Most existing gaming devices share the presence of marked RGB lighting. In recent years it has been a market demand that manufacturers have sometimes taken too far, with components full of extravagant lights that do not suit everyone’s tastes. That way, if you want to turn off all RGB lights on your computer, we’ll help you with this article.
Basically, we’ll see in part how we can turn off the lighting in every case since RGB control is not something that is standard. Therefore, we will not be able to cover all possible issues, but we hope that it will be useful for the majority of consumers. Let’s start!
It is more than usual that many CRGB lights are connected to our motherboard, which in many cases disturbs us even at night. Fortunately, with the BIOS, it is common for them to be easily turned off. We are going to review where this can usually be done in the BIOS of different manufacturers.
Remember that to access the desktop PC’s BIOS, just press the delete key after turning it on, but there are other possible ways to enter the computer’s BIOS that we collect.
Current ASUS BIOSes make this incredibly easy for us, as they will say “AURA ON / OFF” in their upper right. Clicking on it will give us 4 really useful options.
Come on, we can disable not only the decorative RGB LEDs but also the active ones, although we do not recommend turning them off unless they are particularly annoying, because they exist for something.
In older BIOS, we may have to look for “ROG Effects” or something like that, and fortunately, we have a search system. In either case, we have two alternatives:
If we can’t find a way, a complete search in the user manual can be very helpful.
It’s also a good idea to update the BIOS, as this is a recommended process in itself, and after updating it you can already see the Aura option.
And if there is no alternative, what we can suggest is that you enable compatibility with ErP. This is a low power standby mode that will not turn off the LED when the PC is in use, but will turn it off when the PC is off. You can find it in Advanced> APM Configuration> ERP Ready (enabled).
In the case of gigabytes, it’s not that difficult, and in most cases, it will come down to the Perry Ferrell menu and the RGB Fusion. Inside, we will have an off option to turn off the lighting completely.
As MSI itself has pointed out, we need to find the RGB Lite control option and disable it. Its BIOS, fortunately, allows us to search. We also have the possibility to turn off the “essential” LEDs with the indication LED control option. Once we have made the required changes, it will be a matter of pressing F10 to save and exit.
ASRock also makes it easy for us, because in its BIOS we just have to go to the “Advanced” section and look for the RGB LED option. We turn it off, save the changes and that’s it.
Lighting devices compatible with the board: LED strips and RAM memories
We should also consider all devices whose lighting is controlled directly by the motherboard, via ASUS Aura, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light or ASRock Polychrome RGB.
Depending on the case, the previous point could be used to turn off the light on these devices. We’re usually talking about wings and LED strips directly connected to the motherboard connector (see picture above), or memories of RGB RAM.
If that doesn’t work for you, then you have no choice but to download your motherboard-specific software, which is dedicated to controlling these technologies, and that basically every name for the manufacturer will be the same as the one we mentioned earlier.
Even with these steps, it is possible for, for example, RAM to follow its own control software, such as Corsair’s iCUE, in which case you have to install that specific software and disable the lights from there. Have to do it.
Another component that usually has a lot of RGB lights is the graphics card, and its control is usually its own. Therefore, you will have to resort to installing your own Assembler software. Here are some examples of manufacturers:
- AMD (Reference): We should be able to do this from the Radeon control panel, i.e. with the drivers.
- ASUS: We will look for Aura Sync, Armory Crate or Aura Creator.
- EVGA: In RTX graphics, EVGA’s own software is called Precision X1, and it gives us all possible lighting control options.
- Gigabyte: RGB Fusion 2.0 software
- MSI: Mystical light will be our ally.
- NVIDIA (Founder Edition): It seems that EVGA’s Precision X1 software also works to turn off the lights on FEs.
- Sapphire: In this case, the software we are looking for is TRIXX.
In each case, they have seized it, despite obstacles we can scarcely imagine. “
Be aware, there are many cases where your LED cannot be disabled! We’ve seen how some graphics cards power LEDs and wings at the same time, so it’s obviously impossible to force them off.
Heat sinks and liquid cooling
In that case, everything depends on the type of RGB connection and the specific manufacturer of our heat sink or liquid cooling.
Basically we can find the following cases:
- They use their own software, such as the Corsair liquid cooler with i-termination, which is controlled via iCUE, or the NZXT’s that control it via the well-known CAM.
- They have some kind of physical control, like some Cooler Master RLs we’ve seen, which give you the option to control yourself with a small panel of buttons.
- They cannot disable RGB LEDs because they are self-propelled, as we have seen on the Deepcool GAMMAXX Gte V2 White Heat Sink.
If your case has lights that don’t come from the fans themselves, it probably includes a dedicated button to control them.
Here is an example of a Deepcool Matrexx 55 ADD-RGB case, which combines powerful lighting with both its fans and the case itself, and obviously the chassis controls everything.
Well, in that case we get a button at the top that indicates “LED”, and if we press it we see how it changes the lighting mode in progress. It will be controlled in most boxes with RGB, and we just have to press it to turn off the light completely.
It is possible that we have a box that controls them through software, which is not very common, but for example in some NZXT offerings (ending in “i”) This is what happens, and we use their software CAM to disable them.
Keyboard, mouse and peri-ferrules
Peripherals are one of the components that are most attacked by light and where they will be most present. This is also the place where the lights are most useful, although this is another story because we are here to turn them all off.
In this context, we are going to start talking about keyboards, where we have basically three possibilities:
- Lighting control from keyboard, with key combination.
- Lighting control from both keyboard and software.
- Only through software.
The first two options are the most common, so they will be the ones we define. Basically, the common thing is that Fn is a combination with a key that completely disables the light. Let’s start looking for the keys ourselves, because of course we will see an icon indicating the rules of light. It is common to find it on the up and down arrows, or on the Del / Home / Insert / etc keys.
If you are unable to find the right combination, it is best to refer to your keyboard manual. Perfect if you have. And if not, maybe it’s on the Internet, so it remains to be seen whose keyboard model it is under and to find it on the Internet.