Photos and Features
So just to be clear, Lian Li sent over two different Strimer plus models, but they do go together. They sent over the Strimer Plus 24 and the Strimer plus 8. The 24 is their motherboard power extension and the 8 is for your video card. That is why I have two different boxes in the picture below, but as you can see they both have the same theme going on with the black background and the laser-like stripes. The Strimer Plus 8, however, is longer so its box has the background artwork stretched out farther. Beyond that, the model name is on the front with a reflective finish as is the Lian Li branding in the top right corner. The only thing that shows which model you have however are the stickers on the front. Stickers work, but as you can see they are a little hard to read and see. Being larger would help for a retail environment if they wanted people to pick them up.
Now the two boxes do come with different things. So the 24 pin extension comes with a black control box and a few more cables. Basically, this is what you need to control the Strimer Plus lighting, so to get the 8-pin working you will also need to get the 24 pin kit. That said they both do come with a cable to hook the lighting directly up to your motherboard if it supports a 3 pin addressable LED connection. So you do have options if you only want the 8-pin. The cables, controller, and extension cable all come in plastic bags for protection. Then there is a basic folded up paper with instructions. They do show the installation on there, but the best part of the instructions is the list of the different effects.
So here is the Strimer Plus 24 which is their 24 pin motherboard power cable extension. It comes in at a cable length of 200mm. If you haven’t seen the original Strimer you might be interested in how Lian Li manages to get that RGB cable look. The real power cables aren’t any different than a normal extension cable. They are individually sleeved with bright white sleeving. They then clip on top of that the RGB component which has diffuser tubes that run the length, 12 in total which matches the top profile view of the cable. Then in between each has white around it. This helps cover the small addressable LEDs that are behind the tube. Because it clips on like that, there is room at the ends where the lighting doesn’t reach to the plugs. The left black clip also has the Lian Li branding on it as well. This cable has a total of 120 addressable LEDs which makes for easy math with the 12 total strips meaning there are 10 LEDs down the length of each diffuser. There is one cable that comes out of the end which has an 8 pin connection at the end.
The Strimer Plus 8 is a little different, this is the cable extension for your video card and unlike a motherboard where almost all modern boards use the 24 pin connection and it is in the same place/orientation, for video cards you will sometimes have an 8 pin and a 6, two 8 pins, or even two 6 pins. There are lots of mid/lower end cards that only use one cable that isn’t going to be supported by the Strimer 8 and even a few ultra high end overclocked cards that use three 8-pins that are also not supported. They do have two 6+2 plugs on the Strimer Plus 8 though to handle most two plug options. The connections are really close together though. This extension is longer at 300mm and it has a similar layout to the Strimer Plus 24 which has the white cables hidden behind the diffuser tubes. This time with 8, not 12 to match the number of cables. The 8 also doesn’t have the RGB portion running all the way to the end of the cable, there is more room on the female end. The other unique part about this one compared to the Strimer Plus 24 is the RGB is removable so you can flip it around. This is important because depending on your case, this cable may reach your video card from the bottom, side or top and you want the lighting to face out and not be hidden.
So you have two different options for controlling both the Strimer Plus 8 and 24. They both come with a cable that adapts from Lian Lis connection to a standard 3 pin addressable LED plug that you will find on most new motherboards. The other option is to use the controller that Lian Li includes with the Strimer Plus 24. This control box can control both of the extensions and has four buttons on the front. The top button is labeled as M1 and this controls the lighting mode which can flip through 18 in total modes. On the left, you have a speed control button that flips through the 15 different lighting effect speeds. The right is labeled L and this controls brightness with 5 brightness settings as well as turning the lighting off. Then the bottom is M2 and this flips between colors, 7 in total. There are some effects that are monochromatic, the color button doesn’t work on those. The box has the Lian Li branding on the front but I will say that the labels for the buttons don’t seem to make any sense to me. M for mode, S for speed, B for brightness, and C for color would have made more sense IMO.
It does have plugs on both ends to hook everything up. The two longer plugs at the top are for the two extensions. The 8 pin is for the Strimer Plus 24 and the 6 pin is for the Strimer Plus 8. Then at the bottom, there are three plugs. One is where you hook up the power cable, the middle plug is where you hook up directly into your motherboard with a 5V ARGB plug. Then the last one is where you can hook up an additional addressable RGB device with a WS2128B connection for up to 27 more LEDs. The back of the controller doesn’t have any mounting solutions, which isn’t a big surprise. Velcro or double-sided sticky tape would be the normal mounting method for something like this but I was surprised either wasn’t included.
Here are the cables included with the Strimer Plus 24. On the left is the power cable which has a SATA plug on the end. In the middle is what connects to an additional addressable LED strip. Then on the right, that is the cable that hooks the controller into the motherboards aRGB connection. They are all blacked out but it is interesting that the power cable comes with that sleeving but none of the other cables do.