Sunday Question: What is the name of your RGB boss?

Sonntagsfrage: Wie heißt eigentlich euer RGB-Endgegner?

What hardware and peripherals do you use with RGB lighting and if so, exactly what and how much software is needed to be able to control it? Can you easily operate all your RGB components with just one device, or is there a hodgepodge of programs used for this?

Do you use RGB lighting components?

Asus Aura, ASRock Polychrome, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Lite, all established mainboard manufacturers provide their own RGB software, which can usually control graphics cards from at least their company, but mostly illuminated RAM modules, What about fans and peripherals like devices like keyboards and mice – or graphics cards from other manufacturers like EVGA, Sapphire or PowerColor? But do you use components with RGB lighting at all?

Anyone who has dealt with this topic more closely and used components with RGB lighting will quickly find themselves faced with many other RGB applications, large and small. In many cases it is wishful thinking that the lighting of the entire PC be controlled centrally.

Which RGB tool do you use?

In addition to mainboard manufacturers Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar, peripheral manufacturers also have their own RGB devices, some of which can control and configure other components as well.

Currently the most widespread applications, some of which are also in Computerbase’s download area, are:

Which RGB tool does the main work for you and controls a large portion of the components?

In many cases, one device is not enough to control the mainboard, graphics card, RAM, fans and peripherals, and to synchronize colors with each other. Let’s be honest, how many RGB programs do you need to tame your computer system’s RGB lighting?

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How many RGB tools do you use?

one application may suffice

The author himself has the following RGB components and only one device is needed in terms of hardware. On the other hand, peripherals do not require any RGB software for internal memory.

Components with RGB lighting

The graphics card of the Asus and the main memory of the G.Skill can be controlled via the Asus ArmoryCrate and their colors can be synchronized without any problems.

Logitech peripherals are not recognized and must be configured once with the Logitech G Hub. The device can then be uninstalled, as the mouse and keyboard have their own internal memory.

Asus Armory crate controls the graphics card and RAM

Editors know that the sampling configuration, which also uses very few RGB components, is only the tip of the iceberg. For example, in Linux, the author has to switch to OpenRGB v0.7 because Asus Armory Crate is not available there.

OpenRGB interface
OpenRGB – Surface (Picture: OpenRGB)

OpenRGB (formerly OpenAuraSDK) is free, multi-vendor software for controlling RGB lighting. The project aims to use reverse engineering to make hardware manufacturers’ often overloaded programs, which are limited to Windows, superfluous.

But even OpenRGB still goes a long way to being able to easily control any hardware and any peripheral under Windows or any of the many Linux distributions. In most cases, users cannot escape the plethora of tools.

participation is clearly desired

The editors will be more than happy to find well-founded and detailed reasons for your decisions in the comments to the current Sunday’s question.

more on topic

Readers who have not yet participated in last Sunday’s questions are welcome to do so. There is still exciting discussion going on in the Computerbase forums, especially with regard to past surveys.

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