By Chris Stolze
iCUE Commander PRO Smart RGB Lighting and Fan Speed Controller
The CORSAIR iCUE Commander PRO turns your PC’s case into a smart case, using CORSAIR iCUE software to power stunning RGB lighting customization, precise fan speed control and accurate temperature monitoring, all from a single device.
Compatible with CORSAIR iCUE
THE HEART OF YOUR
CORSAIR iCUE POWERED SYSTEM
TURN YOUR CASE INTO A SMART CASE
The CORSAIR Commander PRO gives you unparalleled control over your system’s performance and RGB lighting. Get in-depth insight into your system temperatures in real-time and set up intelligent fan curves to automatically adjust speeds based on your system’s demands.
Create, customize, and synchronize stunning RGB lighting effects when you connect CORSAIR RGB fans and lighting strips for an amazing system-wide light-show. Powered by CORSAIR iCUE software, the CORSAIR Commander PRO is everything you need to turn your case into a smart case.
CONNECT. COMMAND. CONTROL.
The CORSAIR Commander PRO controls up to six case fans and two RGB lighting channels, with four repositionable temperature sensors and two USB 2.0 internal headers.
PRECISE FAN CONTROL
Controls up to 6x 3-pin DC or 4-pin PWM fans, including the ability to run in a Zero-RPM fan mode for total silence.
STUNNING RGB LIGHTING FOR YOUR PC
Two RGB lighting channels combined with powerful CORSAIR iCUE software complete customization of individually addressable RGB LED strips and CORSAIR RGB fans.
Switch through various profiles.
ACCURATE TEMPERATURE MONITORING
Four repositionable temperature sensors allow you to accurately monitor temperatures throughout your case with CORSAIR iCUE software, as well as monitoring CPU, graphics card and motherboard temperatures. Set up custom fan curves and lighting profiles to automatically adjust fan speeds and RGB lighting as your system heats up and cools down.
CONNECT ALL YOUR USB DEVICES
Two USB 2.0 internal headers allow you to easily connect internal USB devices, such as iCUE-compatible power supplies, liquid CPU coolers, or motherboard front panel USB ports.
INTELLIGENT CONTROL, UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES
Powerful CORSAIR iCUE software brings everything together, allowing you to customize RGB lighting, monitor hardware and coolant temperatures, and adjust fan and pump speeds, all from a single intuitive interface.LEARN MORE
LOW PROFILE & EASY TO INSTALL
Measuring 133mm W x 69mm L x 15.5mm H, Commander PRO’s low-profile design and included adhesive backing makes it easy to install behind your motherboard, or on any flat surface inside your case.
Using Link with a Corsair AXi Digital Power Supply
The Corsair AXi Series PSUs have a lot of premium features. They use a digital signal processor for better performance, they're fully modular, and have a zero RPM fan mode at low loads. But one of the coolest things about the AXi power supplies, is their compatibility with the new Corsair Link software. Today, we take a look at the Corsair Link 2 software, or just "Link" for short, and more specifically how it gives you the ability to monitor AC input, DC output, the temperature and the fan speed of an AXi power supply.
The first thing I want to do is open up the "Graph" tab and set what I want to monitor in the "Config Panel" of this tab...
Above, you can see that I've checked boxes asking to have my two graphics cards' temperatures and fans graphed, as well as my CPU's temperature, the temperature of my AX860i power supply, as well as the AX860i's fan speed. I'm also monitoring the temperature of the coolant in the Hydro Series H100 that is cooling the CPU and the RPMs of the two fans cooling the H100's radiator.
While the system is idle, we can see that temperatures are relatively low. The AX860i is just barely over room temperature and therefore, the fan is not spinning.
Over on the "Power" tab, we see that the AX860i is only producing 107.3W as I sit here watching the Link software. It's pulling 117.8W from the wall, so our efficiency is 91%.
On this tab, we can also monitor our voltages, including the voltage of our AC mains, as well as current for each of our +12V outputs.
There are also check boxes that allow you to turn OCP on for the 8-pin +12V outputs (labeled "PCIe") on the power supply. OCP stands for "over current protection" and will shut down the power supply if too much current is delivered on any of these outputs.
Finally, we see the AX860i's temperature and the fan RPM on this tab. This is the same information we saw on the "Graph" tab, but in a different format. The fan is still not spinning because the temperatures are still low, but if we wanted to increase the airflow within our chassis just a bit, we can manually turn the fan speed up.
We start on the "System" tab...
On this tab, we can see everything that Corsair Link 2 monitors, but if we click on the "AX860i Fan" icon on the left, a configuration panel opens up on the right. By default, we can see the fan mode is set to "quiet" which means the fan isn't going to spin at low loads. Changing this is easy...
The lowest setting is 40%, which equates to about 784 RPM. I can keep it like this and still not hear the fan. And the fan will still ramp up even faster automatically if needed. Let's turn it up even more to find out where I can start hearing the fan...
At 76%, the fan is spinning 1508 RPM. I can definitely hear that now. Well, that's enough of that. Let's put the PSU fan back into "quiet" mode, fire up Prime95 and Furmark and see what kind of power we produce and let the fan spin up all on its own...
Almost immediately, the temperatures of the CPU and graphics cards increase. Under this load, we start to see the power supply fan ramp up as well.
After some time under load, we see our temperatures level out, an increase in the graphics cards' fan's RPMs and the PSU's fan leveling off just over 500 RPM.
When we switch back over to the "Power" tab, we can see that our load has increased to 473.4W. We're now pulling 502.9W from the wall and our efficiency is increased to 94%. We can see that the amperage delivered on all of our +12V connectors has increased, the AX860i's temperature has increased very slightly, from 26.5 to 28.8°C, and the fan is now spinning at 556 RPM.
Of course, when you're gaming you're probably not going to be able to watch your load, temperatures and fan speeds while you're playing. For this reason, Corsair Link allows you to log whatever information you'd like to keep track of in a CSV file. Simply check the boxes of the components you want to monitor, browse to where you want to save the file and give the file a name and click "start logging".
By Chris Stolze