GAMDIAS M2-1204R White Fans Review Summary
Thermal Performance - 7.5/10
Value - 9/10
Build Quality - 7/10
Noise Performance - 9/10
What We Think
The GAMDIAS M2-1204R White fans are pocket-friendly fans with mediocre ratings which are better suited for case ventilation with some vivid and dynamic lighting. The game is strong with their noise output and these fans sit perfectly in the GAMDIAS Ecosystem.
- Complete Package
- Decent Performance
- Better Acoustic
- Brilliant RGB Lighting
- Control Box
- Remote Control
- No PWM/Voltage Control
- Poor build quality of the headers
- Proprietary Connection
In this article, we are taking a look at the GAMDIAS AEOLUS M2-1204R White edition fans. This is a value pack of 4 fans in a single box with the AEOLUS control box and a remote control. Their salient features include:
- White Edition
- Remote To Switch Between 55 Lighting Effects
- Four 120mm Trio-Ring RGB Fan Pack
- Supports Motherboard Sync Functionality
- AEOLUS Box Supports Up to 8 fans & 2 LED Strips
- AEOLUS Box Extension enables more lighting effects
- Hydraulic Bearing
The fans are shipped inside a paperboard box with colorful stenciling and a theme all around. The particular focus is on the yellow and black colors. These fans feature a Trio-Loop design with ARGB lighting all around. This lighting coupled with the white color frame makes these fans something brilliant.
These fans have an airflow rating of 56 CFM with 1.69 mmH₂O static pressure. From these ratings alone, these are mediocre fans. GAMDIAS is aiming these for the case airflow as well as for the radiator use as well.
The fans come with an AEOLUS control box and a remote control as well.
The ARGB lighting is compatible with the supported motherboards (Standard 3-pin connector on 5V header).
There is a white color box inside the main packing box which has the fans and the accessories.
The fans are stacked on one side and the cables are rested on the accessory box.
There is a white color accessory box inside the main box.
It is time to take a look at the fans. Here is what GAMDIAS is saying about these fans, “The AEOLUS M2 1204R WH is a 4-pack combo of the white, silent, and powerful AEOLUS M2 ARGB fan. The product comes with an auxiliary wireless remote controller and AEOLUS Box with a simple plug-in connection to enrich your RGB experience.”
We have a ring-style frame with 7 white frosted blades. Everything about this fan is white from top to bottom except for the black color sticker in the center. The edges of the frame are thicker which is understandable as these packs the A-RGB LEDs inside. Each fan has a total of 22 A-RGB LEDs which are o 55 Neon-Flex types. One light ring or loop is on the front. These fans have a dimension of 120x120x25mm. The difference between any two mounting holes is a standard 105mm.
There is a cut-to-size mounting corner on the frame. Each corner has a cut-to-size anti-vibration pad in white color.
The second ring or loop is on the sides of the frame. There is a serial number sticker pasted on the side of the frame.
These fans are using proprietary 8-pin connectors (7+0). The cable can be disconnected from the header which is built into the frame. The header is in the black frame.
The above picture shows the header on the frame after removing the cable. Here comes my complaint. The build quality of these headers is not up-to-par and the cable’s connector took the piece of the frame of the header which seems to actually have melted and pasted on the connector. This phenomenon was observed in three fans. Clearly, GAMDIAS needs to up its QC game.
The above picture shows the 8-pin power connector of the fan.
There is a 4-arms assembly on the backside holding the fan motor and blades to the frame. There is a power label sticker here. These fans are using Hydraulic bearings. Each bearing type has its own advantages and disadvantages. These bearings have a typical life span of 40,000 to 50,000 hours and they are better suited for the medium speed range fans. We can see the third ring or loop on the backside. One of the arms is wider as it conceals the power wires quite well.
The salient specifications are:
|Air Flow||56 CFM|
|Static Pressure||1.69 mmH₂O|
|Noise Level||0.3 Sone|
GAMDIAS has provided an AEOLUS control box with these fans. The box has a dimension of 92x46x13mm. Each port is labeled in white color. This box can house up to 8x GAMDIAS-supported fans and 2x RGB LEDs.
The above picture shows one side of the box. We have 4x 8-pin ports on each side followed by a 4-pin RGB port.
There is a 4-pin port to which the SATA cable is connected.
There are two ports labeled LED Out and LED In. Both have a different purposes and one needs to pay attention while operating. If we are using a single AEOLUS box then the LED In should be used to connect the box to the motherboard.
The above picture illustrates how to connect two AEOLUS boxes.
There is a magnetic plate provided with the box. Its one side has a self-adhesive sticker. That side goes on the box. The magnetic mounting makes the placement of the control box in the case convenient.
GAMDIAS has provided a cable that is to be used to connect two AELOUS control boxes. The colored connectors make it convenient for the user to identify the correct LED ports on the boxes.
There is an A-RGB cable having a standard 3-pin connector. This cable connects the control box to the motherboard.
There is a SATA cable as well to power the control box.
There are 16x self-tapping screws as well.
The above picture illustrates the fans’ connection to the control box.
GAMDIAS has provided a remote control that allows the user to access the built-in 55 lighting modes in the AEOLUS control box. The user would need this remote to control the speed of the fans as well. There is no PWM control or even voltage-based control for that matter. This is a big letdown in my opinion.
The above picture illustrates the use of the remote control buttons.
The light show on these fans is brilliant.
The above picture shows the compatibility of these fans with the motherboard’s onboard solution. We have used the bundled remote control as well as the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion to play with the lighting and these were responding flawlessly.
Here are a few pictures.
The following test bench is used for thermal performance testing: –
- GIGABYTE Z690 AERO G
- Intel i7 12700k [4.8GHz, 1.190V]
- DeepCool LS720
- XPG Lancer RGB 32GB 6000MHZ DDR5
- MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio
- Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB NVMe SSD
- bequiet! Straight Power 11 850W Platinum PSU
- Thermaltake Core P6 TG Snow Edition in an open frame layout
CINEBENCH R23 is used to stress the CPU for 30 minutes. The system is left idle for 5 minutes to record the idle temperature. The average of all P-Cores maximum temperature is taken and reported in the graph. For comparison, we have the DeepCool FC120 fans from the LS720. Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste is used.
Please note that 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 and varying ambient temperature. Not to mention the silicon differences even among the same category of chips. Hence, it is pertinent to mention the testing methodology along with the specifics.
Let’s take a look at the results.
There is roughly a difference of 2.5°C between these two fans which is understandable as the DeepCool FC120 are high-performing fans.
We are taking the airflow reading by placing the instrument closer to the fan. The values would vary depending on the distance between the anemometer and the fan. Since these fans have no user control except those two buttons to have slow speed and full speed. We use the full-speed button and took the airflow rating and it was reporting 52 CFM.
We are not recording the noise output due to certain uncontrollable environment noise. Based on our actual hearing which is subjective, these fans don’t make a loud noise at full speed (provided they are operating at full speed).
GAMDIAS AEOLUS M2-1204R White is a 4-in-1 pack that comes with the AEOLUS control box and a remote control. GAMDIAS has provided 4x 120mm white fans in this pack. These are 120x120x25mm size fans with standard 105mm spacing between any two mounting holes.
Each fan has 7 frosted blades. The frame of these fans is circular or ring design. There are two rings and then the loop on the side frame making it a trio-loop light design. From every area of the fan, you would get a lighting effect. Speaking of the lighting, each fan has 22 A-RGB LEDs which are 55 Neon-Flex types. The frame is still sturdy and overall build quality is fine though we have complaints as well.
Each fan has an 8-pin black color header on a side of the frame. The white color flat cable can be disconnected from this header. The housing of the headers on two fans is melted and stuck on the connector making it difficult to remove the connectors. When we removed one connector, it took that piece off of the header. GAMDIAS needs to up its QC game. Also, these headers wobble which should not be the case.
These fans are rated for 700 ~ 1500 RPM ±10% speed. I am surprised they are providing the speed range when the user has no (PWM or Voltage) control of the speed. All that the user can do is press the full-speed button on the remote control or the slow-speed button.
The operating voltage is 12V DC. This fan draws 1.92W using 0.16A. The airflow rating is 56 CFM with a static pressure rating of 1.69mmH₂O at 12VDC. These are mediocre ratings. Our testing is showing these fans generating 52 CFM. GAMDIAS is using Hydraulic bearings in these fans which is fine. Typically these bearings have a life span of 40,000 to 50,000 hours though GAMDIAS has not mentioned the life span.
GAMDIAS has provided an AELOUS control box as well as a remote control with the fans. The user can connect up to 8x GAMDIAS-supported fans to this box and 2x RGB LEDs (4-pin, 12V). The control box is SATA powered. The user also has the option to daisy-chain two AEOLUS control boxes. The user can also connect the control box to the motherboard and control the lighting from the motherboard’s app. The fans are compatible with the GIGABYTE RGB FUSION, ASUS AURA SYNC, MSI MYSTIC SYNC, ASROCK POLYCHROME SYNC, and BIOSTAR RGB LED solutions. The control box has magnetic-based handling which is a wise design.
Generally speaking, the design where the fans are using proprietary connectors (8-pin in this case) and are fully dependent on the provided control box though may well be sitting in the manufacturer’s Ecosystem but in case the control box develops any fault, the complete system rendered useless.
The pack of 4 fans with the control box and remote control is listed at $53.9 and GAMDIAS is offering a 2-year warranty on these fans. We have tested these fans on the DeepCool LS720 AIO installed on the GIGABYTE Z690 AERO G and 12700k overclocked to 4.8GHz all P-Cores and 3.8GHz all E-Cores. Their thermal performance is decent which makes them more suitable for case ventilation but their noise output is better.
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