Corsair carries a wide range of RGB-capable components that can be addressed independently of the motherboard via a control unit (Commander PRO) and corresponding software (iCUE) – such as CPU coolers or power supplies. RGB RAM is controlled directly via the SM bus. In addition, Corsair offers RGB peripherals such as keyboards, mouse pads, mice, headsets or headset stands. Corsair is particularly proud to work with motherboard manufacturers such as MSI who integrate dedicated Corsair RGB headers on their motherboards. This allows Corsair’s much more sophisticated software to be used to synchronize LED strips and other RGB products.
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The trend towards RGB lighting continues and a large number of manufacturers are offering suitable products for each header, or are themselves involved in the development of standards such as Razer. With its Chroma series, effects can be created on Razer hardware independent of the motherboard manufacturer. The range includes keyboards, mice, headsets and even illuminated mouse pads. Razer Chroma software can also be used to control the Philips Hue system.
The manufacturer Akasa is specialized in cooling solutions and has both RGB-capable fans and water cooling in its repertoire. In addition, Akasa offers magnetic LED strips, optionally with RGB or RGBW lamps. This hardware is compatible with all current mainboards, with the exception of Biostar. Raijintek also carries a number of different RGB fans, which can be connected either via its own controller or directly to the 3 or 4 pin header on the motherboard.
Illuminated housings – with pre-installed RGB strips and strips – lead Phanteks and BitFenix in their product ranges, alongside fans, controllers and LED strips. Phanteks’ compatibility is officially limited to ASUS Aura Sync and MSI Mystic Light Sync, while BitFenix products only support ASUS Aura Sync. With the same 3-pin connector, however, there should be no problems with other mainboard manufacturers. Phanteks and BitFenix will therefore certainly adapt the compatibility specification in the future.