Review: NZXT T120 RGB

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Temperatures

Processor at 65W

Despite a more violent 65W profile, the latter still represents the least stressful phase of this protocol. It allows to highlight the performances obtained with compact/entry-level heatsinks. These results are only indicative for the largest heatsinks (AIO, large dual tower, etc.).

Les températures en 65W
To facilitate reading, some values have been rounded off

We continue our tests with the temperature readings on our 65W power profile. At this level, the T120 RGB from NZXT is at the level of the heatsinks sharing more or less the same configuration: four heatpipes. On the other hand, we feel that the Freezer 34 from Artic is more comfortable on high speeds, ditto for the Pure Rock 2.

Processor at 95W :

Here, our CPU will run at 3.90 GHz constantly and on all its cores. We apply a VCore of 1.375V to obtain a consumption of 95W approximately. To simplify the reading of the graph, we may have rounded some values to the nearest integer.

Les températures en 95W
In order to facilitate the reading, some values have been rounded

In 95W, we find a heatsink rivaling the Freezer 34 signed Arctic at low rpm. On the other hand, the NZXT fridge has a temperature increase at higher speeds. On the other hand, it is interesting to see it compete with the Dark Rock Slim on all its speeds!

Processor at 125W :

Finally, we finish with our 125W profile. Here the heat release is more important, let’s see how our coolings do !

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Les températures en 125W
For ease of reading, some values have been rounded off

In 125W, unfortunately, this T120 RGB does not manage to contain the heat generated by our Ryzen 7 1700X. So it fails in this case.

Otherwise, it lags seriously behind the Freezer 34 of Arctic, especially at low speeds, while continuing to dominate the Dark Rock Slim of be quiet!

Summary

The T120 RGB from NZXT logically offers temperatures in line with its size. This model with four heatpipes in direct contact with the CPU competes with Hyper 212 Evo, Dark Rock Slim and Freezer 34. Nevertheless, if it is rather good at low rpm, it will lag slightly behind the competition on its higher speeds. Let’s see what it will give you in terms of temperature/noise ratio.