Photos and Features
The white QL120’s came in the same packaging as the black QL120’s that I previously took a look at, no shocker there. It is cool though that the picture on the front does match the white color of the fans. A lot of times variations like this are lucky to get a sticker that shows what color they are. The front picture shows the fan, the unique frame design, and the dual ring lighting that can be seen from multiple angles all in one shot. There is another picture on the back of the box that shows both the front and back view. That sits next to the specifications and a list of everything included in the three fan kit. Then below that, they have a shortlist of features that are repeated over and over in multiple languages.
Inside the three fans, all come in their own tray and then there is a small yellow box that has all of the documentation and other accessories. For documentation, the main thing is the user manual, but there is also all of the other documentation that you never look at like a paper on not throwing electronics out, one with the certification on it, and a factory paper that shows things were inspected.
For the other accessories, you have three bags of fan screws and the included Lighting Node Core. All of the fan screws are black which is notable, most fans come with basic chrome screws.
So here is the Lighting Node Core, this is how Corsair controls all of the lighting in the three fans. While you get the three fans the Lighting Node Core does have hookups for 6 RGB products in total so you can expand things later with any of Corsairs other products or if you want to run a push pull setup and need 4 or 6 fans it is possible here. The QL fans have twice the number of addressable LEDs so while a few of Corsairs other controls will also work with them, some will be limited to a lower amount of devices when hooked up to the QL fans which makes the Lighting Node Core a good choice even if it wasn’t included in this kit. It has a SATA power connection and a USB 2.0 header for the data connection. They also include one pad of 3M double-sided tape for installation as well.
Here is the white version of the QL120 and I have to say that while this is the exact same design as the black model I took a look at launch the white looks a LOT better. The black fans still have the translucent white fan blade and the lighting ring on the outside so there is a lot of contrast. Here everything is white except the rubber fans on the corners so it all goes together a lot better, not to mention white components always look amazing. For connections each fan does have two cords, one is to hook up to the Lighting Node Core to control the lighting and the other is a standard PWM 4 pin fan plug. This is where I mentioned in my original review where I thought things could be improved. When you start adding a lot of these into a system I think I would prefer all of that be on one plug with one cord. Not only would controlling the fans speeds in Corsairs software be nice, but doubling up on the cords gets to be a big mess, not to mention some motherboards aren’t going to have enough headers once up get up past 3.
The frame design for the QL fans is dictated a lot by the dual lighting rings. Corsairs LL or light loop fans are nice but adding a second loop on the back isn’t nice unless you can see it. So they changed the frame design to this X like shape so that from all of the sides you can still see both the inside and outside outer rings. They did still keep the rubber vibration pads, however, though it would have been cool if those were white for this model as well.
Then you have the actual fan itself which is a 9 blade design with the translucent fan blade. The front has a silver cap on the center with the Corsair logo etched onto it and the rear is similar but with a smaller cover. The reason for that is because not only do the QL fans have addressable LEDs all around the outside ring on both sides, there is inside lighting as well. You can see the ring on the back and the front is the center of the fan blade. So each outside ring has 12 addressable LEDs then the read ring has 6 and the front has 4 for a total of 34 LEDs.
Here is a look at the three fans you get with this kit. You can get the QL fans in white in the 3 pack and individually in both 120mm and 140mm sizes. The three pack covers what most cases will need with a dual fan radiator and a rear exhaust and with the included Lighting Node Core it is the best way to get up and running, leaving the individual packs mostly just for adding more to your system or for adding a QL fan into one of Corsairs past setups.