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Hi all,

So I am running the H100i with Corsair LINK Software. I can not stand this software. It's buggy. My custom curves often do not ramp to temperature and on several occasions it has "stopped responding" while running Prime95... DANGEROUS.

I tried for weeks to play with it and give it a chance, but I'm fed up. I have a couple of questions in this regard and would appreciate some advice, greatly. I will try to keep the questions as straightforward as possible:

Is the software required to run the fans and pump?

If I uninstall the software, does that means the firmware goes with it?

Can I plug my 4 PWM (push/pull) fans directly into the motherboard instead of the Y cables and does the 3 pin female cable from the pump HAVE to go into a CPU header? I have 2 CPU headers and spare Chassis FAN headers.

Will ASUS Q fan take care of the ramping of RPM appropriately for all the fans?

If I were to go this route, remove the Y cables, use the motherboard headers; can I remove the USB cable from the pump?

Is the USB cable with the pump ONLY used for the Corsair LINK software?

Thanks in advance all! Happy cooling!
Edited by shizwack - 4/19/13 at 7:18am
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post #2 of 19
I did not have enough internal USB headers on my rig so I oppted to do away with the link cable and get rid of the link software. My motherboard runs the fans just fine. It will act just like any air cooler with your pins pluged into the motherboard. I think I read somehere the only benefit of having the software is to have the option to mess with the Corsair light on the cooler.

I use the Y connection cables for my pins though. Not sure if you will get any benifit having two seperate fan speeds to cool down one radiator.
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post #3 of 19
I also have a Corsair H100i, and I have not even taken the cables for that link stuff out of the box. After reading your experience, that was probably the best decision.

All I did was connect the power to the pump and hook the fans up to my fan controller. I think theres also a wire that goes from the pump power cable that plugs into the motherboard CPU_1 fan slot. The corsair logo still lights up and the pump runs silent.

My temps are 30C at idle and under 60C with intel burn test / prime95 / gaming with my fan controller turned as low as it goes (ambient temp is 70F). From the temps I have seen for 3770K at 4.5Ghz, this is extremely good considering I never delided and using the stock thermal paste on the H100i.

Maybe you could try setting all the settings to default then uninstall the software and try goung the rout I did. If you don't have a fan controller, try plugging the fans into your motherboard and regulate them that way.
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Thanks for the feedback! What exactly does the 3 pin female end from the pump do? Does this HAVE to go into a CPU header?
Edited by shizwack - 4/19/13 at 7:21am
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yes, you need to plug it into a CPU header for a fan control. OR if you have a good fan contorler on your case you can plug it into that but I recomend the cpu header on your motherboard.
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post #6 of 19
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yes, you need to plug it into a CPU header for a fan control. OR if you have a good fan contorler on your case you can plug it into that but I recomend the cpu header on your motherboard.

Can I leave it unplugged if I have one of these hooked up though? http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812718001

- A guess the connection is what is the 3 pin connector for?
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Each one of your fans, you should have two, have a 3 pin female connection. You have a Y adapter that came with your H100i. Plug each one of your fan connections into the Y adapter then plug the female end of the Y adapter into your cpu fan controler on your mother board. You will also have a power connection on your cpu contact block. this is pluged in directly to your power suply. Those should be the only two connections you need.
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post #8 of 19
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Each one of your fans, you should have two, have a 3 pin female connection. You have a Y adapter that came with your H100i. Plug each one of your fan connections into the Y adapter then plug the female end of the Y adapter into your cpu fan controler on your mother board. You will also have a power connection on your cpu contact block. this is pluged in directly to your power suply. Those should be the only two connections you need.

Thanks for info, I understand what you are saying here. First, the fans are 4 pin because of the PWM feat. What I am trying to say is: I want to get rid of the Y cables and plug my 4 fans (I know it comes with 2, but I am running 4 on the rad in push/pull) directly into the CPU headers on my motherboard (2 headers). I want ASUS Q fan to control fans and this is the only way to do it as far as I know. They will be working seperate from the pump.

I understand I need the power connection to run the pump. I just want to know if the 3 pin piece on the same cable as the SATA power connector is for pump RPM display only, I have read it is, but I can't confirm... My CPU pwm fan splitters will be using the CPU headers on my motherboard.
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Also, if you are running your fans right off the pump without LINK, are they not at full rpm all the time?

Thanks for the help Slyonyx! I'm going to start a new thread specific to my question. +rep
Edited by shizwack - 4/19/13 at 3:46pm
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Thanks for info, I understand what you are saying here. First, the fans are 4 pin because of the PWM feat. What I am trying to say is: I want to get rid of the Y cables and plug my 4 fans (I know it comes with 2, but I am running 4 on the rad in push/pull) directly into the CPU headers on my motherboard (2 headers). I want ASUS Q fan to control fans and this is the only way to do it as far as I know. They will be working seperate from the pump.

I understand I need the power connection to run the pump. I just want to know if the 3 pin piece on the same cable as the SATA power connector is for pump RPM display only, I have read it is, but I can't confirm... My CPU pwm fan splitters will be using the CPU headers on my motherboard.

SATA power is to power the pump, the 3 pin dangling off of that same lead is for pump speed monitoring. There is no adjustment. You can plug the pump's 3 pin into any free 3 pin for monitoring purposes and leave your 4pin CPU headers for your fans.
 
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