For system builders looking for a bit of extra flair, NZXT has announced a new family of computer fans with RGB LEDs, whose lighting can be customized using the company’s HUE+ hardware controller as well as CAM software. The 120- and 140-mm Aer RGB fans are designed for modders and high-end system builders, who would like to add maximum customization to their rigs and change their lighting settings on the fly.

The NZXT Aer RGB fans feature eight embedded LEDs covered with a special matte light-scattering material. The LEDs can be dynamically controlled using the NZXT CAM software when the fan is plugged to the company’s HUE+ module (sold separately). Each module can control up to five Aer RGB fans, which can be daisy chained, but still controlled separately. The CAM app and HUE+ modules support various presets for different lighting effects (breathing, pulse, fading, etc.) and allow users to create their own presents as well, which enables everyone to build highly-custom PCs while using off-the-shelf components. The new Aer RGB fans compliment NZXT’s LED strips, which can also be controlled using the HUE+.

NZXT offers two versions of Aer RGB fans in 120 mm form-factor as well as in 140 mm form-factor. Both fans use fluid dynamic beading, feature 500 – 1500 RPM speed and can produce 31 dBA or 33 dBA of noise.

Specifications of NZXT Aer RGB Fans
  Aer RGB120
Aer RGB140
Speed 500 ~ 1500
Airflow (CFM) 61.4 71.6
Airflow (m3/h) 56.43 ~ 77.02 56.43 ~ 91.17
Static Pressure (mm-H2O) 0.15 ~ 1.36 0.2 ~ 1.81
Noise (dBA) 31 33
Fan Life Six Years
Connector 4-pin PWM connector
Dimensions (mm) 120 (W) x 120 (H) x 26 (D) 140 (W) x 140 (H) x 26 (D)

The manufacturer will start to sell its Aer RGB fans in late October worldwide. Since we are talking about unique, aesthetic-focused products, they are not going to be cheap: the Aer RGB120 will cost $29.99, whereas the Aer RGB140 will be priced at $34.99. For those, who do not have a HUE+, NZXT will offer starter packs with two Aer RGB fans and one module for $79.99 (120 mm fans) and $89.99 (140 mm fans). In addition, the company will offer triple packs consisting of three fans of the same size for $79.99 (120 mm fans) and $89.99 (140 mm fans).

Pricing of NZXT Aer RGB Fans
  Model Number Aer RGB Fans HUE+ Module Price
Single Pack 120mm RF-AR120-B1 1 - $29.99
140mm RF-AR140-B1 1 - $34.99
Starter Pack 120mm - 2 1 $79.99
140mm - 2 1 $89.99
Triple Pack 120mm RF-AR120-T1 3 - $79.99
140mm RF-AR140-T1 3 - $89.99

Source: NZXT

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  • Notmyusualid - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    The LBGT community holds no trademark on the use of colours, last time I checked.
  • Magichands8 - Friday, September 23, 2016 - link

    Maybe not, but they sure love flying their rainbow flags around. And fortunately my brain doesn't need to check for trademarks. umad?
  • Magichands8 - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    Now if only they could make the colored rings pulsate as they glow.

    Oh and also shoot laser beams.
  • Morawka - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    i like these gradient RGB more than the super bright corsair ones. it matches up with my razer gear well. These two companies need to get together and integrate their API's.
  • GTRagnarok - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    Who needs a Christmas tree when you've got these?
  • Devo2007 - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - link

    Nice that you can control these with software!

    The biggest issue I've seen with a few setups (such as the Thermaltake RGB Riing fans) is that several will only let you change colors via a controller that stays inside the PC case. I certainly don't want to be removing my side panels just because I want a different color, or because the fans decided to do their own thing and reset themselves to red upon bootup.
  • Hxx - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    I cant help but wonder why they went with a high airflow fan as opposed to static pressure. Do they not want folks to use these on radiators? it seems like such a dumb choice on nzxt's behalf especially since they are pwm and noise will technically not be an issue as long as one controls it via software.
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    There's nothing like spending $90 to get two 140mm cooling fans (and a stupid LED controller) that you can otherwise purchase without LEDs for $8 each.
  • ShieTar - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    Yes, but without LEDs these fans have no lighting capabilities whatsoever. What would you even use them for?
  • xthetenth - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - link

    It'd be kind of cool if they let you get hooks into system temperatures and/or fan speeds. Otherwise, okay, what's the point?

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