Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE Review: Page 4 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

Once you remove the wrapper on the Lighting Node CORE, you also find a mounting pad that can stick the Lighting node to any smooth surface in your case. Please DON’T do this until later on once you have mounted all of your fans and made sure the cables will reach your controller.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

The lighting node CORE has 6 ports for RGB fans. You can connect any of Corsair’s addressable RGB fans, not just the QL series. You need to connect to the ports in the numbered order for everything to work properly.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

The lighting Node CORE is powered from a standard SATA power connection. Connectivity to the system is over USB 2.0 via internal header. Given that USB 2.0 headers are getting rather limited these days, we wish Corsair would use a single header space (a 1x5-pin layout) as this renders the second USB 2.0 port on this header un-usable even though it isn’t electrically connected or needed.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

The QL series fans themselves have a slightly concave square shape with the corners fileted. The fan blades are translucent, as is the outer light ring on this side. The center hub is covered with a nice metallic Corsair badge.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

The rear of the fan looks very similar to the front. The back of the hub also has the same Corsair badge.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

The frame is very narrow on all four sides so that you can easily see both outer light rings from the side. This should look pretty neat installed.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

Overall the fans have a rather unique appearance with minimal frame components surrounding a ton of RGB diffusing translucent plastic.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

Connectivity to the fan is over two cables, a standard 4-pin PWM fan cable, and corsair’s 4-pin addressable RGB cable. Both are well labeled.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

Even without a computer connection, powering up the Lighting Node CORE lets the fans swirl in glorious RGB waves.

Corsair QL series QL120 RGB Fan & Lighting Node CORE

The crazy amount of LED’s inside gives you a crazy amount of lighting, and you can easily see it from every angle. Without a computer connection to iCUE, you can’t control the brightness. The lighting is so bright, it washes out our camera sensor, but the lighting is nice and rich in person.

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