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Hey guys,

Got a quick few questions, but first some context:
I'm going to start building my first custom liquid cooling loop to cool my CPU and both GPUs, upgrading from a Corsair H100i. Now I already have the loop itself planned out more or less but have been impressed with the H100i's built-in Corsair Link so much that I want to control my custom loop's rad fan speeds via a Corsair Link Cooling Kit, using its temp sensors to monitor the coolant. The Link can support 6 fans and 3 or 4 sensors, which is enough as I plan to have 5 or 6 fans on the rads.

So now the questions:
1. Has anyone tried to incorporate a third-party inline temp sensor with a Corsair Link? Corsair support advised me that the Link would only accept Corsair Link temp sensors, but is that really the case?

2. If I cannot use a third-party sensor with the Link, then how can I implement the Link sensors to monitor the coolant temp? Would securing a sensor to a nickel inline tube fitting be able to get an accurate reading, or is there another way?

3. Assuming I could get it to work, where should I place the sensors in the loop? I've been thinking that putting one at the outflow of either of the two rads would work, having either sensor control the fans on the preceding rad. However, more experienced advice would be welcome and appreciated.

For the record, I'm considering using Noiseblocker NB-eLoop B12-P PWM 120mm fans (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=23081) for the rads.


Thanks guys.
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Originally Posted by Geth View Post

Hey guys,

Got a quick few questions, but first some context:
I'm going to start building my first custom liquid cooling loop to cool my CPU and both GPUs, upgrading from a Corsair H100i. Now I already have the loop itself planned out more or less but have been impressed with the H100i's built-in Corsair Link so much that I want to control my custom loop's rad fan speeds via a Corsair Link Cooling Kit, using its temp sensors to monitor the coolant. The Link can support 6 fans and 3 or 4 sensors, which is enough as I plan to have 5 or 6 fans on the rads.

So now the questions:
1. Has anyone tried to incorporate a third-party inline temp sensor with a Corsair Link? Corsair support advised me that the Link would only accept Corsair Link temp sensors, but is that really the case?

2. If I cannot use a third-party sensor with the Link, then how can I implement the Link sensors to monitor the coolant temp? Would securing a sensor to a nickel inline tube fitting be able to get an accurate reading, or is there another way?

3. Assuming I could get it to work, where should I place the sensors in the loop? I've been thinking that putting one at the outflow of either of the two rads would work, having either sensor control the fans on the preceding rad. However, more experienced advice would be welcome and appreciated.

For the record, I'm considering using Noiseblocker NB-eLoop B12-P PWM 120mm fans (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=23081) for the rads.


Thanks guys.
I had the cooling and lighting kit with my h100i too before i went custom loop. Is the fan control on the kit pwm? I cant remember. When i tried my phobya nb eloops 1650rpm the cooling kit didnt like them much and the speed control was doing whatever it liked so be careful that it doesnt do the same to yours. Even if youre able to try one first.
    
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I had the cooling and lighting kit with my h100i too before i went custom loop. Is the fan control on the kit pwm? I cant remember. When i tried my phobya nb eloops 1650rpm the cooling kit didnt like them much and the speed control was doing whatever it liked so be careful that it doesnt do the same to yours. Even if youre able to try one first.

From what I know of the H100i, the Link accepts PWM fans, though I've only tried it with the fans that came with the H100i and those from an older H80. Maybe I'll get a test fan first and see how well they work and max when connected to the H100i. But it's the sensor issue that's really got me wondering.
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From what I know of the H100i, the Link accepts PWM fans, though I've only tried it with the fans that came with the H100i and those from an older H80. Maybe I'll get a test fan first and see how well they work and max when connected to the H100i. But it's the sensor issue that's really got me wondering.
Yeah i wouldnt be sure about the sensors. Im guessing they may be calibrated differently/have a different impedance but i wouldnt be sure.
    
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