|Model Name||Corsair Fan Controller Commander Pro (CL-9011110-WW)|
|Light Source Type||LED|
|Mounting Hardware||Commander PRO^RGB LED hub cables(2)^Thermal sensors(4)^Fan extension cables(4)^Mounting tape(2)^Installation guide|
|Number Of Items||14|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||No|
|Supports Bluetooth Technology||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Product Dimensions||13.31 x 6.91 x 1.55 cm; 108.86 Grams|
|Item Weight||109 g|
|Item Model Number||CL-9011110-WW|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||1 December 2017|
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Corsair iCUE Commander PRO Smart RGB Lighting and Fan Speed Controller - Black
- Six 4-pin fan ports with voltage and PWM control: Control 3-pin and 4-pin fans manually or automatically easily and effectively through the intuitive CORSAIR Link software.
- Dual channel lighting: Add an assortment of RGB lighting with individually addressable RGB LED strips (sold separately) and unleash the full RGB potential of the HD RGB/SP RGB fans (sold separately).
- Two USB 2.0 internal headers: Connect up to two additional USB 2.0 devices while only occupying one USB 2.0 header on your motherboard.
- Four thermistor inputs: Monitor temperature in different locations throughout your system
- CORSAIR Link software support: Manage and control the devices connected to the Commander PRO through our intuitive CORSAIR Link software.
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The Corsair Commander PRO grants superior and accurate hardware control with a compact, all-in-one device. It is fully compatible with CORSAIR LINK devices and supports up to six fan connectors, two internal USB 2.0 headers, four temperature inputs, and two RGB LED channels. Accurately monitor how your system reacts when you push it to its limits. Manage your fans without pressing knobs or switches through the intuitive CORSAIR LINK software. Synchronize your RGB lighting effects with the HD RGB fans, SP RGB fans and individually addressable RGB LED strips to light up your build.
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Here is what I know about Corsair RGB. All components here are Corsair products and may not work if you use non - Corsair parts.
It is important to understand my comments, especially if you are on a budget.
For those who may be new to this environment.
RGB (Red Green Blue) is the name given to fans and other computer parts that display LED colours.
PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) Fans. These fans are controllable, so their speed can be set for adjustable thresholds according to your criteria in the software app.
Most motherboards have PWM headers (connectors). However, I find it easier to set all my fans up from the hardware-software position as I describe.
You can have components that produce static colours or variable colours. If you want to control the colours, then the components I mentioned in this text are what you should consider.
Everything described here are parts available in Australia.
If you want to install RGBs and not worry about PWM (fan speed adjustable), then you use the
Lighting Node Pro.
Note in the attached image. (Pic 1)
The kit comes with LED strips, a controller that allows 2 strips of daisy chain LED components, and also an RGB Hub.
The Lighting Controller provides the data information from your Motherboard and, in this case, the Corsair ICUE software.
It uses a USB 2 cable that plugs into one of your motherboard headers (connection), thus you lose a USB 2 port.
The ICUE software will only work with Corsair fans.
Now here is the critical thing. As I said earlier, the Lighting Node is only a controller.
In order to connect the RGB fans, you need an RGB Hub. (Pic 2)
Now, I replaced the Lighting Node Pro with a Commander Pro. A control hub that can control PWM.
The important thing to be aware of is that NEARLY every other Vendor that makes PWM Hubs, only the first fan port in the hub has PWM. So, when you adjust the first port, all fans are linked. There is no way to connect all the fans individually, effectively making the fan hub useless and a pointless waste of money.
Make sure you research and find that information on whether you lose individual fan control in other Vendor’s products.
So that is one reason I spent the extra money on a Commander Pro: all six ports are PWM controllable.
Have a look at the pic for the Commander Pro. (Pic 3)
It has 4 ambient temperature sensors, 2 LED Bridges, 6 fans, and 2 USB Ports. So, you recover your internal USB Header.
Now the important differences between the Lighting Node Pro and the Commander Pro.
If you just want RGB ports and not worried about PWM, then best option is Lighting Node Pro.
If you want RGB and PWM control, then opt for Commander Pro
As I said, I was annoyed that the Commander Pro had no RGB control. Well, that is not quite correct, it has control, but there is nothing to actually control given what comes in the kit
If you look at the Commander Pro image (Pic 4), there is a small hub resting on the top.
That is the RGB Hub shown earlier (Pic 2). That little 6 port hub is the critical component for both products. It comes with Lighting Node Pro, but not with the Commander.
Yet Corsair's website - yes it is mentioned on the Amazon site but when you're unfamiliar it's easy to miss it. But here's the description of the Commander Pro:
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.
So no mention of the RGB Hub.
Ok back to the pics.
Note, I have 3 fans connected to the Commander. There are 3 cables plugged into the RGB Hub. So the RGB PWM fans have 2 cables, 1 for fan control and 1 into the RGB
hub. With the RGB Hub connected you can now control things through the Commander Pro.
I nutted it out and took the RGB Hub from my Lighting Node Pro RGB fan kit and connected it to the Commander Pro and it all works.
So yeah that is what you want to do if you want to set up RGB and PWM Fans.
I stress that my Lighting Node Pro came with my 3 pack of fans. But the descriptions I have given each item are as accurate as I can give.
If you want to go down the path of having all your RGB and fan connectors in one spot, then Commander Pro is the way to go, but you need the RGB Hub.
Fortunately, the RGB hub sells separately for around 30 bucks
So I’ll try and summarise. All prices are in $Au
If you want just RGB control,
Lighting Node Pro with RGB Splitter Hub - $90
For Fan PWM control
Commander Pro - $110
For PWM & RGB control
RGB Splitter Hub - $30.
Effectively to do both options (PWM & RGB), Corsair Commander with an RGB Hub. Your outlay will be $140
RGB Hub and Lighting Node Controller also comes with Corsair RGB 3 x Fan Kit which is what I have - $150
As much as Commander Pro cost me a lot with the required RGB Hub, I'm happy that it's fewer cables going backward and forwards across my MoBo and fits in snugly into the fan hub and bottom of my case.
So the Corsair fans are super quiet, they pull about 47cfm, and the fans doing a nice LED job in my PC case.
I have one exhaust fan and the other 2 as front intakes.
I am not fussed about too many LED light shows, but it’s handy to go to the Corsair iCue app and control everything from one app.
Please check when buying your fans, that they are PWM capable, there's not a large difference in price to standard fans. The two types of fans may look the same, so you need to check the specs on the vendor website.
So I can’t give the Corsair Commander 5 stars, because it’s not the complete kit. But it does really well when everything is set up correctly. 3 1/2 Stars.
Thanks for reading. I hope it helps you when buying this product and similar.
No.1 fan speed couldnt be adjusted but issue was resolved by updating mobo firmware (asus z490e gaming)
fans 1,2&3 are QL120s and fans 4&5 are regular 3 pin case fan at bottom of case as an intake.
Best thing about commander pro is you get to have total control of fan speeds to adjust how quiet/cool you want depending on ambient temps.
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04/10/2018. I too like Anthony C (his comment 9th April) have the same problem. I have the Z270H gaming board, GTX 1080 graphics card, intel i7-7700K CPU. I also have the Corsair Crystal 460X windowed case, 6 X HD 120MM fans, 4 X LED strips, their Bronze power unit, 4 X 8 DDR4 3200 memory. I have had their Commander Pro 3 different times and their lighting LED units also 3 different times but still I can only get 1 fan to light up. I telephoned Corsair twice in the USA and was told that this was a new problem, something never heard of before. (that was before I read Anthony's comment on 9th April) I have been e-mailing Corsair backwards and forwards now for over a week and they still cannot give me a definitive answer. I even bought their 500D Obsidian RGB SE Mid Tower Case because that came with the Commander Pro already installed hoping that would be a cure £217.00 down the drain!!! Corsairs' last e-mail advice to me was "GET YOUR MONEY BACK" So my advice to everyone who reads this is to be very very careful when considering Corsairs equipment because if there are any problems then you may get the same service I did :(
Nur die RGB-LED-Lüfter von Corsair kaufen ist schonmal zwecklos.
Die Lüfter haben ein Kabel mit 3-Pin-Stecker und ein Kabel mit 4-Pin-Stecker.
Der 4-Pin Anschluss passt nur auf den "Commander Pro" und nicht auf das Mainboard.
Also zu den Lüftern den Commander Pro gleich mitkaufen.
Man braucht aber auch noch den kleinen "Corsair Hub". Separart dazukaufen!
Dort werden die 3-Pin Anschlüsse der Corsair-Lüfter angebracht.
Danach wird der "Corsair Hub" an den "Commander Pro" gekoppelt, also unter "LED" eingesteckt.
Am Ende muss der Commander Pro
1. eine Verbindung zum Mainboard haben und
2. Strom vom Netzteil bekommen.
Das passende USB-Kabel ist beim Commander Pro anbei. Also das Kabel auf euer Mainboard unter USB PORT reinstecken und fertig.
An eurem PC-Netzteil sollte ein dicker SATA-Kabel-Strang sein, mit mehreren 15 PIN-SATA-Schnittstellen. Da muss der Commander zum Strom tanken dran.
Habt ihr keine SATA Anschlüsse mehr frei, müsst ihr ein neues Kabel kaufen, am besten sogar zwei Kabel:
"Netzteil-Adapter-Kabel 15-polig SATA-Anschluss auf 8-polig"
Die Verarbeitung vom Commander ist top, dafür zahlt man aber auch einen horenden Preis. 60€ für den Commander (der vielleicht 30€ wert ist) und dann nochmal 15€ für den Corsair Hub. Zum Schluss braucht man entweder die Software CORSAIR LINK (veraltet) oder das neuere Programm CORSAIR ICUE. Geht dazu auf die Corsair Seite und ladet es runter.
Über die ICUE Software könnt ihr übrigens nicht nur die Lüfter steuern und beleuchten, sondern auch andere Corsair Produkte wie Arbeitsspeicher-Riegel oder Tastaturen und Maus lassen sich individualisieren.
Corsair-Lighting-Node (also die Leuchtstreifen):
Man kann die Leuchtstreifen kaufen, muss man aber nicht.
Wer will kann 1 einzelnen Corsair Leuchtstreifen direkt an den Commander anschließen und steuern. Mehr geht aber nicht.
Wenn man 4 Leuchtstreifen verbauen will, MUSS MAN den beiliegenden Hub verwenden. Ich nenne ihn mal Lighting Node Hub.
Es gibt beim Lighting Node Hub zwei Anschlüsse. Einer ist für den Kreislauf-Anfang und der zweite Anschluss für das Kreislauf-Ende. Man muss also einen Rundgang mit seinen Lichtstreifen-Kabeln machen.
Bitte nicht den Commander direkt mit dem Lighting Node Hub verbinden. Das bringt nichts.
Es funktioniert genau wie beim Commander Pro.
Das Lighting-Node-Hub an einen USB Port vom Mainboard anschliessen, und auch an euer Sata Kabel.
(Per 15 Pin Sata Kupplung).
Wer übrigens zu wenig Mainboard USB Stecker hat, braucht auch dafür einen Verteiler (Hub).
Zum Beispiel: NZXT interner USB-Hub
Zum Schluss sei noch gesagt: Das gesamte Lichtspiel sieht schon heftig aus! Bin echt glücklich damit. Einen Stern ziehe ich ab wegen der hohen Bauteilkosten und Kabelwirrwarr
Per quanto riguarda il prodotto è valido e subito riconosciuto, ma reputo il prezzo e alcune "limitazioni" assai impattanti.
Se la recensione vi è stata utile vi prego di lasciare un commento positivo, per me è molto importante! Grazie!
The quality is the usual Corsair product staple but there are little things that bug me, due to lack of profiles to use with the devices. Also I hoped I could program them at a LED level i.e I have HD120 and I had hoped that I could make 3 or 4 LEDs red, 3 green, and 3 blue per fan but nope, addressable does not equal programmable. But what you do get is very impressive - my favourite being rainbow wave which kind of does what I wanted but with more colours. Software integration is not completely there yet - I have to use Corsair LINK for half of my LEDs and MSI software for the rest. My Corsair LED memory gets confused sometimes between the two pieces of software too and does not integrate with the other Corsair products within LINK. This means it gets left on its own, which is a shame because my second favourite profile is called night and switches everything off... apart from the memory.
Hopefully this will improve with the rumour that Corsair sync will be merging the already available devices including MSI motherboards into one piece of software.
One other thing is that I wish the LEDs had a frosted outer piece to them so that they weren't so harsh to the eyes. Still they are still super cool I just hyped them up before I got them so was a tiny bit disappointed.
Packaging and Construction
Like most corsair gaming peripherals you the item arrives in a black and yellow box with the typical nomenclature. Inside the box you get the unit itself (one hopes), thermo sensors, fan extension cables and LED extension cables.
The unit itself has 2 LED channel inputs which can each manage 4 addressable RGB strips (in serial), 2 USB 2.0 expansions headers, 4 temperature sensor headers and 6 4 pin PWM fan headers. The unit itself is powered via SATA and connects to your motherboard via a internal USB 2.0 header and requires Corsair Link Software.
Using the unit is relatively straight forward, hook everything up, download Corsair Link and away you go. The options with this unit are pretty powerful and you can set up a fan profiles of various kinds, that can can change the source input, with LED strips, each one in the chain can be addressed individually. The temperature sensors can be used as a basis for your fans to respond to and so on and so forth.
Now the unit is not flawless and there are two issues I have with it. The first is that there is no ability to delay or smooth out fan response characteristics. What I mean by this is if for example your basing your fan profiles off your CPU temp, its not uncommon if launching a new window or task for a few seconds to have the temp spike for a few moments. The fan's will unfortunately respond to these blips, it would be ideal if a delay is put in so these quick short bursts in temps can be smoothed over, just like other software like ASUS AI suit. For myself, its not an issue as its in a build with a custom loop which temps change gradually, but can see it as a sore spot.
Another issue I have is some specific fans and this unit do not play ball. Mostly it seems EK Vardar's EVO line. The Corsair unit seems to not behave properly with in part thanks to the 0 fan RPM mode it seems so constantly ramps the fans up and down. To avoid this, I have used a two way splitter, put another fan on the primary PWM sense line and the EK Evo fan off the second branch and that works perfect then.
In all a nice unit from Corsair. Will be nice if they ever integrate it with motherboards, but imagine they want to keep you locked into their own eco system. In all however, the unit is feature packed and a nice unit, more so if you get corsair fan's or LED strips to have a single utility to control most things.