- 31 months ago
When I saw that Cooler Master had introduced RGB fans I was thrilled. Not only were they reasonably priced. They had three different kinds. I decided to try the SP and air Balance versions in my build. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/jHGG3C
I received all the special RGB cables I had ordered in my Quest to link all of the RGB to the Aura sync program that is available for ASUS. Now some of the things I found and ran into doing this change and getting the fans to Sync with the Motherboard. First is that the cables are limited atm and the pick is small for what you can get. Second is that you need male ends on the cables to plug into the RGB on the fan Cables. I realized this when I looked over the cable ends in the pix on line and what I had with the fans. After checking I found cables or splitters that had male to male plug in pieces to use with them. I had ordered two before I realized I needed a bunch if I had lots of fans which I did. More checking rewarded me with Male to Male Adapters in a pack of 10!
I then found splitter that went from one to three and it came in a three pack so I got one package along with the adapters Male to male. Along with the two single to two I had all I really needed and some. The main issue with the RGB cables is that they are relatively new and I had to get them through NewEgg and they got them from China... It meant a good two weeks or more wait for them to arrive. The bonus is that they were "All Free Shipping.!" Along with the four pin power splitters to the four pin fan adapters it was just a wait before I could "Plug in and Color up my system."
First issue I ran across was cabling on the Mb for the fans and the RGB. Granted I wanted as clean a look as possible. One thing I found was that I had pretty much used up all the top cabling with the fan cords the MB power and the Water cooler lines. The other thing was making clean looks doing the motherboard four pin plug in for the fans. I had plans to run the SP ones on one set and the Air Balance on the other. I had already decided to not use the two position controls on the case. They were fine for the normal build but I was after fan tuning for the overclock and two positions was not going to cut it and I had also considered that the four pin was better power to the fans with RGB now anyways.
It was again a fun spaghetti fest with wires and routing and more. Here is some of the things I ran into... First, the RGB cables were a tad short to do exactly and go where I needed so I had to compromise. The need for a longer splitter cable is apparent. I ended up running it along the video card to the cut outs where the MB power came in it was the shortest rout and left the smallest issue. I hope that the cable makers will soon make a longer adapter cable or a longer splitter cable. It will solve many issues for everyone. Second, RGB is finicky. if you plug in the board cable backwards (And you have a 50% chance you will) It will not give you all the colors. or they will run strange. Now Aura sync has a test to show if you have it correct. I suggest using it after your up and running. Third. RGB is also finicky how you plug in the connectors. Now if you get them like I did I found they have a little Arrow on one side. "MAKE SURE YOU MATCH UP THE ARROWS WHEN CONNECTING THE PLUGS." if you do not when you turn on your system each fan might be a different color... Been there and had rainbow fans... Laughs it did look nice though...
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And the system using Aura Sync... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v619/ImGatomon/IMG_20170711_094606_zps3aokbza1.jpg