Last month at CES, we announced a partnership with ASUS to bring support for their huge lineup of Aura Ready motherboards to our CORSAIR iCUE software. Along with that announcement, we released a beta version of the plugin for users to give the feature a test drive while we prepared for release.
The time has come!
The necessary plugin to enable motherboard control is now included with the default installation of iCUE, removing the manual installation process we had in place for the beta period. That said, we still require that ASUS Aura version 1.07.79 or newer be installed on your system for the plugin to work its magic. You can find a download link at ASUS’ support page here: https://www.asus.com/campaign/aura/us/download.html
Why are we using a plugin?
Well, to put it simply, we use the ASUS Aura SDK to talk to the onboard lighting controller on ASUS Aura Ready motherboards. A plugin is used for maintenance reasons as we aim to keep compatibility with newer versions of Aura (to include future motherboard releases or other products) as they come out.
How do I make it work?
Excellent question! To enable motherboard lighting control in iCUE, simply install Aura 1.07.79 and update to the latest version of iCUE. Your ASUS motherboard should now show up with the rest of your iCUE-compatible hardware! You’ll be able to apply multiple complex layers of lighting effects and even control devices connected to your motherboard’s 4 wire, 12v analog RGB header (the newer 3 wire, 5v addressable RGB header present on more recent motherboards is not supported currently).
Note: Aura needs to be installed since the plugin relies on Aura’s services, but its control panel shouldn’t be actively running when you do this.
In the event that you decide that you’d rather not use the plugin, you can disable it by unchecking a box in the iCUE settings panel.
The process is really simple, but in case you’d rather see this in video form, we’ve produced this quick setup video to get you up to speed.