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Is iCue needed or mandatory just to use the AX1600i PSU?


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I have a AX1600i PSU from Corsair running my beast of a PC...  My question and concern is do I need iCue to take advantage of the PSU full capabilities or features?  The multi rail option or standard?  

I do not want iCue and I do not like it is the reason I ask.  The reason I don't like it is that it use to use nearly 10% of my cpu just to run the app and I have no other Corsair products.  I regret buying it for this reason but its the best of the best and I decided to go with it for many reason in my build.  It's the king.  I realize I might get some hate posting this on Corsair forum but I'd like some advice or opinions please.  I dont know much about the options or multi rail option but I think I did have it on when I did have iCue installed.  But I uninstalled it and my PC seems to be ok..  I do experience some issues but I think its Windows 11 related.   Thank you

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You don't need it. You won't be able to change the multi rail/single rail option or monitor things but iCUE isn't required.

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single/multi rail you don't really need it unless you are planning some crazy power draw, like.. LN2 overclocking levels.

I believe HWinfo64 can connect to the AX1600i for monitoring. worth a shot

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You also have the option to leave CUE installed but set not to run on OS start up.  Then if you're curious, you can launch and check power levels, temperature, or toggle single/multi.  When you're done quit the app and the Corsair.service or reboot to return to the previous state.  However, as mentioned above, it's not required other than to do the initial single/multi set up.

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Im not interested in checking power levels.  I just dont fully understand what the multi rail or other option is..  I did have multi on when I did have iCue but whether its on now or not I have no idea.  Just looking for advice.  Not sure what the other option was, single rail I guess.  I do have some serious power draw im sure and at one point I had 1080ti SLI but I no longer do..  Still I have alot of water cooling and other things like monitors, rgb, 3080ti, Eatx mobo, ram, cpu.. all over clocked yes.. chips i9 9900k if mem serves. 3600 ddr4 ram, in short a serious gaming PC when I configured it was suggested a 1200 psu.

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the single or multi rail is how overcurrent protection is managed. i believe it's to switch between the monitoring per outlet (multi) which is the prefered setting since it protects your cables against overcurrent.. , or global OCP (single rail) which monitors the global power draw of the 12V rail.

with the parts you list, you'd most likely be fine with a 850W PSU, so you have a ton of headroom having double that. You really don't need to change the OCP at all.

Single rail OCP is good when you do extreme overclocking and need to pump 7 or 800W into a single GPU.. multi OCP would trip in that case.

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Yes I realize I have alot of headroom.  It was intentional. At the time I had intended using SLI but it quickly became obsolete.  With a next gen intel chip and formula mobo from asus and nearly every pcie slot used for other things like wireless vr, nearly 30 usb devices, monitoring screens, pumps, OC and 8 fans etc etc I thought it best.  But your right..

 

Thanks for the info everyone.

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