Ths assault on PC cable clutter continues. Following Asus’ attempt to removed PCIe graphics card cables with its new graphics card power slot, it’s now Corsair’s turn to make our PC building lives easier. The company has announced at the Computex 2023 trade show in Taiwan an entirely new range of Corsair iCUE Link products that will allow for fans, coolers, and other components to link together via a single cable.
The daisy-chaining system allows for fans to just clip together, like on our current choice of best PC fan the Deepcool FC120, so no wires are needed for them to share lighting and fan speed control. Meanwhile, AIO coolers and pumps, and reservoirs from the Corsair Hydro X water-cooling system will also work with the new system.
The system uses universal cables to connect each component, so there’s no need to find the right sort of cable for each device.
A System Hub component is needed to control each chain of devices. This houses a USB connection for controlling all the devices via Corsair iCUE software and a SATA power connection for ensuring the system can deliver all the power needed for the connected devices.
Only the new QX120 and QX140 RGB fans have been announced today but other devices will be arriving in Q3 2023. The QX120 and QX140 release date will be in June 2023 and as well as the new iCUE Link technology they use a Magnetic Dome bearing, include a digital temperature sensor, and have quad RGB light loops.
What do you make of Corsair iCUE Link? Is it a step towards PC-building nirvana or, like Asus’ graphics card power slot, is it a sign of a possible proprietary tech future?