors, blue, green, red, and white. So whichever color scheme you’re going for should be covered here.

While all of these aesthetics are amazing, they are little more than fluff. What we really need to know is the performance of the fan. The fans are set at 1200 RPM, but you’re able to easily adjust this to fit whatever you want. The Eclipse is also very silent compared to most other mainstay fans out there.

All in all, you get a quiet stylish fan that’s hardly going to break the bank. For anyone looking for a case fan that’s going to take their build to the next level, this is a good choice.

4. CORSAIR AIR SERIES AF120

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There is an old adage that says “Variety is the spice of life”. If this is the case, then the Corsair Air Series AF120 may be one of the spiciest fans available (if that makes any sense).

The AF120 line of fans come in almost any color LED light imaginable. From red to purple, to even no light at all, whatever the user’s preference in color choice is, they can find it with the AF120. Not only that, but each color is sold in packages of either one or two fans, allowing you to mix and match your fan colors if you so choose.

But what is color in comparison to performance? Luckily, the Air Series are made to do that as well, as these fans are made for high-volume cooling. This means you can game for hours on end without the worry of overheating. It performs this feat thanks to it’s ultra thin blades, which also help to reduce the fans noise and vibration.

There are little to no hardware issues with the Air Series either, except for a few issues with some users and the brightness of the fan’s LED lights. This issue really is an isolated one, however, as it seems to be something that has only afflicted a select few.

With the rarity of that issue, this fan is nearly flawless, making the Corsair Air Series AF120 one of the best fans money can buy.

3. ARCTIC F12 PWM REV. 2

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Want to keep you computer ice cold? Well… probably not, because that could damage your computer. But if you want to keep it just cold enough, what better name to trust then one called Arctic?

With the Arctic F12 PMW Rev. 2, you get a fan that runs between 300 and 1350 RPM. This makes the fan a great way for cooling down your case during gaming sessions. However, this is also lower than a lot of other fans available, so it may struggle a bit if you have a system that gives off a lot of heat.

For most gamers with a custom computer, this amount of airflow can be more than adequate. The Arctic is not only more than capable of cooling your system, but does so while remaining as quiet as a mouse while in operation. Not only that, but thanks to to the fluid dynamic bearing that the fan is made with, your fan will remain in operation for years to come.

That value is even further magnified when taking into account the price. The Arctic is one of the most affordable fans on our list. And should the worst happen and the fan does malfunction, the fans come with a six year warranty, making them easy to replace if need be.

While maybe not as cold as it’s name implies, the Artic F12 PWM is still an amazing fan. And at an unbeatable value, the Artic is worth every penny spent.

2. THERMALTAKE LUNA 12 120MM LED CASE FAN

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For the second time today, Thermaltake takes their place on our top ten list. But it isn’t without good reason, because the Luna 12 is not only one of the best, but best looking, fans available.

To start is the Luna’s anit-vibration mounting system. This system allows the fan to fit snugly into place in almost any computer build, while eliminating any vibration that not only emits noise, but can damage the fan. The frame of the fan is also enlarged, which allows for greater airflow going to your computer, and preventing overheating.

The Luna fans are not just great to keep the temperature low, but they are also beautiful to look at. The design of these fans is, simply put, stylish, and with a variety of colors, they may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing fans available.

Unlike its brother, the RIING, the Luna can run a bit noisy. This is the only drawback to an otherwise great fan, which is also very durable thanks to the Luna’s self lubricating hydraulic bearings.

Yet another great fan by the people at Thermaltake. No matter if you choose the Luna or the RIING, if Thermaltake is in the name, you are sure to get a quality fan.

1. CORSAIR ML120 PRO LED FAN

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If you’re looking for pure quality then it’s going to be hard to beat the Corsair ML120 Pro case fans. Not only do these fans just look absolutely amazing, but they also fan performance that is next level. The fan comes in four different colors, blue, red, white, and black. So they really cover most bases, when it comes to design, but what about performance?

These fans have magnetic bearings which simply put, makes the fans better and longer lasting in the long run. You’re also able to customize your fan’s RPM ranging all the way up to 2000 RPM which is essential to any good fan. Even with such a high RPM, they’re still pretty silent and won’t cause any problems.

With you getting all of this stuff, you’re going to be paying a hefty dime, which is to be expected as they’re just amazing. There isn’t a fan I’d pick to cool down my gaming PC build over these. If you want the best, then I’d definitely give the ML120’s a look.

Conclusion…

With so many options, finding the right case fan can feel overwhelming, but I can assure you that if you get any one of these 120mm fans you’ll be in good shape. While my top choice would easily be the Corsair M120’s every fan on this list is more than good enough to cool your gaming PC build.

If you think I’ve excluded any really good fans or just want to talk about case fans, leave a comment below and let’s discuss! Otherwise, if you have any friends who’d like to hear about this case fans share this post on social media.

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  1. I recently found out about the Thermaltake Riing 14 LED RGB 256 Colors Fan (3 packs) and it’s really cool. But many people said that it’s supposed to be installed with a radiator (water cooling system). Can I just install it as a normal airflow fan?

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