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Multi-vendor RGB controller app OpenRGB v0.9 is out now

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Cross-platform open source RGB controls continue getting better, with OpenRGB version 0.9 now available so here's what's new. Since RGB can be a huge mess (even on Windows), with many vendors doing their own proprietary apps, OpenRGB can save the day.

Here's the highlights of what's new:

New Features:

  • Segments
    • Split addressable LED zones into sub-groups
    • Useful to divide up daisy-chained ARGB devices (fans, strips) connected to the same header
  • Keyboard Layout Manager, a back-end feature that makes it easier to develop keyboard integrations and manage multiple regional layouts
  • Hardware IDs page helps to make it easier to integrate new devices
  • SDK integration for plugins, allows plugins to expose their own custom SDK hooks
  • Replaced old PNG icons with new icons
  • Additional translations
    • Malaysian
    • Japanese
    • Croatian
    • Polish
  • Translation updates for existing translations

Newly supported devices:

  • Many additional GPUs added to existing GPU controllers
    • ASUS
    • Colorful
    • EVGA
    • Gainward
    • Gigabyte
    • iGame
    • MSI
    • NVIDIA
    • Palit
    • PNY
  • AOC controller:
    • AOC GK500 keyboard
    • AOC GMM700 mousemat
    • AOC GM500 mouse
  • ASRock controller improvements:
    • Fixes for ASRock Polychrome USB boards
  • ASUS controller improvements:
    • Additional devices added
    • Various device-specific improvements
    • ASUS ROG Ally support
  • Cherry keyboard support
  • Corsair controller improvements:
    • Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR5 support
    • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 support
  • CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi support
  • Das Keyboard controller improvements:
    • Additional device support
  • ENE controller improvements:
    • Improved ENE SMBus configuration table parsing (fixes Unknown LED names on most ENE DRAM)
    • Made Save to Device hidden behind configuration file setting as it is unreliable on some modules
  • GaiZhongGai controller improvements:
    • Additional device support
  • Gigabyte controller improvements:
    • Added new motherboard layouts
  • HyperX controller improvements:
    • Added an hidapi wrapped device type to use libusb-hidapi on Linux for certain devices that have a non-compliant USB HID descriptor
    • Additional device support
  • JSAUX Steam Deck dock support
  • LEGO Dimensions toypad base support
  • Lenovo laptop controller improvements:
    • Additional device support
  • Lenovo motherboard support
  • Lian-Li controller improvements:
    • Additional device support
  • Logitech controller improvements:
    • Bug fixes
  • MSI controller improvements:
    • More MSI Mystic Light motherboards added
  • Nollie32 controller support
  • NZXT Hue 1 (Smart Device V1) support
  • NZXT Hue 2 controller improvements:
    • Additional device support
    • Additional accessory (fans/strips) support
  • OKS keyboard support
  • Razer controller improvements:
    • Additional device support
    • Fixed initialization issues that made some devices unreliable
    • Migrated many Razer keyboards to KeyboardLayoutManager
  • RedSquare keyboard support
  • Roccat headset support
  • Sapphire controller improvements:
    • Additional features supported
  • TP-Link Kasa Smart support
  • Wooting controller improvements:
    • Additional device support

Check out the full release notes on GitLab and see more on the official site.

Such a fantastic app to have available on Linux. Too many companies still just don't care to make all their device features work on Linux. Shame it has to be left to the community but I somewhat prefer that over individual apps for different devices don't you?

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Linux_Rocks Jul 10, 2023
I don't really care for RGB and LED lighting in PCs. I liked cold cathodes, and even miss beige cases and 5¼" external drive bays. But cause of the parts shortage, I was forced to buy a gaming PC instead of building one. (Thankfully Micro Center's house brand PowerSpec just uses off the shelf parts.) But it came with RGB, and cause of that I went and made it sarcastic with the RGB and added even more to it. So this will be cool to see if it works better with my setup now. lol
usrtrv Jul 10, 2023
Quoting: Linux_RocksI don't really care for RGB and LED lighting in PCs.
Tools like this are great for those who don't like RGB since you can use them to turn RGB off. Most hardware will default with RGB on.
Woodlandor Jul 10, 2023
I’m not a fan of RGB, but you’re hard pressed to find hardware without it now. Or good computer cases without a side window for that matter.

I bought an MSI RTX 3080 at the beginning of the year that, by default, had a super annoying and distracting colour changing strobing effect.

I lived with it for a few weeks, then crossed my fingers and went on a hunt for an open source solution. That’s how I found OpenRGB. It let me turn that lighting off and also let me control my keyboard lights.
Great piece of software
Avehicle7887 Jul 10, 2023
Still hoping one day I'll be able to control the rgb on my Asrock 6800 phantom gaming gpu. It's been looking like a circus for over 2 years now.
TheRiddick Jul 11, 2023
still waiting for support for my rzr blackwidow pro 3.

Well it shows but not off shared wireless dongle and also RGB doesn't change.

UPDATE: It works in wired mode only. Wireless has issues plus none of these tools have figured out how to support Multi-Device Dongles yet.

Last edited by TheRiddick on 12 July 2023 at 8:25 am UTC
Linux_Rocks Jul 11, 2023
If I had built my own gaming PC I'd have probably bought a new old stock ATX beige mid-tower case with a fan port on the side. Either that, or still got a black case with a window, but then put bitchin' blue cold cathodes in it. To have that sorta aura that you just can't get with LED. For a lack of a better way to put it: LEDs have "sharp" light. While cold cathodes have a "dull" light, but that's actually in a good way. lol

Last edited by Linux_Rocks on 11 July 2023 at 5:45 pm UTC
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