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Posts posted by kewlmunky

  1. How old is your motherboard? RGB headers are relatively new; especially the 5V variant that allows for addressable lights.


    Option 1 is out of the picture for you. The TT Sync controller requires a 5V motherboard header and does not use Thermaltake's software. 

    For option 2: If you only have a single USB 2.0 header you could try finding an adapter/splitter cable. Or get an add-in PCI/PCIE card. Just ensure it has a USB 2.0 9 pin header and not just USB ports. The controller interfaces with your motherboard to get a temperature reading. It goes solely off of the CPU reading.

  2. You'd have to look at the specifications of your motherboard to figure out what each specific PWM connector is tied to. Most likely all of them would read sensors on the motherboard, but may there could be a case where it can read say directly from the CPU instead. But again, you'd have to check the documentation for your motherboard.

    You would have to compare the number of effects in the Thermaltake software vs. ASUS Auroa to say for sure. I'm sure there is a lot of overlap, and each probably have their unique ones as well. 

    I haven't seen Trio fans sold individually, so you may have to contact Thermaltake to purchase just one.

  3. I believe they are both rated for 16.8 million colors and have all of the same available lighting effects in the software. However the trios look like they can be much brighter and the fins also illuminate more due to being a frosted white color instead of black like in the Riing Plus fans. So it sounds like the Trios are right for you. They also have Riing Duo fans that have a single light ring around the fan blade perimeter like the Riing Plus, but also has the 6 RGB light ring inside the fan hub. This gives you a total of 18 lights for the Riing Duo fans. 

    The controllers that come with run off of a nine pin USB 2.0 header, not USB port. You can also daisy chain the controllers, so you need only one USB 2.0 header.

    The 3 fan pack does come with a controller meant to run the fans with Thermaltake's software. So if you wish to control the fans with your motherboard software you will need to purchase the TT Sync Controller separately.

    You either use the included five port controller or the TT Sync Controller; you do not use both at the same time. Also note that when using the TT Sync Controller to control the lights with your motherboard software, you will need to run PWM cables between the cable and your motherboard so that the BIOS can control the speed of the fans, as you will not be able to do it via software.

  4. Do you mean you reboot your computer to fix the issue? If so, what you actually (and sadly) need to do is restart the TT RGB Plus software. Thermaltake claims that due to how USB is initialized when coming out of sleep mode, the controller and software are unable to reinitialize properly. Hopefully they update the program to automatically restart when waking from sleep.

    Thermaltake was also sending out cables for the controllers with some sort of resistor in them that was supposed to fix the issue. But I keep seeing complaints of this pop up so I'm not sure if they stopped it or if they no longer work. Shoot them an email requesting them and see what they can do.

  5. The Riing Plus fans have a single light ring, consisting of 12 addressable RGB lights, around the perimeter of the fan  blades.

    The Riing Trio fans have three light rings: one ring inside the fan blade hub that has 6 addressable RGB lights, a ring on the front of the fan that goes around the perimeter of the fan blades that has 12 addressable RGB lights, and another ring on the back side of the fan that has 12 addressable RGB lights. This totals you 30 addressable RGB lights on the Riing Trio fans. The Riing Trio fans may also have better performance ratings, but I haven't looked at that too closely.

    As far as their appearance; I don't own them Trio fans, so I can't accurately comment. I know that the product images for the RGB fans always look different than what I see in videos from consumers on youtube. I would say that what people capture in videos is closer than the product images you see.

  6. I tried playing around with it and it seems the minimum you can set the fans to is ~500RPM in the software. I tried setting them to silent with the percent slider at 0%. Also turned off the port on the controller in the software. The fan kept spinning.

  7. The Lumi color strips run off a 12V header, and thus are considered analog. This means they are not individually addressable like the Riing Plus fans, which are considered digital. 

    So while you can have both installed and operating, you will need to use the included controller for the lumi color strips, which will limit which lighting settings you can use to match your fans to them.

    Thermaltake does sell Lumi Pacific Plus strips that come in a 3 pack and the same 5 port controller as your Riing Plus fans, but they are rather expensive.

  8. 14 hours ago, Bioacid said:

    So running into the same issue.  But in my case, this software want to run as an admin with elevation.  I do not use the admin account unless I have too, I run a user account most of the time.

    So I can run the software, get prompted for admin creds, it starts, reset all my settings and let it run.  every time I reboot or log off I have rinse and repeat. To make things worse, now that they have added sync with Razer Chroma, and I love the effects, but the software keeps reverting back to default, once I click the connect to Chroma, everything works again.   Cant they just make software that does not require elevation?  

    I am finding that in the whole world of computer support, its non existent. hardware, software, and its with all brands. seems they come out with something cool, and then do not support it.


    For the software to not need elevation they would have to disable it from monitoring your CPU temperature and you would also not be able to use the game, party, and movie lighting effects. I'm sure a lot of people would like that as an option, but that would require more features for them to produce. Which we have seen is a long, slow, and painful process for them.

  9. They've mentioned a whole new software a few times. I'm hoping they add the option to create device groups and then one can set lighting effects and fan speeds based on groups, else devices not in groups remain at their individual settings. It would be helpful to people with lots of devices.

  10. They used to have the following modes: sound1, sound2, and sound3. I believe around version 1.2.5 they got rid of sound1 and sound2 and renamed sound3 to party mode. Party mode should react to your music. Gaming mode is supposed to have the fans change color depending on what colors show up in your game. I haven't tested out movie mode, but it probably does the same as game mode but for movies.

  11. If you have a motherboard manual, double check it for the listing of a USB 2.0 header. If it was a prebuilt computer, contact customer service of the company you purchased it for. If you truly do not have the header, you will need to look for an expansion card to give you one.

    The only other way to control the fans would be with the TT Sync controller that runs the fans via BIOS and the LEDs through motherboard software by connection of a 5V RGB header.

  12. Maybe you only have one USB 2.0 header and it's being used by your front panel ports for your case? I'd be very surprised if you actually don't have the header.

    If you don't have the header, you will need to find an expansion card to provide one. I briefly looked, but all I could find were cards to add USB 3.0 headers, so you may have a tough time finding them. 

    Without a USB 2.0 header, you will be unable to control the fans with Thermaltake's software.

  13. 1. If you wish to use Asus Aura, you will need to purchase the TT Sync controller, which is a 9 port controller sold separately. This controller plugs in to a 5V addressable RGB header on the motherboard. I know ThermalMike mentioned the limitation of motherboard software with the number of addressable LEDs. I believe it's in the 200s, and if you had 9 Riing Trios hooked up you would be at 270 addressable LEDs.

    2. There should not be a difference between using the Y splitter vs. the bridge cable. Both should provide the same functionality.

    3. Whether you use the Y splitter or the bridge cable, each controller needs its own molex power.

  14. I would say a majority of people still us air cooling for their PCs. You have to get liquid coolers with larger radiators for them to noticeably outperform air coolers. Modern processors are all designed to slow down their processing if they get too hot, to prevent from frying. If your CPU comes with a cooler, start with that and see if your temperatures get too hot. Most likely, if you don't plan to overclock, you shouldn't need anything more.