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Lighting Control

When you first power on the fan LEDs they light in a random test pattern as seen below:

The fans are not in sync, and really only serve as a positive confirmation of the LEDs working. To get the full experience, you will need CORSAIR Link which can be downloaded from here. Make sure the Lighting Node Pro is connected and powered 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 video 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 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. 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 video also goes through the available lighting modes, which have the ones from the SP/HD RGB fans and then three more unique modes for the LL RGB fans at the bottom. There is a global brightness slider at the top with 4 steps, and then the specific modes have specific options as well to choose from. By default, “Apply” only affects the fan clicked in the meny so you have to copy the effect to the fans manually which can be annoying, but also offers the ability to selectively have different fans on different modes if you so prefer.

Below are some of the specific modes on the two fans so you can get an idea how they look in reality:

Lighting is by far the biggest feature with these fans, and so if you wanted more then you get more. The available options are great, but I still don’t know why CORSAIR Link continues to be used when CORSAIR Utility Engine does a better job with lighting control on peripherals. I imagine the two will eventually merge, so I want to see that happen sooner than later. The use of the two “rings” here does create more options, and addressable LEDs help here more so than on the HD RGB fans. The diffused lighting also creates a better, softer light and the LEDs, when turned to white for example, actually look truer to color than just about any RGB-lit device I have used. another thing to note here is that the LEDs are now front facing and not side-facing, so the light is directed upwards towards you and not the rotor which also adds to the perceived brightness here. There is functionality here too wherein you can have the fans change color depending on component temperatures or fan speed profiles, so it’s something in addition to just the bling factor here.

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