Best RGB Controller for PC RGB Fans & LED Strips [RGB & ARGB]

RGB Controller is a small device that is used to control the RGB lighting of your RGB devices (RGB Fans, RGB LED Strips etc.) inside your PC case. It can do so either by using RGB software or by its hardware through buttons or remote control. They prove very useful in connecting multiple RGB devices, especially in cases where your motherboard does not have RGB headers or there are insufficient RGB headers to hook up your RGB components. The RGB Controller device is generally in shape of a small rectangular box, and is also known as RGB Control Box.

Unlike fan hubs, they do not power the case fans or control their speed, but only control the RGB lighting of the connected RGB devices and components. However, there are couple of RGB Controllers that also power the fan, but most of these RGB Controllers work with their RGB products only, whether fans, LED strips, case lighting etc. RGB Controller is a great device or component to have for older motherboards with no RGB support i.e. RGB headers. They can be easily fit in any case, and then you can hook up your RGB fans, RGB LED Strips or other RGB component to them. So, if you are looking for an RGB controller to spice up your PC case with fancy RGB lighting then stay connected, as here I am going to list down the top RGB LED controllers that you buy for your computer case.

Important Note: You must know that there are two types of RGB LED Devices, one with standard RGB LEDs that changes one color at a time. They come with 4-pin RGB connector and works on 12V. Another type is Addressable RGB LEDs or ARGB that can change to multiple color independently of others, and can create many more fancy lighting effects. They work with 5V and comes with 3-pin ADD-RGB connector.

Best RGB Controllers [RGB & ARGB]

Here are the top RGB LED controllers for RGB Fans, RGB LED Strips and other supported RGB components and devices. These RGB controllers can be used with motherboards without RGB support or RGB headers.

Cooler Master RGB LED Controller

[Easy to use, CM Software RGB Control]

A very simple and easy to use RGB LED Controller from Cooler Master for RGB Fans, RGB LED Strips etc. This is a low profile and compact RGB controller that comes with built-in magnets, and fits easily inside your computer case. The controller offers four RGB ports that supports 12V RGB Fans or RGB LEDs with 4-pin RGB connector. However, you can attach two or more RGB Fans / LED Strips to the single port to extend the lighting via splitter cable. For power, the RGB controller uses one SATA power connector, and the communication interface used here is USB (9-pin connector) for working with the RGB software.

Cooler-Master-RGB-LED-Controller

The various RGB lighting effects and customization can be done using the Cooler Master RGB Software only. It must be noted that this RGB controller is not compatible with other RGB softwares other than from its own. The RGB controller works with any RGB Fans and RGB LED Strips that has 4-pin (+12V-G-R-B) connector. The package includes RGB controller along with all the required adapter cables and connectors. So, if your motherboard lacks RGB support, but you want to use RGB Fans and RGB LED Strips in your PC case, then this RGB connector will serve your purpose very well. Highly Recommended by me.

Cooler Master RGB LED Controller Specifications
Controller Type RGB LED Controller (Non-ADD)
RGB Ports 4 Ports (4-pin)
Fan Ports NA
Interface USB 2.0 (9-pin)
Power Connector SATA
Compatibility 12V RGB Fans & RGB LED Strips (4-Pin)
RGB Control Method Cooler Master RGB Software
Features Built-in Magnet, Low Profile design, Static, Breathing, Color Cycle, Stars, Customize, Multilayer, Turn LED off, Mirage (Frequency Control) Lighting Modes

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SilverStone Addressable RGB Control Box LSB02

[Remote Control RGB Lighting & Fan Speed]

Here we have a multi-functional RGB controller from Silverstone that can be used to connect Addressable RGB devices and also Case Fans. It comes with six ports for 5V ARGB LED devices and four ports for 4-pin / 3-pin case fans. The power is fed into this device from a 4-pin molex connector. It also includes a thermal sensor probe that connects to the device, and can automatically adjust the LED colors and Fan speed according to the temperature. The RGB Lighting / Effects and Fan speed can be controlled using a wireless Remote, which can also be used to start or turn off your PC, if you connect the included power header to the motherboard, and to the device itself. The controller works with any 5V ARGB Fans / LED Strips, and 3-pin / 4-pin Fans.

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The device is compact and can be installed using the included adhesive and Velcro pads. It must be noted that this RGB controller is not compatible with any RGB software, because it does not connect to any motherboard header or USB header on the motherboard. The RGB Controller works as expected and provides a wireless approach to control your RGB LEDs and Fan speed. All the cables, sensor, adapters come included in the package with the device. The exact model number of this device is SST-LSB02.

SilverStone Addressable RGB Control Box LSB02 Specifications
Controller Type ARGB and Fan Speed Controller
RGB Ports 6 ports (3-pin)
Fan Ports 4-Pin x 4 (compatible with 3-pin)
Interface Wireless
Power Connector Molex
Compatibility 5V ARGB Fans / LED Strips, 4-pin / 3-pin Fans
RGB Control Method Remote Control
Features Remote start or turn off PC, Temperature Sensor, Included Adhesive and Velcro Pads, compact

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Cooler Master Addressable RGB LED Small Controller

A tiny ARGB Addressable RGB LED Controller from Cooler Master for motherboards that don’t have 5V ARGB headers. It is powered by SATA power connector and supports up to three ARGB devices using 1 to 3 ARGB splitter cable. The ARGB controller has got three buttons / switches on it for various functions that include changing LED Lighting modes, LED Lighting speed, Thermal detection mode and external addressable RGB through supported motherboard.

Cooler-Master-Addressable-RGB-LED-Small-ControllerThe controller features 6 LED modes and 7 LED speed adjustment. If you connect it to the 5V ARGB header on the motherboard then you can control the lighting using motherboard’s software by toggling a switch on the controller that bypasses the RGB connection. The controller is not compatible with any RGB software including the Cooler Master’s one.  It has got integrated magnets that makes it very to install in your PC case.  All the necessary cables come included in the package with the RGB controller itself.

Cooler Master Addressable RGB LED Small Controller Specifications
Controller Type Addressable RGB Controller
RGB Ports 1 Port (5-pin)
Fan Ports NA
Interface Wired / Manual
Power Connector SATA
Compatibility ARGB Fans & Devices
RGB Control Method Physical Buttons / Switch
Features Compatible with Asus Aura Sync / MSI RGB Mystic Light Sync, 3-Button Remote control, Integrated Magnets

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NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Controller

An addressable RGB controller for NZXT Fans and LED Strips. It comes with four channels or ports that can support up to 40 LEDs or 6 accessories per channel (Up to four LED strips – 10 LEDs per strip / Up to five Aer RGB fans / Up to six HUE 2 accessories). The power to device comes from a molex connector, and the connectivity is established using USB connector (9-pin to microUSB).

NZXT-HUE-2-RGB-Lighting-Kit

The lighting and various effects is controlled using the NZXT CAM software only. It is compatible with HUE+ LED strips and Aer RGB fans, but cannot be mixed with HUE 2 accessories in the same channel. The RGB Controller comes as a part of NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit that contains four 300mm NZXT ARGB LEDs along with the controller itself. You can check out the NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit by going to the link given below.

NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Controller Specifications
Controller Type ARGB LED Controller
RGB Ports 4 Ports (4-Pin)
Fan Ports NA
Interface USB 2.0 (9-pin)
Power Connector Molex
Compatibility NZXT HUE+ LED strips and Aer RGB fans
RGB Control Method NZXT CAM Software
Features Supports up to 40 LEDs or 6 accessories per channel

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Thermaltake TT Sync Controller TT Premium Edition

This is an Addressable RGB Controller and Fan Hub for Thermaltake Fans and other Thermaltake devices. It comes with nine ports (9-pin) for RGB devices, and is powered by SATA power connector. The controller is connected to the motherboard using USB (9-pin) cable. The RGB lighting and customization is controlled using the Thermaltake Riing Plus RGB software. Also, it supports other popular RGB softwares that include Asus Aura RGB Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome RGB through motherboard 5V ARGB header.

Thermaltake-TT-Sync-Controller-TT-Premium-Edition

This Thermaltake TT Sync Controller is capable of handling up to 9 Thermaltake addressable LED products. The installation is easy, which can be done using the included Velcro straps. Also, all the cables for power / devices and other connections comes included in the package along with the RGB controller. You can refer the Thermaltake official website for checking out the complete list of products supported by this slim and compact Thermaltake RGB Fan Hub & Controller.

Thermaltake TT Sync Controller TT Premium Edition Specifications
Controller Type ARGB Hub Controller
RGB Ports 9 Ports (9-Pin)
Fan Ports 9 (shared with RGB port)
Interface USB 2.0 (9-Pin)
Power Connector SATA
Compatibility Thermaltake RGB Fans, LED Strips & Devices
RGB Control Method Motherboard RGB Software (Asus, Gigabyte, MSI), Thermaltake Riing Plus RGB software
Features Support up to 9 Thermaltake Addressable LED Products, Sync with Motherboard RGB Software

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Phanteks Digital RGB Controller Hub

Here we have an Addressable RGB Controller from Phanteks that supports Phanteks D-RGB products, which include Halos (Lux) Digital and D-RGB LED Strips. The controller uses SATA power connector for its working and comes with three ARGB ports (3-pin). The RGB Lighting Modes and effects on this controller can be controlled either by a 3-button remote control or through supported RGB softwares via 5-pin motherboard header. You can daisy chain up to 7x (using remote) or 9x (connected to motherboard) Phanteks’ D-RGB products.

Phanteks-Digital-RGB-Controller-Hub

It officially supports Asus and MSI 5-pin ARGB motherboard headers, but you can also use it Gigabyte Digital Pin Header using Gigabyte D-LED adapter, which you have to buy separately. The controller is very small and lightweight, and can be attached easily inside the case using built-in magnets or by using double sided tape that comes along with it. The RGB Controller comes with all the required cables and wired remote that you need to make it work.

Phanteks Digital RGB Controller Hub Specifications
Controller Type Addressable RGB Controller & Hub
RGB Ports 3 Ports (3-Pin)
Fan Ports NA
Interface 3-pin ARGB / Manual
Power Connector SATA
Compatibility Phanteks D-RGB products
RGB Control Method Motherboard Software / Wired Remote
Features Compatible with Asus Aura Sync / MSI RGB Mystic Light Sync, 3-Button Remote control, Integrated Magnets

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RGB Controller Hub

[Requires 5V /12V RGB Header on Motherboard]

RGB Controller Hubs are used to increase RGB connections with only one RGB header. This means if you have only one RGB header on your motherboard, but want to add multiple RGB Fans and RGB Strips then an RGB Controller Hub will allow you to do so. It turns one RGB header into multiple headers (4, 6, 8 etc.), depending on the device capability. The RGB lighting and effects on these RGB controller hubs are generally controlled using the motherboard’s RGB software. This also means that they only work with motherboard with at least one supported RGB header, and if your motherboard does not have any RGB header then you cannot use them, and have to use independent RGB Controllers only that I have mentioned above.

RGB Splitter Cable

2 Way LED RGB Splitter Cable

A 2-way RGB splitter Y cable for RGB motherboards, controllers and devices that supports 4-pin 12V RGB connection.

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Other RGB Controllers

Here are some other RGB controllers that you can also check out.

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Final Words

RGB Controller comes in very handy to add multiple RGB LED devices inside your PC Case. Some of the RGB LED controllers work with their own RGB products only as their use proprietary connectors, while some of the RGB Controllers do support standard RGB devices (Fans / LED Strips) with standard RGB connectors. If you have any confusion regarding the compatibility of these RGB controllers with your RGB components or have any other doubts, then you can ask your queries here by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Fausto February 21, 2019

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