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I plan on building a new pc, and I'm going to be using all Corsair gear in terms of cooling. I am buying an iCUE h100i RGB Pro XT, and an iCUE 220T RGB. I am buying 3 more LL120 RGB, and plan on putting 2 of those on the radiator in replacement of the default radiator fans. I want to know if I can plug those into the Node Core that comes with my case so that I can control the color. Will that affect anything to do with the radiator/cpu temperature?

Thanks in advance

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I am buying 3 more LL120 RGB...

 

The 220T comes with 3 SP120 PRO RGB fans. These are different than the LL in a couple of key ways.

 

1) They are 3 pin DC motors. That means they will not be controllable on the PWM AIO fan controller.

 

2) LL fan is 16 LEDs. SP-Pro is 8. You can only choose one fan type per controller (LL x 4) and it will generate that number of LEDs (16 x 4). When you mix fans then you are usually mixing the base unit as well. You would need to lie to the controller and tell it LL fans x 5 to generate enough LEDs to cover. Furthermore, the UI in CUE would not match what you have. It would show 5 LL fans. That means you must change the SP-PRO fans by highlighting select parts of an imaginary LL fan. This works fine for basic non-fan to fan effects, but moving effects get messy and this is not a beginner friendly set-up.

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2) LL fan is 16 LEDs. SP-Pro is 8. You can only choose one fan type per controller (LL x 4) and it will generate that number of LEDs (16 x 4). When you mix fans then you are usually mixing the base unit as well.

 

so should I just get 3 sp pro fans instead of the LL fans? And would those work on the radiator I chose?

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That's the catch...

 

If you get three more SP-Pro all your fans will match and the lighting will work as intended. However, you will not be able to control those fans from the H100i XT or any other AIO that has a PWM controller. They would need speed control from the MB or other fan controller.

 

If you get 3 LL120, those will work on the H100i XT fan controller. Their lighting will look nice, but won't mesh well with the 8 LED SP-Pro units. You will get a LNP + RGB hub in the LL120 triple pack, so it is possible to run the front and top/rear as two separate lighting groups on two different controllers. However, be aware the fans will not look exactly the same and there are differences in color tone between the various fan models. The LL are decidedly cool in color tone with a frosted ring and the SP-Pro is a bit more neutral with 8 center hub mounted LEDs.

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The Lighting Node Core and Lighting Node Pro are RGB lighting controllers. They do no affect fan speed at all. All Corsair RGB fans have 2 wires -- 1 for the speed control and 1 for the RGB current.

 

Your CPU temperature comes from the MB. It is not the variable to use for fan control unless you are running a small CPU air cooler.

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