Surround Yourself with a Symphony of Color – iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Towers

The CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Tower Starter Kit provides everything you need to illuminate your desk with diffused ambient lighting that synchronizes with your system, games and media.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the LT100 Starter Kit are two lighting towers (one main tower with a multi-function control button and a secondary tower), an external power supply, a 1.5m RGB cable, a micro USB cable and a headset holder.

  • Main Tower (with button)
  • Tower (without button)
  • Wall AC Power Adapter
  • 1.5m RGB Cable
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Headset Holder

Expansion kits include a single expansion tower and a single y-cable that allows you to daisy chain expansion towers to the main tower.

The Setup

The starter kit and the expansion kits all the necessary cables to connect up to four LT100 towers together that can be arranged on your desk! You can also install the light bars into the base of each tower in either forward-facing or rear-facing orientation if you want the light to shine directly at you or at your wall.

The starter kit uses a single, straight RGB cable to connect the main tower to the other tower in the kit. Expansion kits include a single Y-adapter cable that allows you to daisy chain towers to the main tower, ending with the straight RGB cable to add the last tower.

If you connect additional towers from an expansion kit, press and hold the multi-function button on the main tower for 5 seconds to run LED detection.

No Software Necessary!

The LT100 Starter Kit can operate without software using the multi-function button on the main lighting tower. A total of 11 preset lighting profiles are included and you can cycle through them (while iCUE isn’t running or the USB cable is not connected) by pressing the multi-function button on the main LT100  tower for 2 seconds. The LEDs on the base of the main lighting tower will blink blue to confirm.

The main lighting tower included in the starter kit features a multi-function button that can be used to control lighting presets, LED detection and toggle lighting on or off.

Here’s a quick list of lighting effects you can access in hardware mode:

  1. Super X (Demo mode that cycles through a preset list of lighting effects)
  2. Color Shift
  3. Color Pulse
  4. Color Wave
  5. Static
  6. Temperature
  7. Sequential
  8. Marquee
  9. Rainbow
  10. Strobing
  11. Visor

If you need to shut the lights off, just press the multi-function on the main tower briefly and it’ll toggle lighting on or off.

But If You Want to Use iCUE…

Using the latest version of iCUE, you can control your LT100 by connecting the provided USB cable to your PC, enabling a wide variety of preset, custom and ambient lighting modes!

When setting up your LT100 in iCUE, swing by the “Lighting Setup” tab, run LED detection to ensure your LT100 towers are detected properly and arrange your LT100 towers by dragging and dropping them on screen to the appropriate position based on your actual desk setup.

The “Lighting Setup” tab allows you to arrange the order of your LT100 towers in software as well as run LED detection if you’ve added expansion towers.

A quick pro-tip for channel-wide effects like sequential or visor, got to “Lighting Effects” and apply a a quick sequential effect then go back to “Lighting Setup”, click and drag the lighting towers in the preview until the towers light up in the desired sequence on your desk!

Ambient Lighting Enabled!

Like our LS100 Smart Lighting Strip Starter Kit, ambient video lighting mode is available to the LT100. New with the LT100, you can assign a specific display to capture and customize the screen area captured by each lighting tower by using the controls to precisely match specific areas on your screen.

Toggle “custom screen capture” and use the preview on the right hand side to customize your LT100 tower capture area for video lighting mode.

When setting up video lighting mode, try using a vibrant background image with a spectrum of colors across the screen like the CORSAIR wallpaper below or use some kind of static test pattern to make video mode configuration easier.

Wallpapers with a lot of variety across different parts of the image help to make video lighting setup quick and easy!

You can also set your LT100’s hardware lighting behavior. Go to the “Hardware Lighting” section and set a static color effect with RGB values all set to 0 (black). This will make your LT100 towers turn off automatically when you lock or power off your PC rather than having to press the multi-function button to disable lighting after your PC has been locked or powered off.

Conclusion

And that’s it! The CORSAIR iCUE LT100 Smart Lighting Tower Starter Kit is a fantastic lighting accessory for your gaming or media setup. Click here for product availability and more information about the LT100 Starter Kit and feel free to also check out our tutorial video below if you need additional help with setting yours up!

Check out our tutorial video for more information about setting up your LT100 Starter Kit!

CORSAIR HEADSETS FOR WORK AND PLAY

Headsets enable communication across multiple platforms and applications in an increasingly connected world. To make it easy to navigate the sea of audio products, we’ve put together a cheat sheet outlining some key features of each headset family with notes on connectivity and compatibility so you can choose the right headset for your home office or gaming setup!

HS and HS PRO

Our HS and HS PRO headsets may be our entry level, but the HS family packs a punch where it counts in terms of basic features. Our entire HS lineup is equipped with 50mm drivers that have been tuned for quality as well as a highly capable unidirectional microphone that helps to isolate your voice from unwanted background noise. Best of all, the entire lineup (with the exception of the wireless HS70 PRO) features a standard 3.5mm headphone jack that you can simply plug into your console’s controller or audio combo jack on your Mac/PC! 

ModelHS35 HS45 HS50 PRO HS60 PRO HS70 PRO 
Connectivity 3.5mm analog combo, Mic/Headphone Splitter (Carbon) 3.5mm analog combo / USB dongle 3.5mm analog combo 3.5mm analog combo / USB dongle Wireless USB Receiver 
Compatibility Mac/PC, Console Mac/PC, ConsoleMac/PC, Console Mac/PC, Console Mac/PC, Console (PS4) 

VOID ELITE

The VOID family is by far our most popular, with a unique look, high comfort and omnidirectional microphone for improved quality. To sweeten the deal, the VOID ELITE lineup has additional creature comforts like rotatable earcups and large onboard buttons for easy access! The USB and wireless models up the ante even further with an upgraded rear control toggle for volume (over a standard volume wheel) and quickly changing EQ settings as well as a smart mute feature which disables the mic when in the up position. All of these great features come together to make navigating your next online match or conference call a breeze.

Model VOID ELITE SURROUND VOID ELITE USBVOID ELITE WIRELESS 
Connectivity 3.5mm analog combo / USB dongle Wired USB Wireless USB Receiver 
Compatibility Mac/PC, ConsoleMac/PC, Console (PS4) Mac/PC, Console (PS4) 

VIRTUOSO

The VIRTUOSO RGB and VIRTUOSO RGB SE are our top of the line headsets with multiple connectivity options available no matter which version you pick. You can connect directly to your Mac/PC over USB, analog 3.5mm or wirelessly with the included SLIPSTREAM wireless USB dongle! If you’re concerned about how your voice sounds, the broadcast-grade omnidirectional microphone on both the standard and SE models as well as our exclusive SLIPSTREAM wireless technology make sure that you can hear and be heard with better audio quality than ever, all without wires! And if you do opt to use a wire, both the VIRTUOSO RGB and VIRTUOSO RGB SE offer crystal clear 24-bit 96kHz playback over USB on your PC! 

Model VIRTUOSO RGBVIRTUOSO RGB SE 
Connectivity 3.5mm analog combo cable / USB cable, SLIPSTREAM Wireless USB dongle 3.5mm analog combo cable / USB cable, SLIPSTREAM Wireless USB dongle 
Compatibility Mac/PC, Console (USB – PS4; 3.5mm Analog – PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch)Mac/PC, Console (USB – PS4; 3.5mm Analog – PS4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo Switch)

Stand Up for Excellent Audio!

If you’ve got a headset and find yourself setting it on your desk or hanging it on your monitor when you’re done for the day, our ST100 RGB is a sturdy RGB headset stand that doesn’t just add a splash of color to your space and give your headset a proper place to stay, it also packs an integrated USB hub for wireless receivers as well as a built-in audio combo jack that enables features like sidetone monitoring and simple, customizable EQ settings through our iCUE Software!

The Choice is Yours

No matter which headset you choose for work or play, CORSAIR has the solution for you, ranging from universally compatible 3.5mm headsets all the way up to feature-rich wireless headsets! For more information about our headset lineup, you can check them out here, visit our User Forum or join us on Discord

Importing Custom Game Profiles in iCUE (DOOM Edition)

The 2016 reboot of DOOM was awesome and the next entry, DOOM Eternal looks to be even better! To celebrate the launch of another hardcore FPS, we’ve got an updated custom DOOM lighting profile courtesy of RGB wizard, Lewis Gerschwitz.

You can download the profile here. But what next?

iCUE can import and export custom profiles, they can serve as a backup of your home setup’s lighting and performance, but they can also be shared with the community! A few repositories exist for this very reason, but let’s go ahead and dive into how to import and setup a custom profile you’ve downloaded, using the newly updated DOOM profile as an example!

To import a profile into iCUE, start by expanding the profile options tray and clicking on the import/export button (arrows going left/right).

iCUE will now display profile import/export options in the main window.

Click the browse button (the button marked “…”) to open a new window and browse to the profile you wish to import. In this case, we’ll select the DOOM profile.

Click open then select what parts of the profile you’d like to import, if this were a backup of a profile you used for your home setup, you’d want to import everything, but since we’re only interested in the lighting effects, uncheck all the boxes except for the “Lighting Effects” box. Click import and iCUE will proceed with the import process.

Okay cool, we’ve successfully imported the profile… but did you know that you could have iCUE automatically switch to a custom profile when you start up a game? Click the browse button marked “…” next to the box for “Link profile to program”.

A new window will open and you can browse to the executable for your game. We’ll use DOOM 2016 as an example, but this also applies to DOOM Eternal or any other game/program you’re linking the profile to (file names and location will be different of course).

If you’re confused as to which executable is the right one to link the profile to (some games use multiple .exe files), launch the game and ALT+TAB out so you see your desktop. Start up task manager and find your game in the list of processes, expand and you should be able to see which executable is used to run the game.

Now that you’ve linked the profile to the game, you’ll want to go in and tweak settings for your hardware, if you’ve got a Commander PRO or any of our other iCUE-enabled products, you should take this opportunity to set up fan curves, DPI, and remaps that’ll apply when iCUE switches over to this profile when you launch the game!

Alright, the important bits are covered, but don’t forget you can also set a custom background and icon for this profile too. Download whatever images (or be creative and make your own) that you’d like to use and apply them in the profile settings window.


And that’s it! You’ve successfully imported and personalized a custom profile! Now go on and get fragging!

Using CORSAIR Peripherals with iCUE for macOS

If you’re a fan of CORSAIR peripherals, use macOS, and have always wanted that next level of customization, we’re happy to announce CORSAIR iCUE software for macOS. iCUE gives you near unlimited customization options for your peripherals’ glorious RGB lighting.

To download iCUE for macOS, click the link below:

www.corsair.com/downloads

Depending on your device, and when it was last updated, there may be a few steps needed before you can take advantage of all the features that iCUE for Mac has to offer.  You can verify which firmware version is currently installed in the iCUE software under the settings tab.  If your firmware version starts with 3.XX, you are ready to go, and don’t require any further steps to use your device on macOS.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you and put together a list of legacy devices that require a firmware update:

KeyboardsMice
K95 Platinum RGB K66 Dark Core RGB SE
K95 RGB K65 Rapidfire RGB Dark Core RGB
K70 Rapidfire RGB K65 RGB LUX Scimitar Pro RGB
K70 Rapidfire K65 LUX Scimitar RGB
K70 LUX RGB K65 RGB M65 Pro RGB
K70 LUX K63 Wireless SE M65 RGB
K70 RGB K63 Wireless Sabre RGB Optical
K68 RGB STRAFE RGB Sabre RGB Laser
K68 STRAFE Katar

Your device can be identified using either the product name or part number indicated on the product label.  Depending on the type of device you have, the product label will be in one of the following locations:

  • Keyboards and Wireless Mice labels will be on the underside of the device
  • Part Numbers will start with a “CH-“
  • Wired Mice will be on the tag near the USB.

If you find yourself owning one of these legacy devices and isn’t detected in the iCUE software for macOS, you will need access to a PC running Windows with iCUE installed to perform the required firmware update.  Simply connect your legacy device to the Windows PC and follow the steps in the How-To video below to perform the update within the iCUE software:

Your CORSAIR Legacy Device should now be detected in the iCUE software for your Mac.  If you are having trouble with these instructions, or continue to experience issues with your CORSAIR device after manually updating it, contact us at https://help.corsair.com and would be happy to help.


Ryzen 3000 Memory Overclocking Guide

Overclocking memory can seem like a daunting task for the inexperienced, but fret not, we at CORSAIR can help!

Follow the link below for our .PDF guide to overclocking your system memory for your Ryzen 3000 series build. The guide uses a GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER motherboard for the examples, but there’s a helpful table at the end with specific configuration BIOS locations for motherboards from other major manufacturers such as ASUS and MSI!

Ryzen 3000 Memory Overclocking Guide

Introducing the K57 RGB Wireless

A little while back we announced our new K57 RGB Wireless keyboard. The K57 RGB Wireless is a unique entry into the gaming peripheral market due to it being membrane keyboard, using SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs, two of CORSAIR’s newest technologies.

As the first wireless keyboard to utilize SLIPSTREAM Wireless and the first peripheral to use CAPELLIX LEDs, the K57 is a great entry point for anyone seeking a high-performance wireless keyboard with advanced LED technology. The combination of SLIPSTREAM’s incredible speed and CAPELLIX ’s energy savings lends itself to great battery life while increasing performance. With full RGB lighting, users can expect up to 35 hours of battery life, and with no LEDs on, a whopping 175 hours of battery life; that’s over a full week of use! The K57 RGB Wireless began as a wireless version of our popular K55 RGB, but during development, we saw the perfect opportunity to integrate these amazing new technologies. The K57 with CAPELLIX LEDs offers incredible brightness, as well as per-key RGB lighting effects, giving nearly unlimited customizability with our amazing iCUE software.

CORSAIR’s SLIPSTREAM technology offers the best performance for wireless devices with sub-1ms response times. Additionally, with intelligent frequency switching, SLIPSTREAM will always keep your devices in the least congested sub-frequencies for reliable and fast performance. Speaking of reliability, there’s no question that LEDs are the best source of illumination. CAPELLIX LEDs take the renowned reliability and offer the added benefit of flexibility and miniaturization. At a fraction of the size of a standard RGB LED, CAPELLIX LEDs shine brighter and can be installed in numerous places, thanks to the awesome manufacturing process of being printed directly on the circuit board.

CORSAIR decided to use the K57 RGB Wireless to debut SLIPSTREAM Wireless and CAPELLIX LEDs in our keyboard product line primarily due to accessibility. By featuring these technologies in an affordable product, more people can enjoy the experience of having some of the newest tech in their hands. We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to enjoy two technologies we’re very proud of here at CORSAIR. We worked hard to make SLIPSTREAM wireless the best, most responsive wireless protocol we could, and CAPELLIX LEDs are similarly groundbreaking. Instead of limiting them only to premiere products, we felt it better to use them where they could do the most good – by improving performance and battery life in our mainstream wireless gaming keyboard.

Discussing the K57 RGB Wireless on our AMA Livestream in August 2019

While the K57 RGB Wireless keyboard is a membrane keyboard, even keyboard elitists who have seen and used the keyboard in person at PAX West 2019 were astounded to find out it wasn’t mechanical, noting that keystrokes were comfortable, both in actuation feel and force. Another benefit of the membrane actuation is very quiet operation, which is something a lot of streamers look for in keyboards so their viewers don’t hear the constant clacking of the keys, especially in areas where a wireless keyboard excels, like the living room.

Many younger gamers and their parents were excited to hear that it was wireless with per-key RGB lighting for $99.99 MSRP, a price facilitated by the fact that it’s a membrane keyboard. The features and technologies the K57 offers at this price point are unique in the industry, and this makes it a perfect keyboard for both new users and veterans, gamers and content creators, or for those who just want a reliable wireless keyboard for any situation.

If the K57 RGB Wireless sounds like just the keyboard you’ve been searching for, head over to corsair.com to check it out!

Enabling Aura Sync Control for Your CORSAIR RGB Memory

Hello everyone! We’ve heard your requests and are excited to announce that we now have a plug-in which allows ASUS’s Aura Sync to control the lighting effects of your CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB modules!

Follow these steps to enable this feature.

Download from https://www.corsair.com/downloads:

  • Latest version of iCUE
  • Aura Sync Plug-in

Download from ASUS:

  • Latest version of Aura Sync

Installation

  1. Install/update iCUE
    1. If updating requires restarting your system, do this now
  2. Install the Aura Sync plugin
  3. Open iCUE, click the “Settings” tab at the top of the window, then click the icon for your system memory (1)
  4. Click “Enable full software control” (2)
  • In Aura Sync, click the link/unlink button under the DRAM icon; when linked, the icon will change to white
  • When asked if you want to save changes, click “Yes”

Your CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB memory modules should now be controlled by ASUS Aura Sync! Have fun!


FAQ

  • Which CORSAIR memory modules does this plug-in work with?
    • This plug-in is made specifically for use with CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO or DOMINATOR PLATINUM RGB modules
  • While Asus Aura Sync is running with the iCUE plug-in, can I still use iCUE to control my other CORSAIR RGB products?
    • Yes, the plug-in only grants control of your RAM modules to Asus Aura Sync. All your other CORSAIR RGB products, like keyboard, mouse, etc, will still be controlled through iCUE.
  • After installing the iCUE plug-in and “linking” CORSAIR DRAM in Asus Aura Sync, can I still use iCUE to control my CORSAIR RGB memory modules?
    • No, iCUE will not control the lighting on your CORSAIR RGB memory modules while DRAM is “linked” in Asus Aura Sync.
  • How do I revert back to using iCUE to control my CORSAIR RGB memory modules?
    • If you want to revert to iCUE for controlling your CORSAIR RGB memory modules, simply click the link/unlink button under DRAM in Asus Aura Sync; the button will turn red indicating the DRAM is unlinked. In iCUE, click the “Settings” tab and at the bottom of the window click the “Restart” button to restart the iCUE service. Your memory modules should now be controlled by iCUE again.

Making Waves in Electrical Efficiency

As technology advances, the demand for more efficient devices also increases. We at CORSAIR have always prided ourselves with our highly efficient and reliable power supply units, from the most budget friendly CX models to our top of the line AX series. However, there will always be new specifications that emerge to further drive the industry toward a greener tomorrow.  

We continually strive to be on the leading edge, working closely with Intel to ensure we meet and exceed the power efficiency requirements in their Power Supply Design Guides. The newest iteration of this design guide introduces a host of changes that CORSAIR is planning on supporting.  

We understand that a lot of the detailed technical information might make some of your eyes glass over, so let’s talk about what’s most likely to affect you. But, for the sake of brevity, here’s a shortlist of what CORSAIR is focusing on. 

  • Support for Microsoft’s “Modern Standby Mode” 
  • Update for Low Load Efficiency requirements 
    • Some regions have added restrictions on efficiency both minimum and low load efficiency 
    • In CA, the CA Energy Commission (CEC) has introduced new restrictions on built systems
      • In 2019 – at 10% load, efficiency of at least 60%
      • In 2020 – at 10% load, efficiency of at least 70%
      • Finished PCs from system integrators (e.g. CyberpowerPC) cannot be shipped to CA unless the PSU is at least 80 PLUS Gold certified with the aforementioned low load efficiency 

Modern Standby Mode 

Microsoft and Intel have introduced a new low power state, aptly named “Modern Standby.” Modern Standby is being introduced as a replacement for the current S3 sleep state, aiming to offer people a better user experience for their desktop or laptop PCs while maintaining power savings that benefit the environment.  

Systems using S3 sleep state are either asleep or in the working state. With Modern Standby, your PC is never always 100% asleep and is designed to mimic smartphone operation with your PC residing in a low power idle state that periodically, every 20 seconds or so, checks for emails or notifications until awakened. After waking it would nearly immediately shift to a full-power, working state with all your relevant data (e.g. emails, notifications, or Windows updates) at your fingertips.  

Ultimately, the goals are to maintain energy efficiency of computer systems, allow your computer to be connected during sleep, and decrease the amount of time a user waits before they may use their system to its fullest. Currently, it takes between 7 to 15 seconds to awaken a computer from the S3 sleep state, where Modern Standby aims to reduce that to <5 seconds, even faster in most cases. 

What is CORSAIR doing to meet these requirements? 

CORSAIR is always looking to improve the PC experience for our users, and that includes creating more efficient, reliable, and more responsive components. To achieve this, we updated component choices to enable faster timing communication from the PSU to the motherboard and CPU which will significantly decrease the amount of time a system boots from power button press to its active state. We extensively reviewed reliability and PSU designs to ensure that adding tens of thousands more power cycles would not any cause problems. We also worked closely with Intel and system integrator partners to hone the specification, further ensuring our compliance.  

When and where will Modern Standby be available? 

Modern Standby will be available with next generation Intel CPUs and chipsets for PCs running the newest version of Windows 10.


Check back regularly for news on the newest up and coming tech from CORSAIR! Thanks for reading! 

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