Question Cooler master argb hub confusion

cgodnizzyshd

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Long story short, I want to upgrade a old pc with some RGB. The motherboard has no RGB headers on it.

Then I saw this controller MFP-ACBN-NNUNN-R1. It's a cooler master argb hub. It's bigger than the argb small controller.

This controller, MFP-ACBN-NNUNN-R1, is not listed as being compatible with masterplus+ software.

Is this a mistake, does MFP-ACBN-NNUNN-R1 controller not work with masterplus+. This has me very confused. It looks like a better small argb controller, but somehow not supported by masterplus.

Seeing all this after I have bought a masterbox TD500 mesh argb. Will be adding 4 more argb fans (cm SF argb). Is my project dead now, or the controller works, was mistakenly not listed.

Thank you for any help.

Link to MFP-ACBN-NNUNN-R1 https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/coolers/rgb-accessories/argb-led-controller/#item1

Link to small argb controller https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/coolers/rgb-accessories/argb-led-small-controller/#item1

Masterplus compatibility list https://masterplus.coolermaster.com/

Apologies for typos/grammar.
 

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The Cooler Master web pages for this one and their smaller A-RGB LED Small Controller are poor in this repect. Neither makes any mention of using their MasterPlus+ software utility. The closest they come is that the manual for the larger unit points out that you can make a cable connection from its USB2 socket to a mobo USB2 header.

A few years ago the info for the smaller unit said its USB2 socket could be used to update the firmware of that unit, with almost no details. More recently I read other stories about these units and the new MasterPlus+, so I sent Cooler Master a request for clarification. Their reply said that for BOTH of those Controllers you can connect to a mobo USB2 header and run the MasterPlus+ utility. With that you can do any firmware updates, but more importantly you CAN use it to control the lighting displays from your keyboard.

That is the ONLY info I have found about this capability. I have never seen any user comments on whether anyone has really used this feature. I find it really odd that Cooler Master does not highlight this - it is an excellent feature that very few third-party Controllers can offer. For you, OP, I suggest you do something similar. Contact Cooler Master Sales or Tech Support and get a clear answer about:
  1. Can you use MasterPlus+ with the Addressable RGB LED Controller when connected from the USB2 socket to a mobo USB2 header?
  2. Exactly what functions are available when you do that? Does it give you control of lighting display configuration settings? Can it be used also for firmware updates of the unit?
 
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As an alternative to consider, check the Razer Chroma Addressable RGB Controller

https://www.razer.com/gaming-pc-accessories/razer-chroma-addressable-rgb-controller/RZ34-02140600-R3U1

It is used with their Synapse 3 software utility. It is a stand-alone ARGB Controller configured by software, and can handle any ARGB lighting device that uses the now-common 3-pin connector (better called a (4-1 Pin), because it looks like it had 4 pins but has one missing). It has 6 output ports, gets power from the PSU via a supplied adapter cable, and connects to a USB2 mobo header for communication with Synapse 3. It does NOT have any port for input of an ARGB signal from a mobo header, but your mobo does not have that, anyway - that's why we are here.

Beyond just needing an ARGB Controller to power and control ARGB lights when your mobo lacks that feature, you also will be interested in WHAT lighting displays can be generated. As a general rule, these third-party controllers each have their own menu of display choices in terms of patterns, pattern changes, colours, and speed of changes. Those choices differ from one maker to another, so you might want to look for videos of actual use to get an impression of what each Controller can do.
 
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Just in time before I bought the CM controller, thought CM was the only one that made a controller like that.

Unfortunately it's 2.5 times more expensive than the CM one, in my country. (The CM one was already overpriced).

Will look at reviews like you suggested. See if it's worth the extra cost.

Thank you you have been a great help.
 
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