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X2 Magic Lantern 120mm Fan Review

X2 Magic lantern Fan Review

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
Read Full Specs?
  • Specifications
  • 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.

X2 Magic Lantern 120mm Fan Review

Up next a closer look at the fans

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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.

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 Fan Review
Bottom Line
The product delivered more than we anticipated. If you want true hands-on control then look no further. The visual benefits are fantastic, and cooling performance fair
Positive
Great Value
Easy Control, good presets
Control of fan speeds!
Stellar Visuals
Negative
SATA Power would have been better
9.5
Stunning

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