CORSAIR has possibly the best device control software in the world. But it is true that this is so because it does not stop innovating and because the competition continues to press hard, with ASUS getting closer and closer with its Armory Crate. This iCUE 4 version brings many improvements, not only of use but of all kinds, from updates, lighting, synchronization and of course configuration of the peripherals and hardware that we have.
CORSAIR iCUE 4, a software that is now more complete and simple
We start from a very basic premise and that is that we already have the latest version available at the time of reading this article installed. So if we don’t have it, we recommend downloading it from the official CORSAIR download website by following the link.
We just have to know that there are currently two different versions of CORSAIR iCUE, one stays at 3.34 (it could change in the future) and 4.xx. This is done for compatibility of certain old hardware and secondly because CORSAIR does not want to leave users hanging by possible bugs in the new version, which although it has been 5 revisions since it was presented may not work perfectly yet with some minor error .
We are going to focus on the newest: iCUE 4, where in this case we will have version 4.12.214 of 6/10/2021 installed. The program’s interface has been totally redesigned, so let’s see what it can offer now.
Simpler, cleaner, more powerful
Although there are things that change, there are others that do not, a phrase that Niobe told Morpheus in the Matrix and that in this case is also true, because although the vast majority is a new design and functionality, there are parts that have not really been touched. . But we go by sections.
The first thing we will see when we open it is precisely this, an interface where the products that we have connected with the iCUE system will be seen in very clear mosaics. We see two menus at the top left: start and panel, which only serve to place ourselves in this window or in a window where we have configured sensors and other systems.
Below our profile with our name we will have the scenes, which are a series of lighting effects that are predetermined and can be selected as we will see later. Just below we have the sensors tab, where we have the opportunity to control the equipment in different parameters with just a glance.
Here you can see much better how the scenes and sensors behave. It is about adding whatever we want and it will be represented in mosaic mode, such as components and peripherals, with the particularity that in the case of lighting we will have an icon in the lower left corner of each component.
This shows the lighting system you have and can be selected at will. Now is the time to enter the configuration of each device connected with iCUE, where for this we will only have to leave the mouse over its corresponding mosaic, as seen in the images below.
More configuration and customization options for each CORSAIR component
We can directly enter a submenu without having to enter the device and then to said submenu, something that saves us a click and that is appreciated.
Already within each component the interface changes. We leave the tiles behind and move on to a good-sized top bar where the component thumbnails are framed next to each other. This allows for faster access without having to go through the initial or home screen, a nice touch.
Each component will have its own configuration and menus, so even if the aesthetic is maintained, it is customized to offer the best features, so we are not going to stop to show them all.
And it is that we would have to have all the CORSAIR products to do so, but what we will comment on and show are the three icons in the upper right, along with the minimize, maximize and close cores.
The first one, the bell, shows the notifications. When there is one, it will change to a reddish color and by clicking on its icon they will be unlocked in the form of a list that is selectable to take us to the indicated menu or setting.
The second is the button with the question mark, which provides us with a series of help videos in case we have questions about any of our components.
The most neophytes will find it really useful, where we can also search by product name or product type.
Last but not least we have the gear button which means that we are before the options of this iCUE 4. Once pressed, a window will open with a menu on the left that consists of 4 sections: General, panel, updates and registration sensor.
The first will let us select the language, between degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit, start iCUE 4 when Windows starts (or not), enable the CORSAIR SDK, have or not add-ons, support for Philips Hue, have or delete the debug log, export information and system logs to a file or restart the iCUE service.
The panel section will let us choose a background image for this purpose, blur said background, blur it, activate the hard disk plug-in or restore everything to the default state. Then we have the updates tab, very useful because contrary to what happened before, now with a single click we will know if we have updates to the firmware of the components or of the iCUE 4 itself, being able to select the ones we want manually.
Finally, the sensor record tab will show us precisely that, the fact of recording everything that is controllable by software, such as temperatures, RPM, loads or certain voltages. As we can see, this iCUE 4 has improved ostensibly, it has become the reference control software despite being proprietary and as such, it is a plus that CORSAIR gives its products.