The FORT120 is a very straightforward cooler, without any frills that might otherwise appeal to a certain younger demographic or user group. It’s a CPU cooler, plain and simple, and doesn’t appear to make any excuses otherwise. It does what it claims, and while it may not make you swoon over its stoic aesthetics, it does the cooling job quite well actually.
The backplate installation of the FORT120 is a wise choice by Rosewill, as it’s likely preferred by most people over the antiquated push pin system, though rubber fan grommets would be a nice inclusion perhaps instead of metal fan clips.
There is one issue here and that concerns the fan noise when running at full tilt, which is probably unavoidable if you plan on overclocking your system. Depending on your tolerance or threshold for noise, this may or may not concern you. But there are other coolers on the market that can offer comparable cooling performance at lower noise levels, so the choice here depends whether you prefer performance over style, and price over features. There really isn’t a right answer for that, only an answer that is right for you. However, we can say that the FORT120 performs admirably and does it for a very reasonable price. The Rosewill FORT120 is available at Newegg.com for $50 USD, putting it right in the middle of the price range among most of the top competitors in today’s comparison.
When you consider that most top coolers are generally in the $60 range and a few of those don’t even include fans, then the value here for the FORT120 is quite satisfying.
The Rosewill FORT120 does offer excellent cooling and can handle a highly overclocked Core i7 monster. It doesn’t excel in any one particular area but it gets the job done on all fronts. Great performance is offset by very conservative and bland aesthetics, but for $50 if you want to want to hit some good overclocks on your Core i7 chip then you really can’t go wrong with the FORT120.
Our thanks go to Rosewill for providing the FORT120 for this review.