I’m always amazed at how much has and is happening in the case fan field lately. With the Scythe Kaze Flex 120 ARGB one sends nowmahe also in this country an illuminated bolide into the race, which is to appear emphatic and determined, however not too loudly. The fact that it also illuminates the waste heat in a nice colourful way is a nice side effect. Without RGB these fans don’t cost 6 Euro, with ARGB it gets a bit more expensive according to the manufacturer. One will probably have to reckon with an RRP of about 15 euros, but as a street price should certainly move a little below.
Similar to the recently reviewed Phanteks T30, this fan also has a slightly different thickness, which further solidifies a certain trend towards slightly thicker fans. The 27 mm is between the class standard 25 mm and the fat 30 mm of the T30. You have to know this and take it into account if it is already tight in the lid between the radiator and the motherboard. But the extra 2 mm did anything but harm the fan, because it performs really well. That’s a little spoiler in advance.
The bearing is a classic FDB (Fluid-Dynamic Bearing) design, a matt black, simple frame and a translucent rotor with 11 blades, which does not hide any secrets at first glance, but all the LEDs in the hub do. The PWM-controlled fan manages a speed range from 300 to 1800 rpm and does without a semi-passive mode (with fan stop).
The decoupling with the comprehensively attached rubber corners is well solved, because it does not twist with the tightened screw. The gap dimensions and surface finish are very good. The power consumption of 5 watts at full speed is quite high. ARGB exists and therefore it is one more light disk on the market, but it has its qualities, as I will show in a moment. But voarb again the data sheet for better comparability to the later measurement results:
|Form factor||120 mm|
|Weight in g||205,5|
|min. speed||300 (no fan stop)|
|Volume flow m3/h||135,5|
|Flow rate CFM||79.76|
|static pressure mmH2O||2.4|
|Sound pressure dBA||35,8|
|Life Time hrs||120,000|
On the next page you will first see how and what we test and why. Understanding the details is extremely important in order to be able to objectively classify the results later. The differences between many models are more in the details and THE best fan for all situations can hardly exist. There is a certain optimum in every situation and of course there are also good all-rounders. But they usually have their price. But if you plan to use 60mm radiators for example, you might save money by choosing the best model for your application, which might not perform so well as a case fan. And vise versa, of course.
The fan is available with three different speed ranges, and I find the one tested today the most useful. For all curious people here again the datasheet from Scythe:
Scythe Kaze Flex 120 ARGB 1800rpm, 120mm (KF1225FD18AR-P/KF1225FD18SAR-P)
|Zentrallager: verfügbar, Lieferung 3-5 WerktageFiliale Wilhelmshaven: nicht lagerndStand: 02.10.22 02:21||13,98 €*Stand: 02.10.22 02:23|
|Auf Lager||13,99 €*Stand: 02.10.22 02:14|
|Aachen: bei Vorbestellung in ca. 24h - 48h lagerndAlsdorf: bei Vorbestellung in ca. 24h - 48h lagerndVersandlager: lagerndStand: 01.10.22 23:45||14,90 €*Stand: 01.10.22 23:45|