AURA

Good Gaming PC – RGB fans that show temperature and system usage

Recently we teamed up with our friends at PB Tech for a quick YouTube Guide on How to Make Your PC Dust Free and in this we used their cheapest RGB triple fan kit, the Segotep RexGB to sidestep the issue of running out of fan connections on a motherboard so the video would be more helpful.

Now this led to a question on why it was significantly cheaper? compared with something like the Cooler master MasterFan Pro Triple Fan Kit ($48.99 vs $138.99 at time of writing this)

Before we get into the advantages offered by the Cooler Master Kit below is a quick video showing some of the lighting options offered by the Segotep RexGB.

We can all agree the Segotep RGB fan kit is pretty awesome to look at and they definitely provide excellent cooling for the price also, however… The Cooler Master MasterFan Pro RGB fans can be used to allow for a visual indication of system component usage, PC heat levels and more! When you install the Cooler Master fans, you’ll notice these have two cables coming off each, one is a standard 4pin fan header and another is a special RGB header connection – the kit also includes a HUB but we won’t use this for AURA features so be sure you’ve got 3x fan headers ready to go.

This connects to the RGB header on our motherboard, not all motherboards have the right version of these though, double check the motherboard says either AURA for Asus and FUSION for Gigabyte or Aorus.

In our testing system we’re running an Asus X370F Motherboard which only has 2x RGB headers, however, so we’ll be adding in the Cooler Master 1-3 RGB Splitter Cable – this will leave one of our motherboard headers free for future upgrades too. (TIP! There are little arrows on the RGB cables that align as shown in the image below, if you do one of these backwards the colours won’t sync!)

Because we’ve got the Asus Motherboard we’ll be using the software package called AURA in our guide, looking at the Cooler Master Fan box again you’ll notice this logo appears here as well.

Finding the AURA software package can be a little tricky, it’s not on the official drivers or utilities website for your motherboard or your fans – instead, you’ll want to go to this dedicated Asus AURA Download page, then select the download tab up top, then select the most recent version to trigger the download.

This will download as a zip file so unpack that, then run ‘setup’, it’s small and quick.

With our Aura software installed, you first need to calibrate our RGB before jumping into the special features. To do this simply select the ‘Settings’ tab in AURA, then click the calibrate button, from here it will ask you what colour your fan is, after you select each option it will change the colour and ask again, very easy!

How to calibrate your RGB Header with AURA at PB Tech

let’s start off with something useful, system component usage. Using these settings we can choose the colours displayed when the PC hits various marks under stress – at idle it’s a calm green, firing up moderate task gets us into a cool yellow, so we know our PC is processing things, but it’s still got plenty of power to use, firing up big game gives us a vibrant red signalling we’re using everything our PC has to power this task.

Show RGB depending on CPU load at PB Tech

Looking GOOD and also useful!

How about temperatures? For this one, it turned out to be a tough demo to do because along with all this RGB the fans also provided excellent airflow through our chassis… In the end we have to tweak our lighting zones markers as shown in the sliders below and even blow hot air into the PC via our trusty custom water pipe bending gun!

Show temperature through RGB at PB Tech

Pretty cool right? or maybe hot… anyways!

This is made possible by the technology built into the motherboard, and fans aside for a brief moment this same software can control other AURA ready components connected to the motherboard like our G.Skill ram, and it’s easy to sync every compatible part all from the one software package, this can be used to make your PC dance to music and all the usual pulse, strobe strobe, flashy flashy stuff.

There’s a lot more that can be done with Asus AURA with a little tinkering too, it’s actually pretty limitless as those fine folks at Asus also made the software development kit available.

We hope you enjoyed this quick guide on RGB PC fans with a purpose, be sure to keep your eyes on our Gaming PC Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming Motherboard – Asus Ryzen ROG PUGIO BONUS!

**THIS PROMOTION HAS NOW ENDED**

Those fine folks at Asus have a sweet bonus for those looking to build with Ryzen in their new system, a BONUS ROG Pugio RGB Gaming Mouse with selected Asus AM4 and TR Motherboards!

This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply head to the Asus Redemption Site and follow the steps along to get your awesome new mouse, you’ll have to provide the receipt for your motherboard in this promotion so if you’re having a system builder assemble your new PC be sure to get the full parts list included on the invoice.

Asus Motherboards included in promotion as below

ASUS PRIME X370-PRO

ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F <- Excellent features and value

ASUS Prime PRIME X399-A

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI HERO

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VI Extreme

ASUS ROS STRIX X370-I GAMING Mini ITX

This  ROG STRIX PUGIO mouse is pretty special too, it first appeared in New Zealand around the time of TechXpo 2017 and was a hit at the show, an ambidextrous gaming mouse it’s got some sweet configurable magnetic side buttons that let decide on your own side button layout, with exclusive push-fit switch sockets offer variable click resistance. The PUGIO also features some truly stunning aesthetics to match its performance – including angular ASUS Aura RGB light channels that can be controlled with Aura Sync!

Coffee Lake Z370 Motherboard Bonus – Free ROG Strix Mouse with Asus!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended

Asus New Zealand have a sweet bonus available for those grabbing the latest Z370 Coffee Lake Motherboards, and an even sweeter bonus if you’re also grabbing a ROG Strix GTX 1070, 1080 or 1080 Ti \o/

Up for grabs are two excellent gaming mice, the first is called the Asus ROG Strix Impact and it’s a beautiful AURA sync ready RGB ambidextrous option that’s packing a very nice 5000dpi sensor.

To get your hands on this one simply purchase any of the motherboards linked below, then register to redeem via the Asus ROG Free Mouse Redemption Site.

ASUS Motherboards:

• ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming Motherboard
• ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
• ROG MAXIMUS X CODE
• ROG MAXIMUS X APEX
• ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
• ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC)
• ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
• TUF Z370-PRO GAMING
• TUF Z370-PLUS GAMING

The next mouse up for grabs is available to those who are grabbing an above motherboard, and also an Asus ROG Strix Graphics Card from the list below!

ASUS Graphics Cards:

• ROG-POSEIDON-GTX1080TI-P11G-GAMING 
• ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
• ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-11G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1080TI-11G
• STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1080-8G
• STRIX-GTX1070-O8G-GAMING
• TURBO-GTX1070-8G

This mouse is pretty special too, it’s brand new and just made it’s first appearance in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago –  the ROG STRIX PUGIO! This one’s also an ambidextrous gaming mouse but it has got some sweet configurable magnetic side buttons that let decide on your own side button layout, with exclusive push-fit switch sockets offer variable click resistance. The PUGIO also features some truly stunning aesthetics to match its performance – including angular ASUS Aura RGB light channels that can be controlled with Aura Sync!

This mouse is really quite wonderful, so much so we’ll leave this here with a massive picture of the mouse to drool over below 🙂 GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC – The ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC!

The Asus Republic of Gamers GR8 II is a Gaming PC that packs excellent gaming performance into a very cool, very small package.

Perfect for those who want all the power of a desktop Gaming PC, but are looking for something really small it’s pretty similar in size to current-generation consoles standing at a short 29cm tall. Unlike many of the little PC we see though, this one actually fits a real desktop i5-7400 CPU inside perfectly paired with a 3GB GTX 1060 which gives us excellent performance in games. Built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides a fast, stable connection while playing online games or streaming movies, the GR8 II also sports a handy Bluetooth v4.2 for connecting everything from smartphones to headsets – speaking of headsets, the shape and size of the GR8 II make it a pretty good headset holder too!

On the back of the chassis, you’ll find 2x HDMI outputs making it ideal for a Virtual Reality setup, you can connect both your HTC Vive VR Headset and a TV for really good group gaming session in the lounge 🙂 It’s upgradable too, simple slide-off covers make for easy access to the M.2 SSD and additional 2.5” HDD/SSD storage slots for quick upgrades.

Looking good with a clean matte black finish, the chiseled, sharply-angled side panels and plasma copper-coloured centre come together in an eye-catching way, even though it’s much smaller than most other gaming desktops the perfectly-framed ROG Eye on the side panel along with some sweet Aura effects across the front face make this mini Gaming PC stand out from the rest!

GAME ON!

 

 

Good Motherboard – Massive ROG Towel Bonus

GGPC ROG Motheboard Bath Towel BONUS

UPDATE: Promotion extended, now 1st June 2017 to 31st July 2017.

Asus Republic of Gamers have a sweet new bonus offer available now for those gearing up with selected ROG STRIX series motherboards, it’s BIG, RED and is the leading cause of dry skin in the world – a giant ROG towel \o/

With all the rain lately in NZ this promo really couldn’t have come at a better time, when summer returns it’ll also be great for the beach, it’s certainly easy to spot 🙂

Asus ROG STRIX motherboards have killer looks and an all important feature which allows you to control a host of RGB devices from a single software package – we’ve done some special builds to demonstrate this and we know you’ll agree, when building a PC around Asus AURA RGB things really do look good!

GGPC ASUS ROG AURA SYNC

Getting your ROG bonus is pretty easy, once you’ve geared up with your killer new motherboard simply visit the ASUS Redemption Site to fill in your details on the form below.

Not all the motherboards listed in this promotion on the Asus website are available in NZ right now and others have just arrived making them a little hard to find, below are quick links so you can check them out – we’ll add to this as more arrive 🙂

ASUS STRIX Z270E GAMING

ASUS STRIX Z270F GAMING <- We used this one in the build above

ASUS STRIX Z270H GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX H270F GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX Z270I GAMING

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO <- We used this in our Corsair Black Sails build \o/

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX CODE

ASUS MAXIMUS IX FORMULA

GAME ON!

 

 

Good Gaming PC – G.Skill RGB Ram Kits Available NOW!

GGPC GSkill RGB RAM NZ

UPDATE: G.Skill have released a software package for Trident Z RGB. The current beta software version supports Intel 200-series chipset motherboards. Intel 100-series chipset and even the new AMD 300-series chipset motherboards have partial support; some models have known issues that will be fixed in the future versions. This beta version does not have Intel X99 support yet.

UPDATE: ASUS Aura software with Trident Z RGB support is up on the ASUS website. The correct version is v1.04.29 or later, ASUS only lists their Z270 motherboards as compatible, but should also work with ASUS Z170 motherboards. There is currently no support for ASUS X99 motherboards.

OOhhhh we do love adding a little colour to our Gaming PC and with these latest DDR4 memory kits from G.Skill things are looking better than ever! A culmination of over 25 years of experience in DRAM manufacturing, G.SKILL has combined full-range RGB lighting with their Trident series DDR4 ram kits. Designed with a custom 10-layer PCB and hand-picked IC chips to enhance overclocking performance, the Trident Z RGB series is capable of reaching speeds of DDR4-4266MHz!

By default, the Trident Z RGB displays a rainbow of colours in a wave-style lighting effect, illuminating any system with a myriad of hues. Further lighting effects and colour customisations can be controlled and chosen through software, which is out now from Asus AURA!

GGPC PCPartPicker Trident Z RGB Ram Build

Once you’ve got everything installed Aura will look like this, each ram stick has 5 customisable zones for you to tweak at your leisure 🙂  We’ve done a quick custom pc build that connects all lighting to Aura giving you full control from one access point, you can check it out on the GGPC PC Part Picker – For this one we added an additional CM MasterFan Pro RGB + Phanteks LED RGB Strip lighting along with the G.Skill Trident Z RGB, a STRIX GTX 1070 with RGB and STRIX Z270X RGB Motherboard to show just how far you can take things 🙂

GGPC RGB Trident Z Aura Ram Software

The full range of G.Skill Trident RGB Ram + MasterFan Pro RGB Fans are available in New Zealand now, we’ll update with more details on the Cooler MasterCase 6 when it releases \o/ Keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!