A well-established company, SilverStone, has been in the market with quality based product for decade now. Many of its products are related to Cooling solutions, however, the product line for which they are being popular in PC builders and enthusiasts is the Power supply. Today’s market has change quite much actually, from standalone developments to diversified business. The LED stuff was quite popular in consumer market, until a few years ago, RGB introduced to the consumer market which took attention of gamers and PC builders.
Now every manufacturer is branding it as a Standalone product line, especially for the cooling solution companies. Not to mention the motherboard and GPU grabbed the most of its effects. That’s where SilverStone’s controller box comes to play. The RGB fan controller box and Fan grille are two interconnected products that I have received last month for the review. Courtesy of SilverStone for providing me with such nice products.
Today I am looking at RGB strip controller box, LSB01 and Fan Grille. Both the product’s fall in RGB category and of course comes as accessories. The package doesn’t only include the controller itself, but RGB LED strips along with a few cables as connectors. The LSB01 is an 8-way capable connection controller that allows around 8x RGB products at a time. The Controller box has a dimension of 46mm (W) x 19mm (H) x 85mm (D) with net weight 30g. There are two LED strips comes in the box, is 2 feet long and offers many colors.
The Fan Grille on the other hand is quite unique in its kind. The market has RGB fans, RGB strips, so and so. But for me, Fan grill being RGB is a new thing. This Fan grille controls with the controller box or capable motherboard. There are about 28 integrated RGB color effects compatible to both 120 and 140mm fan size. However, this sample is FG141 which means, it only serves 140mm fan. In this regard, we’ll be using 140mm case fans to showcase the features. Let’s head over to the offerings.
The LSB01 Controller Box:
The Device shipped in a black cardboard box looks very decent presentation on it. The Box itself has favorable design, contains Logo at top left corner, the model and Big “8 Port RGB” below it. This control box offers 8 signal control RGB parts. The bottom side has featured brief while the RGB sticker is placed at top right corner. The middle and background area has the product images being installed in PC with everything equipped. Besides, a PC having RGB running at other corner, is an excellent presentation I have seen in a while.
The backside of the box, in contrast, has the specification, accessories cables. The multilingual portion in lower portion and the bottom side gives you the clerical information includes barcode stickers and the certification of product for specific region. The side got nothing but the plain black color.
I opened the box and have in front of me the control box right in the middle of tray surrounded with RGB cables. The top and below portions have the cables will be using for RGB operations.
The control box, LSB01, is a black matte color rectangular box with a cross line design on it, has a logo at bottom right corner. The material used on it is the Plastic outer shell to make sure it’s not weigh much in other words, it’s only 30g, while the dimension of the box is 46mm (W) x 19mm (H) x 85mm (D) suggesting a reasonably small to handle.
The Silverstone own custom RGB 4 pin x8 are built and distributed to each side; 3x 4pin can be seen on front which also has an operational switch. It’s an IC by default, on the other hand, the MB switch will enable user to operate the RGB using motherboard RGB control software. So, users will have two options to play with i.e. IC – The direct control and MB – via motherboard. The backside in parallel with similar sort of design as the front, except the switch button. The 3 x 4pin for signal control is built in there controlling RGB in queue.
The sides have differential signal ports. A couple of 4pin signal output ports for controlling two RGB signals at a same time, while the other side has three: the middle one is typical 4pin RGB signal, extreme left is for case’s RESET wire (if you wish to control he RGB via IC then simply connect the Case’s RESET wire to the LSB01’s 2 pin. It took a bit to understand aforementioned connectivity, but the “manual” did easy for me.
The RGB LED Strip and Cables:
Now, breaking down the cables, the first is SST-LS02 RGB LED strips, the built looks fine with top side has the led blocks visible through my camera. The strip is about 300mm long with 18 LED blocks on each. The inner has the red tape glued on it.
Down the side, there are magnets placed on both sides of the strips, enable users to attach it on any part of case given it is metal. This magnet serves as the glue for RGB strip. The connectors equipped will plug onto the signal port of control box. The strip has both male and female connectors on each ends. The 4pin header is compatible with motherboard’s RGB led connector, the male side.
The LS02 is a very comprehensive solution to the RGB LED Strips for the high-end Gaming Cases. In combination of 8-channel signal output source, the LS02 lights up and serves greatly in RGB area. There required at least 2 RGB Strips for Mid and Full Tower Cases, however, you can add more if you wish to.
Next is the Extension Y cable x2. This Y cable is specifically designed to offer extension for the connectivity of LED strip, LS02 in particular.
The RGB 4pin signal cable x1 contains 12v GRB cable for direct RGB output.
One 4pin peripheral cable is also included in the box.
Installation of LSB01 Control Box:
Before doing anything, I checked the channels to make sure all headers or signal output are working perfectly well. So I did, one by one, it showed all the headers i.e. 4pin and 2 pin on Fan hub are working perfectly well.
Mounting the device is now made far easier than before, thanks to the designer at SilverStone. The LSB01 has embedded magnets on each side of the control box, carrying a flat surface suggesting the mounting face on the case. The big plus of LSB01 is that it can be mounted anywhere inside or even outside the case. Silverstone designed it having great user experience in mind. However, users with Aluminum cases, might not be able to take the advantage of magnet mounting, instead the Adhesive Velcro Tape will be utilized which is also included in the box.
The LSB01 can be mounted inside and outside of the case as well. So if you’re not OK with cable mess or have an entirely a clean setup and you do not afford any more cabling, you may use the back area to mount the device. In this way, there won’t be any interference to the cleaned cable management inside the case. The RGB Hub is movable to any location. In my case, I like components being on my watch, so I mounted it inside and close to motherboard, so I can see what’s happening.
The RGB strip, on the other hand, has to connect with the LSB01 on 4pin signal output. Now, there are 3 different cables, but it is the Y-cable that will provide support to the RGB strip. The RGB Strip’s one end connects to Y-Cable and other to the RGB header on motherboard for software control. Unfortunately, I lacked capable motherboard, which indeed a great disappointment, as I was expecting the presence of RGB header on my board. So after brief research, I found that the first board you will see with RGB header is the Z270 chipset and then onwards. Therefore, users having Z170 would not be able to get privileges of having software/motherboard control at all. Honestly speaking, this is not SilverStone’s fault by any mean, it is just unlucky being Z170 user. Though the IC function is still present which indeed is a great alternative for control.
The Strips also offers other color schemes, but our camera only captured the red one at some considerable accuracy.
Fan Grille – FG141
Thanks to SilverStone for sending the Fan Grille, FG141, is one of the creative work from Team over SilverStone. The FG141 works as RGB on Non-LED/RGB fans. It has a complete plastic body with silver-white combination color scheme being designed to work flawlessly for RGB purpose within your gaming rigs. It’s a brilliant idea, I must say, as no one has ever imagined the tech to reached at this level and with that amount of LEDs, this is absolutely brilliant. Now you don’t need to replace your non-led fan with the RGB ones, just grab the Fan grille and enjoy the RGB lighting.
- Displays any color by use of a RGB LED control box or capable motherboard
- Integrated 28 pcs RGB LED Strip for brilliant light effects
- Highly flexible and compatible with all 120mm fans
The FG141 has a pin definition of +12V, G, R, B, which should match with the motherboard’s Pin header. Rated at 12VDC voltage, FG141 uses 0.56A on a 12V PSU making it 6.72W power draw from the power supply. It’s dimension is 120mm(W) x 140mm(H) x 6mm(D) which is compatible with only 140mm fan. At 45g, this fan grill is almost has no wait.
How it works:
The FG141 fan grille serves as RGB color for the case fans. So in order to make it work, you need to mount this grill on 140mm fan, of course, on front side. it comes with a plastic envelope contains 4 screws for mounting. The screws will slide through Grille hole and reaches to the Fan hole. It has a 4pin cable being soldered and coming out from the edge of Grille which has a 4 pin motherboard RGB and 4 pin female IC fan hub. Connecting to Fan HUB you will run and control the function via IC. Which enable you to maneuver via RESET switch on front panel. For you information, you must need a capable motherboard having RGB header to control the fan RGB effects via software, just same as the RGB strip discussed above.
The RgB lightin gon Fan Grill satisfying the need of having an RGB on fan. The Grill offers 9 effects with one non-color (default) when turning ON PC. In order to control the RGB, we used RESET switch since the motherboard does not offer RGB header on it. which is a serious lacking on part of motherboard. Anyhow, I managed to checked all the color schemes via RESET switch. While there are 8 true RGB effects that FG141 produce, our camera only able to captured the above three at maximum accuracy.
Below is the video for Live RGB effects.
LSB01:- $34.99 on Amazon
FG141:- $13 on Amazon
The LSB01 is extremely handy product that not only has a substantial build but carry a good design, too. The outer part has the plastic, which is far superior to CPF04 controller, I reviewed before. SilverStone does not compromise on build quality, and despite the size of the product, they did maintain the reputation being quality makers. In this regard, you cannot go wrong choosing SilverStone Fan hub and related products. Aside from this, Fan Grill is one of the most innovative product that fulfills most of your demands.
RGB effects & Control:
To be honest, RGB is no rare thing these days, but in this style, it is unique though. Yes, I am talking about Fan Grille, FG141. If you have a non-LED case fan in your rig, don’t worry, just grab a couple of or whatever the quantity you required, and installed it on fan, you won’t regret it. While running, it looks a lot cooler than any typical RGB fan. The LEDs are brighter and refreshing, to say the least. The vibrant color scheme has made it special and it has a white color breathing effect in addition to, which is most impressive feature/effects.
About the Control box, I think LSB01 is the best thing you could see in the market; a complete package for scenario where you need more than 4 case fans and/or RGB LED Strips. One of the limitation it has is that the control option via capable motherboard only. The Z270 and onwards have RGB header which means, people having Z170 wouldn’t be able to utilize the RGB control via motherboard switch. However, the hub has an IC switch too and by plugging in the case’s RESET 2pin, you can control RGB LED pattern via front panel RESET switch. I have the experience of it and it seems not a bad idea at all, but a bit diversion, though. With RESET control, users still have the maneuverability option.
Control Box, LSB01, is definitely the most valuable product in cooling category. Where you want to acquire a better control box which has more header to serve and alternative control options, especially for RGB, this surely is handy fan hub. As for Fan Grille, remember the case where you’re facing Non-LED or RGB fan, and with your limited pocket you can have full RGB spectrum by having FG141 for just $12 US Dollar. I think it is such as fantastic idea, especially when a 3 unit RGB package are costing like a Good end CPU Cooler, one definitely would consider.