NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2 Fans Review: Page 7 of 9

Posted by James Keir on Monday, November 12, 2018 - 8:00am

System Build & Installation

The hardware included in this build is:

  • Cooler Master MB530P
  • ASRock Z370 Tachi Motherboard
  • Intel 8700K Processor
  • 4 x 4GB TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB Ram
  • EVGA 1070 FTW 8GB GPU
  • Cooler Master 212 Hyper Black RGB Cooler
  • EVGA 750W P2 PSU

The installation was as easy as NZXT said it would be and I didn’t run into any issues. I really loved the fact that both the LED strips and HUE 2 RGB Light Controller were magnetic as I could easily move them around during the build. I do wish the LED strips had slightly stronger magnets as once I attached the extension cable, it weighed it down a little and sometimes would start to fall over. To remedy this issue, I just have to make sure to secure the extension cables to remove the pressure from the LED strips.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

I installed 3 of the LED strips around the front tempered glass panel with them placed on both sides and one on the roof. As you can see, they are nicely tucked away and thanks to the case frame you can’t visually see the strips themselves.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

If you take the tempered glass off and tilt the case you can see the installed strip on the side of the case.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Looking to the back of the case, you can see the HUE 2 Lighting Controller is nicely placed beside my SSD. I had originally planned to secure the lighting controller using the back SSD mounts on the MB530P but it was a little too thick and interfered with the tempered glass back panel. Thankfully, I was able to remove the rubber SSD mounts and just make use of the magnets on the back of the HUE 2 RGB Lighting Controller. These magnets were much stronger than the ones on the LED strips and secured the controller nicely on the back of the motherboard tray. My only complaint about the lighting controller would be they went with a Molex connector to power it. I would have liked to see them use the much better SATA connector. I did have 1 more LED strip, so I decided to install it on the roof to add a little bit of light to show off the back of the motherboard.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

The AER RGB 2 fans look amazing in the MB530P and I really love how the ring diffuses the light. I know each fan has 8 LEDs, but you really won’t know looking at them since the colors blend together so nicely.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Taking the front panel off, you can get the full view of the AER RGB 2’s and their vibrant color.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

Turning off the lights, you can really see how well the HUE 2 RGB LED strips show off your components. The front of the case looks amazing with the AER RGB 2 fans. I really love how the LED strips and fans stay in sync with each other even when on different channels on the controller.

NZXT HUE 2 Lighting Kit and AER RGB 2

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