Originally Posted by Simkin
If you need to plug your fans somewhere else than where they should be, that is not acceptable at all if you ask me. Thats called a broken product.
I've had only minor issues using the stock fans, connected in stock fashion, using the manufacturer-provided software. These were quickly addressed with the latest firmware/software update. What's running in my build right now is not a "broken product".
The "Quiet" preset on my fans in Corsair Link now is exactly that, quiet. Now, if a user isn't satisfied with the Corsair Link software, and wants to use another method in order to reduce noise levels even more than what the software-based fan controller is able to do, then that's a strength of the product in my opinion. A product that allows the end user to add or subtract fans, use a different controller, mount the rad multiple ways, etc., is what I like to see. I'm not locked into a single configuration. Don't like the fans? Get different ones. Don't like the LED? Turn it off. Don't like the built-in fan controller? Use your own or your motherboard.
But since they're using software to control the fans, there are a lot more compatibility issues that will take some time to be rectified. That's how it is when you introduce a new product with updated software. There will be kinks considering the huge number of different OS and hardware configurations and conflicting installed software. And from my perspective, Corsair is doing a great job listening to the consumer and working hard (and quickly) to fix the issues that we as users discover.
And Simkin, this isn't a rant directed at you. I found your comment to be a good starting point to discuss some of the issues and solutions that have come to light during a few weeks of owning the H100i.