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Are RGB fans compatible with Asus Aura?

The ASUS Z270E mobo has 2 dedicated 4-pin RGB headers which can be controlled by the manufacturers AURA software.

Is there any way I can connect either of the following two fans to these 4-pin headers? I want everything to be synced with Aura. (i only need one of these fans for the back/rear of case)

NZXT Aer RGB120
Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB

If this is possible, if additional connectors/adaptors are needed, could you please let me know which ones. Thanking you in advance.


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  1. These specific fans are not compatible with asus aura.
    NZXT Aer fans are controlled through NZXT CAM software.
    The only RGB fans that I am aware of that are compatible with aura sync are the Cooler Master Master Fan Pro RGB
    Reply to GamingEnthusiast420
  2. may be possible with the NZXT Aer RGB120

    though cant find my hue+ cables/extensions at the moment to see what connectors

    on the end

    would imagine though its just a case of making it fit the aura header

    rather than that the aura software wont control it
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  3. found this article: claiming when connected it doesn't sync https://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2016/12/30/hands-on-with-nzxt-s-aer-rgb-fans/

    the madness!!

    I'm certainly not gonna pay £100 for the hue+ set up so I'll stick with the white ringed corsair fans.
    Reply to saas1980
  4. thats a bummer

    guess you cant have everything
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  5. i know it sucks! All those builds on youtube got me excited - let's just wait and see what other Aura compatible components are innovated, i'm sure the future is bright, led bright :)
    Reply to saas1980
  6. would be nice if they just stuck to one standard connector

    but at least the asus aura is bog standard

    so plenty cheap led stuff on ebay will run on that

    you can buy the 4 pin rgb connectors already wired up for next to nothing and cut and splice all manner of led stuff to them
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  7. Does Asus or anyone else have any lists of products which are currently compatible with Aura? Compatible as in, not only should they work but the RGB Aura software should be able to sync all colours
    Reply to saas1980
  8. would have thought asus would have one
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  9. Here is one:
    https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/global/Sync.html
    Its very incomplete, but its a basic guide.
    I've seen many other products that aren't on this list.
    Reply to GamingEnthusiast420
  10. Already seen these! Pricey too. Sorry I meant non-ROG or cheaper devices which are compatible with the RGB headers.

    I've checked online already - hardly not much at the mo.
    Reply to saas1980
  11. thank bro...but I prefer the ring RGB fans, like the ones in the OP. I'm glad these companies are producing AURA sync devices, maybe sooner than later, my preferences would be answered. Now, if you can find a link to current aura compatible ring leds, I'M ALL EARS and EYES!!
    Reply to saas1980
  12. I've been searching and I found nothing. Looks like your stuck with normal RGBs for now :(
    Reply to GamingEnthusiast420
  13. Yeh ive been looking endlessly. I'm just being silly TBH, its my first build - i should be focusing more on the vital build aspect first and then I guess later start investing in fans

    Now i gotto work out air flow pull and push, which will be best for my case
    Reply to saas1980
  14. Good luck ;)
    Reply to GamingEnthusiast420
  15. And no 140mm Aura compatible fans.
    Reply to hotbrass
  16. Hey guys,

    I know im late but i may have a bit of a solution for this. Phanteks may be releasing rgb fans at computex this year. And i think theyll be compatible with aura andmystic light
    Reply to otornroth
  17. Is there any other/3rd party RGB system software that works on ASUS mobos besides Aura? Particularly the ROG line.
    Reply to hotbrass
  18. Since I spent ages writing it and it got deleted it I'll shorten it and if anyone wants more detail ask me...

    Firstly, I'm 16 so you can definitely give it a shot.

    Before I came up with a proper solution I managed to blow 2 Corsair SP120 RGB fans.
    1) I attempted to connect a 12v LED strip driver to the fan LED connector - It worked very bright for a few seconds then fizzled and smoked.
    I did some research and found out they're 5v LEDs...

    2) I used a 5v positive wire from a cut USB cable and a 12v negative wire from the led driver - No lights, fizzing or smoking but the smell was awful.

    3) I used a 12v to 5v DC car adapter and used the positive and Red from the LED driver to convert down to 5v. It worked for a very short while very
    dim but I couldn't get them to turn back on after... I plugged the fan into the corsair controller and into my current computer and it worked fine.

    I then did some research as to why I couldn't get it to work at all and I found that the LEDs used on the SP120 fans are individually controllable and
    use microchips within the LEDs. I then discovered the reason I couldn't get anything working is because the cable is: Positive, Data 1, Data 2, Negative.
    Not Positive, R, G, B (Negatives). So after this discovery I gave up on the SP120 fans and returned the final working one.

    I tried to find a standard RGB fan I could adapt to aura but had no joy. I eventually came up with an idea; the next model up Corsair fans (HD120) use the same LEDs as the SP120 but on a strip around the outside. This got me thinking whether I could disassemble the fan, remove the LED strip and add my own standard non-waterproof 5050 RGB LED strip.

    I ordered a single HD120 fan to test my theory and it arrived the other day. So... I was struggling to get it open but I found this article in which someone opens the HD120 fan to access the LEDs but for a different reason: Imgur Article

    I got the fan open a similar way to how described in the article and as I hoped the LED strip was directly exposed. I removed the strip from the fan and chopped the wire off it to use it. There was no returning the fan from point so I could only keep going.

    I soldered the cable onto a standard 5050 RGB LED strip and cut the corsair connector off the other end and soldered it to a RGB LED strip connector. Next, I used heat shrink to cover the soldering at both ends and ensure the wires stay in position.

    I then placed the strip around the fan and cut it as close as I could to a full lap at the cut points without it overlapping. I then fitted the wire into the exit slot and hot glued the soldered end in place from the wire's location. I then glued the other end in place ensuring that it was tight around the fan.

    After this I reassembled the fan and was ready to test it. I'm building my new PC at the moment and it's my birthday next week so I'm hoping to get the remainder of my parts so I can't hook it up to Asus Aura yet. I connected the PWM from the fan to my fan controller just for test purposes and used my 12v LED strip driver from a DC adapter. I maxed the fan controller and hit the adapter at the wall...

    It worked great! Firstly, the fan looks so much better in my opinion because the LED strip is 300 LEDs/m whereas the corsair strip is 150 LEDs/m. It all worked as I wanted it to and is the correct voltage for Asus Aura now. The only problem is that Asus Aura pins are: +GRB not +RGB but to solve this you merely cut and solder the middle two wires of the cable the other way round.

    Hope this helps, I've got my other two fans ordered and I'll make a video of how to fully do this once they arrive and link to it.
    Reply to RossMarlow
  19. well done you

    its always good when people think

    "how can i do this"

    not

    "that this cant be done"

    might have cost you cash and time

    but learning stuff is nearly always useful at some point later
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  20. mcnumpty23 said:
    well done you

    its always good when people think

    "how can i do this"

    not

    "that this cant be done"

    might have cost you cash and time

    but learning stuff is nearly always useful at some point later


    Cheers, I managed to get some of my money back because I bought the RGB edition of the Corsair Crystal 460x so I sold the two working SP120 fans and controller to get a bit towards the HD120s... They're more expensive but I've got all three upgraded now so it's all aura ready once I get the rest of my parts.

    P.S. This method will work with Gigabyte Fusion RGB too (Just connect to the first 4 pins not the "W" one).
    Reply to RossMarlow
  21. Best answer
    Quote:
    I've got my other two fans ordered and I'll make a video of how to fully do this once they arrive and link to it.


    I've now made a video... I've added instructions as subtitles so make sure you turn subtitles on! Also, in the description I've put links to different parts of the video.

    Link: HD120 Modification For Asus Aura & Gigabyte Fusion Compatibility

    Video:
    Reply to RossMarlow
  22. upvoted your video and thumbs up on your youtube

    well done mate

    edit--and gave you best answer since whether its a bit of time consuming work or not it still solves the problem originally asked
    Reply to mcnumpty23
  23. The only RGB fans compatible with ASUS AURA are Cooler Master's and Akasa's.
    Please check the Cooling section of this Asus Aura Sync page -
    https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/us/Sync.html
    Reply to BluStormX
  24. BluStormX said:
    The only RGB fans compatible with ASUS AURA are Cooler Master's and Akasa's.
    Please check the Cooling section of this Asus Aura Sync page -
    https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/us/Sync.html


    These are the only official ones. If you read through the thread you will find that I discovered how to make Corsair HD120s Aura/Fusion compatible. Also, both the fans you have said are not even released yet,
    Reply to RossMarlow
  25. RossMarlow said:
    BluStormX said:
    The only RGB fans compatible with ASUS AURA are Cooler Master's and Akasa's.
    Please check the Cooling section of this Asus Aura Sync page -
    https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/us/Sync.html


    These are the only official ones. If you read through the thread you will find that I discovered how to make Corsair HD120s Aura/Fusion compatible. Also, both the fans you have said are not even released yet,

    Yes, I checked your video. Really nice work done mate!
    Reply to BluStormX
  26. RossMarlow said:
    Quote:
    I've got my other two fans ordered and I'll make a video of how to fully do this once they arrive and link to it.


    I've now made a video... I've added instructions as subtitles so make sure you turn subtitles on! Also, in the description I've put links to different parts of the video.

    Link: HD120 Modification For Asus Aura & Gigabyte Fusion Compatibility

    Video:




    Hi, I want to do as you did and I have a couple of questions:
    1- Do I need the RGB version of these fans or SP120 are ok too?
    2- The process is the same for the 140mm version?
    3- What led strips did you use?

    Thanks in advance.
    Reply to tiarap00
  27. tiarap00 said:

    Hi, I want to do as you did and I have a couple of questions:
    1- Do I need the RGB version of these fans or SP120 are ok too?
    2- The process is the same for the 140mm version?
    3- What led strips did you use?

    Thanks in advance.


    I'll just answer them with numbers for you...

    1- You need HD120 RGB fans because they use an LED strip which can be swapped out around the outside where as the SP120 fans have the LEDs at the centre of the fan soldered onto a circuit board so they cannot be modified.

    2- I've never tried with a 140mm version but I'm pretty sure they're exactly the same design but enlarged so the process would be exactly the same but the LED strip would be longer.

    3- You need a SMD 5050 Non-Waterproof LED Strip. It MUST be non-waterproof to fit in the fan and 5050 to work properly with aura/fusion because the lower SMDs cannot turn white. Here's a link to an eBay listing: LED Strip
    Reply to RossMarlow
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