LED strips are a great way to decorate your computer and customize it to suit your style. But if you want to use LED strips to light up your PC, then you will need a dedicated control software.
Different manufacturers have their own software options for driving LEDs, so here we’ll walk you through five of the most popular so you can choose the components that best suit your needs.
1. ASUS Aura Sync
Asus Aura Sync software works with a wide range of Asus products as well as ROG addressable LED strips. This includes motherboards with RGB features, peripherals like keyboards, mice and headphones, ROG all-in-one coolers, and pre-built laptops and desktops.
The software is pretty basic, but it gets the job done. In terms of LED control, you can choose static colors for your LED strips, as well as try out a number of other color options:
- A breath where the colors fade away
- Color cycle where colors fade from one to the next
- Rainbow mode if you want something brighter, as colorful as it sounds
- Comet, flash and wave modes cause each LED to glow in turn, giving the impression of moving along the LED strips.
- Starry Night Mode is a unique feature where the LED twinkles like stars at night
For more powerful modes, Smart Mode changes color based on your CPU or GPU temperature, while Music Mode pulses to the beat of the music you’re playing on your system.
2. NZXT CAM
If you are using NZXT RGB LED products such as Hue, Hue+ or Hue 2, you can control your LEDs with CAM software. CAM is a PC monitoring kit as well as an LED controller that works with other NZXT products such as the Kraken all-in-one cooler or Aer RBG fans.
The CAM software has many features, but unfortunately it has a reputation for being buggy. Sometimes you need to restart the software for it to work properly. But once you get it working, you can use it for all sorts of functions.
It has the main modes you would expect:
- static color
- Disappear / Disappear
It also allows you to individually address each LED, which means you can customize it to your exact specifications.
The smart modes are fun too, with a mode that changes color based on your CPU or GPU temperature. The nice thing about this mode is that you can choose the color scheme yourself, for example you can have cool temperatures represented by pink and warm temperatures represented by purple instead of the usual blue to red.
A music mode is also included to change lighting based on volume or boost system sounds, but it’s a little buggy.