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I'm looking into building a new pc soon. I've also decided I want to use Corsair ICue software to run it. I've been using it to run the other Corsair stuff I have Mouse, Mouse Pad, Wireless Headphones, and their Headphone stand thing. I'm looking into the fans and there are a lot of different types of RGB fans from them now and have questions about them and what I'll need and not need. I really wish they weren't so expensive but oh well... I'm going to try it.

 

I'm going with a Thermaltake View 71 Glass Case

 

Case Fans

Front

3x 120mm Fans

 

Rear Fan

1x 120mm Fan

 

Bottom

2x 120mm Fans

 

Not sure on which to use

ICue QL120's, ICue SP120's or LL120RGB's

 

I'm not real sure on the differences and which would be better for that placement.

 

Then I need 2x 140mm Fans for a Rad I will have for CPU Cooling.

 

I will also be using Vengence RGB Memory as well.

 

My other questions are in regards to the Commander Pro and the Lighting Node. Do I need both or 1 or just the other with the above mentioned fans? What the difference between those 2? Also I was thinking about adding a lighting strip or 2 as well possibly.

 

Thanks

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Hey Wolverine690, glad to hear that your prepping for a new build. There's lot to learn about how to set up our RGB fans.

 

A good resource is Zotty's iCUE eco-system FAQ

https://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=173880

 

The different models of fans provide different LED placement and lighting. Of the three you listed, SP has LEDs on the center hub, the LLs expand to a ring, and the QLs have rings that are viewable from both sides of the fans.

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thanks for the reply. I reader over or rather started reading that thread in the link you left. It's great. Though so far and I didn't see a answer in that thread, but wanted to ask and if I missed in there sorry.

 

It talks about that you need a LED Hub as well as the Commander Pro and Node Pro for hook ups yet nothing in the kits I bought had that as well as everything else I've read say that the Commander pro is really all you need unless you'll be using more ten 6 fans and/or lights.

 

I will be having 6 QL's and 2 ML (on the CPU cooler) and 2 250mm LS100 strips in my system. With everything I got I have 1 commander pro and 2 node pros. Will I still need this RGB hub I've read about? Or will everything be ok with what I have? I've read and seen stuff online saying you only need the CoPro as it was upgraded to include hub. Then others that say you still need hub and CoPro.

 

Another question does the commander pro require both usb connections to be used on it to run it or just 1, as far as connections to the motherboard?

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I'm still unsure of the RGB Hub I keep finding conflicting articles and reviews. Honestly the idea that there are 3 different devices out there all separate (while some may come in a kit with fans) if you still need more then the one, why not just make one device that does it all and save people the head ache?

 

then if you're going to do more then 6 fan then the lighting node could be an extender to be able to add more.

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If you are using the Commander Pro or Lighting Node Pro, you need the RGB Fan LED Hub to connect the fans. I don't know where you find "conflicting articles and reviews" but it's likely - because we see this a lot - that some people are making comments without knowing exactly what they are talking about and getting the device names wrong. Zotty's thread is an excellent source.

 

As for "one device" - that's called the Lighting Node Core and that's what comes with the QL-RGB fans (and SP-PRO fans too). I know it sounds like a fantastic idea but, tbh, I find it to be limiting and a source of unending frustration. Why? Because when (and this invariably happens) someone wants to expand, they now need additional devices and wind up removing the LNC.

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If you are using the Commander Pro or Lighting Node Pro, you need the RGB Fan LED Hub to connect the fans. I don't know where you find "conflicting articles and reviews" but it's likely - because we see this a lot - that some people are making comments without knowing exactly what they are talking about and getting the device names wrong. Zotty's thread is an excellent source.

 

As for "one device" - that's called the Lighting Node Core and that's what comes with the QL-RGB fans (and SP-PRO fans too). I know it sounds like a fantastic idea but, tbh, I find it to be limiting and a source of unending frustration. Why? Because when (and this invariably happens) someone wants to expand, they now need additional devices and wind up removing the LNC.

 

Various videos and posts online about these setups. And this video from corsair I believe talks about it and again doesn't mention needing the RGB Hub at all. [ame]

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And an all in one would be fine, yes you'd have to get additional "AIO's" for more then 6(or whatever number of devices it maxed out at) which is fine and daisy chain them. That makes sense. However nothing on Corsairs product pages about all this or on the boxes does it say anywhere that you need to have a completely different box (RGB Hub) to make it all work. Unless it's one of those fine print things you need a magnifying glass for. It should be completely open and transparent from any product. Sorry just frustrated it wasn't more clear on the item descriptions and that had to go hunting for it so much and then finding 1 thing says 1 thing and another says something different. As you said people are confused and I think a lot of that stems from Corsair as it's not clearly displayed. Unless you go to the forums here.lol

 

Ok so I've ordered a Hub.

 

So this is my setup I'm going to be working with.

 

6 QL Fans, 3 Front, 1 Rear, 2 Bottom

2 LS100 250mm strips

2 ML Fans Hydro Series H115i RGB PLATINUM 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler

 

I will have 1 CoPro, 2 Lighting Node Core's and the RGB Hub.

 

 

 

 

So based on Zotty's thing I think this is how I will need to connect everything, please correct me if I'm wrong. Not including power as that's a no brainer, though I am still not sure if I need to connect 2 USB headers to the CoPro? Or is 1 only needed?

 

RGB Hub & CoPro Connected together

6 QL's RGB connected to RGB Hub

6QL's Fan connected to CoPro

2 LS100's connected to CoPro

 

H115i should just be connected to motherboard or should/does it need to be connected to one of the little black boxes?

 

Is this setup correct and is it ok as to not blow anything up? I have a CORSAIR RMx RM1000X PSU btw.

 

Thanks

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So I've got everything hooked up as best I can tell from Zotty's post. a little differently how I had mentioned above. everything lights up when I turn on the pc, except for 1 of my LS100 strips isn't lighting up. (Only have power connected to as I am working and can't hook everything up until tonight to test it.)

 

I have both strips connected together via the y cable/splitter or whatever that came with them which is then connected to 1 of the LED ports on the Commander Pro. I swapped the connections between the 2 strips and they switched from 1 working to the other not working so both strips are good and has to be something with the connections and/or the cable?

 

I don't know if ICue will work yet with it all till I can boot it up completely connected tonight. But at least most everything lights up.

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Ok so I hooked up my pc and in icue and can't get one of the LS100's to light up still I've selected 2 RGB Strips, 3, 4, 5, 6 and nothing.

 

I have the LS100's connected to a Y cord that came with them, that Y cord then connected to LED 2 on the commander pro.

 

is there an option to sync everything so you just change it in 1 location and no have to go into each device? I have a Corsair Nightsword, RGB Mouse Pad, RGB Headphone holder thing, Void Pro Wireless Headset plus all the new lighting in the case.

 

Thanks

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hi buddy.. you cant use that 'y' cord like that.... have you bought the LS100 starter kit? it should come with a control box that connects via usb....

 

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you could plug them in direct with out the y cord.. but LED count would be wrong in icue...

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