Hands On: Lian Li’s Strimer Plus, an RGB Riot for Your PC’s Boring Cables

– Hello I’m Mathew Buzzi, this John Burek, the PCMag hardware team. We’re here with two different
builds we did in the past but they’re not the focus today. We have a cool new
accessory we wanna show you. John, you wanna tell us a
little bit more about that. – Well yeah, this accessory we have here actually is a sequel. It’s a 2.0 of an accessory that we used a couple of years ago. I think it was when we
built this white system. – Yeah, it’s kind of
$1,000-ish gaming desktop was the idea behind this desktop here but there was something very colorful, it’s hard to miss right inside, which really was our kind of focus. – Yeah, this case is from a company called Lian Li, a Taiwanese PC case maker and the accessory that you see in there, that sort of rainbow cable that you see was called the Strimer. And all it is is a power
cable that has a whole heap of a fiber optic lights running up it, from the power supply to the motherboard. So what we have here today
actually is the second version of the Strimer, originally
called the Strimer. – The Strimer Plus. and there’s two of them. – So there’s a kind of a base kit and there’s kind of an
optional, they’re both optional but an optional accessory
for this optional accessory. – Right, so the main kit
is actually the power cable like you saw in this case over here, but the add on is actually
a secondary power cable for the graphics card. So you can actually have
two of these rainbow cables in your system, one running
to the motherboard power and one running for the video card power. – Everyone loves RGB. More RGB, why not
– More RGB. So where these are sold separately, they should be out in February and the large one is 60 bucks. The smaller one for the
video card cable is 40 bucks. So what we wanted to do
was to try installing it on this case on my left over here today to see how it compares to the
original Strimer over here. So Matt, you want to do the honors there? – Yeah, I think I should be able to lift this straight off.
– So this is an older CORSAIR case we have here, which actually has a lot
of room to work inside of. And what we’re going to
do is run the big Strimer, or to the big Strimer
Plus from the motherboard to the power supply cable
and the smaller Strimer Plus, the one for the graphics
card from this port here to this cable and see how it all works. So let’s take a look at
what’s inside the box. This is the GPU version of the cable and it looks like you could plug in two 8-pin power connectors here. And this will plug into a controller, which we’ll get into in this box here. We also have in the box here, let’s see, this looks like an ARGB cable for connecting to
motherboard-based light control. – So gotta sync your whole
system RGB into one pattern or color or whatever you wanna do with it. – Right, yeah this
particular board in here is not equipped for
that so we’re just gonna do it the old fashioned
way, the old fashioned sort of hardware way,
there’s a controller here that we’re gonna use for that. So in this box we have
the main motherboard cable and the controller box,
which I was just talking about there, we’ll get
into that in a moment. – A rather sizable one. – Yeah, it is pretty big, isn’t it? Yeah, where’s that going to go? – There’s all this empty space. – I guess so, hanging loose there. And then a packet of
cables and with that too, which I guess we’ll connect it up. We’ll get it going. So let’s clear the table and let’s see. What do you wanna start with? Wanna start with the big guy first? – Sure, the base, kind of the base. – Okay, cool so Matt’s
gonna go around that side and plug or come over here if you like, and plug in the cable
into the motherboard. So we need to yank the 24-pin cable. – That wasn’t in very
securely, I now realize. – Really it’s been running.
– It was running. – The system’s been running on the wall for what, over a year I think. – So, gonna line this
up and pretty simple, just like the actual motherboard, the real motherboard power is. – So yeah, so that end
goes into the socket on the motherboard, the 24-pin socket. – Pretty simple. – Does it engage pretty securely? – Yeah it kinda went right in actually, which maybe it’s just the motherboard that it wasn’t loose, it’s
just really easy to use. Normally you kinda fight those things. – Right, okay cool. – And then this, is that lined up? Looks lined up. – So that’s the 24-pin cable
from your power supply. – See, this one’s fighting you more, but I think that’s in, it
doesn’t really get to flush, but I can’t go any more than that. So I think that’s that. – We have an older G4S card here that has two 6-pin power connectors. I guess most recent cards are
gonna have maybe one 8-pin or an 8-pin and a 6-pin but
two sixes is kind of uncommon. So we’ll see if the key is actually– – This is kind of the best I can do. Just getting them out of the way. – We’ll see if it’ll go, if it won’t, we’ll swap cards out I guess. Let’s see, but that’s an interesting point is that depending on
what video card you have, you may only be able to use
one of those connectors. And it may look odd or maybe not. We will see.
– We’ll see. – It looks like it. – Yeah, it works. – It worked, okay. – These are kind of just pointing down. They’re not, it’s not the most elegant, but you can’t really see them so. – Once that bends around.
– So that’s what matters. – It’ll probably look fine. – All right, so I think
that’s it for that. – Oh, okay cool. – And I think they’re all secure. – So we’re all in? – Yeah, we just need the controller and the power for the controller. – Okay, great all right, so this is, got a SATA connector on one end. So I guess that would go with one of our drive connectors. – Should be able to find one back here. – So Matt’s gonna go fishing
for a SATA connector. And what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna stick my fingers over here so you can route me the cables. – Here you go. – Thanks, so this end is gonna
go into our controller box, which I probably need to check the manual, but you know what, let’s live dangerously. – Manual shmanual. – Yeah, put it in the one that fits. There’s actually a 3-pin
and a 2-pin connector here and that looks like the only one that could fit in the one in the center. We’ll find out. – Probably the same. – Right and then we have
two other connectors here. One is for the motherboard cable and one is for the video card cable. So let’s plug them in. – So all said, pretty straight forward. It’s a little finicky to
install these depending on how your case is set up
and how your wires reach and where do you wanna feed the cables. But I mean there’s only so many
ports in so many wires here, so it’s not too bad. – Yeah, the whole thing is, is your case and the sort of clearance that
it has for letting a cable like this, which is kind
of stiff, do an arc, how that plays out in any given case is going to determine whether this makes sense for you to use or not. You probably need a pretty good sized case so it can do sort of a gentle arc. What we did here.
– A little close together. – Yeah, because in case like
this, I guess really this is all you can do with a video card thing. I mean, you can basically
have it in an angle, but it’s gonna overlap this one over here. So, I plugged them in, whether
you wanna give it a shot? – Yeah, I mean, let’s. – See if we just get a
random rainbow here or what. – Let’s do it. – Got nothing to lose, Ho, look at this, whoa ho ho. – All right, so we’ve got some, we got some dancing green stuff. – Which means it’s working. – It’s working, so let’s
see, poke some buttons here. Let’s see what it does. So definitely an upgrade over the previous Strimer I could say. – Yeah it gets brighter for one thing. I think those kind of, it looks cool, the rainbow face is cool, but
they’re not quite translucent, but the light is not nearly as strong so it kinda just, it kinda
just fades into the background. This is like bam. – Yeah, this is very in your face. It’s like the AMD Cooler there, its getting kind of, you
thought it was a star before but now it’s just like, oh man. So we have the Lian Li Strimer Plus here, we’ve installed it. We could probably install
it a little more elegantly with a little more time on camera. – Yeah not the ideal case maybe for it, but it will totally vary by your case. You might be able to drape it more nicely and not have the crossover so proof is in the pudding of what it can do. – Right, there we go so
you know what I would say, put it on gluttonous snake mode and let’s just go get a beer. – I’m gonna be a gluttonous snake. – There we go, all right, sounds good.


  • Edward Acevedo

    That’s amazing

  • jimbert50

    Wouldn't this add additional voltage drop from the power supply to the motherboard and video card? There's a lot of current running to them.

  • PCMag

    Jump to 6:40 for the demo of the different light modes

  • Spaghetti Monster

    John, you are the first person I have heard properly pronounce February since my mom dies 2 years ago. As a kid she would constantly correct me "no lil' Spagmon Jr. it is pronounced FebRUAry , not febuary…". So now every time someone pronounces it incorrectly I hear mom's voice, thanks mom lol I never correct people whyen they mispronounce Feb. but always compliment those who say it correctly.


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