Since the included Lighting Node Core and SP120 RGB PRO fans are iCUE compatible, you can control them using Corsair’s iCUE software. The latest version of the iCUE software can be downloaded from Corsair’s website. For this review, we will focus on the elements of the software that pertain to the Lighting Node Core and SP120 RGB PRO fans.
Once you install and run the software, it will automatically detect all your iCUE compatible devices. When we first launched, it didn’t detect our Lighting Node Core so we verified our connections and then checked to see if the software was up-to-date. As it turns out, our software was one version behind and once iCUE was updated we saw the Lighting Node Core in the list. If for some reason you don’t see your device even after an update, just shut down and restart the application. We have had this happen in another Corsair review, and a simple restart of the software resolved the problem.
After selecting the Lighting Node Core from the device list, you get an additional navigation bar on the right to configure the device as well as the lighting for any attached fans. In the left pane, you will notice a photo of the Lighting Node Core as well as its current configuration below the image. For the 220T, it comes with three SP120 RGB PRO fans so we go ahead and adjust the configuration to reflect this.
Now that the Light Node Core has been configured, we can adjust the lighting effects using the left navigation pane.
The iCUE comes with a lot of predefined lighting effects that you can additionally configure settings for, such as speed, color, and direction.
- Rainbow Wave – Cycling through all the colors of the rainbow going left to right
- Spiral Rainbow – Cycling through all the colors of the rainbow in a circular motion
- Color Shift – Shifting between random/alternating colors
- Color Pulse – Fading random/alternating colors in and out
- Color Wave – Like visor except it doesn’t bounce when hitting the end of the LEDs
- Sequential – Coloring each LED one by one and then starting over with a different color when reaching the end
- Strobing – Blinking LEDs on/off and changing the color each time
- Rain – Rain-like effect across all LEDs with random/alternating colors
- Visor – Random/alternating colors moving across the LEDs then bouncing off the last one and returning to the start
- Marquee – Flashing somewhat like a marquee sign
- Temperature – Have your key change color based on various temperature sensors
- Color Warp – Changing colors up and down the color spectrum
- Rotary Stack – Like a rotary phone stacking colors as it hits the end
- Infinity – LEDs traveling an in infinity pattern changing colors each rotation
- Rainbow – Fading colors through the color spectrum
- Static Color – Solid static color that is always on
- Solid – Solid color that can have the occupancy and lighting time configured
- Gradient – Gradient of 2 colors that can have the occupancy and lighting time configured
- Ripple – A ripple effect with a configured color, occupancy, and lighting time
- Wave – A wave effect with a configured color, occupancy, and lighting time
Once you have selected your desired lighting effect, you can see how it will look in the upper right pane. If you which to change attributes such as the speed, direction, and colors, you can do this on the lower portion of the screen.