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    What do 5v and 12v RGB cables look like you ask?

    I keep answering questions on RGB. It's confusing sometimes when you don't understand that there is currently 2 types of RGB used on today's platform.

    The Differences:

    5 volt or 5v Addressable RGB (ARGB) in ASUS's world uses a 4 pin 3 wire configuration for it's connector. The RGB effects you get are that each light in the RGB strip is individually controlled and can be whatever color it's programmed to be. It's the latest craze and most products today are starting to use this technology. It is also called Digital RGB because of the 5v Address-ability.

    12 volt or 12v RGB has been around for a while and is what the original ASUS Aura Sync was based on. The connector looks very similar to the 4 pin 5v version but it uses all 4 wires of the connector. The RGB effect you get here is that all lights only show what is currently being asked on the RGB bus. If the Bus is showing RED then all lights are RED without exception.

    Without question the 2 versions of RGB are not interchangeable and do not work together. Plugging 5v circuit into 12v header may cause damage to the product you are plugging in.

    Below is a picture of the 2 different cables and motherboard connectors:

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    Notice a couple things. Each 4 pin connector has a notch on the left side showing how to line them up with the RGB power pin on the motherboard. You can also see the motherboard headers are different. The 5v addressable only has 3 pins while the 12v RGB has all 4 pins. This is a great representation but newer cables have a Key for the 5v RGB cable as shown on these photos.

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    You can see it doesn't have a pin slot for the pin that is not used and is blocked off (key). It's a great way to keep you from plugging the 5v circuits into the 12v header. After using these standard connections to your motherboard then you can use the ASUS eco system of Aura Sync, LiveDash, Armory etc. to control them.

    Proprietary products like Thermaltake and Corsair use completely purpose built connections for their RGB products. As you can see the cables look nothing like the industry standard configurations. These cables can't be used without the associated technology or converter cables. They generally have their own hubs, power and software control. EG: Riing Plus RGB for Thermaltake and iCUE for Corsair.

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    So if you buy RGB addressable products and you want to hook them up directly onto the motherboard make sure the connection looks as described above in the first pictures

    This goes for fans, RGB Strips or anything RGB that isn't connected to a controlling hub etc..
    Last edited by 1mluer; 04-07-2019 at 08:27 PM.
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    ROG Guru: Orange Belt Array 1mluer PC Specs
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    MotherboardMaximus IX Apex & Maximus XI Apex's
    ProcessorI7-7700k & I9-9900k
    Memory (part number)Gskill Trident Z RGB 4266 & 3200 DC
    Graphics Card #1MSI Sea Hawk 1080 & ROG Matrix 2080 ti
    Sound Cardbuilt in for both
    MonitorSamsung 27inch & ASUS Swift PG348Q
    Storage #1Samsung 960 Pro & Samsung 970 Pro
    CPU CoolerRyuo 240 & Ryujin 360
    CaseInWin 909 Black & InWin 909 Silver
    Power SupplySeasonic 1000w Titanium & ROG Thor 1200p
    Keyboard Corsair K95 & ASUS ROG Claymore
    Mouse Logitech G902 & ASUS Gladius II Origin
    Mouse Pad Corsair MM800 & ASUS ROG Baltheus
    Headset/Speakers Bose Computer Set with Sub
    OS Windows 10 Pro all around
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    Accessory #2 Blue Microphone

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    With the number of questions I still get this should be stickied
    Inwin 909 Black RGB build
    i7-7700k
    ROG Maximus IX Apex
    1080 Sea Hawk
    Gskill Trident Z RGB 4266

    InWin 909 Silver RGB build
    i9-9900k
    ROG Maximus XI Apex
    ROG Matrix 2080 ti
    Gskill TridentZ RGB DC 3200 64g

    Everything overclocked and love it.
    ROG Awesomeness !!!!

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