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Our Highest Rated RGB Fans and LED Strips Reviewed for 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to a Custom RGB LED Lighting System

Do you want your PC to look like a masterpiece? Are you looking for some awesome features for you PC case?

If you want your PC case to stand out, you need some quality made RGB fans and LED strips. The products we have reviewed may just be what you need to improve the looks of your system. Check out our full reviews to find the best RGB LED strips and the best RGB fans that will accommodate your PC build. You are just a couple of clicks away from a great looking desktop computer.

top rated RGB fans and strips reviewed

Top Rated RGB Fans on the Market

PRODUCTNAMEDIMENSIONS & RPM 
small image showing CORSAIR LL SERIES RGB FanCorsair LL Series- 120mm and 140mm
- Between 600 rpm to 1, 500 rpm
Thermaltake Riing Plus 5 Pack small product imageThermaltake Riing Plus – 5 Pack- 120mm and 140mm
- Between 500 rpm to 1, 500 rpm
Corsair HD120 RGB LED small product imageCorsair HD Series HD120- 120mm
- Between 800 to 1725 rpm
NZXT Aer RGB fan small product imageNZXT Aer RGB- 120mm and 140mm
- Between 500 rpm to 1, 500 rpm
small image of an illuminated Phanteks Halos RGB Fan FramePhanteks Halos RGB Fan Frame- 120mm and 140mm
- N/A
Corsair SP120 RGB LED small product imageCorsair SP Series SP120- 120mm
- Approximately 1400 rpm
Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB LED small product imageThermaltake Riing 12- 120mm
- Between 800 rpm to 1, 500 rpm

Our Rating: 9.8/10

It’s no wonder that the products manufactured by Corsair often end up with dozens of awards – their hardware always boasts an impressive combination of quality and functionality. What about their new series of RGB LED fans? Is it worth the money?

The new LL fans come in two versions – 120mm and 140mm. Although they do have their differences, they both feature an RGB LED lighting that’s guaranteed to attract some serious attention.

Thanks to the presence of the external and internal LED loops, the user is able to create almost limitless combinations of colors. There are 16 LEDs in each fan and each of them is independent, which allows a high degree of customization and makes these fans an excellent choice for the hardcore PC enthusiasts.

These are controlled by the Corsair’s signature LINK software, which works very well and makes creating various patterns very easy.

The differences that we mentioned are the RPM, CFM, and the dBA ratings, which vary between the 120mm and the 140mm versions. The smaller fan operates at 600-1500 RPM, producing noise of 24.8 dBA (max speed), and also generates 43.25 CFM. The 140mm fan, on the other hand, is capable of working at 600 to 1300 RPM and produces 25 dBA of noise and 51.5 CFM. The fins, inner edges, and internal hubs of both versions have been manufactured from a translucent material, which creates a vibrant glow and spreads the light very evenly.

The packaging is the one very used to – it’s Corsair’s black and yellow box with all the necessary information written on its sides. Along with the fans, the box also contains the manufacturer’s Lighting Node PRO, 12 mounting screws, an RGB lighting hub, as well as two mounting strips. There a plenty of purchasable options – one can buy these fans in bundles or separately.

In our opinion, the Corsair LL Series RGB Fans have a bright future ahead of them. Not only do they sport an excellent construction, but also provide the user with an unmatched amount of customization. They’re totally worth the money!

Our Rating: 9.5/10

Thermaltake is one of the leading brands in the whole PC DIY business, and this time they decided to combine beautiful LED lights with their cutting-edge hardware technology and deliver an entirely new RGB cooling experience. Let’s take a more in-depth look at their Thermaltake Riing Plus – Five Pack!

As the name suggests, the box contains five 12-LED RGB fans (available in both 120mm and 140mm variants) with high-static pressure and capable of producing over 16 million colors. Each of the 12 LEDs can be controlled separately, which, in turn, allows a high amount of customization and lets you create some very interesting patterns.

Other features worth mentioning are the hydraulic bearing, high-performance compression blades, as well as the digital fan controller that you can control through the manufacturer’s signature software. The hydraulic bearing is there to reduce friction with the self-lubrication, which provides the user with a quiet operation and gives the fans a long lifespan. There’s also the anti-vibration mounting system, giving the edges of the fans the necessary protection and removing almost all of the vibration.

The included software deserves special words of praise – it is well-designed, intuitive, and very practical. It will let you personalize color for each of the LEDs separately, but you can also choose some of the already existing lighting schemes – such as the RGB Spectrum, Wave, Ripple, and others. You can also sync the lights with your favorite music, as well as to control the speed and monitor the temperature.

Along with the fans themselves, the box also carries some accessories – the power and the daisy cables, an adhesive tape, a PWM digital fan hub, as well as the manual and the warranty. Our only complaint is that these fans are quite expensive, although that’s not really a serious flaw when we consider their design, performance, and capabilities.

The Thermaltake Riing Plus Five Pack certainly brings something new to the table. Its primary advantages are an excellent design, a high cooling performance, as well as the high amount of customization. It’s definitely something worth spending money on – Thermaltake does it once again!

Our Rating: 9.4/10

Being the leader producer of fans, Corsair has really done it this time. Their HD series have proven to be a real jackpot.

With 12 RGB LED’s, these fans come with a controller and will unlock unique customization and lighting effects. Each of the twelve RGB LED’s has been built directly into the frame of the fan to work independently, giving you maximum experience and performance.

A great touch is the intuitive controller with three buttons that allows you to effortlessly cycle through lighting effects, colors and effect speeds. It has a wide control range that varies from 800 up to 1725 PWM RPM.

You can choose your speed effect between slow, medium and high or some of the five colors and whether you want your demo mode to be breathing + pulse, pulse or only breathing.

One of the best features apart from it looking outstanding is high static pressure. High static pressure fans allow better air flow through objects. This provides you with improved performance without sacrificing on acoustics. This means there will be less noise, vibration or turbulence coming from the fans. One of the facts that contribute to this is that these fans have ultra-thin fan blades which directly affects the performance.

These fans come with an RGB LED hub with six ports. This allows you to connect up to six fans to a single hub and customize them to have the same color, mode or speed effect across all six. Corsair HD series HD 120 RGB LED fans will provide you with vivid illumination and quiet performance.

This can really come as a stunning element to your rig. And when you add the fact that you can use controller to set your fans to five different LED modes, you know you will make your system stand out from others.

Our Rating: 9.2/10

When it comes to the maximum optimization and optimal airflow, NZXT Aer RGB case fans are the best. They were designed to seamlessly integrate with HUE+ and provide you with the most advanced lighting customization.

You can daisy chain and group up to five fans per just one HUE+ channel in order to achieve the extensive lighting modes that work well together in perfect harmony. You can modify and select over ten different lighting effects using nothing but your Cam’s software interface, really quick and easy and with almost no effort at all.

Fluid dynamic bearings and winglet tips are just some of the features of the Aer RGB fans, and those features will provide you with the most enhanced performance. Noise levels will be reduced to a minimum with these outstanding fans for sure.

In order to unlock a full suite of lighting features and utilize these NZXT fans to their fullest, you will need to connect them to a HUE+ controller. These features were specifically designed for the Aer RGB. Now, with these fans, the possibilities are literally countless. Aer RGB HUE+ lighting channel gives you the ability to mount up to five fans. You can designate fans to particular groups or just link them all together. Aer RGB includes all lighting presets from HUE+, and you will be introduced to some of the exclusive modes like RPM mode.

Put simply, NZXT Aer RGB 120 case fans are the best when it comes to optimal cooling experience. Specially designed fan blades were made to optimize your airflow while keeping the noise level to a minimum. And because of the fluid dynamic bearings, you will be able to perform long lasting operations in sheer silence. Anyone that decides to go with these fans can rest assured that they got great quality fans that they can count on in the years to come.

Our Rating: 9.0/10

Everybody likes having some RGB illumination on their fans, and the easiest way to achieve that is to purchase fans that come with embedded RGB LEDs. But what if we told you that could also buy standalone RGB fan frames and save some money on the new system build? Check out Phanteks’ new solution!

Available in 120mm and 140mm variants, this frame comes with high-density LEDs that have the capability to create a true light show, as they produce a very bright ambient glow and shine directly onto the blades of the fans. It was manufactured from plastic, but it still offers excellent sturdiness and durability, which is precisely what we expected from this famous Dutch company.

It arrives in a simple package together with an appropriate cable and the mounting screws, and mounting it onto your fan is a piece of cake – easy operation is always a big plus in our book. Of course, you can also place the frame on your all-in-one cooler, radiator, and other hardware.

Fortunately, the frame is compatible with most of today’s popular RGB software – and that includes Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion, MSI’s Mystic Light, ASUS’ Aura Sync, and other programs. During our testing period, we were quite pleased with the results – creating various lighting patterns is incredibly easy here, and the overall look of the mounted frames is just outstanding.

The Phanteks Halos RGB Fan Frame provides a cheap way to give your system a look that you always wanted – but if you’re not short on money, remember to check the Lux series from the same manufacturer. Unlike the Halos ones, the Lux frames are made out of aluminum, which results in a higher price. In our opinion, the Halos frames should be quite enough – just add a couple of them to your system, and your budget-friendly system will be complete.

If you have RGB-less fans in your system and would like to illuminate them, the Phanteks Halos RGB Fan Frame is an excellent choice. Not only is it cheap, but also easy to install and creates a bright ambient glow that’s guaranteed to attract attention.

Our Rating: 8.7/10

Designed to give you nothing but the most efficient and optimized cooling performance and experience, Corsair SP Series SP 120 RGB LED fans are high static pressure PC fans that will deliver you an excellent combination of hub RGB LED lights for the most vivid lighting effects, with the optimal airflow.

This combination of high-pressure air delivery and RGB LED lighting will simply make sure that your rig will most certainly stand out among the many. Imposing yet quiet, the SP120 RGB LED case fan will give that cool, modern and up to date yet dramatic look that you were looking for.

If you need better cooling around your case and you just do not know what to get, but you do have a thing for RGB LED lights and fans, SP 120 RGB LED case fans will help you to upgrade to better and the most efficient cooling.

The custom molded fan blades have a frosted texture and are translucent. This allows the light from the four RGB LED lights to add a somewhat dazzling effect. You can enjoy these vivid animations with vibrant lighting immediately after you plug your SP 120 RGB LED fan. Play with the light and find the combination that suits you best.

Since this amazing fan comes with the intuitive three button controller, you will be able to easily cycle through colors, effect speeds, and lighting effects. High static pressure improves your performance over standard case fans, and you will get a great cooling solution that also looks good. Ultra-thin blades will lessen the noise, vibration, and turbulence and you get a two-year warranty that guarantees reliable operation.

Now, these fans might be a bit more expensive compared to your regular case fans but, you know that you are getting a high-quality product that will serve you well in next couple of years.

Our Rating: 8.3/10

The latest Riing RGB series fan really made quite a splash on the market in a very short period. Thermaltake introduced a patented circular 256 multicolored 120 mm RGB LED radiator fan.

The speed is adjustable as well as are the colors. All the user has to do is click on one of the three buttons on their controller depending on what they want. Play or pause, mode, and speed are the three buttons.

The fan blades are the real deal. They were optimized for the best performance by enhancing the static pressure which provides the user with a really impressive cooling experience.

The noise level has been reduced to a minimum because of the hydraulic bearings. These bearings will guarantee ultra-low noise levels. Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB LED 120mm fans come with anti-vibration mounting system which ensures stability during any operations and further improves on the acoustics.

If you want to add some blig to your chassis, you can rest assured that you will do so by adding these multicolored LED ring fans to your case. These fans were made to ensure the first class performance when it comes to cooling and the best features.

Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB LED 120 mm fans have been tested for the best compatibility with all sorts of liquid cooling configurations. Not only that you will get nothing but the best cooling performance, but you will also add some class and style to your case.

The LED rings have that characteristic patented color and brightness uniformity which makes them visible from all sides and directions. You also get a self-contained smart fan controller that you can use to switch between five different LED modes. A definite must have!

Our Rating: 9.5/10

These lights are internal LED light strips that come in both 1m and 2m length. They are connected with the same controller as your exterior LED lights. This will make them match, and you can control both lights with the same controls.

The lights are waterproof, so everyone that wants to enhance their computer with a water cooling system does not have to worry about these lights. The lights can be placed just about everywhere you want them to be inside the glass computer case.

There are ten preset color options with a Phanteks Case RGB controller that you can choose from which makes these lights the top of their game when it comes to variety.

Installing these lights is easy, and all you have to do is take the simple three steps. The first step is to decide where you want to place them. The second step is to locate the RGB LED strip connector at the back of the case and connect it with the lights. The last step is to remove the adhesive backing from the strip and place the lights at the location that you have chosen for them.

The lights also have a small magnetic line on them which can make them attachable even without the adhesive backing striped. When you decide to spice up your case with any additional lights, we would highly recommend these lights as we can’t really find any cons to owning them.

If we really wanted to stretch out our needs, we would only wish the strips were a bit longer, as some users might need them to be a few more inches since the product dimensions are: 0.40″ x 17.70″ x 0.17″. If you ask us, the lights are just as long as we needed them to be. This is a high quality product, no doubt about it. And despite teh price being a little higher that your every day strip it’s considered a great value given that is supports a great variety of different led sync technologies from Asus, MSI & Gigabyte.

Our Rating: 9.2/10

So, you decided to spice up your living room or your gaming room with one of those cool LED lights that can change colors, but you are unsure which one to get.

Lucky for you, we have done our research and testing on many LED lights, and today we are reviewing the C. The basic light strip is for decorating your TV or your computer and can be easily placed wherever you deem it will look good. The light is powered by USB and works great with both 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports.

You get a remote that can help you change the light intensity, light color and other things that you want to adjust from afar. The lights have many different colors that will make your room or PC lighten up to your preference.

The product has a self-adhesive back with double side adhesive tape, and the product dimensions are 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches. This strip is also water resistant which means that it can be placed outside without it being damaged by the weather.

The positive sides of this little lights are that it shines bright, has many different colors to choose from and that they are easy to install everywhere. The only negative side that we found on this product is that even though the box comes with a 1x 100cm Led strip light and 1x 100cm USB Cable with a mini controller it does not come with an instruction manual.

So, before you start mounting the lights take some time to get to know the controls and how the lights can be installed, so you don’t start and then figure out mid job that it can’t be done how you imagined it. We highly recommend this product for someone that is buying an LED strip for the first time. Low price of this particular product just makes it that much easier for you to hop on board to an RGB craze.

Our Rating: 9.0/10

Backlights can be used for anything both inside the house and outside the house. The Tingkam Full Kit RGB 5050 SMD Led Strip Light is a perfect light that can be mounted in your car, on your tv, on your PC or anywhere where you need to make the LED light stand out.

The lights are located in a zip locked bag, and the strip comes on rolled up. The package includes 2 x 30cm 5050 RGB LED Strip 1 x SATA Connector Cable, 1 x 24 key Remote Controller, 1 x IR control box, 1 x 4-pin extension cable ,1 x User Manual.

A welcome addition compared to some other products is that this one includes an user manual. This may not sound that appealing to the more tech savvy people out there but if this is your first time interacting with an RGB LED strip, consulting the user manual can certainly make your job setting it up easier.

In the handbook, you can find all sorts of useful information such as what the remote does, how can you set the intensity of the light, how can you change the color of the lights and similar things. When you first open the package, the first thing that caught our attention was the quality of the strip. The quality is significantly better than what we consider a standard which speaks a lot about this product.

The installation of the lights is easy, and it will take you 5 minutes after you have read the user manual. Once you set up the light on the desired place, make sure to put the receiver in the line of sight from where you plan to use it the most, as the range and angle are not the remotes strong side. All in all, the Tingkam Full kit is a product that we can get behind. The lights will serve you for a long time, and you won’t get a better product for this price range.

Our Rating: 8.5/10

These are 1 meter long LED strip lights which are way above the standard what is on the market. The lights are encased in a flexible rubber housing that keeps it waterproof.

The package includes:  3 x 40cm 5050 RGB LED Strip, 1 x SATA connector cable, 1 x 14 key remote controller, 1 x IR control box, 1 x 4-pin extension cable, 1 x user manual.

A nice addition in this package is the user manual. Most of the lights that you buy online won’t include a user manual so it can be hard to set up these lights as you have to figure it out all on your own.

Installing these lights is really easy and can be done in a few easy steps. First, you need to decide where you want to put them as the lights can fit just about anywhere in your computer.

The second thing is to Connect the SATA connector to your PC power supply and connect the other end to the led controller. After that, remove the adhesive from the back of the strip lights and place them on the computer where you want them to be. Last but not least, connect the two led strips to the four pins with the extension cables. The product dimensions are 15.8 x 0.4 x 0 inches, and it weighs at 0.3 ounces.

There are four different light modes which is not a lot. However, these lights are some of the brightest you will find on the market, and besides the controller being pretty simple and not offering many options to controlling the intensity of the light we could not find any downsides to these lights. At a price, these lights are offered this is a high-quality product and a steal that we suggest everyone gets if they are interested in making taking their computer case to a whole new level.

Our Rating: 8.4/10

Once you open the box you will find: 2x Magnetic RGB LED Strip, 1x LED Controller, 1x 24 key remote controller, 1x Molex 4pin Power Connect Cable, 1x Extension Cable. As you can notice there is no user manual, so you will have to figure out what to do on your own.

However, the installation is not that hard. These light strips are capable of producing 16 different light colors which can be both attached with a magnetic strip on them or by removing the adhesive on the back.

To power these strips, you need a single 4-pin Molex plug that connects to the power supply of your computer where you need 12V to power them up.

With the lights, you also get a light controller where you can from a pretty big distance change the intensity of the light, change the light effects, or just turn them on or off.

The specification of these lights are 19.7 inches LED strips with 7.9 inches Cable for each strip, and there are 18 LED’s on each strip.

The weight of the product is at 5.3 ounces which is common for LED light strip that has good magnets attached to them. The lights are also waterproof. The lights have a pretty long life span of up to 100,000 hours, and the quality of the material used is quite high. When it comes to spicing up your computer case these lights are just what you needed. For the price asked, the lights are a bargain, as they produce a bright color that you won’t find with most brands.

When it comes to quality products ATTAV makes some good lights that we can recommend to everyone.

Our Rating: 8.3/10

When it comes to the decoration of your battle-station (i.e., your gaming rig), using the LED strips is one of the most convenient ways to do it. Not only are these things quite cheap, but allow you to create a real light show out of your PC.

Let’s take a closer look at the CableMod’s newest RGB solution – the WideBeam Magnetic LED strips, and see what they have to offer.

As the name suggests, the main selling point of these strips (and its most impressive feature) is that it comes with LEDs that provide a wider beam angle. The thing that makes this possible is the fact that the guys at CableMod decided to use the SMD5050 LEDs, which are by far the best solution when it comes to PC lighting.

They are very reliable, shine very brightly, and are certain to attract attention. Another great thing here is that the strips are powered via the standard SATA connector – you don’t need a separate power source, which is quite convenient.

The CableMod WideBeam Magnetic LED strips are also fully chainable, with two included jumpers that will let you easily connect some extra strips. If you’d like to have an extra-long lighting in and around your computer, then definitely consider purchasing one of these kits.

The presence of multiple rare-earth magnets is there to provide a more secure fit, and also lets the user easily reposition the strips as he sees fit. If you’re an owner of an ASUS motherboard with an RGB header, you will be pleased to know that these strips come with a special adapter for such motherboards.

The standard choice of red, white, green, and blue colors is not the only option here – this kit can also be purchased in UV. This is, in our opinion, pretty impressive, and a big plus in our book.

All in all, this LED kit can really make a difference. We liked how strong the magnets are, as well as the ability to power the strips via the standard SATA connector. The strips also sport an affordable price, which is yet another thing that makes them worth considering for purchase.

Our Rating: 8.2/10

When it comes to LED strips, most people want just one thing – to illuminate their PC, and that’s it. But what if we told you that you could control the strip with your voice?

That is precisely what the main selling point of the Texsens LED Light Strip is, along with some other useful features. Let’s take a look at it!

Like we said in the intro, this LED strip can be controlled with voice. In order to do this, one has to download Alexa Amazon, which is a smartphone app (iOS and Android) that will let you change the colors, brighten, dim, and turn on/off the strip.

This can come in very handy in certain situations and is a feature that has no match on the market. During our testing period, we found it to be very practical and highly functional, without any sorts of bugs or hiccups.

The LEDs featured on this strip are the well-known 5050 SMD LEDs, which allow the strip to be very flexible and emit a bright, colorful light. They’re also very energy efficient – even though this indeed isn’t something important when it comes to LED strips, it’s still nice to have low energy consumption wherever possible.

The other side of the strip sports a self-adhesive tape that lets the user place the product on all kinds of flat and dry surfaces. This will allow you to use it everywhere around the house, and can certainly come in handy for Halloween or Christmas.

Other things worth mentioning are the sturdiness (the strip is not easy to break), the high conductivity index, as well as the substantial oxidation resistance. All of this is allowed by usage of copper as the primary build material – it makes the strip both durable and flexible.

In conclusion, we think that the Texsens LED Light Strip is something worth spending money on. It’s not the best RGB lighting solution we’ve seen so far but is undoubtedly one of the most innovative, thanks to its voice control feature. It’s an excellent choice for turning your rig into something you’ll be proud of.

Things to Consider When Choosing RGB Strips and Fans

Flexible LED strip lights have become really modern and accepted among the computer users, especially gamers. If you are new to LED and RGB strips and fans, here are some things that you need to take into your consideration before you make your choice.

This modern light design is rapidly gaining momentum, and people are really getting into that classy and up to date look of their setups. Ease of installation, an increase in efficiency, brightness and color options are some of the features that led the implementation of LED strips to become so popular and widely spread. These strips come in various lighting kits. The same goes for fans. There is no particular standard for choosing your LED strip lights.

When you get a clear vision of what you want to do, you can start with your project. Build your case how you want it to look with some of our easy steps. It is important to know exactly what you want to do because each project is unique. If you compare color rendering index, Lumen and CCT, you can start planning what to do next. Lumen would be the most important variable when you want to make a choice about your LED strip light. It is the measurement of brightness.

It is important to take care of the brightness so the brighter, the better and if you overdo it, there is always a dimmer. If you want to increase the lifespan of your fans and lights, running them below the full power will do the trick.

color temperature graph
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

CCT or color temperature

This refers to the temperature of your lights, and it is measured in degrees Kelvin. Temperature is usually measured with cold or warm white because the temperature rating affects the white light directly. The higher the temperature, the brighter the light. Color rendering index is very important too. It is the measurement of how your colors look when your light source is compared with sunlight.

Additionally, it is important to make a comparison of LED strip number on the strip and strip size. It is important to know how many feet of LED strips you need before you start anything. It will be easier for you to compare the quality and the price. Now, one of the most important things is the wattage. Power consumption is significantly reduced with the use of LED strip lights.

These are some of the things that you need to think of if you want your LED strip lights to last. Thermal management is also important. Heat is not good for your LEDS. Your LEDs should be designed for proper heat dissipation and thermal management. Safety certifications will make sure that your LEDs are safe and do not contain any hazardous materials, material quality will improve the longevity of your LED’s.

LED fans will improve the overall aesthetics of your PC case. Matched with your RGB LED strip lights, fans will help to cool your system down effectively while adding that additional bling to your gaming rig. There are two different types of case fans, airflow, and static pressure fans. Both types are completely optimized for various types of use. If your case is spacious than airflow fans would be the best for you. However, if you have a lot of components blocking the fans, then you need static pressure fans because they can push air through objects, reducing the temperature and allowing the best PC performance.

To Summarize

The market is full of all kinds of products meant for upgrading the looks of your PC, but not all of them are well-made and built to last. Adding LEDs and RGB fans is a great way to make your PC case stand out, you just need to make sure you get the products that are worth the money.

You can easily compare all the products we reviewed, and all of them are reliable and made to last. Names like Thermaltake, Phanteks, Corsair and others are well-known manufacturers, and their products are all top of the line. Find your favorite, and your PC will look like a spaceship.

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