There was a time not too long ago when we’d be stoked if our system had some lighting in it, but these days some form of lighting seems to be all but standard on virtually all devices, from peripherals to case fans. As such, NZXT’s new Aer fans come with RGB lighting and a multitude of customization options.
For now, the Aer fans will come only in 120mm and 140mm sizes, and with only one fan blade structure. NZXT optimized them for air flow in unrestricted applications. You will be able to mount them on radiators, although pressure-optimized fans will yield better results.
You’ll be able to control the lighting on the fans through NZXT’s CAM software, and each HUE+ channel supports up to five fans. Preset lighting effects include fixed mode, breathing, fading, marquee, covering marquee, pulse, spectrum wave, alternating colors, candle light, and wings. You’ll also be able to customize some of the lighting effects, or base the lighting off the GPU and CPU temperatures, fan speed, and audio.
The fans can spin at speeds between 500 and 1,500RPM with PWM control, and with a Fluid Dynamic Bearing they have an expected lifetime of 60,000 hours.
The Aer RGB 120mm models will cost $29.99 by themselves, whereas the 140mm model will cost $34.99. You’ll be able to buy starter packs that contain two fans and a HUE+ controller for $79.99 and $89.99, respectively, or for those same prices purchase packs with three Aer RGB fans. Availability is slated for late October.
|Header Cell - Column 0
|Aer RGB 120mm
|Aer RGB 140mm
|500 – 1500RPM
|500 – 1500RPM
|20 – 61.4CFM
|23.9 – 71.6CFM
|0.15 – 1.36mm
|0.20 – 1.81mm
|22 – 31dBA
|22 – 33dBA
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Must have more LEDs!!!! I already have the Hue+ and if I were to add these my desktop would turn into a stationary disco cube lolReply
It's that or i'm going to have a seizure from the flashing lights....Reply
Seems like they took the design from Thermaltake and make the ring glow instead of the blades. Now if these would only connect to the motherboards RBG header so we can get rid of these extra addons like Hue+ and Comander mini.Reply
Well at least its better that the crap Corsair put out that is not even RGB because they only do 7 colours, cannot turn off the LEDs, cannot software control them with corsair link, and only available in 120mm.
At least in the picture they look unique? IDK I'm really trying here.Reply
Has the CAM software been improved? Haven't ran it since November.Reply
18590407 said:Has the CAM software been improved? Haven't ran it since November.
I don't know about the Hue+, but with my GRID+ V2 it works fine. I use it as my primary monitoring and fan controlling software and I have no problems at all.
And the 12-year-olds rejoice.Reply
No high pressure option? I have found that in almost every case a high pressure fan is better. The airflow fans may perform better in open air but that is never the usage scenario in a case. You will always have dust filters and fan grills to move the air through. In every real world application I've encountered, a static pressure optimized fan performed head and shoulders above an air flow fan.Reply
Ps. the best fans on the market right now IMO are the fractal venturi HP. 120mm and 140mm they are great fans for a competitive high end fan price.
Anyone else starting to feel like there's RGB overkill? I got it with keyboards and mice, but then motherboards and fans, and RAM and SSDs, and custom case lighting. There's even an RGB power supply. Seriously?Reply
The hue + costs $60 so you are getting two fans for $10/ea? Seems like the better deal regardless.Reply