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Hi all,

First a bit of background, then a couple of questions.

About 6 months ago i bought a bundle deal of Node Core + 3 QL120 fans as part of the process of throwing out my very old 800D case and moving to a new 750D case. Here is the link.

https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/corsair-icue-ql120-rgb-120mm-pwm-triple-fan-with-lighting-node-core/co-9050098-ww.html

 

Not very relevant but the fan controller i had in my old case, a Lamptron CW611 which I love the look of, I moved into my new case also. Here's link also.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/lamptron-cw611-watercooling-controller-black-cm-047-lp.html

 

So, my new Node Core and 5 new QL120 fans, plus my old fan controller, all worked together and looked absolutely gorgeous. I've chosen the colour mode "Temperature" which allows you to specify a colour based on the currentlt reported temperature of a selected component. So my CPU and GPU temps are indicated by my RGB fans.

 

captrench is very happy at this point :biggrin: All good so far.

 

Six months later i decide that I'm going to add some more fans and maybe replace the two front case fans with new QL120's also, and also use the same setup in my second pc (both wife and I are gamers). Whatever i plan to do first, I'm going to need to buy at least a second Node Core. I also buy myself a Commander Pro and decide to say goodbye to my Lamptron... *sobs*.

 

And here's the thing. It looks like you cannot buy the Node Core on its own anymore (if you ever could). Its not even listed directly anymore on Corsairs site, unless you know the exact link to use (https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Accessories-%7C-Parts/iCUE-CONTROLLERS/iCUE-Lighting-Node-CORE-Digital-Fan-RGB-Lighting-Controller/p/CL-8930009). But you cannot browse products on the site and see it listed.

 

So I look to Amazon and sure enough, nothing for Lighting Node Core there either. But Amazon does list this in the results of my search

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Acc-Corsair-RGB-Fan-Noir/dp/B075GWMJ68/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

I find it a little odd that the product name is in French but it looks like the same thing I have already, and is only £11, so I decide its worth buying and checking out.

 

When it arrives I notice that it only has a SATA cable connector but no cable to connect to a USB header on the motherboard, or to a Commander Pro. Without that cable the iCUE software cant control the RGB, rendering the whole product pointless. Also, although the product itself is branded, it is not Corsair packaging. Its a foldup cardboard box with bubble-wrap inside. And missing the usb header cable... scammy?

 

Knowing that I'm going to use the fans eventually anyway, I opt to buy the same bundle of 3 QL120 fans + Node Core i did earlier in the year. Sure enough, the Node Core in that pack has both the USB header cable and the SATA cable, just as my first one did. So why the missing cable from the second?

 

So, I have a couple of questions...

  1. What is the correct name of the cable I would need to buy to connect the RGB hub to a USB header? It looks like the hub itself has a female mini-usb socket so I'm guessing 'male mini usb to male USB header cable'?
  2. Why does Corsair not list the item directly on their website in product listings? Why do you need to do a google search to find the product page on Corsairs own site?
  3. Why cant you buy Node Core on its own?
  4. It seems scammy that a product with Corsair branding on it is sold with missing cables and non branded packaging. I feel that Corsair should be aware of this and if they have a point of view on it I'd like to know what that is.

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I've just rediscovered the very thread that made me join this forum (for the express purpose of saying thank you for its helpfulness back in 2019). Here

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

 

In this thread you can see pictures of each product. It looks like what Amazon are selling is the Corsair RGB Fan LED Hub, which does not come with a USB header cable, officially. So thats that. I still want to know the correct name for the cable i might need to buy to use it properly.

 

And what i have bought twice now is the Corsair Lighting Node Core, next in that list. And my question still stands I guess as to why i cant buy that item on its own.

 

And once again, thanks to Zotty for that thread, still earning its keep after all this time! :D

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1) As you noted, you got the RGB Fan LED Hub. It won't connect to a USB header. It connects to a Lighting Channel on a Lighting Node Pro or Commander Pro using a Fan Hub cable. The Commander Pro will come with 2 of these. They are 3-pin, 2-wire cables, female to female.

 

2) They do. It's tough to find. It's in the "spare parts/accessories" section.

 

3) Good question. Dunno.

 

4) Understand but that's how it's sold, even direct from Corsair. It's considered a spare part, not a full retail product. So the packaging reflects that. At least, that's my hypothesis.

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1) As you noted, you got the RGB Fan LED Hub. It won't connect to a USB header. It connects to a Lighting Channel on a Lighting Node Pro or Commander Pro using a Fan Hub cable. The Commander Pro will come with 2 of these. They are 3-pin, 2-wire cables, female to female.

 

2) They do. It's tough to find. It's in the "spare parts/accessories" section.

 

3) Good question. Dunno.

 

4) Understand but that's how it's sold, even direct from Corsair. It's considered a spare part, not a full retail product. So the packaging reflects that. At least, that's my hypothesis.

 

Really appreciate your response DevBiker. I have the Commander Pro I ordered still in its box.

 

1) I'll check out the packaging for the fan hub cable you mention.

 

2) I found it on the US site, finally. Its impossible to filter your way to it (it seems, i tried). This is how i found it.

i. You have to browse ALL accessories, no filters. You also cannot use Corsairs own site search bar to find the Node Core.

ii. Set the max number of items displayed per page to the max of 60.

iii. Search the page for the word "core" (Ctrl-F). Step through the results on each page. On every page there is one hit on that word, sometimes two, that you cannot see or step to, because its hidden (but which the search function picks up on). Helpful.

iv. On the FIFTEENTH ********** (expletive intentionally hinted at) page, finally... I see it listed. And on that page there are 3 hits. Two of them i can see, links here.

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Accessories-%7C-Parts/Commander-CORE-RGB-%26-PWM-Fan-Controller/p/CW-8960071

https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Accessories-%7C-Parts/iCUE-CONTROLLERS/iCUE-Lighting-Node-CORE-Digital-Fan-RGB-Lighting-Controller/p/CL-8930009

 

But there is again on that 15th page that same hidden instance of "core" cannot be seen.

 

3) Apparently, according to the product page, you can buy the Node Core on its own. It retails at $34.99. You just cant actually find it listed anywhere else either.

 

4) Understood. It is what it is etc...

 

Anyway, 2 and 3... weird eh?

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