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Which Command module to use in iCUE 465x with H150i Elite


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Hi all!

 

I recently bought an iCUE 465x RGB and and H150i Elite Cappelix AIO.

 

I have 2 questions.

 

1st Question: The 465x comes with an RGB hub and fan controller, but so does the H150i Elite. Is it recommended to use them together or remove the RGB hub and fan controller that came with the 465x in favor of the controller that came with the H150i Elite?

 

2nd Question: Is it worth it to remove the LL front standard fans from the 465x and replace them with the MLs that came with the H150i Elite, and move the LLs to the top and back? Or just install the MLs in the top and back leaving the 465x standard fans in front?

 

Info: MB is RoG Strix z490-E

 

Thank you all for your time.

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1) You must use the Commander Core that comes with the Elite cooler to power the pump. There is no way around that. There is no reason you have to move the LL fans RGB wires to Com Core, but you might as well. You certainly should move their PWM wires there since you are getting a 6 port fan controller in this deal.

 

The only catch with this is the Com Core will use the fan with the highest LED count as "the base" unit for programmed LEDs effects. This means with 3 LL (16 LEDs) and 3 ML-Elite (8 LEDs), it will show you a blocks of 16 LED fans and treat them as such for fan to fan effects. I have been somewhat critical of this, but after running it for a few days outside the case, it generally looks OK for most effects. This is more of an obstacle for those who spend a lot of time programming unique patterns. You could leave the LL on the 465x LNP and put the ML-Elite on the Com Core RGB side. That would make them act like their own groups of 3 and true to their LED count. However, most people will be better served putting them all together on the Commander Core.

 

2) Generally speaking you can hook three paper spinners up to a 360mm and still get decent cooling. The more radiator length, the less the fans matter. A ML is a better radiator fan than a LL, but 2C would a high side estimate for the difference in coolant temperature as a result. That's not worth much unless you are right at your limit. I would decide this based on your visual preference. The other thing is ML-Elite tend to have a bit of LED bleed out the front side of the fan, depending on your angle. You might take a look at this before moving fans around. A 45 degree angle to hub can reveal the LED hot spot, so if you are used the diffused LL fans, this is a change. Possible they could catch your eye the wrong way when front mounted and the case to your right side.

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Ok so if I’m following along correctly I’m going to leave the 465x LL in place mount the radiator behind those with tubes at top it looks like, mount the ML fans that came with the H150i to the back and the top while ditching the core and RGB hub that came with the case and using the H150i command core for everything.

 

Seems like I may not have done this in the most economical way in hindsight.

 

I won’t be overclocking so I’m not terribly worried about the diff of ML vs LL on the radiator.

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I don't think you've made any mistakes. The cost of this stuff is absorbed in some of the higher end products. Where you often feel the pain is when you buy without and then spend a lot of effort trying to track down proprietary wires or connectors that are in short supply. There is nothing wasted in your build and the extra lighting controller may have use later. A quick price check on a LL120 or ML-RGB triple pack vs the cost on the 465x should affirm you made the right decision.
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