Why do motherboards keep RGB lighting connectors?

As is often the case with almost everything, when a new technology hits the market, all manufacturers take the usual “adapt or die” stance and start creating their own developments in it, with varying degrees of success. The fact is that, in the world in which “everything is already invented” that we live in, generally one technology tends to be the evolution of another, leaving the previous one in the lurch … and this is precisely what ARGB has done with RGB .

The plates will not stop having RGB head … for now

Since that trend that everything had to have RGB lighting was unstoppable, the motherboard manufacturers themselves quickly adapted to it and invested time and resources in creating their own controllers, with adapted software for it, in order to improve the compatibility with all the devices that flooded the market.

Sure, when the ARGB began to rise above the other types of configurable lighting in the PC ecosystem, motherboards adapted to it too and, generally taking advantage of the resources invested in integrating RGB, they bowed to the market trend. and they also began to integrate ARGB heads. But pay attention to that “too”, because integrating ARGB did not mean that remove the RGB connectors… And here is the crux of the matter.

Imagine that you are a motherboard manufacturer, and you have realized that everything is tending to RGB and you do not want to be left behind. You invest time, money and resources in adapting your designs to new technologies and successfully launch new products adapted to the market. However, in a short time that technology becomes obsolete in exchange for its evolution, so you adapt again and also integrate it in the following models.

That investment of money, time and resources has to be rewarded, or rather profitable, so it is normal that for now they have not wanted to do without these RGB connectors. But the thing goes further, and it is no longer just a matter of an investment that has not yet been profitable for them, but rather there are still hundreds of products on the market that require an RGB head and not an ARGB one, so leave incorporating it into their new motherboard models would leave many partners and users in the lurch.

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To summarize, the two main reasons motherboard manufacturers are still not doing away with RGB headers on next-gen models are first to maximize compatibility, supporting devices that still require the outdated header, and second, because they have not yet seen their investment profitable, and if they continue to incorporate the RGB head, they allow the rest of the manufacturers to continue launching products that need it, extending their life time and thus maximizing their profitability.

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