X2 Magic Lantern 120mm Fan Review. The RGB craze is here to stay, it’s literally everywhere. Motherboard, GPU’s, RAM, strip lights, and of course fans.
We’ve had colored fans in the past, but with the current and evolving trend of RGB, what we are seeing is more sophisticated and elegant products. Cue the X2 Magic Lantern, a triple pack of 120mm fans with a remote control.
The product has an MSRP of € 39.95 / $ 44.95. Visit the X2 website for more information and list of retailers for the Magic Lantern fans.
X2 Magic Lantern Features
- Key Features
- – 3 LED cooling fans in one pack
- – 22 LED’s installed
- – Six different preset colors (red, green, blue, yellow, purple, turquoise)
- – Color and light pattern set via included remote control unit
- – Special fan blade shape and spoke design
- – Ultra silent operation
- – Nano precision bearing
- – Longer MTBF life time!
- – Superior airflow and high air pressure
- – Silicon rubber anti-vibration pads
- – Thin consolidated wires for better airflow and neat appearance
- – 3 PIN + 4 PIN (MOLEX: 2510 + 8981)
- – Including 2 year standard warranty service
- EAN: 6943051284156
- Package Weight: 13
- Package Dimension (cm): 13.5 x 12.5 x 15
- Quantity (PCS) / Block Pallet: 1200
- Unit Weight: 500 grams
- Unit Dimension (cm): 12.00 x 12.00 x 2.50
- Accessories: Multilanguage user installation manual, Pouch with screws, rivets, motherboard stand-off
- AirFlow (CFM): 27
- Bearing Type: Nano Bearing
- Certification: CE/RoHS/REACH
- Color: Black
- Connectors: 3 + 4 PIN Molex 2510 + 8981
- Fan Size (cm): 12 x 12 x 3
- Life Expectancy (HRS): 10 years
- Material: PBE
- Noise Level (dBA): 21 ~ 23
- Operating Temperature (°C): -20 to 70
- Packaging Includes:
- – 3 pcs LED fans
- – 1 remote control unit
- – User installation manual
- PWM (Pulse Width Modification): No
- Rated Current (A): 0.18A
- Rated Power (W): 1.44
- Rated Speed (RPM): +/- 10% 1020 ~ 1380
- Static Pressure mmH2O: 1.76
- Storage Temperature (°C): -20 to 40
- Voltage DC (INPUT): 12
- Warranty: 2 years
Courtesy of X2
Right off the bat. Your eyes will be drawn to the fans, which can be set to 8 different colors, around the backside X2 outlay the product specs.
If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend you a look at the X2 gaming website for other products.
An intelligent use of an RGB gradient on the box edge is a nice touch!
Internal packaging is robust, and ensures the product arrives in pristine condition.
Up next a closer look at the fans[nextpage title=”First Look”]
The first impression are often difficult to put into words, but we consumers know quality when we see it, and it is instantly apparent on the Magic Lanterns.
Each fan has a total of 22 LED’s around the ring of the fan (inner edge), and coupled with that semi-transparent blade you ought to expect good things.
A smart decision here, was to add a QR link to the product website should you lose the packaging!
Each corner is lined with additional padding, to keep vibrations in check.
Despite its slightly unusual shape, the Magic Lantern does confirm the de facto standard of 25mm thickness.
You may have overlooked it while having a nerdgasm; I did… the fans don’t come pre -fitted with any cabling. They are bundled separately, and I’m very impressed to see these are all black, and with a flat ribbon design too for optimal cable neatness.
The ends differ with one for the fans, and the other into the receiver.
My only niggle is the decision to power it via Molex; some other brands do this too, so I ought not to complain. My gripe is that I use a modular PSU and I have no other Molex powered devices, and this introduces unnecessary cabling into my system. I suspect only a small minority will feel the same way!
Anyhow, control is handled with a remote, and there’s a good amount of cabling between the unit and sensor. You’ll need to plan ahead and place this someone practical, if you plan to change settings often.
*Note* it works through glass/window side panels just fine.
Test Setup + Video Demo
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|Intel® 7700K (Kabylake)|
|Memory:||16GB Kingston Kingston Predator 16GB DDR4 PC4-24000C15 3200MHz Quad Channel Kit|
|PSU:||Bitfenix Fury 750G|
|Hard Drives:||SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k240GB |
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|OS:||Windows 10 X64|
We’ll talk numbers first then if you wish, do please watch the video below for a demo and overview. We feel it shows a fairer representation that static photos. I’ve also included some stock shots for those that are curious about colour tones.
As our test rig is continually updated, its not practical for us to assemble a dedicated system, and perform thermal testing. Components and chassis change on a regular basis. Instead, we challenge the quoted noise levels.
Quoted figures are often shunned and frowned upon, but they are also widely misunderstood. If a brand/product claims X DB, but if you note higher… that doesn’t always indicate a lie. The testing performed by manufacturers is usually carried out in a noise controlled environment, near impossible to replicate elsewhere.
With this is mind, we’ve done everything we can do eliminate exterior noise in the testing room.
To minimize sound interference from other devices, which would skew the results we use:
- An SSD.
- A CPU Heatsink in passive mode.
- Record the results a total of three times and produce an average.
- We can not test anything below 30db due to ambient room noise and other equipment limitations.
The product claims to produce between 21-23db, and operates between 1020 ~ 1380RPM
Our BIOS and various applications confirm the RPM was correct, regarding noise at the lowest speed we recorded 30db, as said above it very well could be less, however, when we activated the fans potential, we noted 34db (maximum) a 4db increase
Comparing this, to the other’s we’ve seen, we are very impressed with the noise output. However, the amount of air moving, is average. A single fan isn’t likely to make a massive thermal impact to any case. That said when in used in group, which is convenient…this being a triple pack, you ought to see a decent decrease in temps
X2 Magic Lantern 120mm Fan ReviewConclusion – TL:DR
So then conclusion time, and I’m really impressed with the product overall. Availability here in the UK is lacking, but elsewhere there seems to be plenty of retailers to choose from (US). Pricing is very fair considering its triple pack, based on similar offerings from other brands.
Visual performance is excellent, the only thing lacking is patterns or extra effects, for me, that’s no issue, as I personally don’t like those anyway. If you need something that adds a fair amount of lighting into your case, these are a smart choice. The hands-on control is a winner in our books.
The fans will please both camps, those who want to set and forgot, or those who like to change frequently, with the remote control. Speaking of which, and it’s not a design flaw..but the remote will interfere with similar products in the same area. For example, I have a LED strip on the underside of my desk, and it changes both at the same time. Unless I point it directly to the sensor on the fans!
Acoustic performance is very good, the slower mode inaudible but still pushes a fair amount of air. The higher mode is audible for sure, and naturally, pushes more. Being a triple pack, I think it would wise to run them all at the lower settings, depending on your setup and climate.
Thanks to X2 for sending out the sample for this review.