Are rgb fans worth it

Are rgb fans worth it DEFAULT

The best PC fans in 2021

The best PC fans do not only make for a cool and comfortable PC temperature, they often also keep noise to a minimum. If that's not enough, with a helping hand from clever clock speed management in today's top silicon, the best PC cooling fans will help your PC run faster.

If you're staring down one of the best PC cases, looking to fill it with the latest high-end components, sufficient airflow through your entire case is obligatory—especially if you plan on overclocking your system. Ideally, your PC fan wont add to the noise your machine produces either. That's often easier said than done, but if sound is a top priority, the Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM is your best bet.

We've picked out some of the best pc fans we've tested, and listed them below, along with some of the key points that we think make them stand out. Alternatively, if you're looking for some of the best CPU coolers, we've got you covered there too.

Best PC fans

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1. Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200

The best PC fan in 2021

Specifications

Bearing type: Self-Stabilising Oil Pressure Bearing

RPM range: 400–1200

Listed CFM: 59.2

Listed dBA: 18.1

RGB: No

140mm model no.: NF-P14s Redux–1200 PWM

Reasons to buy

+Inexpensive but performs great+Less ugly than the old Noctua models

Reasons to avoid

-No RGB-Not the quietest Noctua fan

If you care at all about case fans, chances are Noctua is a name you already know. It's a trusted favorite among many DIY builders, and for a good reason. Noctua builds fans that last a long time, move a lot of air, and do it quietly. The problem: until recently, buying Noctua fans meant committing yourself to an ugly (ed's note: beautiful) khaki-and-mud color scheme straight out of the '70s. Noctua was the definition of function-over-form, an engineering wonder that would impress any enthusiast who looked at your PC but disgust everyone else.

Noctua's Redux line rectified this issue, though, recasting time-tested designs in a modern gray-and-black look that won't detract from the rest of your PC build. And of the two Redux models Noctua sent over, the NF-S12B became a quick favorite. It's not as quiet nor as efficient as another blacked-out Noctua model, the NF-S12A, but it is cheap. Time was, Noctua fans meant shelling out a lot of money on your build, but the NF-S12B redux balances great performance with a budget-friendly price tag and looks great in the process.

You'll find no RGB lighting here—no frills of any kind, really. But the NF-S12B's Self-Stabilising Oil Pressure Bearings will last for years while moving more air at mid-range speeds than any non-Noctua fan we tested and somehow keeping quieter than the competition as well. It's a clear winner.

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2. Corsair LL120 RGB

The top fan for RGB builds

Specifications

Bearing type: Hydraulic Bearing

RPM range: 600–1500

Listed CFM: 43.3

Listed dBA: 24.8

RGB: Yes, with Corsair Lighting Node Pro

140mm model no.: LL140 RGB

Reasons to buy

+Top-tier RGB lighting+Surprisingly quiet at full-speed

Reasons to avoid

-Slightly louder at mid-range speeds-Really not for budget builds

Do you need RGB fans? No. Do you want RGB fans? Of course. They can look great in an all-glass case or even through a traditional side window, and if you're chasing that full-cyberpunk aesthetic, then Corsair's LL120 Pro RGB fans are the best you can buy.

The LL120s are packed full of RGB LEDs. Each has a complement of LEDs shining out from the rotor, diffusing light down the blades' length as they spin. Then there's a separate ring of light embedded around the housing's outer edge. As a result, the LL120s are the brightest and showiest fans we tested and a perfect fit for any RGB addict.

They're not just for show, though. The LL120s are also solid fans, lighting or no. At mid-range speeds, they tend to be slightly louder than the competition, but at load, they're quieter than just about any non-Noctua fan we tested—and that's only because most of the Noctua fans top out at 1200 RPM, versus 1500 RPM for the LL120. 

The biggest problem? They're expensive. Like, incredibly expensive. To use LL120s, you need to commit to purchasing a three-pack of fans with an included Corsair Lighting Node Pro, a package that lists for $120. Additional fans will run you $35 each. That's a whole lot of money, even if the results are stellar.

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3. Cooler Master MF120R A-RGB

RGB fans on a budget

Specifications

Bearing type: Rifle Bearing

RPM range: 650–2000

Listed CFM: 59.0

Listed dBA: 31.0

RGB: Yes, either through motherboard or Cooler Master's controller

140mm model no.: N/A

Reasons to buy

+Affordable RGB lighting+Lots of airflow potential

Reasons to avoid

-Really, really loud at top speed-Not exactly quiet below that either

Cooler Master's RGB design is a bit less high-tech than the Corsair LL120s, featuring only fan-blade lighting instead of the second ring around the outside. It's still an attractive fan, though, bright and with smooth transitions. And while the package lists for $99, you can usually find it on sale much cheaper. Add in the fact that additional fans only cost $20 each, and you're set to save a whole lot of money on your cooling setup.

So what's the catch? They're loud. Like, really loud. Even Cooler Master admits it, listing the MF120R at 31 dBA. In our own tests, the MF120R kit was reasonably quiet at 1200 RPM but completely unusable at its maximum 2000 RPM speed, posting the loudest measurements of any fan we tested—louder than the other 2000 RPM fans we tested, the NZXT Aer RGB 2 and the Noctua NF-A12x25.

Granted, the MF120Rs move a lot of air at top speed, tying the Noctua NF-A12x25 for the highest airflow. There's no way you'd want to run them at that speed, though, at least not for typical gaming use. Still, you get a full RGB lighting setup and some pretty strong fans for a fraction of the cost of Corsair's kit. As long as you limit the MF120Rs to running at 1200 or 1500 RPM max, they might be a good alternative.

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4. Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM

Best for moving a lot of air

Specifications

Bearing type: Self-Stabilising Oil Pressure Bearing – Second Generation

RPM range: 450–2000

Listed CFM: 60.1

Listed dBA: 22.6

RGB: No

140mm model no.: NF-A14 PWM

Reasons to buy

+Highest airflow of any fan we tested+Lots of accessories included

Reasons to avoid

-The styling isn't to everyone's taste-High price

Here's some good ol' Noctua khaki-and-mud for the diehards. The Noctua SF-12B above is a fantastic fan, and rightly our overall pick, but if you're looking for a top-tier 120mm model that can move a lot of air, the awkwardly named NF-A12x25 blows away the competition. Of all the fans we tested, this is the model that pumped the most air through our test rig.

But—and this is important—the NF-A12x25 was also the quietest fan we tested when running at lower RPM. Our numbers have it putting out less noise at 1200 RPM than some fans running 300 RPM slower. Since those mid-range speeds are generally more likely to come up in day-to-day use, that makes the NF-A12x25 an excellent choice for your average gaming PC while still giving it the headroom to spin up to 2000 RPM in the middle of a heatwave.

Sure, Noctua's trademark brown fans will stick out like a sore thumb in whatever PC you build, but they're also a sign of quality, and the NF-A12x25 lives up to the legacy. It's also a nice touch how many accessories come with the NF-A12x25, from a 12-inch extension cable and a Y-splitter to a bunch of rubber vibration dampers. The price is high, but it's hard to argue the value.

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5. NZXT Aer RGB 2 120mm

RGB with a subtler effect

Specifications

Bearing type: Fluid Dynamic Bearing

RPM range: 500–1500

Listed CFM: 52.4

Listed dBA: 22.0

RGB: Yes, with NZXT Hue 2

140mm model no.: Aer RGB 2 140mm

Reasons to buy

+Just really pretty+Plenty of accessories included

Reasons to avoid

-Louder than most-Bundle pricing is confusing

NZXT makes gorgeous hardware. It's not always the most cost-effective, nor the most efficient, and indeed the NZXT Aer RGB 2 won't win any prizes for its performance in our tests. At its top speed of 1500 RPM, the Aer RGB 2 moves a surprising amount of air, but it's also louder than nearly every other fan we tested. And even in our low-speed tests, the Aer RGB 2 proved a hair noisier than the rest of the competition.

Look at it, though. It's really a sight to behold. Unlike Corsair, NZXT limits the Aer RGB 2's LEDs to the outer ring, casting a slight glow on the spinning fan blades without directly illuminating them—and shining a lot of light outwards into the case. It's an immaculate look, objectively as gaudy as any other RGB setup but seeming a bit sleeker and refined somehow. The Hue 2 controller is also more attractive than any of the other boxes we looked at, meaning you won't mind having to include it alongside the fans in your all-glass case.

Like Corsair, NZXT struggles with the price, though. A three-pack of 120mm fans plus controller lists for $130, even more than Corsair's LL120 starter kit, though additional fans somehow list for $30—$5 less than Corsair's add-ons. Weird.

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6. Scythe Kaze Flex 120 PWM

The best budget PC fans

Specifications

Bearing type: Fluid Dynamic Bearing

RPM range: 300–1200

Listed CFM: 51.2

Listed dBA: 24.9

RGB: No

140mm model no.: N/A

Reasons to buy

+Cable is durable+Fairly inexpensive

Reasons to avoid

-Feels cheaper than the rest-Relatively loud at any speed

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Scythe doesn't make a great first impression, granted. The Kaze Flex 120 PWM arrives in a cheap plastic package, looking more like it came from an auto shop than a modern PC retailer. Side-by-side with Noctua's Redux packaging, or Corsair's weighty boxes, Scythe feels every part of the budget fan solution.

The Kaze Flex 120 PWM we tested is one of the company's better models, though. At 1200 RPM, the Kaze Flex 120 moved more air in our test rig than some of the competition (Corsair, for instance) did at 1400 or even 1600 RPM, presumably a result of having eleven blades where most fans have only nine. Lots of air goes hand-in-hand with noise, though, and indeed the Kaze Flex 120 PWM is also noisier than the competition at any given speed setting—though since it tops out at 1200 RPM, the noise is never as bad as models that spin up to higher speeds.

If you want a decent budget-friendly fan and the SF-12B isn't doing it for you? Scythe's blade-heavy blower might be the right choice. And hey, it's one more company that hasn't dipped into the RGB LED well yet. That's worth something.

Best PC fan FAQ

How do I improve my PC's airflow?

Poor airflow will have a major impact on your PC's performance. There are varying opinions on fan placement and which provides the best airflow. A good place to start is to avoid a neutral pressure environment as stagnant, hot air collecting around your components won't help any PC.

Essentially, you'll want to make sure that you have fans for intake and exhaust so that the air is moving inside your PC case. Both positive and negative air pressure setups will do the job well and ensure that cool air is being pulled into your case while hot air is expelled.

How are PC fans tested?

There are a lot of case fans out there, so we had to set a few guidelines. First, we limited our tests to 120mm fans. It's not because we hate 140mm. On the contrary! 140mm fans are generally quieter and move more air, making them a great choice for any case that can handle the larger size. But 120mm is still the "default" case fan, and it's hard to compare different fan lines when you're also comparing different sizes, so we stuck to 120mm versions as a control. (We've tried to provide the model number for the 140mm version where possible.)

With that in mind, we contacted a number of the most popular case fan manufacturers and had them send over both their best-selling and their personal favorite 120mm models. Then we hacked together a miniature wind tunnel with an anemometer inside, a device that measures airflow. This helped us match airflow between different fans at different RPM and then use a decibel meter to measure relative loudness. As we said up top: You want a balance between airflow and noise. We took our decibel readings from five inches, which is closer to these fans than you'd ever be, but helped clarify what otherwise minute differences in noise level are.

We then maxed out the RPM on each fan to test a theoretical airflow limit and the accompanying noise. Chances are you'd never run most of these fans at 100 percent—that's why they're PWM fans! But if you have an older motherboard without PWM (or have a system that runs hot), you might hit this limit, and it's good to know how loud your PC could potentially get and how much air these fans hypothetically move. As for RGB lighting? Well, we have eyes for those tests.

Dave has been gaming since the days of Zaxxon and Lady Bug on the Colecovision, and code books for the Commodore Vic 20 (Death Race 2000!). He built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 16, and finally finished bug-fixing the Cyrix-based system around a year later. When he dropped it out of the window. He first started writing for Official PlayStation Magazine and Xbox World many decades ago, then moved onto PC Format full-time, then PC Gamer, TechRadar, and T3 among others. Now he's back, writing about the nightmarish graphics card market, CPUs with more cores than sense, gaming laptops hotter than the sun, and SSDs more capacious than a Cybertruck.

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RGB Fans reviewed

Choosing an RGB fan over a non-RGB fan offers a lot of benefits.

There are many reasons why streamers and gaming enthusiasts give so much hype to gaming PCs that use RGB lighting.

AT A GLANCE: Our Top 5 Picks for RGB Fans

  1. Winner: Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans
  2. upHere RGB Series Case Fan
  3. GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans
  4. Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan
  5. Corsair QL Series iCUE QL120 White RGB Fan

Nowadays, RGB fans have become an element that defines the identity of a gaming machine. When they are coupled with the right accessories, RGB fans can provide the best gaming environment for every enthusiast, especially if one is into streaming.

However, this does not mean you can overlook the actual purpose of these nifty things: cooling your gaming PC. Therefore, you should ensure the right blend of looks and features when choosing an RGB fan for your gaming machine build.

While you may have unique ideas and concepts in terms of design, you have to consider several factors that you should consider. For instance, depending on your requirement, you can choose between fans with static pressure and airflow fans.

You should also consider compatibility, performance, noise, and the advanced options for RGB control. You also do not want to buy an RGB fan that does not work well alongside the hardware you already have, such as the PC case and the water-cooling system.

Last but not least, you would have to consider how much these RGB fans cost as well. Here is a small problem, though. Even when you consider these fundamental criteria, you will have a massive list of products to pick from. We have been there, and we thought we could help a little.

We have prepared a list of the five best RGB fans for PCs in 2021. Though most of these are designed for gaming machines, you won’t have trouble using them with a productivity-based PC build.

Best RGB Fans For 2021

IMAGEPRODUCTDETAILS 
Overall BestCorsair QL120 RGB LED Fans ReviewCorsair QL120 RGB LED Fans
  • Number of fans: 3
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 26dB
  • Top Speed: 1500 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches
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upHere RGB Series Case Fan ReviewupHere RGB Series Case Fan
  • Number of fans: 3
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 17.6dB
  • Top Speed: 1100 RPM
  • Dimensions: 5.98 x 5.75 x 3.43 inches
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GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans ReviewGIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans
  • Number of fans: 3
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 15dB
  • Top Speed: 1300 RPM
  • Dimensions: 6.57 x 5.04 x 3.98 inches
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Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan ReviewCooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan
  • Number of fans: 1
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 27dB
  • Top Speed: 1800 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches
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Corsair QL Series iCUE QL120 White RGB Fan ReviewCorsair QL Series iCUE QL120 White RGB Fan
  • Number of fans: 1
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 21dB
  • Top Speed: 1500 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches
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Winner: Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans

 Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans Review
  • Number of fans: 3
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 26dB
  • Top Speed: 1500 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches

Corsair is one of the pioneer companies that started the RGB LED fan revolution as we know it. Even after a few years into the journey, RGB fans from the company are the best in the market.

Therefore, if you need a triple-fan package that can address all your cooling and RGB lighting needs, you should consider the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan package.

Even though the product is a little expensive, the aesthetic finish and the top-class performance from the brand are a worth-having addition to every gaming PC setup.

Benefits

The Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan package has been optimized for maximum customization, for one. It offers four lighting zones and 34 individual RGB LEDs on each fan. Therefore, the variety of lights and gradients you can create from this set is virtually endless.

Thanks to its expertise in the field, Corsair has designed the RGB fans for maximum ease of use. You can use the in-package iCUE Lightning Node to control which colors these RGB fans display at a given time. Compared to USB/SATA connections, this process is straightforward and clutter-free.

Each fan in the package can boost its performance up to 1500 RPM while in operation. In addition, the Corsair dashboard makes it easy to choose between maximum airflow and lower noise levels by controlling the speed.

Corsair has also used a semi-transparent 120mm blade on these fans. While providing one of the best speeds and RPM, as we said earlier, these blades do not block the light from the individual LEDs. That is, even when the fans are at full speed, your lighting setup stays visible.

Since the product comes from Corsair, you do not have to worry about compatibility while using the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans. The iCUE dashboard makes it easy to sync all your Corsair accessories perfectly well, regardless of how many fans you have equipped on the system.

We should also appreciate the aesthetic precision of the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans. In addition to the metallic coverage, the manufacturer has included anti-vibration dampers as well. Similarly, the iCUE Lighting Node that is included in the package fits right into your PC setup.

Drawbacks

Even though Corsair says that the built-in Lighting Node can handle up to 6 QL120 RGB Fans, several users have reported problems with this setup. In some cases, some fans or parts of the fans seem to stop working after a while. The noise levels are also comparatively high.

The Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan package is very expensive when compared to competitors. Of course, you get to enjoy the additional benefits from Corsair products and controllers. Even then, we cannot recommend these fans unless you have a dedicated budget for RGB lighting of your PC setup.

Extra Features

The option to manage the individual lighting on each fan via the iCUE Dashboard is an exciting feature. Even if you are new to RGB fans and lighting management, you can use the dashboard to achieve a uniform design across the PC setup.

You also get to choose from the different colors and combinations of the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans. You can, for instance, choose between White and Black fans. Depending on the budget you have, you can choose between single and triple packages as well.

Buying Advice

As you can see, the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fans are not the perfect RGB lighting solution out there.

Having said that, it is the best overall product from this category, especially considering how compatible and easy-to-use the fans are. We will surely recommend this product if you already have a few Corsair products as a part of your PC setup.

Runner-Up: upHere RGB Series Case Fan

upHere RGB Series Case Fan Review
  • Number of fans: 3
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 17.6dB
  • Top Speed: 1100 RPM
  • Dimensions: 5.98 x 5.75 x 3.43 inches

If our top pick was the ideal choice for those who already have a premium gaming PC setup, the upHere RGB Series Case Fan sits on the other side of the spectrum. Thanks to its affordable pricing and easy installation procedure, this triple-fan package is a great pick for almost everyone.

The best part? Despite the inexpensive price tag, the manufacturer has not compromised the number of features in the package.

Therefore, you get an effective way to bring constant airflow to your gaming PC case without spending a fortune. These fans do come with competitive performance as well.

Benefits

Compared to our top pick product, the upHere RGB Series Case Fan does not cost much. You can get this triple-fan package by spending less than what an individual premium RGB LED fan may cost. The product does this without compromising quality or features.

The noise level of the fan is capped at 17.6dB, which is a solace for those who need a quiet gaming setup. Even when these fans are spinning at their maximum speed — 1100 RPM —, you can stay away from distracting noise from the case.

upHere uses a 6-pin interface to ensure a stable power supply to the fans. This method works better than many modern systems. The installation is also combined with rubber pads and hydraulic bearing to reduce the impact on noise generation.

The upHere RGB Series Case Fan package comes with a built-in remote controller. Once you connect the fans to the controller and the SATA connector, you can use the remote controller to select various colors and lighting modes.

The installation of these fans is a relatively simpler affair, but you have extra control over how the fans work. For instance, the double-side installation makes it easy to draw cool air to the gaming PC case or follow the traditional airflow design.

Although not the highest speeds in the category, each fan in the upHere RGB Series Case Fan package offers a maximum speed of 1100 RPM. When installed, the fans can cool down a relatively heavy-duty PC without any fancy accessories.

Drawbacks

Since it uses an external remote control, you cannot change the lighting of the RGB LEDs from your computer. For instance, if you want to sync the lighting options of all your RGB-enabled accessories, you will have to keep the upHere RGB Series Case Fan aside.

Some users have reported that the upHere RGB Series Case Fans are not as silent as they advertise. Once you have installed the three fans and all of them are working, they produce a noticeable amount of noise.

Extra Features

Even though you do not have any option to control the RGB lighting from the computer, its remote controller is a decent option. You can explore more than 100 color options using the different modes and buttons on the easy-to-use controller.

It is impressive that you can install the upHere RGB Series Case Fan in a way that suits your system. You can set up the fans to push air out or pull cool air, depending on your requirements. This is an excellent option for those who build custom-designed PCs.

Buying Advice

When you spend only a fraction of what premium RGB LED fans cost, you miss some advanced features in the package.

Nevertheless, thanks to the simple installation process and low-noise functioning, these fans provide one of the best RGB lighting systems for an entry-level gaming PC. You also benefit from the stable power delivery system and customizable installation options.

Alternative: GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans

GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans Review
  • Number of fans: 3
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 15dB
  • Top Speed: 1300 RPM
  • Dimensions: 6.57 x 5.04 x 3.98 inches

If you are looking for an alternative set of RGB case fans on the affordable side of things, you should consider getting the GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans.

We can recommend this product if you are looking for a notable boost in performance without spending too much or tolerating a lot of noise from the system. At the same time, the fans offer a few innovative features we could not find in other affordable products.

Benefits

The GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans comes with an easy-to-use remote controller that makes RGB lighting easier than ever. You can choose one of the music modes or a static color from the panel. You get to control the speed of the fans from the same remote controller.

Unlike most of the affordable RGB LED fans in the market, these fans from GIM come with an option to sync the lights according to the motherboard. The best part is that it works fine with motherboards from popular makers like Gigabyte, MSI, and ASUS.

Thanks to the inventive blade design, the GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans can offer an improved speed of up to 1300 RPM without making much noise. The noise levels of the fans are measured at just 15dB, which is extremely low by any standards.

We also loved that GIM has not compromised the quality of construction even when the product has a lower price tag. The hydraulic bearing and the speed control mechanisms used in the fan are high-quality stuff.

Drawbacks

Although the GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans can sync the lights according to the inputs from your system’s motherboard, you cannot access the controls from a software-based dashboard. This must have been a nice feature to see.

Some customers have reported that they had issues with installing these fans. Mostly, the problems were due to the screws the package came with. It would be nice if the manufacturer can ship the LED set with a better group of installation screws.

Extra Features

The LED system also comes with smart music modes that you can enable as you wish. The sensitive sound sensor on the RGB system helps it to recognize even the slightest changes in the rhythm and alter the lights accordingly.

Buying Advice

If you do not mind spending some more time installing the RGB fans, the GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans seem to be an excellent option. 

Considering that you pay significantly little for this triple-fan package, the few QC issues found with the product seem negligible. Therefore, you can consider the GIM KB-23 RGB Case Fans as an upgrade that does not cost too much.

Alternative: Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan

Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan Review
  • Number of fans: 1
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 27dB
  • Top Speed: 1800 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches

All the products we have mentioned are triple-fan packages that take a considerable amount of space from your system.

However, the Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan is different in that the pack gives you a single fan with better performance and cooling capacity. Secure installation and advanced control are also some noteworthy features in the package.

Benefits

The Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan has a widely adjustable performance range of 650 RPM and 1800 RPM. It means you get to choose between off-the-charts performance or ultra-silent functioning.

Cooler Master has used several technologies to improve the speed and longevity of the fans. It has, for instance, used an enhanced fan frame and sealed-bearing structure. These factors work hand in hand to provide maximum cooling performance.

Compared to the other RGB fan kits we have explored, these fans use a secure connection system. Even if you have an already messy set of wires, the secure-clip design can increase the confidence of using this Cooler Master fan.

Last but not least, you can expect an improved experience when you hook up the fan to a PC setup based on Cooler Master products. You can feel the difference when it comes to using the ARGB part with Cooler Master builds.

Drawbacks

Some customers have reported that the Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan seems to have problems working with motherboards from manufacturers like ASUS. It happens even as Cooler Master claims that the fan works with other systems.

As you can see from the feature-set, the single-fan system focuses more on performance than an LED system itself. On the bright side, you get to enjoy excellent cooling. However, this could be a problem if you need top-notch lighting options.

Extra Features

There are not many useful additional features in this package.

Buying Advice

We believe the Cooler Master SickleFlow V2 RGB Square Frame Fan is an excellent choice if you value best-in-class performance rather than RGB LED systems. 

Of course, the fan does a decent job of RGB lighting, but there is definite room for improvement. If you can live without these advanced options, you should consider buying a unit or two.

Alternative: Corsair QL Series iCUE QL120 White RGB Fan

Corsair QL Series iCUE QL120 White RGB Fan Review
  • Number of fans: 1
  • Size: 120mm
  • Noise level: 21dB
  • Top Speed: 1500 RPM
  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches

The Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan is the single-fan variant of the top pick in this collection. If you thought the top pick was a little expensive but wanted the features anyway, you could get this one.

This way, you get the same great features from Corsair without breaking your bank. It seems the company has made a few changes in noise management as well.

Benefits

Thanks to Corsair's innovative design, this fan has an improved noise limit of 21dB. It means you can ramp up the overall speed of the fan without making a mess. On the bright side, the fan can reach up to 1500 RPM of speed.

Despite the lower pricing, the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan works with almost every compatible system on the list. Besides, you can count on the iCUE dashboard to control every aspect of the lighting and cooling system.

We believe you should specifically consider this single-fan package if you are building a smaller-sized gaming rig. In this way, you do not have to worry about the fan taking up too much space even while it provides impressive RPM.

Drawbacks

We cannot forget that the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan is expensive, nevertheless. So, you should be ready to spend the extra bucks for features like an iCUE-based controller and sync system. If the part does not matter to you much, you may need something else.

Corsair does not ship the RGB Lighting controller with this package. You have to get it separately if you want to customize the lighting according to the games you play. This is a let-down that Corsair could have avoided.

Extra Features

The Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan comes with the same extra features as our top pick.

Buying Advice

If you want the best combination of cooling performance and lighting options on your gaming PC, the Corsair QL120 RGB LED Fan is an excellent option, indeed. 

You need to understand that you are paying for the brand value and the iCUE-based lighting control options. Otherwise, you might regret choosing this specific alternative.

RGB Fans FAQ

Are RGB fans worth it?

are rgb fans worth it

When used properly, RGB fans can improve the gaming experience and performance of the gaming system you have built.

However, to do this, you need to choose an RGB fan with the right set of lighting options and the sufficient capacity of RPM and ventilation-friendly design.

What do RGB fans plug into?

Depending on the model of the RGB fan, they may plug into a SATA cable or the motherboard.

While some models require only a power supply and use a dedicated remote controller, some work with motherboards to sync lighting-based information.

Can RGB fans be turned off?

can rgb fans be turned off

Yes, you can always turn off an RGB fan. Again, how you can do it depends on the RGB fan system you have bought.

If the RGB fans come with a dedicated remote controller, you can turn off the fans without opening the case. In other cases, you can turn them off from your computer or by pulling the plug.

Can I use RGB fans without an RGB header?

It may be possible, but the specific answer depends on the PC you built. It has been noted that some RGB fans do not work well when you remove the RGB header from the equation. You should check the documentation to confirm this aspect.

Conclusion

Even though RGB fans are designed to provide a unique identity and visual impact for your gaming rig, you have multiple options to choose from.

As you saw, some fans focus on effective cooling while others provide you better options for lighting control. Given that you have now seen the best products from the market, you can now choose an RGB LED case fan that suits your requirements.

However, you should also see if the particular fan works well with the other components you have used for the PC build.

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It's stunning how good these $11 RGB fans are

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By Imad Khan

These fans are an incredible value

Building a PC in 2021 is expensive. Thanks to component shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, plus continued tariffs on China, gamers are left having to pay a premium. It doesn't help that scalpers are taking advantage of the situation, buying up all inventory as soon as retailers see Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 restocks. As of publishing, almost a year after launch, a $699 reference Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is selling for over $1,600 on eBay. 

After months of hunting down components at decent prices, plus some Amazon Prime Day deals and connections I've made over the years as a journalist, I had everything I needed to build a modern, powerful computer. I did have to spend two nights camped out in front of a Micro Center, which was not fun. 

While the case I chose, the Cooler Master NR200P ($129 on Amazon), did include some case fans, they looked generic and didn't have the RGB pop I was looking for. I then started researching good quality RGB fans only to find that the Corsair QL120s, probably the best on the market per reviews, were needlessly expensive. One fan costs $40, and I needed four.

I refused to pay over $160 for case fans. It simply was not worth it to me, no matter how much I wanted the inside of my computer to radiate like Baskin Robbins' Wild 'N Reckless sherbet. 

There were other brands with less name recognition than Corsair also selling on Amazon. But after some Googling, I came upon Gelid Solutions and its new Stella Frost fans. What initially attracted me to these blowers was its glacier "ice" design that glowed on both sides. 

The other thing that attracted me was the price. On Gelid Solutions' website, the fans are listed for $11 USD. I decided to order four. 

Shipping costs unfortunately cut down on the savings, adding an additional $25 to the total as the fans were being sent from Gelid's facility in Hong Kong. Still, $69 was cheaper than $150-plus.

I reached out to Gelid Solutions to learn more about the company and these fans. Co-founder VC Tran emailed me back. He offered to send me some fans as press samples. For full transparency's sake, he did cancel my original order. 

Per Gelid's About Us page, the company was founded in 2008 byGebhard Scherrer of Switzerland and Tran. The company proudly boasts its Swiss roots, claiming that those origins have led the company to create products with the same quality and attention to detail as Swiss watches. Looking on Reddit, I found much praise for the company's GC-Extreme thermal compound. I can't say if that extends to its entire product portfolio, but reviews on Amazon of other Gelid products seemed good. 

It took a while, but the Stella Frost fans did arrive. The all-white fans have 24 ARGB LEDs, double ball bearing and a noiseless motor. That's ten less LEDs than the Corsair QL120s, although the max speed is slightly higher at 1,600 RPM versus 1,500. 

Upon installing the fans, I was stunned at the improvement in noise and ambient temperature. Don't get me wrong, the default Cooler Master fans were fine, but were a tad on the loud side. But after adjusting some fan curves and letting the Stella Frost's settle in, I was stunned at its muted circulation.

When performing more idle tasks, the Stella Frosts did an excellent job of pushing hot air out of the case. While every computer is different, both my CPU and motherboard temperatures were more stable. On average, my CPU, an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, sat at 46-degrees Celsius, and my motherboard at 39. 

Gaming performance was also good. Even when playing a demanding title like Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 4K with Ray Tracing effects on, CPU and motherboard temperatures hovered at around 65 and 46-degrees Celsius respectively. Sure, the fans did spool up, but that's to be expected.

Now, I should make it clear that I personally haven't compared the Stella Frost's to the QL 120s by Corsair. I'm sure the Corsair fans perform excellently. TweakTown gave the fans a 96% rating. But even then, it's hard to justify that price when there are good performing alternatives for a fourth of the price. 

At the moment, the Gelid Solutions Stella Frost fans can be ordered directly from the company's website. The company confirmed to Tom's Guide that the Stella Frosts would be making its way to Amazon in the coming weeks.

Imad Khan is news editor at Tom’s Guide, helping direct the day’s breaking coverage. Prior to working at the site, Imad was a full-time freelancer, with bylines at the New York Times, the Washington Post and ESPN. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.

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It fans are rgb worth

Gaming PCs use high-performance components that generate heat as they work. While some components like the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) have built-in cooling features, the case’s interior can still get hot, leading to faster wear and tear.

Most cases combat the heat issue by having fans to regulate the airflow and expel hot air. The fans are usually configured in a push/pull configuration. This means the fans in the front suck in cool air from outside, and the rear fans expel hot air from inside the case. 

Modern cases often come with built-in fans and typically have space to add more. The most common fan size is 120 millimeters, followed by 140-millimeter alternatives. While the larger 200-millimeter fans are also very effective, they are bulky and incompatible with some cases.

Besides their cooling performance, fans can also have an aesthetic function, especially when paired with RGB lighting. RGB lighting can brighten up a build and add some flair. The best RGB fans have multiple LEDs and software to configure the colors or sync them with other devices like mice or keyboards. 

Here are the best RGB fans of 2021.

Best overall RGB fan

Corsair LL120 Series

Corsair’s LL120 Series excels in cooling and providing bright RGB lighting. As a pulse width modulation (PWM) fan, it spins slower and produces less noise when the system isn’t too hot, and it turns faster and generates more noise when the temperature is high, and it needs to cool the PC.

The LL120 Series fan comes as standard in many cases and is known for its cooling performance. It spins between 360 and 2,200 rotations per minute (RPM), generates airflow of 63 CFM (cubic feet per minute), and operates at around 36 decibels (dB).

Apart from its cooling performance, the LL120 Series has vivid lighting. Each fan has 16 individually addressable LEDs, with four on the rotor hub and 12 on the outer ring. When the LL120 Series is bought as a set of three, it comes with a Corsair Lighting Node. The node acts as a hub to connect the fans, and it integrates with the iCUE app for users to configure the fans. 

It’s hard to go wrong with Corsair’s LL120 Series fan. Not only does it provide efficient cooling and customizable lighting, but it’s also reasonably priced and includes a Lighting Node with the three-pack. 

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Best high-intensity RGB fan

Thermaltake Riing Quad 120mm 

The Thermaltake Riing Quad 120mm is the same size as the LL120 Series, but it’s almost double the price. A couple of reasons why it’s so expensive are its extensive lighting and advanced software.

Compared to the LL120 Series, the Riing Quad 120mm has a slower rotation speed and generates less airflow. This fan spins between 500 and 1,500 RPM, generating airflow of 40.9 CFM. Due to the slower fan speed, the noise levels are also lower at 25dB.

One of the standout features of the Riing Quad 120mm is its extensive lighting. There are a total of 54 LEDs spread through four rings. The two outer rings have 18 LEDs each, and the two inner rings have nine LEDs.

Another strong point of this fan is the software. Thermaltake offers the TT RGB plus app for desktop and mobile users, allowing them to control the lighting anywhere. The app also has Alexa compatibility, but a separate device is needed to support it. 

While the Riing Quad 120mm provides decent cooling, it’s quite pricey because of the lighting and app features. It’s worth it for users looking for the best lighting possible on a fan, as long as they’re willing to pay the price. 

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Best 140-millimeter RGB fan

Cooler Master SickleFlow 140

Most 140-millimeter fans generate greater airflow than 120-millimeter rivals because they have a larger surface area. They also tend to be quieter than 120-millimeter because they don’t need to spin as fast to generate the same airflow. On the flip side, the larger size of 140-millimeter fans means fewer fans can fit in the case. Some cases also have limited support for 140-millimeter fans compared to the standard 120-millimeter fans.  

The Cooler Master SickleFlow 140 comes as a single fan instead of a three-pack like the LL120 Series and the Riing Quad 120mm, but it’s reasonably priced and generates impressive airflow. 

Considering its larger size, it’s no surprise that the SickleFlow 140 pumps out more airflow than the other fans mentioned so far. It runs at between 640 and 1,400 RPM and generates airflow of around 67 CFM. The noise levels caused by the SickleFlow 140 are also lower than the previously mentioned fans, running between 10 and 27 decibels.

Cooler Master’s SickleFlow 140 may offer better cooling performance, but its lighting can’t match the LL120 Series and the Riing Quad 120mm. It only has six addressable LEDs with a holographic sticker to refract the light. One of its advantages is that it’s compatible with third-party software like Asus Aura and MSI Mystic Light. 

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The main appeals of the SickleFlow 140 are its cooling ability and affordable price. While its lighting may be basic, it can still add color to a build and is compatible with products from other vendors.

Best 200-millimeter RGB fan

Thermaltake Riing Plus 20

While 200-millimeter fans offer the most effective cooling, their massive size limits their use. Thermaltake’s Riing Plus 20 is a high-end fan that offers outstanding cooling and RGB lighting, but it doesn’t come cheap.

The Riing Plus 20 blows away the competition listed here in the airflow department. It spins at a lower rate of between 500 and 1,000 RPM and generates massive airflow of 117.96 CFM. While it generates high airflow, the Riing Plus 20’s noise levels are about average at 29.2dB.

Lighting is another area where the Riing Plus 20 excels. It has 11 addressable LEDs, and like the Riing Quad 120mm, it works with the Thermaltake TT RGB Plus mobile and desktop app. The Riing Plus 20 also comes with a digital fan controller with a five-fan capacity, so it’s easy to integrate into a system.

Although the Riing Plus 20 offers one of the best mixes of performance and lighting, it has some major drawbacks. Its size might not fit some PC cases, and its high price might also be out of reach for many users. 

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Best value RGB fan

Cougar Hydraulic Vortex

Builders looking for an affordable cooling solution with RGB lighting might consider the Cougar Hydraulic Vortex. This RGB fan is reasonably priced and comes with a wireless remote control and Cougar’s Core Box fan controller.

While the Hydraulic Vortex has an affordable price, its performance can still match more expensive alternatives like the Riing Quad 120mm. This fan generates around 43.54 CFM and spins between 600 and 1,500 RPM. It’s also reasonably quiet, with noise levels of around 26dB. 

Cougar’s Hydraulic Vortex has bright RGB lighting and a remote controller. Each fan has 18 LEDs, and users can configure the colors and switch through the 100 presets with the supplied remote control. The fan controller included with the Hydraulic Vortex fan has the capacity for up to six fans and a magnetic surface for easy installation.

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There’s no doubt that the Hydraulic Vortex punches above its weight when it comes to lighting and performance. It can match the airflow of the high-end Riing Quad 120mm and includes a fan controller and remote for a fraction of the price.

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