Corsairs iCUE software can be downloaded here:
When you get this kit, you will need to make sure that you have the latest version of iCUE. You can update your software in the app. When you open iCUE you will see all of your plugged-in Corsair products in the top right window. The Starter Kit is there and that’s what you’ll click on to start customizing your strips.
After clicking on the Lighting Setup tab, it will ask you what channel you have your strips plugged into, channel 1 or channel 2. Make sure that you click the proper one or you will not be able to control your strips. It also asks you if you did a single monitor mode, dual monitor mode, or external RGB light strips. If you do external RGB light strips it asks you how many strips you have installed. If you clicked on either of the monitor modes it asks you if you want the LEDs to go clockwise or counterclockwise.
For the purpose of this review, we clicked on single monitor mode and clockwise. When you click on single monitor mode on the right side under lighting setup a “Lighting Channel 1” profile is created. Clicking on that profile is how we will change settings.
Clicking on the drop-down menu in the middle of the screen is how we change colors. The iCUE software has a whole list of predefined settings like Rainbow, Rainbow Wave, Static, Temperature just to name a few. A lot of these are the same basic RGB profiles we’ve seen from vendors in the past. Some of my favorite ones are:
Audio Lighting: LEDs hit to the sound of the music.
Fireplace: The lights turn different shades of orange to resemble a roaring fire in the fireplace.
Borealis: Lights change colors to resemble the Northern Lights.
Text: Lights are a dull white to help take the strain off the screen while typing.
Temperature: A drop-down of key components shows up like your CPU, GPU, etc. You can set temperatures so that if your component reaches that temperature the LEDs will become that color. You can set up to 3 separate colors. This becomes helpful if you are gaming and you’re worried about your gear and only have one monitor. This is a very helpful tool.