Deepcool Gamer Storm TF 120 Review – Deepcool’s Gamer Storm lineup of products includes one case but is mostly made up of CPU coolers and fans. The new Gamer Storm TF 120 is one of the latter that—as its name suggests— measures 120mm in diameter and that comes in three colors: red, white, and blue.
There are lots of varying fan designs out there, but the TF 120 has one of the most unique configurations we’ve seen to date. Deepcool refers to it as a “2-layer blade design,” and it’s easy to see why. Each of the nine blades on a TF 120 has a thin second layer that runs all along the rear edge of the blade about 1/8 of an inch above the main blade. (Come to think of it, it sort of looks like each blade has its own little spoiler.) Each “spoiler” is supported by a couple of ridges that begin just behind the leading edge and then rise gradually until they meet the top layer just before the rear edge of the blade.
The two-layer blade design’s purpose is to create greater airflow, and this is complemented by the shape and design of the fan’s frame, which has a series of channels around each corner on the back side to neutralize the noise created by the increased turbulence.
The fan runs on a semi-hermetic fluid dynamic bearing with a MTBF of up to 100,000 hours and contributes to quiet operation by reducing friction. Also, the blade is detachable, which gives you more color options and makes the fan easier to clean. The TF 120’s FDB mechanism is dust-proof and waterproof. It’s also designed to prevent oil leakage.
The TF 120 has LED emitter lenses inside the frame at all four corners. It’s a PWM-controlled unit with an operating range of 500 to 1,800rpm; its power connector resides at the end of a black, braided-nylon power cable. Deepcool ships each TF 120 with a 4-pin PWM extension cable and a second extension that plugs into a 4-pin Molex connector.
These are solid, well-made LED fans that provide lots of airflow when you need it without generating a lot of noise in the process. They make a great addition to builds with all sorts of internal color schemes, thanks to the availability of three colors and interchangeable blades.
Deepcool Gamer Storm TF 120 Specifications
- Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 26mm
- Speed: 500 to 1,800rpm
- Max airflow: 76.52cfm
- Noise: 17.6 to 31.3dBA
- Connector: 4-pin PWM
- Extras: PWM extension cable, Molex 4-pin adapter