In my youth, I spent some stupid amount of money on cold cathode tubes for my PC, the equivalent of RGB LEDs in the early 2000s. I had my system lit up like a Christmas tree, if only because I was at university and wanted to show it off at our gaming parties with 40-60 other people. Fast forward almost two decades, and RGB has gone through a number of phases from being garish, to tasteful, to gaming, and to driving sales of PC components. Almost everything today has RGB LEDs, even storage drives and power supplies – the stuff that usually gets put into the back of the system. When I woke up this morning, I thought that everything had been RGB’ed. I was wrong.

Insert what could be a good product in its own right, tainted by the brush of RGB. Cooler Master’s new ‘ELV8’ (elevate) is a PCIe bracket for a system designed to prop up heavy graphics cards that might cause bending to a PCIe slot just because of the mass. It sounds simple enough: a strong piece of steel that is coated black to aesthetically fit into various systems.

But they went and put RGB LEDs on it.

I have no idea why. Your guess is as good as mine. It takes a 5V input, which I assume means power comes from a USB port (which means additional control with most motherboard RGB software).


(yes, this is actually one of the stock photos)

It’s going to be available for $25 from Amazon and Newegg on October 7th.

The question now remains, what is left to RGB?

Cables have RGB: See the Lian Li Strimer
SSDs have RGB: See the Team Group T-Force Delta Max
M.2 Storage has RGB: See the ADATA XPG Spectrix S40 RGB
Power Supplies have RGB: See FSP and Super Flower

Network cards? Wireless cards? I hope I’m not giving anyone ideas here.

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  • timecop1818 - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    Power cords need to have RGB, and pulse/change colors from green to red, or speed up some animation/motion as the system load increases. Reply
  • LiviuTM - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    CPUs, obviously. No, no, no, wait! Something even better: RGB for each individual transistor. I have spoken. Reply
  • TeXWiller - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    One of these days the brain researchers will find a way to integrate an RGB nano LED to each synapse. Bio-luminescence in neurons is so old school, and not compatible with our neuromorphic chip overlords of the future. The opposition of this trend will be labelled as Coolheads by the ruling consumer class and persecuted for their lack of statistical predictability. The Church of Good Night Sleep is founded. Reply
  • skavi - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    What if you just had a panel just full of RGB? Just millions of RGB "color zones" that you could stare at all day. Enough so that you could even display images or text on it if you wanted. But no, that would be absurd. Reply
  • ken.c - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    But if they slap $0.20 of LEDs in there, they can charge a $20 premium! Reply
  • rrinker - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    Has anyone lined the display bezel with RGB LEDs yet? Reply
  • spooh - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    Bezel is not enough. I can't live without pulsing rainbow effects in my LCD's backlit. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    Ambilight, only backwards! Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    Haven't seen much RGB on business-class laser printers yet. I eagerly await the day when my documents are vomited out at me from an inferno of RGB and whirring rollers. Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Thursday, October 03, 2019 - link

    Gaming Printer! 240 Hz! Reply

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