If you want to equip your PC with some swag adding a couple (or more than a couple) of RGB fans should do the trick. While RGB fans aren’t a match for the best non-RGB fans on the market, such as the models coming from Noctua, they provide the looks, something that lacks in most performance-driven case fans.
This is why this list isn’t about airflow, performance to noise ratios, thermal results, and such. Because if we made a list that put performance before aesthetics, we would just recommend getting a pack of Noctua NF-A12x25 fans for those who want the best performance with the lowest noise or a pack of Arctic P12 fans for those looking for the best bang for the buck and be done with it.
No, this list includes the best looking RGB fans that aren’t slouching when it comes to performance. In other words, it’s okay if they offer average or pretty good performance, as long as they aren’t horrendous in moving or pushing air out of your case, they’re good. We’ve included the best 120mm, 140mm, and 200mm RGB fans in three price categories. You have the best premium, best mid-range, and the best budget RGB fans, offering something for everyone. Let’s begin.
Best RGB Case Fans – Our Picks
|Best Budget 120mm RGB Case Fan||upHere F03CF|
|Best Mid-Range 120mm RGB Case Fan||Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Halo|
|Best Premium 120mm RGB Case Fan||Corsair iCUE QL120 RGB|
|Best Budget 140mm RGB Case Fan||DEEPCOOL CF140|
|Best Mid-Range 140mm RGB Case Fan||Zalman SF140|
|Best Premium 140mm RGB Case Fan||Corsair iCUE QL140 RGB|
|Best Budget 200mm RGB Case Fan||upHere P200RGB|
|Best Mid-Range 200mm RGB Case Fan||Cooler Master MasterFan MF200R RGB|
|Best Premium 200mm RGB Case Fan||Thermaltake Riing Plus 20 RGB TT Premium Edition|
Best Budget 120mm RGB Case Fan
These RGB fans from UpHere are dirt cheap while providing really nice aesthetics. They come without any hardware or software for control but their automatic light effects aren’t bad. The colors are bright and saturated and LEDs change effects quite often. A perfect choice for those who want a dirt cheap RGB fan pack (these come in three) that will brighten their PC case. Also, an excellent choice for users who don’t want to deal with RGB control software or connecting their fans to the motherboard in order to change RGB effects, etc. These are pretty and very simple to install.
For users who want to partake in creating and changing RGB effects, we have the upHere F03CF. These come in a pack of five and are even cheaper than our previous choice, once you normalize the price. These also come with a very cool (and very small) remote for changing colors. It looks nice but be careful to not lose it. And remember, these fans have bad performance compared to the best non-RGB fans. But they look extremely good for budget RGB fans.
Best Mid-Range 120mm RGB Case Fan
The MasterFan MF120 Halo fans are some of the prettiest RGB fans we’ve seen on the market. They feature 24 individual LEDs on each fan along with a controller allowing users to pair fans with different RGB-enabled motherboards. The selling point of MF120 Halo fans is the RGB strip encircling the fan body that enriches the already stunning RGB experience. It looks really cool and allows these fans to offer dual RGB surfaces. These fans have solid performance (nothing mind-blowing) but they can be pretty loud when running near max RPM. So, make sure to leave them at an automatic PWM setting to not worry about the noise.
Best Premium 120mm RGB Case Fan
These are like Noctua in the world of non-RGB fans. They offer more than solid performance (a great result for an RGB fan) while at the same time providing the best light show out of all RGB fans on the market. They are very bright and include 34 individually addressable RGB LEDs on each fan. Coupled with the hardware RGB controller (included in the selling pack) and an RGB software these fans can perform a huge number of different RGB effects. Just enter the RGB app and start being creative.
If you need a bit more affordable RGB fans from Corsair that look just as cool, check out the Corsair LL120 RGB fans. These come with only 16 RGB LEDs per fan, but still, look quite attractive. If you cherish absolute silence, take a look at the Corsair ML120 PRO that look awesome and come with magnetic levitation bearing, for the ultimate silent performance.
Best Budget 140mm RGB Case Fan
These 140mm RGB fans from Deep Cool provide solid performance and pretty good airflow inside your case. They are definitely better than our budget 120mm choice, at least when it comes to performance. When it comes to aesthetics, both choices look great. These feature 12 LEDs in each fan, creating a bright and colorful RGB lighting that isn’t as rich as on Corsair RGB fans. But that’s alright since the CF140 cost just a fraction of the price of some high-end Corsair RGB fan model. If you need affordable and attractive RGB fans that also have pretty solid performance and that aren’t loud, the CF140 from Deep Cool is a great choice.
Best Mid-Range 140mm RGB Case Fan
If you want a unique looking RGB fan that isn’t expensive the Zalman SF140 should be on your radar. Instead of putting LEDs on the body of the fan, Zalman put LEDs on mounting brackets. And this resulted in unique RGB effects that look like no other RGB fan out there. And it’s not only original, but it’s also very pleasant to the eye. The cross-like RGB pattern is pretty strong and illuminates objects around it. Overall, this is a unique RGB fan that looks amazing. Just be warry about some issues, such as LEDs dying after a couple of months. These aren’t the best when it comes to QA, but they sure look nice.
If you want an alternative, the NZXT AER RGB 2 140mm provides excellent RGB effects but it does cost more than the Zalman fan. Nevertheless, the NZXT pick comes with better thermal results and overall better airflow. At the same time, its RGB effects are very bright and diverse.
Best Premium 140mm RGB Case Fan
The QL series from Corsair is the best RGB fan lineup on the market, hands down. And this is why we have the same pick in the 140mm space. It’s simple, these fans provide by far the best RGB light show while at the same time offering more than solid performance. It isn’t the best in class but should be enough for most users. In other words, unless you need a silent fan with monstrous performance, to push out all the hot air out from your OCed CPU and GPU, you’ll be fine.
You can put these on your radiator and they will do a solid job, just don’t expect the same results as with the best non-RGB fans. Anyway, the QL series has the largest number of RGB LEDs and that’s why it’s our first choice. If you don’t want to pay so much for two fans, get a pair of LL140 RGB fans. These are about 20 percent more affordable while offering excellent RGB light show. Their performance is almost the same as with their more expensive cousins, which is great. Finally, the ML140 Pro fans are for those looking for RGB light show and silent performance.
Best Budget 200mm RGB Case Fan
Those in need of a bright and colorful 200mm fan that also sports a very affordable price, look no further. The upHere P200RGB is when it comes to aesthetics, the best budget 200mm RGB fan on the market. The LEDs are bright and emit excellent colors and the fan is pretty quiet when working. Do note that the static pressure and overall cooling performance is disappointing but hey, this is a dirt-cheap 200mm fan that also includes pretty good RGB lighting. For the price, this is an excellent 200mm RGB fan.
Best Mid-Range 200mm RGB Case Fan
The MF200R RGB from Cooler Master offers average performance (about 90 CFM of static pressure, pretty low for a 200mm fan) but it does look pretty. The RGB LEDs work with most RGB apps on the market and are quite capable. Once you install the fan inside your case you’ll notice pretty low noise and pretty bright LEDs. For the price, this is a pretty good choice. While its performance is better than our budget pick, you’ll get almost the same RGB light show with that one for less money. On the other hand, this fan provides better thermals and looks sturdier.
Best Premium 200mm RGB Case Fan
If you want the ultimate light show, check out the Thermaltake Riing Plus 20 RGB. This is the ultimate 200mm RGB fan. It’s super bright and the LEDs are much better than on the other two 200mm picks. They are so saturated and rich that both previous choices pale in comparison. But this comes at a price. You can get four upHere P200RGB and two Cooler Master MF200R fans for the price of a single Riing Plus 20 RGB unit.
But if you want the richest and brightest RGB experience on a 200mm fan, the price shouldn’t be an issue. On top of all that, this fan also has a pretty solid thermal performance. Its noise levels are also pretty good, making this fan one all-around package that excels in the quality of its RGB lighting.