- Unboxing and Overview- HD140 RGB
- Unboxing and Overview- Lighting Node Pro
- Performance Testing
As we saw, there are two separate means of controlling the lighting here- via the hardware controller, or via software control including the Lighting Node Pro from Corsair. Their Commander Pro also has two RGB LED channels similar to the Lighting Node Pro, among other things, so it can also be used to do the exact same thing as far as the HD140 RGB fans go.
Using the included controller provides several static and dynamic lighting effects, some of which are shown above. You can also take a look at the relevant section in my Corsair HD120 RGB review to get more detailed information and demonstration using 6 fans here.
If you decide to go with software control, then you will need Corsair Link which can be downloaded from here. Make sure the Lighting Node Pro (or Commander Pro) is connected and powered up first, and you may have to update the firmware if prompted as well.
Once everything is set up, the application opens up as seen in the image above. Corsair Link scales fairly well with high DPI displays on an OS-level scaling, although there is no full screen option for those who care. I was using the latest available version 184.108.40.206 of Corsair Link along with the latest firmware for Lighting Node Pro here. If you have more than one fan connected to the fan LED hub, make sure they are connected in order from 1 through 6 in the marked ports. Even so, it will only be the first fan that gets recognized and light up and you have to manually add the other fan(s) yourself which feels unnecessary. Take a look at the first video above to see how to do so, and it is fairly simple. Once done, the “Fan#” changes from 1-1 to 1-x, where x is the number of fans you have (2 in my case here). The second video goes through the available lighting modes, which have the ones from the hardware controller and a few more including Rainbow Wave. Note that you have to copy the profiles again to the fans you want these to be applied to, as by default it goes to fan #1 only. The exception is sequential mode which automatically does it for the fans connected, and does so better than the one that is available from the hardware controller as that is programmed to account for 6 fans and the animation has a delay between loops if you have less than 6. Not so here, and that along with the newer modes and options makes software control by far the better option. Even something as simple as static lighting gives you full 16.8 M colors to choose from here which was impossible with the hardware controller.
Below are some of the specific modes on the two fans so you can get an idea how they look in reality:
On the next page, we will take a look at how the fans perform as.. well, fans.