Corsair Link vs iCUE – And reasons you should upgrade

Corsair did not do a good job telling their customers the differences between Corsair Link vs Corsair iCUE and when their customers should do the switch. So we took the liberty to help the Internet surfers the comparison between the two softwares.

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Corsair first announced the Corsair Link Kits on May 31st 2011. Public reception was really great. In the time, Corsair Link was praised as revolution because Corsair Link was one of the first softwares to control & monitor Corsair’s hardwares effectively.

Corsair Link
Corsair Link interface – Credit: hirorir (Corsair Forum)

From the Corsair Link interface, along with Corsair Commander Pro, Corsair’s customers can do many thing sort of magical at the time: configuring & optimizing hardwares, monitoring, and RGB controlling.

Corsair CUE
Corsair CUE 2 interface

Corsair has been always famous for the RGB lighting. And when I write “famous”, I mean the customers were absolutely crazy for Corsair’s RGB ability. Soon after the announcement of Corsair Link, the Corsair’s RGB lighting soon outgrew the capability of Corsair Link, hence the birth of Corsair CUE (Short for: Corsair Utility Engine). One of the biggest feature of CUE is the ability to control RGB lighting effects. But then, CUE did several other things, such as: EQ for headphones, macros for keyboards & mice, etc.

That posed the issue of conflicting features between Corsair Link & Corsair CUE. But the story of issues didn’t stop at that. Because the grow of Corsair’s products (such as ambient lighting strips), both Link & CUE didn’t have the capability to extend to cover the functions of new products. There were also problems with high CPU usage, frequently crashing, and outdated user interface. And because all those issues, along with the needs of a software that can extend the reach to current and future Corsair’s products, an unified-software to controll all thing Corsair was needed.

March 27th 2018, Corsair iCUE was announced. Now the story of Corsair Link vs iCUE began.

What is Corsair iCUE

Corsair iCUE introduction

Corsair iCUE is the unified – all-in-one software to control all Corsair’s products in one – single interface. Corsair iCUE provides complete control over Corsair’s iCUE-compatible products: from RGB lighting effects, powerful macros, overall system monitoring and cooling control. Many issues, that had remained for years, has been fixed once and for all.

iCUE brings out the best of Corsair’s hardware, making your computer is not just the sum of its parts, but an overall unified experience. Depends on your activity, iCUE will bring out the best experience from lighting, performance & noise control.

This video will give you some starting ideas
This is RGB overkill

For the first time is Corsair’s history, their customers can control all aspects of Corsair’s products in just one application. Corsair iCUE also supports Windows & MacOS.

All of Corsair products available for purchasing is already compatible with Corsair iCUE, so the only reason that you should keep using Corsair Link is end-of-life products as below:

  • H100i
  • H80i
  • Commander Mini
  • Cooling Node
  • Lighting Node

For the rest, let’s move on into Corsair iCUE.

You should always use Corsair iCUE as it’s the latest software to control your Corsair’s products. There is no other reason keeping you from using iCUE (except one stated above).

All Corsair’s products since 2018 are guaranteed to be iCUE-compatible. So there’s no fear that you will be buying a incompatible products on the market for now.

First, uninstall all Corsair ancient softwares: Link, Commander, CUE 2. Then download iCUE from Corsair official website. Follow the installation (restart if required) and you’re set to go.


Softwares will keep evolving to provide better experiences to users. Corsair iCUE is right now the best software for all-things-Corsair. There all reasons to use Corsair iCUE, and so should you.

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