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I have always understood the "lighting setup" where you match your fans up with the corresponding color in the software. Since some fans are orientated differently in the case, upside down, sideways etc..

 

My problem is the rad fans. Which way am I looking at them or better yet, which way is the software looking at them? I have the h150i pro xt and not real sure which way the software is looking at them compared to my interpretation? Here is a pic of what I mean. The fans start at bottom 1, 2, 3 which are easy and are sitting in the case. Not understanding the upside down fans on the rad. Multiple ways of looking at them. Also, I noticed it doesnt matter if I change them because the lighting profile im using doesnt change with that one fan if I move the led according to the software.

4 5 and 6 are rad fans.

 

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It is easy to get turned around. Lighting effects are programmed with an origination point on the fan. The default is the top left corner when looking at the front of the fan, label in back right side up. Depending on the fan type (LED count) effects are either circular from this point or top to bottom for QL/LL specific effects like pong, gate, etc. that give the appearance of moving from fan to fan.

 

Where most people run into this is on the difference between front intake and top exhaust fans. We are almost always going to physically mount the fan so the wire is on the motherboard side and with the fan facing the needed direction for intake or exhaust. So assuming that is correct for you and your numbers start at the bottom front with #1, you would want the front 3 fans turned 180 (2 clicks to bottom right) in the software so the dot it as the bottom. This will make the light originate on the lowest edge of the front fans. Then when you get to the top fans, the leading edge is now the top of the fan and you want the dot in the normal top left position.

 

This really only matters for sequential effects. You can set up something like Pong or Gate and that will make it really obvious which direction the light flows. Of course, you can deliberately make it go in other directions as well. I have used Gate to make "the waves" converge at that front/top nexus by deliberately reversing the orientation. A lot of what is preferable is user specific and depends on the the effect. Some people may like the front fan lighting to start at the top and go around before moving on for some spiral effects. So in the end if is lighting pattern specific and user choice.

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I actually had to go into the lighting profile and swap the fans color from bottom to top because the led does nothing to change it. Not sure if its the icue software or the profile. Ive had to do this multiple times on profiles where there is a color on bottom and different one of top.
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I actually had to go into the lighting profile and swap the fans color from bottom to top because the led does nothing to change it. Not sure if its the icue software or the profile. Ive had to do this multiple times on profiles where there is a color on bottom and different one of top.

 

I am not sure I follow. Within a specific lighting effect, like sequential, color rainbow channel? Or something else?

 

I am guessing you have more than 2 physical orientations on the fans and thus the rotational situation got more complicated.

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I am not sure I follow. Within a specific lighting effect, like sequential, color rainbow channel? Or something else?

 

I am guessing you have more than 2 physical orientations on the fans and thus the rotational situation got more complicated.

 

I downloaded a pink lemonade profile from Alex K. It has pink on the bottom and yellow on top. I had to change all three fans on lighting channel 2 to have the correct colors, and one on the rad fan to be correct. So Im assuming the lighting setup did nothing with the profile.

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I went back to 3.32 to double check vs the current. My understanding is the rotation tool is to direct the sequential nature of inter-fan effects in regards to entry/exit side. It is not the same as physically rotating the fan, which is obviously going to be confusing for many people. This is further complicated by the UI showing rotation to reflect the origination point.

 

In simplest terms, it won't rotate a static effect around the fan. You have to manually reconfigure the LEDs in the Lemonade profile to get your pink and yellow haves on the appropriate side for your unique set up. When the static effect is programmed and you apply it to the "top half", it will always be on the top half. There is no way for Alex to write it and make it universal. It was flipped for me between my top and bottom fans that face each other.

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I went back to 3.32 to double check vs the current. My understanding is the rotation tool is to direct the sequential nature of inter-fan effects in regards to entry/exit side. It is not the same as physically rotating the fan, which is obviously going to be confusing for many people. This is further complicated by the UI showing rotation to reflect the origination point.

 

In simplest terms, it won't rotate a static effect around the fan. You have to manually reconfigure the LEDs in the Lemonade profile to get your pink and yellow haves on the appropriate side for your unique set up. When the static effect is programmed and you apply it to the "top half", it will always be on the top half. There is no way for Alex to write it and make it universal. It was flipped for me between my top and bottom fans that face each other.

 

gotcha. no biggy, I just manually reconfigure the lighting for those fans. Thank you again.

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