Galax is finding new ways to add even more bling to your system. The brand's latest creation consists of a soft tube cover that adds RGB lighting to your AIO liquid cooler's tubing.
The Galax Soft Tube ARGB Vest, which sells for $57.40 at watercooling retailer FormulaMod, is made of silicon, boasts excellent flexibility and is also resistant to high temperatures. The cover measures 330mm in length so it should be more than sufficient to coat the best AIO CPU coolers on the market.
Galax sells the Soft Tube ARGB Vest in both 10mm and 12mm variants. Therefore, you'll have to measure the outer diameter of your tubing to see which one fits best for you. Installation is quick and easy since all you have to do is wrap the cover around your tubing and secure it in place with the six included transparent clips.
Each cover communicates with your system through a standard 3-pin 5V ARGB connector. Most modern motherboards should have a few of these connectors laying around. If yours doesn't, you may need to pick up an ARGB controller hub.
The Galax Soft Tube ARGB Vest features ARGB illumination so you can personalize it to your liking. Galax doesn't provide a piece of software to control the lighting, which is a plus since you don't have to install a separate program to just control the cover. However, the Galax Soft Tube ARGB Vest's packaging show that it's only compatible with three motherboard ecosystems: Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light Sync. Apparently, ASRock and Biostar motherboard owners are out of luck on this one.
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The drive to 'RGB all the things' is already absurd, but if someone is willing to buy it, there will always be a place for components such as this.Reply
Until RGB/aRGB unite in terms of standardization of usage and control, we are going to continue having mismatched component support unless consumers commit to a single vendor or defined ecosystem, which current-state today is difficult for the average shopper to decipher. Even 3-pin vs 3-pin might have differences in supported connectors meaning one 3-pin fan is not compatible with a 3-pin controller without a specialized adapter. (ex clip connector vs. pin connector)
Even so, some vendors have gone from 4-pin RGB to 3-pin aRGB within a short period of time, making their own products incompatible together. The result is that new component purchases (like fans) would be required, but for AIOs with incorrect pump lighting headers, you're looking at a new AIO.
rubix_1011 said:The drive to 'RGB all the things' is already absurd
Didn't really need any more than this ;-) it pains me that I fully expect to pay more for non RGB components at some point in the not too far future
pixelpusher220 said:Didn't really need any more than this ;-) it pains me that I fully expect to pay more for non RGB components at some point in the not too far future
You can also just not connect the RGB/aRGB cabling or simply turn it off as another solution. But for those devices without that option, vote with your wallet and simply choose something else.
RGB/aRGB continues to be a huge thing because people continue to buy it. If everyone stopped buying it, the trend would decline quickly. There are plenty of non-RGB alternatives across nearly all price ranges, especially in terms of coolers.
What have you done? Don't give them ideas. I'm satisfied enough that many non-RGB units are 10-20% cheaper than the RGB ones. If you keep saying these things they'll let out an evil laugh while rubbing their hands together.pixelpusher220 said:Didn't really need any more than this ;-) it pains me that I fully expect to pay more for non RGB components at some point in the not too far future
At least now you can have colorful tubing, without using additives that gum up your loop.Reply
Galax's marketing was thinking way to small, they should market this in a variety of sizes, lengths and flexiblities. It is not just a RGB covering for AIO Cooler tubing, this could be used to cover any and all wires, cables and cable bundles. This could be a polychromatic alternative to custom cable sleeving with a cool side of colorful cable management thrown in.Reply