12 Best RGB Motherboards You Can Get Right Now

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Even though performance is the most important aspect of every PC component, colorful lights add something unique to your gaming experience. Not long ago, gamers used to manually install this to their PC cases. Today, motherboards are actually designed to support this flashy feature. Sure, it doesn’t add to your PC’s core functionality, but it definitely looks cool!

Today, we’ve gathered the best RGB motherboards for Intel and AMD CPUs. These boards only pack current chipsets. We have a selection of Z490, X570, B550, and one B460 board. We also have picks ranging from budget to high-end categories. Finally, we’ve covered all three major form factors (ATX, mAXT, ITX) with at least one board.

Before we begin, let’s make it clear that this is a piece about best RGB boards, not about the best boards when it comes to VRM or specs. Bear that in mind since we have a couple of picks that don’t have the best hardware. Now that we have that sorted out, let’s check those boards!

Best RGB Motherboards – Our Picks

Best RGB Motherboards – Our Picks
AwardModel 
Best Budget Z490 RGB MotherboardASRock Z490 Extreme4 Asrock Z490
Best Mid-Range Z490 RGB MotherboardMSI MEG Z490 ACE Msi Meg Z490 Ace
Best High-End Z490 RGB MotherboardMSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE Msi Meg Z490 Godlike
Best mATX Z490 RGB MotherboardASUS ROG Strix Z490-G GamingAsus Rog Strix Z490 G Gaming Wifi.jpg
Best Mini-ITX Z490 RGB MotherboardASUS ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming Asus Rog Strix Z490 I Gaming
Best B460 RGB MotherboardASRock B460 Steel Legend Asrock B460 Steel Legend
Best Budget RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUsASRock B450 Steel Legend Asrock B450 Steel Legend
Best Mid-Range RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUsASRock B550 Extreme4 Asrock B550
ASRock B550 PG Velocita Asrock B550 Pg Velocita
Best High-End RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUsGigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme Gigabyte X570 Aorus
Best mATX RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUsASRock B550M Steel Legend Asrock B550M Steel Legend
Best Mini-ITX RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUsASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming Asus Rog Strix X570 I Gaming

Best RGB Motherboards for Intel CPUs

Here you’ll find mostly Z490 models along with one B460 pick for users who don’t want to get a K series CPU.

Best Budget Z490 RGB Motherboard

ASRock Z490 Extreme4
ChipsetIntel Z490
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 3 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DisplayPort
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

The ASRock Z490 Extreme4 has a solid VRM and specs but it also has amazing RGB effects. The board is at the moment placed a bit above the most affordable Z490 models so if you want a great RGB motherboard in the Z490 budget range this is the one to get. It’s filled with RGB LEDs which you can find on the backplate, below the chipset heatsink, and on top of the rear panel shroud. Together, they create a lightshow that’s quite flashy.

When it comes to specs, the Z490 Extreme4 isn’t so bad. It features a solid (10+1 phase) VRM unit that should be able to run something like the 10600K without issues. With that said, we wouldn’t recommend running the Core i9-10900K on this board, maybe on stock clocks and with MCE disabled. Other than the okayish VRM this board has support for up to 4266MHz DDR4 memory and it packs two M.2 and six SATA III ports.

You also get 2 PCIe x16 slots and three PCIe x1 slots along with support for Crossfire. When it comes to connectivity you have 2.5Gb LAN along with a dedicated M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi card. The rear panel hosts only four USB 3.2 ports along with two USB 2.0 ports. Overall, this board’s not great when it comes to the hardware but that RGB lightshow looks amazing. If you want something even cheaper, take a look at the ASRock Z490 Steel Legend. That’s another board with average hardware but an excellent lightshow. And if you want the same level of RGB lighting but in a brightly colored package check out the ASRock Z490 Velocita.

Best Mid-Range Z490 RGB Motherboard

MSI MEG Z490 ACE
ChipsetIntel Z490
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage3 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNvidia SLI, AMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Flash BIOS Button
1 × Clear CMOS Button
2 × Antenna Connectors
1 × PS/2
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
2 × LAN (1G and 2.5G)
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiYes

Mid-Range Z490 offering is quite rich and the board with the best combination of quality hardware and shiny RGB effects is the MSI MEG Z490 Ace. The RGB part of the equation is solid but not the best in class. For that, check out the ASRock Z490 Taichi, which packs the best lightshow out of all mid-range Z490 boards. With the Ace, you have RGB LEDs installed on the chipset heatsink and rear panel armor. No preinstalled LED strips but you can install those later.

Hardware-wise the Z490 Ace is a beast. This is a board for overclockers and it shows. The VRM is beastly and won’t break a sweat even if you try pushing the 10900K to its limits. Memory support goes up to 4800Mhz and the board packs three M.2 slots (all have heatsinks) along with six SATA III ports. You can also find three PCIe x16 slots along with 2 PCIe x1 slots with full support for SLI and Crossfire.

The audio section features the ALC1220 Codec from Realtek coupled with the ESS SABRE9018Q2C combo DAC. This setup should provide crystal clear audio with the best possible sound quality. When it comes to connectivity the Z490 Ace doesn’t disappoint. Dual Gigabit LAN (1Gb+2.5Gb) is coupled with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Finally, the rear panel, aside from the two LAN ports, hosts six USB 3.2 ports (one is USB-C) along with two USB 2.0 ports.

Since MSI designed this board for overclocking the hell out of the 10900K, the Z490 ACE packs a lot of OC-friendly features. You have the BIOS Flashback and clear CMOS buttons on the rear panel. You also have a POST code on the bottom of the board with power and reset buttons placed next to it. Finally, the Ace also packs multicolored debug LEDs.

Best High-End Z490 RGB Motherboard

MSI MEG Z490 Godlike
ChipsetIntel Z490
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage3 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNvidia SLI, AMD Crossfire
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe x16, 1 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Clear CMOS Button
1 × Flash BIOS Button
1 × PS/2
2 × Thunderbolt 3
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 2
4 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × 10G Super LAN
1 × 2.5G LAN
2 × SMA
1 × Optical S/PDIF out
5 × audio jacks
Wi-FiYes

The high-end segment of the Z490 motherboard market has a couple of extremely nice motherboards. There’s the ASUS ROG Maximus XII Extreme and Apex, both of which have solid RGB effects. But the winner here is the MSI MEG Z490 Godlike. This is both the ultimate board when it comes to the specs and features as well when it comes to RGB effects.

You have a huge dragon found on the rear panel shroud as well as the Godlike logo on the chipset heatsink. Finally, the board also has an OLED screen that replaces the POST code and debug LEDs that can also show various RGB effects.

When it comes to hardware you get the best of the best with the Z490 Godlike. The VRM can run any 10th gen Intel CPU and you can overclock the hell out of it. The memory support goes up to 5000MHz DDR4. The board packs three M.2 slots, six SATA III ports, along with three PCIe x16 and one PCIe x1 slot with support for both SLI and Crossfire. Connectivity options are plentiful. You have dual gigabit LAN (10Gb+2.5Gb) combined with a Wi-Fi 6 card that also includes Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.

The audio section includes both the Realtek ALC1220 codec and ESS E9018 combo DAC. Again, you should get crystal clear audio on this board. Finally, the rear panel is packed to the brim. There are six USB 3.2 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, along with two USB 2.0 ports and BIOS Flashback and clear CMOS buttons.

Best mATX Z490 RGB Motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming Wi-Fi
ChipsetIntel Z490
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 1 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × USB BIOS FlashBack
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2
4 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × 2.5G LAN
2 × SMA
1 × optical S/PDIF Out
5 × audio jacks
Wi-FiYes

The mATX Z490 offering has a couple of interesting RGB picks. For those looking for a solid and relatively affordable mATX board with RGB effects, check out the MSI Z490m Gaming Edge. It packs solid hardware but it only has one LED array. For the best mATX experience get the ASUS ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming. It has only one LED array, placed on the rear panel shroud. It features the ROG logo along with large STRIX branding and it’s really shiny. If you want something extra, install some LED strips.

When it comes to specs, the Z490-G is the best mATX board you can get. It features VRM (12+2 phase design) taken from more expensive models that should run overclocked 10900K without issues. The board comes with support for up to 4800MHz DDR4 memory along with two M.2 slots and six SATA III ports. You have two PCIe x16 slots but no support for multi-GPU tech since the second x16 slot works only in x4 mode. The board also has one PCIe x1 slot.

Connectivity options include one 2.5Gb LAN port without a Wi-Fi chip or a dedicated M.2 slot for installing one. The audio section is solid, with the ROG SupremeFX audio coded S1220A at its helm. Finally, the rear panel hosts six USB 3.2 ports along with two USB 2.0 ports and a BIOS Flashback button.

Best Mini-ITX Z490 RGB Motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming
ChipsetIntel Z490
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × USB BIOS FlashBack
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen 2
2 × USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × 2.5G LAN
2 × SMA
3 × audio jacks
Wi-FiYes

The Mini-ITX boards aren’t known for their RGB effects since, you know, they have small size without much room for RGB LEDs. The ASUS ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming is the best RGB Mini-ITX board since it’s the only one with RGB effects on the front.

You can find the ROG logo along with branding at the front, on the M.2 heatsink. Further, you can install an LED strip once you get the board and complete the package. For instance, the Gigabyte Z490I Aorus Ultra has RGB strips preinstalled but doesn’t have front-facing RGB LEDs.

The board’s VRM (8+2 phase design) should be enough to run the 10900K, just be careful about thermals. Other features include support for up to 4800MHz DDR4, two m.2 slots, four SATA III ports, and one PCIe x16 slot. When it comes to connectivity you have one 2.5Gb LAN port along with a Wi-Fi 6 card that includes Bluetooth 5.1 connection.

The audio section is powered by the ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A, which should provide very good but not excellent audio experience. The board hosts six USB 3.2 ports on the rear panel along with two USB 2.0 ports. Other features include the BIOS flashback button found on the rear panel along with debug LEDs.

Best B460 RGB Motherboard

ASRock B460 Steel Legend
ChipsetIntel B460
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × Optical S/PDIF out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

If you want to get one of the new Core i3 or i5 CPUs that aren’t unlocked you probably want a B460 motherboard. And the best RGB B460 model is the ASRock B460 Steel Legend. You have a LED strip on the back that shines through a see-through steel legend logo and branding on the edge of the board along with another small RGB steel legend branding on the chipset heatsink.

There’s no signature RGB LED array on the back-panel armor like on every other Steel Legend model, which is a slight disappointment. If you want some other B460 board with RGB effects, check out the MSI B460 Tomahawk. The thing is, the B460 Steel Legend is by far the best B460 pick for users who want an RGB board.

Spec-wise the board’s fine. This is a budget model after all. You get power design that should run any non-K CPU without issues along with support for memory 2933MHz (i7 and i9 CPUs) or 2666 (i3 and i5 CPUs). There are two M.2 slots, both with heatsinks, and six SATA III ports. The board includes two PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots with support for Crossfire.

Connectivity options include 2.5Gb LAN port along with a dedicated M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi card. The Realtek ALC1200 audio codec is behind the audio section. Finally, the rear panel hosts four USB 3.2 ports (one port is USB-C) along with two USB 2.0 ports.

Best Motherboards for Ryzen CPUs

Over in the AMD camp, we have a selection of boards featuring the X570 and B550 chipsets. As it was the case with Intel, we’ve picked the best RGB boards in the budget, mid-range, and high-end segments. We’ve also included one mATX and Mini-ITX pick.

Best Budget RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUs

ASRock B450 Steel Legend
ChipsetAMD B450
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 4 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DisplayPort
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
4 × USB 3.1 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

The B450 Steel Legend is far from being the best budget board with the AM4 socket but it is the best budget RGB motherboard. It features two RGB arrays, found on the chipset heatsink and the rear panel armor. They aren’t the biggest LED arrays out there, but are quite bright and filled with colorful LEDs. When it comes to alternatives there isn’t any B450 board that costs as low as the B450 Steel Legend while providing the same level of RGB goodness. You can get the B550 version of Steel Legend but bear in mind that its price is close to $200.

When it comes to specs, B450 Steel Legend’s VRM (4+2 phase design) is enough only for something like the Ryzen 7 3700X. We would skip this board in case if we were to get the 3900X or something like that. Aside from the mediocre VRM, the board’s specs aren’t that bad. It supports DDR4 memory of up to 3533MHz and it comes with two M.2 slots and six SATA III ports. The board includes two PCIe x16 slots along with four PCIe x1 slots and Crossfire support.

You have 1Gb LAN along with the Realtek ALC892 audio coded powering the audio section. Not great but not quite terrible. Last but not least we have the rear panel that hosts six USB 3.1 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. Overall, this is a cheap and attractive board but do not pair it with anything more powerful than the 3700X.

Best Mid-Range RGB Motherboards for Ryzen CPUs

ASRock B550 Extreme4
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFireX
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
4 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

The mid-range segment of the market offers some really nice RGB boards but the two winners come from ASRock. Both the B550 Extreme4 and PG Velocita feature a ton of RGB LEDs. You can spot these on the chipset shroud and rear panel armor and they offer excellent lightshows. When it comes to similarly priced alternatives you have the ASRock X570 Steel Legend, the MSI B550 Gaming Edge and Gaming Carbon, as well as the ASRock B550 Steel Legend.

ASRock B550 PG Velocita
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFireX
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 2 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
4 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

When it comes to the hardware these two boards aren’t that bad. They come with excellent VRMs (12+2 phase design) so you shouldn’t have any issues running the 3900X or the 3950X on these two boards. Other features include support for up to 4733MHz DDR4 memory, two M.2 slots, and six SATA III ports. You have two PCIe x15 slots and two PCIe x1 slots on both boards along with support for AMD Crossfire.

Connectivity options include 2.5Gb LAN and a dedicated M.2 slot for Wi-Fi cards, also found on both boards. Both boards feature the Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, which isn’t a bad solution for a mid-range motherboard. The rear panel hosts four USB 3.2 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. Both boards also come with POST code and power and reset buttons installed directly on the PCB.

Best High-End RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUs

Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme
ChipsetAMD X570
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage3 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNvidia SLI, AMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots3 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × Clear CMOS button
1 × Q-Flash Plus button
2 × Antenna Connectors
1 × PS/2
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
5 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
4 × USB 2.0
2 × LAN (1Gb and 10Gb)
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiYes

While we picked the absolute best X570 board on the market as our choice, there’s a ton of excellent high-end AM4 boards that sport nice RGB LED arrays. First of all, there’s the ASRock B550 Taichi, which looks stunning. Then you have the MSI X570 Ace and Godlike, as well as the ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero and Crosshair VIII Formula. ASUS has two additional X570 boards with cool RGB effects, the Strix X570-E Gaming and Strix X570-F Gaming. Finally, you have the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master and B550 Aorus Master. As you can see, there are lots of excellent high-end RGB boards for Ryzen CPUs but the best of them all is the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Xtreme.

This board is expensive as hell and it packs everything you might need in a motherboard. First of all, we have two excellent RGB arrays placed over the chipset heatsink and on top of the rear panel armor. They aren’t too big but have bright lights and look excellent. The third RGB array is actually a small screen installed next to the board’s audio section. You get an excellent lightshow from the get-go but if you want you can install additional LED strips to further improve the RGB experience.

Hardware specs are top-notch, as expected. First of all, you have a high-end VRM capable of running any Ryzen CPU, overclocked or not. Next, the board has support for up to 4400MHz DDR4 memory, it packs three M.2 slots and six SATA III ports. You also have three PCIe x16 slots with support for SLI and Crossfire. Connectivity options are as rich as they can be. There’s a 10Gb LAN port coupled with a second, 1Gb LAN port, and a Wi-Fi 6 module that also includes Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The rear panel hosts eight USB 3.2 ports (one is USB-C) and four USB 2.0 ports. Sadly, there’s no Thunderbolt 3 here.

The audio section is flawless. The Realtek ALC1220-VB codec is at the helm and next to it is the ESS SABRE9218 DAC chip. These two guarantee super audio experience. Finally, the board has every OC-friendly feature. On the rear panel, you can find BIOS Flashback and clear CMOS buttons. Next, there’s the POST code along with the power and restart buttons. And, of course, you have debug LEDs.

Best mATX RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUs

ASRock B550M Steel Legend
ChipsetAMD B550
Memory4 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 128 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 6 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportAMD CrossFire
Expansion Slots2 × PCIe x16, 1 × PCIe x1
Back Panel Ports1 × Clear CMOS Button
1 × PS/2
1 × HDMI
1 × DisplayPort
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
2 × USB 2.0
1 × LAN
1 × Optical S/PDIF-Out
5 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiNo

The RGB situation in the mATX board market isn’t great but the B550M Steel Legend is here to save the day. You have two LED arrays placed on the chipset heatsink and rear panel armor. They offer a nice lightshow. Not the brightest but more than enough, especially if you plan on installing additional LED strips once you get the board.

The VRM (8+2 phase design) should be enough to run any Ryzen CPU. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t run the 3900X or the 3950X, or even the 3800X (or its XT variant, the Ryzen 7 3800XT) without a direct cooling aimed at the VRM section. When it comes to the memory support, this board supports DDR4 memory up to 4733MHz and it packs a single M.2 slot and six SATA III ports.

You have two PCIe x16 slots and one PCIe x1 slot but no Crossfire or SLI support. The board offers a 2.5Gb LAN slot along with a dedicated M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi module, which are nice connectivity options on a budget board. The Realtek ALC1200 audio codec should provide a solid audio experience. Finally, the rear I/O features six USB 3.2 (one of those is a USB-C port) and two USB 2.0 ports.

Best Mini-ITX RGB Motherboard for Ryzen CPUs

ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
ChipsetAMD X570
Memory2 × DDR4 DIMM, max. 64 GB
Storage2 × M.2, 4 × SATAIII
Multi GPU SupportNone
Expansion Slots1 × PCIe x16
Back Panel Ports1 × HDMI
1 × DisplayPort
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
3 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
4 × USB 3.2 Gen1
1 × LAN
2 × Antenna Connectors
3 × Audio Connectors
Wi-FiYes

Last but not least is the best Mini-ITX RGB motherboard for Ryzen CPUs. The choice falls on the ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming, which has a nice, but small RGB LED array on the M.2 heatsink along with an RGB strip on the backplate. Overall, it all looks rather nice and gives a subtle RGB experience.

Hardware specs are great for an M-ITX board. You have a solid VRM (8+2 phase design) that should be enough to run any Ryzen CPU on stock clocks. Just watch about thermals. Next, the board supports DDR4 4800MHz and offers two M.2 slots (one is on the back of the board) along with four SATA III ports.

You also have one PCIe x16 slot, Intel gigabit (1Gb) LAN, and a Wi-Fi 6 card that includes Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. The audio is powered by the SupremeFX S1220A audio codec. Finally, the rear panel hosts eight USB 3.2 ports, one of which is USB-C.

Controlling Your RGB Motherboard

Motherboard’s RGB LED support can be set up and controlled by software. Each created their own software to control your motherboard’s lights. Let’s see what each of these tools has to offer!

  • ASUS’ Aura Sync
  • GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion
  • MSI’s Mystic Light
  • ASRock Polychrome RGB
  • BIOSTAR’s VIVID LED DJ

ASUS’ Aura Sync

Asus Aura Sync

If you are using an ASUS motherboard with built-in RGB LED support, ASUS’ Aura Sync is the software you’ll need to download. ASUS promises an endless spectrum of colors and the ability to create amazing patterns. One of the most amazing things about Aura Sync is the ability to link the lighting and the atmosphere to the music you are listening to, CPU/GPU temperatures, or even in-game action.

Aura Sync is also compatible with other hardware. You can use it to control SilverStone LED strips, inWin cases, Aerocool power supplies, and many others. You can check out the full list of partners.

GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion

Gigabytes Rgb Fusion

RGB Fusion by GIGABYTE is a great example of simple software that you can use to easily sync the colors of your AORUS devices. Its user interface is quite intuitive and you can access individual devices and preset effects such as Music, Color Cycle, or Game. We watched a cool demonstration where we saw that changing your in-game weapon actually changes the color of the lights!

RGB Fusion is compatible with many third-party devices from manufacturers such as inWin, CoolerMaster, Phanteks, etc.

MSI’s Mystic Light

Msis Mystic Light

The gaming world often has mixed feelings for everything related to MSI and Mystic Light is no exception. However, it doesn’t stand out in a bad way on our list. MSI Light Sync can be used with relative ease. It provides synchronization with on-screen gaming to create a realistic atmosphere for the gamer. The app itself proved to be buggy on several occasions but you won’t miss out on anything if you have an MSI motherboard!

It’s compatible with a range of different graphics cards, cases, coolers, etc. You can check out the list of supported devices.

ASRock Polychrome RGB

Asrock Polychrome Rgb

ASRock’s Polychrome RGB is a great tool that allows its users to fully immerse themselves into the game. It supports Razer Chroma: an RGB lighting system that offers endless possibilities to its users. ASRock’s motherboards come with internal RGB lighting. However, external LEDs can also be added and everything can be controlled by Polychrome RGB!

However, there are fewer supported devices for this software when compared to the competition. Still, your lighting experience will probably be best if you stick with a single manufacturer to simplify the synchronization across your entire rig. 

BIOSTAR’s VIVID LED DJ

Vivid Led Dj

BIOSTAR has joined the RGB motherboard race in 2016 by adding RGB support for their RACING motherboards. The built-in LEDs don’t appear too bright in many RACING models so you should definitely consider adding some external lighting. VIVID LED DJ has that retro feel and tuning your lights feels very simple.

Since BIOSTAR focuses its RGB attention on motherboards, VIVID LED DJ can only control the motherboard and you lose the feeling of synchronization if you own other RGB devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is RGB on a motherboard?

An RGB motherboard is one with integrated LEDs capable of displaying a spectrum of colors. These are used for purely aesthetic reasons to compliment the look of a gaming rig.

What motherboards support RGB?

Not all motherboards have integrated RGB lights. For motherboards that don’t you’ll need to use motherboard headers to get lighting. The best motherboard that already do have RGB are recommended above.

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Goran Damnjanovic

Goran Damnjanovic

Goran is Levvvel's senior hardware writer. He studied psychology but found that video games and PC hardware were much more interesting. Over the years he's developed expertise in everything gaming tech related.

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