Friday, June 21, 2024

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


Do you use hardware and peripherals with RGB lighting, and if so, what and how much software is really needed to be able to control it? Can you conveniently operate all your RGB components with a single tool, or is a hodgepodge of programs used for this?

Do you use components with RGB lighting?

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

Anyone who has dealt with the subject more closely and uses RGB-illuminated components will quickly find themselves confronted with many other large and small RGB applications. In many cases it is an illusion to centrally control the lighting of the entire PC.

What RGB tool do you use?

In addition to motherboard manufacturers Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI, and Biostar, peripheral manufacturers also offer their own RGB tools, some of which can also control and configure the other components.

The most widely used applications today, some of which ComputerBase also has in its download area, are:

Which RGB tool does the main work for you and controls most of the components?

In many cases, one tool is not enough to control the motherboard, graphics card, RAM, fan, and peripherals and sync colors with each other. Be honest, how many RGB programs do you need to control RGB lighting on your computer system?

How many RGB tools do you use?

One app may be enough

The author himself has the following RGB components and only needs one tool in terms of hardware. Peripherals, on the other hand, do not require any RGB software thanks to internal memory.

RGB illuminated components

Asus graphics card and G.Skill main memory can be controlled via Asus Armory Crate and their colors can be synced without any problem.

Logitech peripherals are not recognized and need to be set up once using the Logitech G Hub. The tool can then be uninstalled, since the mouse and keyboard have their own internal memory.

Asus Armory Crate controls the graphics card and RAM

Publishers are aware that the sample setup, which also uses very few RGB components, is just the tip of the iceberg. On Linux, for example, the author has to switch to OpenRGB v0.7 since Asus Armory Crate is not available there.

Open RGB interface
OpenRGB – surface (Image: OpenRGB)

OpenRGB (formerly OpenAuraSDK) is free software from various vendors for controlling RGB lighting. The goal of the project is to use reverse engineering to make the often overloaded programs of hardware manufacturers superfluous, which are limited to Windows.

But even OpenRGB is still a long way from being able to easily control any hardware and any peripherals under Windows or any of the numerous Linux distributions. In most cases, users cannot avoid a hodgepodge of tools.

Participation is expressly desired

The editors would be very happy to receive well-founded and detailed reasons for their decisions in the comments on the current question on Sunday.

More about the subject

Readers who have not yet participated in the last questions on Sunday can do so. Exciting discussions are still taking place on the ComputerBase forum, especially regarding the latest polls.

The last five Sunday questions in the summary

Do you have ideas for an interesting Sunday question? Editors are always happy to receive suggestions and submissions.

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