Best RGB Fans

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 8, 2020
RGB fans can make even the most boring cases look awesome. The best RGB fans give you even more customization options than you want, all while ensuring silent operation and reliable performance. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Kit Contents
Fan Size
Speed
Bearing Type
Sound Level
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The Lighting Node Pro controller lets you manage 12 fans from one system. You can choose between 600 and 1500 RPM settings, minimizing noise or maximizing airflow. You can also combine lighting effects with different iCUE-enabled devices. 

CONS

Setup can be tedious.

OUR VERDICT

The Corsair LL120 packs somewhat budget-hostile fans but they're also the brightest, most vibrant, and dynamic coolers. Between the 16 independent RGB LEDs across two separate light loops, the fans enable countless customization options. You can adjust the brightness level via iCUE.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3 fans, Lighting Node Pro controller, mounting screws and cables

Fan Size

4.72" x 4.72" x 0.98" (120mm x 120mm x 25mm) 

Speed

Up to 1500 RPM 

Bearing Type

Hydraulic

Sound Level

24.8 dBA

Extras

2 RGB light loops (16 independent RGB LEDs in every fan)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The fans come equipped with 10 light modes and 4 light speed modes. Reaching 1500 RPM, these RGB fans can support high-end builds. The tight seal cap stops lubricant leakage, making sure that the fans can last ~40,000 hours.

CONS

The software is buggy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Thermaltake Pure Plus delivers superb cooling and, with each fan adopting 9 addressable LEDs, equally impressive visuals. The TT RGB Plus app works not just with Windows and macOS but also with iOS and Android. The app is also compatible with Amazon Alexa.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3 fans, TT Sync controller, mounting screws and cables

Fan Size

4.72" x 4.72" x 0.98" (120mm x 120mm x 25mm)

Speed

Up to 1500 RPM

Bearing Type

Hydraulic

Sound Level

25.8 dBA

Extras

Single RGB light ring (9 independent RGB LEDs in every fan), voice control feature (via TT RGB PLUS App)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The fans do not even reach 24 dBA, keeping the system quiet. They can work with the majority of chassis types. You can connect the RGB controller directly to the PSU. The supplied remote control will allow you to switch between different lighting modes from a distance.

CONS

The lights are relatively dim. 

OUR VERDICT

The UpHere C8123 is an affordable luxury that most computer cases that can accommodate more than 5 fans will benefit from. The bearings should give you ~40,000 hours before giving out and the 1100 RPM production will prove sufficient for most systems.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

5 fans, RGB controller, remote control, mounting screws and cables

Fan Size

4.72" x 4.72" x 0.98" (120mm x 120mm x 25mm) 

Speed

Up to 1100 RPM

Bearing Type

Long-life sleeve

Sound Level

23.9 dBA

Extras

Single RGB light ring (8 independent RGB LEDs in every fan)

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The smart fan sensor, turning off the motor the instant an object is jammed by the blades, protects the cables from getting accidentally snagged ad the components from being mucked up. The rubberized pads minimize vibrations. 

CONS

The fans get fairly noisy under heavy loads. 

OUR VERDICT

The Cooler Master MF200R is the best small investment that users with full-tower cases can make. Producing no more than 800 RPM, the fan consumes less energy but, due to its size, remains just as effective as its 120mm counterparts.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

1 fan

Fan Size

7.87" x 7.87" x 0.98" (200mm x 200mm x 25mm)

Speed

Up to 800 RPM

Bearing Type

Long-life sleeve

Sound Level

28 dBA

Extras

Single RGB light ring (8 independent RGB LEDs in every fan), smart fan sensor (for jam protection)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Filled with this friction-reducing substance, the fans will be lubricating themselves, keeping them at ~23.5 dBA tops without sacrificing the RPM count. The coolers boast adequate heat dissipation, preventing themselves from overheating and not just the system.

CONS

The mounting screws are flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

The GIM RGB Case Fan Kit offers 3 RGB fans, mounting hardware mounting screws, an RGB controller, and a remote control for $20. Despite the low-low-end price tag, the fans are about as good as they get, keeping the noise levels low and the performance way above average.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

3 fans, RGB controller, remote control, mounting screws and cables

Fan Size

4.72" x 4.72" x 0.98" (120mm x 120mm x 25mm) 

Speed

Up to 1200 RPM

Bearing Type

Hydraulic

Sound Level

23.5 dBA

Extras

Single RGB light ring (16 independent RGB LEDs in every fan), shock-absorbing pads on all 4 corners 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

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Corsair LL120

Glow with the Flow

The Corsair LL120 light up like a Christmas tree but, where the company's products are concerned, this is nothing new. These hardware and peripherals privateers have always been always delivering flashy items, so the 16 independent RGB LEDs across two separate light loops that produce vibrant visual effects is not quite what sells this kit.

No, before that, what sells these RGB PC fans is excellent airflow, with the fans reaching 1500 RPM, and quiet operation, keeping the noise levels below 25 dBA. Still, between the two light loops, the fans provide endless customization options, so we appreciate them as well.

What we do not necessarily appreciate is the company's proprietary software. As thorough as it is, setting the fans up takes ages. On the bright side (pun intended), the software enables pairing dynamic lighting effects with other iCUE-supported devices.

Of course, as quiet as the fans are, at 1500 RPM, they're not necessarily silent. The good news is that you can switch between 600 and 1500 PRM, prioritizing silence or maximizing the fans' effectiveness.

Bottom line, if you want something that matches flashy aesthetics with high-end performance and endless customization options, prepare to pony up some extra dough for the Corsair LL120.

Review of Corsair LL120 120mm RGB Dual Light Loop Case Fan (3-Pack)

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Thermaltake Pure Plus (CL-F063-PL12SW-A)

10 Light Modes

The Thermaltake Pure Plus is a beast setup, delivering top-notch cooling with a bright RGB accompaniment. Reviewing the lightning schemes, the fans let you select between 10 light modes. These include Thermal, Wave, Sound Control, RGB Spectrum, Full Lighted, Ripple, Flow, Blink, and Pulse. Aside from that, you can also switch the colors between RGB and Single modes and pick among 4 light speed settings (Slow, Normal, Fast, and Extreme).

Circling towards cooling, working with 9 blades each, the fans generate an above-average airflow with an almost silent operation, capping the noise levels at 25.8 dBA. The self-lubricating bearings that these fans use will be lowering the noise, while the tight seal cap will be preventing lubricant leakage, extending the coolers' lifespan.

The company's proprietary app is where things get a little hairy. On the one hand, you can manage the app via voice control. On the other hand, the software is buggy, so there's a pretty good chance you will have a frustrating moment or two with the app. Provided that doesn't bother you, the Thermaltake Pure Plus will not leave you disappointed. With each fan featuring 9 addressable LEDs, you can play with the lights knowing that the cooling part is always covered.

Review of Thermaltake Pure Plus (CL-F063-PL12SW-A) 120mm RGB Case Fan (3-Pack)

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upHere (C8123)

An Affordable Luxury

Where solid yet affordable gaming RGB fans are? Up here. To be more precise, they're with the UpHere C8123. These fans are almost as good as the ones from Corsair and Thermaltake. In 60 seconds, they can produce as many as 1100 revolutions, which is not necessarily comparable with the 1500 RPM production that high-end fans can give you but the 'issue' here is that most systems are just as fine with 1100 as they are with 1500 RPM. Even when turned up to the max, the LEDs inside these fans are not quite as bright as the ones we've reviewed above, but this is where the kit's drawbacks begin and conclude.

Peaking at 23.9 dBA, they're the quietest RGB fans we've seen yet, at least counting those that minimize noise without sacrificing performance. In the same vein, measuring the usual 120mm x 120mm x 25mm, they're compatible with most chassis types, which means that 99/100 computers will have no problems with these fans.

Despite coming at less than $35, the package includes 5 fans, an RGB controller, a remote control, and mounting screws and cables, so you can install the fans without purchasing separate hardware.

RGB fans are a luxury. But the UpHere C8123 is a luxury that you can afford on a tight budget, so kudos to the folk behind this package for pulling it off.

Review of upHere (C8123) 120mm RGB Case Fan (5-Pack)

 

Cooler Master (MF200R)

Hybrid Theory

The Cooler Master MF200R is huge. At 200 x 200 x 25 millimeters the fan will fit full-tower cases but even mid-towers will have issues with providing sufficient space. That said, with size come certain performance perks, including the hybrid design that employs both jet engine blades and helicopter blades, applying just the right amount of status air pressure that comes out without compromising airflow.

The fan reaches 800 RPM tops. In theory, this is not great. In practice, the aforementioned hybrid design and the fan's size have cooling covered.

The weak link here is the noise department. Despite best efforts from the sound-absorbing rubberized pads, when the load gets high/heavy enough, the fan goes above 27-28 dBA, which is not necessarily loud but noticeable when the room is silent otherwise.

There's nothing necessarily interesting about the single RGB light ring with 8 independent RGB LEDs but the same sentiment cannot be extended towards the smart fan sensor. Automatically stopping the motor when the fan's jammed by some object, the sensor prevents breakage.

All things considered, people with full-tower systems will not regret purchasing the Cooler Master MF200R. Everyone else should check the available space that they have inside the case first.

Review of Cooler Master (MF200R) 200mm RGB Case Fan (1-Pack)

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GIM 120mm

Self-Lubricating Bearings

The GIM RGB Case Fan Kit costs almost nothing. When you pay $20, receiving 3 fans, mounting screws, cables, an RGB controller, and remote control almost sounds like fiction. Nevertheless, this kit from GIM makes this fiction reality. We're not crazy about the mounting screws that come with the package but, again, we're not really complaining since they're basically free at this point, so you can always replace them without suffering a noticeable financial loss.

What's surprising is that these are not some cheap fans either. No, every fan employs a single light ring that features 16 independent RGB LEDs, giving you more customization options than, truth be told, anyone needs. The hydraulic bearings that these fans use lubricate themselves with a friction-reducing substance that keeps them at 23.5 dBA without conceding performance. Furthermore, the fans come equipped with shock-absorbing pads on all 4 corners, minimizing vibrations and stretching the lifespan somewhere around 35,000 - 40,000 hours. They're also pretty good at dissipating heat, preventing not just the system but also themselves from overheating.

In closing, as long as you're fine with putting your trust in an unknown brand, there are very few downsides to the GIM RGB Case Fan Kit.

Review of GIM 120mm RGB Case Fan with Controller and Remote (3-Pack)

 

What Are RGB Fans?

Gaming computers (as well as peripherals) and RGB LEDs are almost synonymous nowadays, to such an extent that it is almost impossible to find a gaming rig that doesn't resemble a Christmas tree. Besides gaming keyboards, mice, headsets, and monitors, even case fans nowadays come with RGB strips. Cue these RGB fans. Housing RGB light loops or RGB light rings, these fans are usually outfitted with multiple independent RGB LEDs so that you can choose between preset lighting modes or make your own pattern.

Setting RGB LEDs aside, they're normal case fans, measuring 120mm, 140mm, or 200mm. The speed with which they rotate will determine the fans' efficiency. But the airflow that blades can generate with one swing matters as well, meaning that there are coolers that are lagging behind on the RPM count front but prove just as (or even more) effective as the coolers that produce ~1500 RPM. The bearings remain important too, determining not just the fans' service life but also the noise levels they reach under the highest load. Finally, the best case fans come adopting rubberized pads. With these pads, they keep the vibrations at bay.

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Publish Date: 2020-10-08 08:48:38