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KittMiller
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Hi all,

I'm building my first PC and I have a question about what I'll need to run different fan models with maximum RGB control for each, because I'm a little bit confused.

I'm looking at grabbing a H100i Elite Capellix 240mm AIO, and also three QL120s to put on the front of my 4000D Airflow case, however I'm not 100% sure what hardware I'll need to make sure the RGBs on the three QLs and the two MLs on the radiator will all work, because as I understand the Commander Core alone is not enough to run both fan models' RGB properly. Will the Commander Core that comes with the H100i and the Lighting Node Core that comes with the 3pack of QLs be enough? Or will I need to buy splitters or a Commander Pro to make it work?

My motherboard is the ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus WIFI

 

Cheers,

Kitt

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The best thing you can do for that scenario is to buy a 3 pack of QL fans that will come with it's own RGB controller.

 

Each fan has 2 wires - a 4 pin PWM that controls speed and a 4 pin RGB that controls RGB

 

You can put all 5 PWM plugs into the commander core, and the two rgb wires from your H100i also goes into the commander core.

The 3 RGB wires from the 3 QL fans goes into the RGB controller that comes with the QL 3 pack. 

 

Your motherboard has 2 internal USB ports, so this will also not be a problem.

 

Your case will also easily fit a H150I 360mm AIO in the front, and you can then use then either use the 3 extra QL in the top/rear or get 6 single QL fans and ditch the ML fans on the AIO entirely - then you can have all 6 QL fans on the commander core and skip a second controller.

 

The important thing is that you cannot mix different fans RGB wires onto a single controller.

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20 hours ago, Corsair HP said:

The best thing you can do for that scenario is to buy a 3 pack of QL fans that will come with it's own RGB controller.

 

Each fan has 2 wires - a 4 pin PWM that controls speed and a 4 pin RGB that controls RGB

 

You can put all 5 PWM plugs into the commander core, and the two rgb wires from your H100i also goes into the commander core.

The 3 RGB wires from the 3 QL fans goes into the RGB controller that comes with the QL 3 pack. 

 

Your motherboard has 2 internal USB ports, so this will also not be a problem.

 

Your case will also easily fit a H150I 360mm AIO in the front, and you can then use then either use the 3 extra QL in the top/rear or get 6 single QL fans and ditch the ML fans on the AIO entirely - then you can have all 6 QL fans on the commander core and skip a second controller.

 

The important thing is that you cannot mix different fans RGB wires onto a single controller.

Hey, thanks for the help!

Just a quick follow-up question for if I were to put a H150i AIO in the front; my GPU is 320mm and the 4000D case has 360mm clearance for the GPU, however the thickness of the radiator and fans combined would be 52mm, more than the 40m clearance the case has. Is the 4000D's 360mm clearance taking into account the space needed for a radiator and fans when giving that number? Or is that 360mm the gross clearance right up to the bracket on the front?

Thanks,

Kitt

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2 hours ago, KittMiller said:

Hey, thanks for the help!

Just a quick follow-up question for if I were to put a H150i AIO in the front; my GPU is 320mm and the 4000D case has 360mm clearance for the GPU, however the thickness of the radiator and fans combined would be 52mm, more than the 40m clearance the case has. Is the 4000D's 360mm clearance taking into account the space needed for a radiator and fans when giving that number? Or is that 360mm the gross clearance right up to the bracket on the front?

Thanks,

Kitt

The 360mm is including fans in the front - so total length to the front brackets would be around 385mm, so you should have plenty of room for your GPU.

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