Deepcool MF120S 3-Fans Pack Review

Introduction

Deepcool was founded in 1996 with its headquarters in Beijing with the aim of providing the best customized thermal solutions for customers around the world. When it comes to PC components of enthusiastic grade, Deepcool is a recognized and recognized brand that is gaining more popularity. The company is focused on providing better thermal solutions in the form of air and liquid coolers. Your Captain Ex is a high-end AIO CPU cooler that has shape and function in a single package. Deepcool has seen more success with its Castle and Fryzen CPU coolers and is reaching the insurance trend. The company offers PC chassis, power supplies, case fans, coolers for laptops, PC desktops, lighting solutions. Gamer Storm is the brand of Deepcool under which PC components of enthusiastic level are offered to the market. Tri-Stellar, Quad-Stellar, Genome / II, New Ark 90 are some of their popular and highly customizable PC chassis on the market.

Previously, we had reviewed the Deepcool MF120 when they were released. The design of MF120 is one of its types and is really a remarkable idea. Today we are going to take a look at the MF120S. The basic or basic design and the product remain the same, but the MF120S does not depend on the dedicated controller, which can only be controlled and operated with the smartphone as is the case with the MF120. Deepcool is clearly a company that is taking comments seriously and working on them for future design modifications. While users took the MF120 quite positively, there was a general feeling that these fans should have been operated / controlled directly from the PC through the use of the motherboard. Well, MF120S does exactly that. We have the same beautiful frameless design based on a seamless all-in-one skeleton frame made of 100% aluminum alloy, but this time the user can connect the power and LED cables to the motherboard or other controller source. They have a built-in true 16.7M true digital RGB color illumination that can now be controlled by a motherboard lighting head or a dedicated driver that has been included in the package. The package has 3 fans and a controller, along with a host of accessories that include a 5-port LED RGB concentrator and a new 4-port fan hub design. Fans of the MF120 won the iF 2018 Design Award and MF120S continues with the SAGA of the MF120s.

  • Article: MF120S
  • Manufacturer: DEEPCOOL
  • Brand: Gamer Storm
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    Packaging and unpacking

    The packing of these fans is strangely strange but also charming. The cardboard box is placed inside a transparent container box. The front shows a fan at the top. The GamerStorm brand and logo are printed on the upper left side of the lid cover. MF120S is printed below the GamerStorm mark. The speed range of the fans is printed below the model information. The lighting solution is compatible with the main integrated lighting headers of motherboard manufacturers. The package has 3 fans.

    The back has a cover printed on its entire length. The GamerStorm brand and logo are printed on top. The salient features are printed in 6 languages ​​on the left side. The specifications are printed in the table format on the right side.

    This side has the name of the GamerStorm brand and the logo printed on the top left. The MF120S is printed in the middle. Two block diagrams are printed on the bottom that show the size of the fan.

    This side has a green cover with the name of the GamerStorm brand and the logo printed on the top left. The MF120S is printed on the middle and outstanding highlights are printed graphically on the bottom.

    Part and serial adhesive labels are not glued on the bottom. The fans are manufactured in China.

    The top of the box has a GamerStorm brand and logo printed on top. MF120S is printed on the upper lower part. The contents of the box are printed on the bottom.

    We have a total of 4 boxes inside the packing box. Three contain the fans and one is the accessory box.

    Accessories

    The following are included in the package:

    • 3x LED fans
    • 1x 4-port fan concentrator
    • 1x 5-port LED concentrator
    • 1x ARGB extension cable A
    • 1x ARGB Extension Cable B
    • 1x ARGB Controller
    • 3x 4-pin Low Noise Adapters
    • 12x Rubber Buckles
    • 12x Screw Radiator

    ] 19659018] The MF120S is a RGB PC box fan without aluminum frame that has already won the iF 2018 design award. What is unique about these fans is that they have no frame that circulates through the blades that have the typical fans of the casing. An industry standard. This is what the manufacturer has to say about these fans: "MF120S is a PC box fan capable of dissipating heat in a powerful way. Its unique frameless design, together with its double layer positive pressure fans, can provide maximum airflow without any hindrance. Meanwhile, the 16.7M true color addressable RGB light system of MF120S can be presented in 36 interchangeable lighting modes and can be controlled through the included driver and the specified motherboard. Finally, a 5-port RGB hub is included to make your RGB synchronization easier than ever! "

    These are the unique features of the fans:

    • The unique frameless design presents a perfect set – the skeleton frame made of 100% aluminum alloy.
    • Two-layer blower blower designed for maximum efficiency and suspended fan mounting offers better restricted air flow.
    • Lighting system based on true color LED of 16.7M. providing 36 interchangeable lighting modes.
    • RGB effects can be controlled through the included driver and the specified motherboard. A 5-port RGB hub is included to facilitate RGB synchronization.
    • PWM control ready. With the LSP function and 2 sets of screws included, MF 120S can perfectly serve as a box fan and radiator fan.
    • WS2812B The ADD-RGB LED is applied and the following 3-pin ADD-RGB heads are compatible for the device: 5V / D / G and 5V / D / NC / G, which is used for the main brands M / B as ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte.

    Let's look more closely at the fans and the controller and see what this is all about. . The size of a fan is 120x120x26mm. We recently revised your TF120 which also has the same dimension. A standard 120 mm fan typically has a height of 25 mm unless otherwise indicated. This is the second of the Deepcool with 26 mm in height. Here are the specifications:

    Dimension 120x120x26mm
    Speed ​​ 500 ~ 2000 ± RPM
    Sound level ≤33.4 dBA
    Air pressure 1.67mmAq * [19659038] Airflow 45.4 CFM
    Speed ​​with LSP ** 400 ~ 1500 ± RPM
    Sound level ≤26 dBA
    Air pressure 0.79 mmAq [19659038] Bearing Type [1965904039] Hydro Bearings
    Voltage 12VDC
    Current 0.17A
    Power Consumption 2 W

    ** LSP here means Low Noise Adapter Adapter. Deepcool has provided three LSP cables, each with a length of approximately 80 mm. The user is recommended to connect each LSP cable directly to the 4-pin PWM cable of the fan before using any fan hub or splitter cable.

    * Generally, you will find the air pressure in the mmH₂O unit, which represents the pressure in millimeters. of water. mmAq above represents the millimeters of Aqua, which is the same as mmH₂O.

    Let's take a look at the front side of the fan. We can see that there is no frame around the blades. The fans feature a seamless all-in-one skeleton frame made of 100% aluminum alloy. The fan is suspended from this unique frame. This will help in the flow of air without restrictions. The front side has a two-arm frame design that is interconnected in the center where the fan motor hub is. Each arm has a length of 113 mm from the edge above the edge. It is finished in silver to indicate the fabricated aluminum alloy. The inner side of each arm has a diffuser with the RGB LEDs underneath. The diffusers are facing each other. The upper sides of the frame have angled edges where there is a straight line design in the center. In the center, there is a black plastic cover in a hexogen design. It has a GamerStorm brand logo that seems to have some lighting effect when it is in action. Each edge has a depth of 26 mm with the corner assemblies fully covered with a black padding to avoid the sound of vibration. There is a gap of 110 mm between the two mounting holes.

    The blades are double layer, very similar to what we saw in the fans of the Deepcool TF120 series. This double-layer approach increases efficiency. This design approach works in conjunction with the implementation of the suspended fan to aid in unrestricted airflow. Each fan has 9 blades. In general, the quality of construction is good. Despite the implementation being suspended, there was no flexing in the blades.

    Each mounting hole is covered with anti-vibration black pads. There is a black adhesive stuck in the engine hub. It has a logo of the GamerStorm brand printed in white. The diffusers are fastened with the aluminum body with a black cover on the lower part of each arm. This is done to eliminate overflow and have a soft color diffusion everywhere. The side with the aluminum arms facing you is the front side or the side from which the air will be taken. The side with only the blades and the logo of the white mark of the GamerStorm is the back or side from which the air will be expelled. The Deepcool has provided 12x screws that must be used to install these fans in the radiators. To install these fans in the chassis, use the supplied rubber buckles. Install the fans in the chassis so that the chassis frame is between the rubber buckles and the fans.

    The main difference between the MF120 and the MF120S is that the first one has a micro USB port in one. arm. The micro-USB cable is connected to the MF120 and the controller. While in the MF120S, we now have two cables (both planes) that come out of the fan from the same arm. One is the 3-pin LED cable that has a length of about 437 mm and the other is the 4-pin PWM cable that has a length of 337 mm. These cables do not have a fragile connection with the fan unlike what we observed in the MF120 models.

    The image above is an image of the fan in a standing position. It is difficult to make these fans stand alone due to the lack of proper frame for support. The finish is top-notch and the angular surface really adds to the pleasing appearance.

    The Deepcool has included a 4-port fan center in the package that is really good on its part. This is a renovated version of the fan center that has an elegant and slim design and looks great in person. The ports are numbered as Fan 1 to Fan 4. GamerStorm is carved on the opposite side of the port numbering side. The other side of the cube has a 3M adhesive tape to easily install the fan in the chassis. The hub has a 4-pin PWM cable that measures 392 mm. They have also included a 4-pin PWM extension cable just in case. That cable has a length of 400mm. If a user wishes to perform push / pull settings on this unit, the 4-port fan concentrator will be useful as it will allow the four fans to connect to this hub and then output a single 4-pin PWM cable. The concentrator can be connected to the fan head of the motherboard to regulate the speed. In this way we can be sure of having the same speed in all the fans. Port one is white to indicate that its PWM signal will be used to regulate all connected fans.

    RGB Lighting

    Now, it's time to take a look at the RGB lighting hardware that Deepcool has provided with the unit. The true color 16.7M RGB fluid light system with 5 built-in effects (dynamic, static, breathing, kite and fashion collision) has 36 interchangeable lighting modes in this refrigerator. As we explained above, the addressable RGB LEDs are located in the upper part of the block under the diffuser for which comes a 3-pin cable that leaves the pump housing. Due to the format of this cable, it can not be directly connected to the addressable RGB header of the motherboard. Deepcool has provided two solutions for that. One is the dedicated controller to control addressable RGB lighting effects. The controller is powered by SATA. The length of the power cable is 400 mm, while the length of the RGB cable is 370 mm. The controller has 3 buttons at the top. The top button is printed + and used to switch between different lighting modes. It has a lever effect. The middle button is used to control the brightness. It will speed up / decrease the speed of the currently loaded mode and will not work in static mode. The lower button has been printed on it and is used to change the load from the previous mode. There is a warning that I can mention here when it comes to mounting this driver. Ideally, it would be accessible to me, so it should be available outside the chassis, which will definitely be a problem. Alternatively, it can be installed in a place inside the chassis where accessibility can be easy, but for that, we will still have to open the side panel to access the controller.

    This is not all, as Deepcool also includes an RGB hub that allows you to synchronize up to 5 ARGB devices and coordinate the color. That concentrator can be connected to the controller, either a dedicated one or the lighting header of the motherboard. The rear of the hub has two magnets on each end to make it easier to use, they have also added 3M adhesive.

    The Deepcool has included a RGB Sync cable that can be connected to the addressable RGB. headers enabled on modern motherboards such as AURA from Asus, Mystic Lighting from MSI, RGB Fusion from Gigabyte. Two types of RGB LED extension cables that support + 5V / D // G and + 5V / D / G are included to cover each possible lighting solution format on the motherboards. Deepcool is using the ADD-RGB WS2812B LEDs on the CF120 and on the block of this refrigerator. It is clear that Deepcool has not left any corner uncovered. Here is some technical data on the LEDs:

    Type of LED Addressable
    Rated voltage 5V
    Rated current 0.76A
    Rated power 3.8W
    ] LED connector 3-pin (+ 5V-DG)
    LED control Motherboard with addressable RGB header / ADD-RGB controller

    Here are some pictures for your visual pleasure and we have made a video about lighting effects.

    Tests

    I'm just testing the thermal performance of these fans for which the following configuration is used:

    • Asus Rampage V Edition 10
    • Intel i7 6850k
    • Corsair Vengeance RED LED 16GB @ 2666MHz [19659005] Deepcool Captain 240 Pro
    • Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 O8G
    • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
    • WD Black 6TB
    • Corsair AX1200i

    The following software was used to test and observe. Asus Real Bench v 2.44 [Intel]

  • Real Temp GT v 3.70 [Intel]

The thermal paste that is being used in my test bench is the Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste. The use of the same thermal paste for all coolers will ensure standardization and mitigate any performance benefits that may come with the thermal paste supplied. I also started to test the refrigerators with the thermal paste included. Here is the voltage and clock information:

Intel Platform
Clock (MHz) Voltage (V)
3600 1,130
A 4300 A minimum of 30 is performed Asus RealBench execution minutes to overload the CPU. The thermals are monitored using the RealTemp software. The average temperature is calculated by adding the temperature of the individual core and dividing it by 6. The ambient temperature is deducted from this average value to obtain the delta temperature. First, the tests were performed with the Deepcool Captain 240 Pro series fans, followed by the stress tests with the Captain 240 Pro MF120S. The fans were set to run at full speed and the cooler pump was also set to operate at maximum speed. The MF120S reached 1980 RPM as reported in the BIOS and using an LSP cable, they were doing 1502 RPM validating the nominal speeds.

Here are the results.

Results

Let's see the graphs. [19659003]

At 3.6GHz, we have impressive competition here, since there was only a difference of 0.8 ° C between CF120 and MF120S that speaks for itself. Using the LSP cable there was a temperature increase of 1.13 ° C. Heck awesome feat!

With 6850k at 4.3GHz overclocked at 1,350V, the MF120S were behind the CF120 by a margin of 1.24 ° C and with LSP cables were behind the CF120 with a margin of 4 ° C. These fans have some performance.

Sound

I could not measure the sound level of the unit due to uncontrollable environmental noises. According to my experience with the tests of fans and coolers, the cooler fans are very noisy and are joking. There was a buzz when they were mounted on the radiator. A custom fan curve can be useful in case you are sitting too close to the PC or if you are a sound conscious person like me, or better use an LSP cable.

Conclusion

The MF120S is the logical result of Deepcool. They are based on the winner of the iF design Award 2018 MF120. The MF120 has no means to connect and control the fans to the PC, as they have their own control box that can be controlled through the WiFi network on your smartphone. The restriction is speaking for itself. The MF120S are exactly the same fans with some changes in the specifications table, but the most important thing is that they can be connected to the PC either to turn them on or control the lighting. These fans feature the frameless design concept and have a seamless all-in-one body / frame made of 100% aluminum alloy. The total dimension of the fan is 120x120x26mm. These fans are rated at 12VDC. Its nominal current is 0.17A with an input power of 2W. The fans have a rating of 500 ~ 2000 ± 10% RPM. The maximum air flow at 12VDC is 45.4CFM. The noise level is ≤33.4 dB (A). Fans are using Hydro bearings. The air pressure is at 1.67mmAq. With a low noise level adapter, the speed range is 400 ~ 1500 RPM with a sound level of ≤26dBA and an air pressure of 0.79 mmAq.

The MF120 comes in a package of 3 fans with a large number of accessories. The presentation of the package is correct and is too good. The fan is suspended from this unique frame. This will help in the flow of air without restrictions. The front side has a two-arm frame design that is interconnected in the center where the fan motor hub is. Each arm has a length of 113 mm from the edge above the edge. It is finished in silver to indicate the fabricated aluminum alloy. The inner side of each arm has a diffuser with the RGB LEDs underneath. There is a gap of 110 mm between the two mounting holes. This seamless one-body design speaks for itself and gives these fans a surprising look. The blades are double-layer very similar to what we saw in the fans of the Deepcool TF120 series. This double-layer approach increases efficiency and provides more air pressure. This design approach works in conjunction with the implementation of the suspended fan to aid in unrestricted airflow. Each fan has 9 blades. The overall quality of the construction is improved. In spite of being suspended the implementation there was no flexion in the blades. The Deepcool has provided 12x screws that must be used to install these fans in the radiators. To install these fans in the chassis, use the supplied rubber buckles.

The Deepcool has included a slim and stylish newly designed 4-port fan center in the accessories along with a PWM extension cable. They have also included three low-noise adapter cables that must be directly connected to the fans before connecting them to the power supply. They have also included a 5-port LED hub with two ARGB extension cables each with a different pin interface. This is done to ensure maximum compatibility with the lighting headers of the motherboards, since Gigabyte is using a 4-pin interface in its 5V lighting headers. This is not all, since Deepcool also includes the dedicated lighting controller that works with SATA. Think of any accessory, whatever, what we offer seems to be a mega thought in Deepcool. Click here to read our review of Deepcool MF120 .

A pack of 3 fans of MF120S is on Amazon at $ 89.99 at the time of review. We have tested the thermal performance of the Deepcool Captain 240 Pro with the MF120S and they are successful. The only warning is the high level of sound that can be controlled with the low noise adapter cable or by configuring a custom fan curve.

We thank Deepcool for giving us the opportunity to review their fanatic MF120S .

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