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How to get the most from your Corsair iCUE Software Suite

Corsair iCUE is a comprehensive PC monitoring and control software. From system temperature control to advance lighting profiles, iCUE can be configured to take care of most performance PC requirements.

When Corsair first launched iCUE back in 2018, the PC gaming market was awash with a clutter of RGB lighting control formats. Many companies are still subjecting gamers to an incoherent mess of software and cabling standards which tend to confuse newcomers and gamers who don’t build their own systems.

When every hardware manufacturer decided that every gaming PC component and peripheral needed fancy lighting covering every crevice of their products, there was a period of time where many gamers had to seek guidance on what products cooperated with each other. Even today, many gamers will need a plethora of applications to unify the lighting on their gaming setup. This can be extremely frustrating as most of the time, the last thing you want to spend time on with any gaming PC is how your system lighting looks.

Even more frustrating is that having a lot of applications controlling different brands of hardware can mean you get some components which will run on default ‘demo mode’ lighting settings until Windows loads to desktop and your lighting profiles take over. In summary, it can be a messy affair and it just isn’t a good experience.

PC Gamers are still awaiting a unified ‘industry standard’ to RGB lighting and whilst the hardware connections seem to have become standard for the most part, a lot of vendors still have their own proprietary software for system lighting control.

Corsair are the premium hardware partner for Stormforce Gaming. We work with Corsair hardware as it allows us to create systems with a unified approach to system aesthetic, customer usability and overall performance. We use a combination of different iCUE hardware and each system is appropriately kitted out with the correct controllers as well as being wired in a way that will maximise the efficiency of system control.
On our more advanced systems, we use the powerful Corsair iCUE Commander controller module which brings a huge level of customisation but is only really needed on extreme configurations.

Each Corsair iCUE certified Stormforce Gaming system meets the criteria needed to ensure that every component included in the system can be controlled easily using minimal software. We use ASUS motherboards and graphics cards exclusively in our range to ensure maximum compatibility.

Each Stormforce PC that features RGB lighting is designed to be easy to configure but our iCUE certified range is a premium option that is assembled in a way to provide gamers with ultimate levels of control, customisation and configurability for their hardware.

Read more about iCUE benefits, features and capabilities on the Corsair iCUE site.


Essential iCUE Download Links

A new Stormforce Gaming system will ship with everything ready to run in default mode. 

Our systems ship with a Windows image that has minimal bloatware on the system, allowing you to choose what you want installed. Every iCUE system will run at default settings in a demonstration mode which shows off a rainbow of RGB lighting.

In order to get up and running with your system as quickly as possible, you will want to grab the latest software from Corsair and ASUS to make sure you have the most feature rich and capable software to help you control your system lighting and cooling.

Download the latest version of CORSAIR iCUE Here

Download the latest version of ASUS Armoury Crate Here


Corsair iCUE Video Tutorials

Corsair have a fantastic series of videos on how to get the most out of iCUE on YouTube. The video playlist for iCUE contains how to get started with the basics of using the software as well as more advanced setup instructions and advice on how to integrate more niche compatible hardware devices into the software to be controlled alongside the system. If you are new to using iCUE or just want to get the most out of your system, we highly recommend checking this playlist out.

Corsair iCUE Tutorial Video Playlist


Using iCUE to control your ASUS Motherboard and Video Card

How To Control ASUS Motherboard Lighting – Corsair Official Video Guide

How To Control ASUS Graphics Card Lighting – Corsair Official Video Guide

iCUE is compatible with Asus AuraSync which allows all ASUS electronics to be controlled from within iCUE software easily. This integration is easier to set up and configure than running a mix of hardware from various vendors.

To set up ASUS Motherboard integration in iCUE, make sure that you have both iCUE and ASUS Armoury Crate installed from the links above.

You only need ASUS Armoury Crate installed to set up integration with Corsair iCUE. Once installed, everything should be controlled via iCUE and you should avoid running both programs simultaneously.

Once you install ASUS Armoury Crate, you will need to enable in-game lighting effects to make it communicate with iCUE.

  1. Open Armoury Crate.
  2. Select the AURA Sync tab on the menu at the left side of the app.
  3. Click on the AURA effects tab
  4. enable In-game lighting effects on the bottom left corner of the app.

Once you have done this, you can close the program and open iCUE to control the ASUS AuraSync compatible products in your system. Select ASUS Motherboard in the devices section of iCUE to control the lighting effects of the product.


Setting your fan speeds and noise levels with iCUE

How to Set Up CORSAIR Liquid CPU Coolers – Corsair Official Video Guide

iCUE will give you the freedom to set up your fans and cooler to sync lighting and fan speeds. Start by selecting your cooler and fans on the home page of iCUE. On the left side of the screen there is a a section that will let you select the speed of your fans and pump speed for your water cooler.

This section will allow you to select pre-configured presets for your cooling hardware also if you want to go with settings that Corsair recommend.

You can also click on the Dashboard tab at the top of the iCUE application to find the System Info section. This will allow you to select the components you want to monitor.

Setting up RGB RAM with iCUE

How To Set Up CORSAIR RGB RAM – Corsair Official Video Guide

Corsair iCUE compatible RAM is some of the most visually impressive RGB memory modules available on the market today. Pairing ultra reliable hardware with stunning lighting technology, there is something really eyecatching about a waterfall of colour in the centre of any PC setup.

Your main Home screen will show your memory modules if you have RGB compatible memory. This page allows you to monitor the performance of all of your hardware sensors and implement lighting. Select your memory to get started by clicking on the DIMM Setup.

The DIMM Setup page will show you the slots that your RAM is sat in. and allow you to start experimenting with lighting profiles in the software.

Clicking on Lighting Effects will allow you to pick predefined settings that give you a great starting point. This area of the software allows you to pick presets that can be applied to different zones of the hardware you are using. The same principle applies to other iCUE compatible components in your system too so once you have your RAM set up like this you can get creative with lighting effects on other components too!

Selecting Hardware Lighting will allow you to go into much more depth and tinker with different lighting layers and types that give you much more granular control over the appearance of your lighting. Adding layers will allow you to have multiple options running and create some unique lighting effects too.


Creating Custom Profiles on iCUE

How To Set Up and Manage Profiles – Corsair Official Video Guide

Profiles in iCUE allow you to pick and choose the way your system looks or operates in different circumstances. You may want all your lighting off and fans turned down whilst you are concentrating on work or having everything lit up to the max when you sit down to play games. Either option is possible.

On the iCUE home page, you will see a Profile section on the far left hand side. Press the plus icon and a new profile should be created that you can rename to your liking. You will then be presented with a list of compatible devices that you can modify actions, lighting effects and performance.

When you have experimented with the profile settings and perfected your profiles, you can use the import/export button to back up configurations.

With more and more third party lighting products like Nanoleaf being added to the iCUE umbrella, the scope for unified lighting control around your whole system setup is growing.

Other useful iCUE Links

Corsair iCUE help and support pages

Corsair Help articles for specific hardware integration in iCUE

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Introducing: Stormforce Gaming Watercooling Systems

Stormforce Gaming now offer fully customised Watercooling Systems in partnership with Corsair

Stormforce Gaming is now offering an easy introduction into the world of performance PC cooling. Our Watercooled system range is designed with performance, silence and aesthetics in mind.

Every Stormforce Gaming Watercooling system is assembled by expert technical staff. The systems contain the best watercooling hardware from Corsair as well as the most comprehensive hardware installations and cable management that we have ever produced in commercially available systems.

Modern day watercooling components make cooling your system more accessible than ever. These days a watercooled system is fairly simple to put together and identifying compatibility between components is a lot less of a headache than it was years ago. With that in mind, why should you choose to buy a custom cooled system from Stormforce vs building one yourself?

Watercooling is a real benefit to performance enthusiasts. Modern PC hardware has intelligent boost behaviour where CPUs and GPUs will both enhance their frequency as much as they can when under load.
This is sometimes limited on traditional heatsink and AIO cooling solutions as the chips can hit their maximum temperature thresholds and throttle down their speed to maintain a safe operating temperature.
With watercooling, this sort of situation happens a lot less. A typical watercooling system will usually provide ample headroom for modern hardware to boost for much longer whilst remaining cool and quiet.

A full watercooling system will consist of a lot of fans and elements that need controlling. With this comes a lot of cables to control fan speeds, lighting and temperatures. Each system we produce with custom water loops has extensive cable management to ensure that all of these extra cables are channelled in the most elegant way possible.

In the last few hardware generations, there was a diminishing benefit to offering watercooling systems for performance. The chips rarely got hot enough to hit temperature thresholds in any situation outside of the most extremely demanding applications. Watercooling became more popular for looks than the practical benefits.

With the latest generation of Intel and AMD high performance CPU models as well as the flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX and AMD Radeon graphics, there is a revived demand for more exotic cooling solutions once again. Each of the latest CPU and GPU releases can run hot and having a custom system will enhance performance as well as assure silent and efficient system operation.


Watercooling Basics

The pumps we use are all Corsair Hydro X Series which are able to maintain excellent flow rates around even the most complex cooling loops. These are very reliable units with a low failure rate and high performance. In all of our testing, this is one of the quietest performance pump solutions available.

The pump will move fluid around the loop to the blocks. We supply systems that cool the CPU or CPU and GPU but the principle remains the same. Once the fluid moves into a metal block mounted to a hot component, the heat from that component is transferred into the fluid and is pushed away from the block by the pump.

Afterwards the liquid reaches a radiator to help dissipate the heat from the coolant. More complicated cooling systems can feature multiple radiators.
We use the Corsair XR5 radiators. These copper and brass, premium radiators are high performance units that are able to handle the heat output of the most extreme gaming hardware. Attached to these radiators, we use Corsair SP Elite fans which are optimised for excellent airflow and provide high static pressure which is essential for a fan being used on a radiator. These fans offer vivid lighting and quiet performance but ensure that airflow passes through the radiators efficiently.

After the liquid passes through the radiator and has cooled down, it will reach the pump again to continue the loop around your system.
To round out our full offering of Corsair Hydro X products in our waterloops, every loop we create uses Hydro X Fittings and Tubing. Depending on the complexity of your loop and your personal preference, we can design a system using soft tubing which offers a lower cost point of entry into custom watercooling.

For gamers who want the ultimate in customised system design, Stormforce Gaming offers watercooled systems with the option of Hardline tubing to provide the ultimate showcase of watercooling hardware. Hardline tubing is bent to shape using specialist tools to assemble a watercooling loops with a unique aesthetic that provides a neat and tidy approach but with a real sense of customisation.

Corsair Hydro X

As a Corsair iCUE certified partner, Stormforce Gaming proudly offer all of our custom watercooling systems built with the full range of Hydro X watercooling hardware from Corsair. We have tested every brand of watercooling hardware and feel that the level of integration and reliability that Corsair products offer matches the ethos of what we think a flagship gaming system should be. Every test we have performed in house has pointed at the Corsair Hydro X range to be the best option for ultimate system control and cooling performance.

Every Hydro X product from Corsair has a uniform aesthetic and where possible is compatible with the excellent iCUE software to control temperature, lighting and other system parameters. Every Stormforce Gaming system featuring iCUE allows you to extensively customise your system lighting and cooling. Our exclusive use of Hydro X components allow us to take cooling performance to the maximum or even stop fans completely making them kick in when the water temperature increases.

Each Stormforce Gaming watercooling system will feature carefully selected hardware from the Corsair iCUE range to ensure optimum performance, a clean and tidy installation and most importantly, an eye catching aesthetic. If you choose a CPU cooling only soft tube loop with your custom configurator system, a pre built solution using hardline tubing or contact us to develop a fully customised bespoke build. The same incredible attention to detail will be applied.

Watercooling Warranty

All Stormforce Gaming systems from our most affordable entry level units all the way up to our top of the range iCUE Watercooling Systems include our comprehensive 3 year full coverage warranty package. Many system builders have a three year warranty but expect you to cover return shipping costs after a brief term. We take care of every aspect of caring for your system over the full term. Our Watercooling systems have easy maintenance in mind and where possible we are including drain ports to help customers keep their systems in peak condition.

We also offer lifetime technical advice on every watercooling system we assemble meaning that every customer has reassurances that their investment is protected.

Maintaining your Loop

The beauty of watercooling is that it is fairly hassle free after initial install. Our watercooling loops are designed with a focus on looks but we also put huge emphasis on making owning a watercooled system as easy as owning and maintaining an air cooled system.

Just like any computer, regular cleaning of fan ducts, radiators and surfaces with a compressed air blast is recommended. This will ensure airflow through your radiators remains optimal.

Your watercooling loop requires some very basic maintenance steps too. Our customer service team is able to guide you through this if you need a hand or have any questions.

After your system arrives, we will ship you a care package to help make maintaining your system as easy as possible.

every week – check your coolant level to ensure that you have enough in your reservoir. A check through your windowed side panel should allow you to see the coolant level in your reservoir. If the coolant level is lower than half way up the reservoir then it would be worthwhile topping up your system.

every three months – use an air duster to blow dust out of your radiators to ensure optimum airflow. Make sure you do this with the power to the system completely disconnected.

every 12-18 months – empty out your reservoir and drain as much fluid as you can from your system, flush the system out with plain distilled water [you will need roughly 5 litres] by filling it, running it and emptying it. repeat until the loop is clean. then refill with fresh fluid.


How To Order

Our complex systems showcasing hardline tubing and tier one hardware will be available to buy on a next day basis. Each of these systems will be a unique offering built in limited numbers. Keep an eye on our website for new listings. These systems will typically include CPU and GPU watercooling and will be available on our site as new watercooling hardware is released.

Some of our Prism configurators will have the option to switch out the high performance AIO liquid cooler for a more advanced custom loop. For these customised systems the CPU will be cooled with a custom watercooling loop designed for minimal maintenance and maximum performance. View our configurator range HERE

For bespoke watercooling requirements, we work closely with customers to provide an itemised quote. For customers with exact requirements, we will do our best to provide a quote for a customised system that meets all of your needs and can accommodate most requests that you might have. Contact our team HERE