Introduction

When it comes to PC Cooling and Chassis, Cooler Master needs no introduction. Ever since its foundation in 1992, the company rolled out its first CPU Cooler in 1993 with major breakthrough coming in 1999 when their first all-aluminum based handmade chassis was launched. There was no stopping to the continuous innovation that took the company to the new frontiers of introducing liquid cooling solutions, power supply units, gaming peripherals, etc. Cooler Master is making strong come back in recent times with their cooling solutions and chassis.

Cooler Master has sent us their White edition of MF210 Halo fans. The most obvious thing about these fans is their dual-ring A-RGB lighting which in my personal opinion is well-executed, giving these fans a killer look (looks are subjective though!). Take any side of these fans and you will find the A-RGB light show. Cooler Master is marketing these fans as the specific air cooling solution ideal for the CPU air coolers and the chassis intake fans. As is the case with the Master Fan series lineup, these fans also feature a sensor for Jam protection. These fans are only available in a single fan pack that comes without a controller.

Here are the salient features of the products:

  • Dual Loop Addressable RGB Lighting
  • Silent Cooling Technology
  • Hybrid Fan Blade Design
  • Wide Range of Compatibility
  • Smart Fan Sensor for Jam Protection
  • Item:                     MasterFan MF120 Halo White
  • Manufacturer:       Cooler Master
  • Pricing:                  $21.99 on AMAZON

*Price is taken at the time of the review

Specifications

Packaging and Unboxing

The MF120 Halo fans are shipped inside the cardboard box in Cooler Master Style packing.

The box highlights ARGB lighting on the fans. The lighting is compatible with:

  • ASUS ARUA SYNC
  • ASRock POLYCHROME SYNC
  • MSI MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC

The fans feature 16.7M colors illumination. There is no compatibility with the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion 2.0 mentioned. Since these fans are using standard A-RGB (3-Pin) connectors, these should work with RGB Fusion 2.0 in my opinion.

Features are printed in 9 languages along with the specifications.

These are 120mm Duo-Ring A-RGB lighting fans from the Cooler Master.

The company’s contact information for various regions is printed.

There is a white color paperboard container inside the main packing box. It has the fan along with the screws and cable cover inside.

Contents

We have:

  • 1x MF120 Halo White Edition 120mm fan
  • 4x Self-Tapping Screws
  • User Guide
  • 1x Cable Cover

Closer Look

Let’s start with what Cooler Master is saying about their fans, “MasterFan MF120 Halo, a new series to the MasterFan family, provides a specific air cooling solution ideal for CPU coolers and chassis in-take fans. With dual Loop Addressable RGB Lighting ensuring the most vibrant display of color for your coverage and generate high-pressure airflow. MF120 Halo is fitted with multiple layers of our exclusive noise reduction technologies and a perfect blend of fan blade design that put together work in harmony to cool your entire case and its components in silence.”

The MasterFan MF120 Halo White has 9 frosted blades in a specially designed wave pattern. These fans feature a combination of a jet engine and helicopter blade designs resulting in maintained static air pressure without sacrificing airflow. These fans have smart fan sensors built into them. This sensor makes the motor immediately stop spinning as soon as any foreign object hits the spinning blades. There is a Cooler Master branded sticker in the middle.

The frame of the fan is quite thick as it is housing the ARGB LEDs dual rings. These fans are in white color from head to toe. Each mounting corner has a white color anti-vibration pad. Each mounting corner has a concealed design to neat look as the screws would remain hidden inside the chassis. There are two rings of A-RGB LEDs on the frame.

The sides of the frame show the dual ring design. There are two rings of A-RGB LEDs on the frame. One is towards the front side and the other is towards the backside.

There is a 5-arms assembly on the rear. One arm has two latches to hold the cables coming out of the center. There is another catcher on the borderline of the frame from where the cables are finally out of the frame. These catchers prevent the cables from falling. We have a Cooler Master brand logo up top on the sticker and the power rating of the fan and the LEDs. The fans are made in China. These fans are using Rifle bearings with MTTF of 160,000 hours (for the fan).

Each fan has two flat cables which are also in white color.

One cable has a 4-pin PWM connector cable to power the motor of the fan having an approximate length of 450mm whereas the other is a dual-connector A-RGB cable having an approximate length of 450+75mm. it has standard 3-pin male and female connectors. Even the connectors are in white color.

Let’s take a look at the specifications of the fans:

Dimension (LxHxW) 120x120x25mm
Speed 650 ~ 1800 RPM ±10%
Air Flow 47.2 CFM ±10%
Air Pressure 1.6 mmH₂O ±10%
Noise Level 6 – 30 dBA
MMTF (Fan) 160,000 hours
Bearing Rifle Bearing
Fan Connector 4-pin PWM
Fan Rated Voltage 12 VDC
Fan Rated Current 0.25A
Fan Safety Current 0.37A
Fan Power Consumption 3.0W
RGB Connector 3-pin
RGB Rated Voltage 5VDC
RGB Rated Current 0.55A (0.80A Max)

                                                                                                                              

A-RGB Lighting

We earlier looked at the black or standard edition of these Halo fans which does come in a 3-in-1 pack with the controller as well. At that time, there was a though in the mind that the white edition of these fans would make for a killer look in the build particularly for the white builds. Having taken a look at the white edition, I am sure, that thinking was not wrong. Though we have some decent airflow and static pressure rating making these fans useful for the caser airflow than for the heat sink use. Here are a few pictures for your eyes pleasure:

 

 

Testing

Following test benches have been used: –

  • Asus Rampage V Edition 10
  • Intel i7 6850k
  • Cooler Master ML240L V2 ARGB
  • Corsair Vengeance RED LED 16GB @ 2666MHz
  • Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G
  • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
  • Cooler Master MWE 650W Gold PSU
  • Open-air Test bench

Following software were used for testing and monitoring.

  • Asus Real Bench v 2.56
  • Real Temp GT v 3.70

Here is the settings table for testing:

Voltage (V) 1.210
Clock (MHz) 4000
Turbo Boost Disabled
C-States Disabled
Speed Step Disabled
Thermal Paste Noctua NT-H1
Test Run Time 60 minutes
Idling Time 15 minutes
Fan Speed At various speeds as mentioned in the Graph
Pump Speed Connected to the AIO Pump header to run at 100% speed

 

The thermal paste used on the 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 benefit that may come using the supplied thermal paste. Delta temperatures are reported on the graphs. The testing is done on an open-air bench system. Once inside the chassis, the temperatures are expected to rise and would largely depend upon the optimal airflow inside the chassis.

Not every run of the stress test may yield the same result. This could well be due to many factors like mounting pressure, thermal paste application, varying ambient temperature. Not to mention the silicon differences even among the same category of the chips. Hence, it is pertinent to mention the testing methodology along with the specifics.

We have tested the Cooler Master MF120 Halo fans on the Cooler Master ML240L V2 ARGB cooler which comes with their two new Sickleflow A-RGB fans. In order to establish the reference point for the comparison, the thermal testing was done using the stock fans and then with the MF120 Halo fans with the new thermal paste application. The Sickleflow 120 ARGB fans have the following data:

Sickleflow 120 ARGB MF120 Halo
Rated Speed 65 ~ 1800 RPM ±10% 65 ~ 1800 RPM ±10%
Airflow 62 CFM 47.2 CFM ±10%
Static Pressure 2.5 mmH₂O 1.6 mmH₂O ±10%
Noise 8 – 27 dBA 32 dBA

 

We have also added the result of testing the standard/black edition of the MF120 Halo fans.

Let’s take a look at the results.

100% Duty Cycle

At full speed, there was an approximate difference of 2.5°C which is understandable as the Sickleflow fans have better airflow and air pressure rating.

Auto PWM

There is not much of a difference here. On Auto PWM the MF120 Halo fans were operating at the 900 RPM mark which is almost half the rated speed.

Here is a table showing RPM range and corresponding airflow measurements of the Cooler Master MF120 Halo White:

PWM (%age) Speed (RPM) Airflow (CFM)
20 648 11.74
30 837 17.80
40 1005 23.21
50 1160 28.8
60 1290 33.80
70 1451 38.15
80 1563 41.18
90 1685 47.50
100 1801 50.00

 

Acoustic

The fans at 100% of their speed were doing approximately 50 dB(A) at an ambient of 33 dBA.

Conclusion

The Cooler Master has released their new fans in the MasterFan line. These are MF120 Halo fans available in a pack of 1 and 3 fans for the black color. Cooler Master has also released the white edition of these Halo fans and at the moment they are available only in a single fan pack without a controller. Cooler Master has informed that they will soon release the 3 fans pack in the white color as well. The killer feature of these coolers is the dual ring digital lighting which definitely looks absolutely amazing in person and would add more to the overall look and feel of the build particularly the white build.

Each fan has 9 frosted blades designed in a wave pattern to balance the airflow with moderate static pressure. These fans feature a sensor and would stop spinning if any object touches the blades. This safety feature would definitely come in handy. Everything about these white edition Halo fans is white from head to toe! We have cut-to-design anti-vibration pads pre-installed on the mounting corners. The MF120 Halo White fans feature digital lighting in Dual Loop. The dual rings and the center of the fans pack A-RGB LEDs and these give one heck of an AURA of a light show. One ring is on the front side and the second on the backside. They are integrated into the mainframe.

Each fan has two cables. Both are flat in design and they are also in white color. One cable has a 4-pin PWM connector (in white as well) to power the fan and the other cable has the dual-connectors A-RGB cable with connectors in the white color as well. The user can daisy chain the A-RGB cables and connect a single connector to the source. These fans are compatible with ASUS AURA SYNC, MSI MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC, and ASRock POLYCHROME Sync. There is no compatibility information with regard to the GIGABYTE RGB FUSION 2.0. Since these fans are using the standard 3-pin A-RGB connectors using pin format of +5V, D, , G, these fans should work with any controller or motherboard featuring the standard header.

The Cooler Master MF120 Halo White fans are using Rifle bearings and are rated for 160,000 hours MTTF. The airflow rating is 47.2 CFM ±10% and the air pressure rating is 1.6 mmH₂O ±10%. Their sound rating is 6-30 dBA. The Cooler Master MF120 Halo White edition fan is listed at $22 on AMAZON at the time of the review. Cooler Master is offering 2 years warranty for these fans. These fans are more suitable for the case airflow than for cooler use though there is no stopping the user from using these fans on the coolers. We are thankful to the Cooler Master for the provision of the MF120 Halo White fans for the review.

Tech4Gamers Recommended Award

 

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.0
Quality
8.5
Features
9.0
Performance
8.0
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