Lian Li goes to peak RGB with the Strimer LED ATX cable extension

The RGB LED party started with backlighting on keyboards. When that wasn't enough, the programmable lighting trend spread to motherboards, graphics cards, and mice. When the color-changing LEDs came to memory modules, SSDs, and power supplies, we thought for sure those pieces of kit would be the logical conclusion. We were wrong, and the diodes found their way into headsets and speakers. Lian Li thinks it's on to the next big thing in RGB with its Strimer RGB LED-illuminated 24-pin ATX power cable extension.

The manufacturer says the Strimer will work with motherboards that support addressable RGB LEDs. The extension cable also has buttons to toggle between 10 preset effects for those who want to add some flash to older or OEM systems that don't include support for this life-changing technology. The aluminum-loving case maker says it developed the cable with insights from German celebrity overclocker der8auer. We didn't get a chance to closely inspect the cable, but Chris Ramseyer from Tom's Hardware describes it as “more of an RGB fiber optic overlay held on by strategically-placed cable combs to look like 24 lit wires.”

Lian Li wasn't ready to provide any pricing or availability for the Strimer RGB LED-lit ATX extension cable just yet. We have to imagine that the company will be ready with light-up EPS, PCIe, and SATA power cables if the market responds favorably to the Strimer. If those were to sell well, the next step would obviously be illuminated USB and audio header wiring.

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    • Mr Bill
    • 1 year ago

    A new era in PC building is upon us. No need to match the sockets, just make sure the colors in the wires match the colors in the sockets. Assuming of course that the circuits are failsafed for being plugged in wrong.

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      I keep thinking RGBLED has gone full retard but it continually outdoes itself.

        • strangerguy
        • 1 year ago

        RGB LEDs are just like the countless legions of obnoxious Youtubers with loud overacting personas catering to kids and clearly-not gambling lootboxes in games, where everyone and their dog cashing in on a craze of least resistance to their sweet sweet money, no matter how low it gets.

    • Mr Bill
    • 1 year ago

    So these are the “optical” links we saw in Star Trek. Just wires with colors to help the engineers figure out which wire plugs into which.

    • thedosbox
    • 1 year ago

    That’s it. Time to boycott Lian Li.

      • Bobs_Your_Uncle
      • 1 year ago

      But if you boycott now you’ll miss out on their next mind-bending innovation in case concepts: [b<][i<][u<]The Max-Tripper[/u<]![/i<][/b<] The Max-Tripper's interior supporting frame will be wrapped entirely with tempered glass panels. These panels will be deeply etched with "[i<]vintage artistic renderings[/i<]" licensed from counter-culture artistic icon [url=https://petermax.com/<]Peter Max[/url<]. These etched channels will then be inlaid with individually addressable RGB-LED fiber optic strands. Lian-Li's pre-release press statement notes that: [i<]The Max-Tripper was conceived and crafted to provide the [b<]"[u<]Ultimate RGB-LED Visual Orgy[/u<]!"[/b<]¹[/i<] ¹(Each case ships with 250 tabs of blotter acid to ensure the whole visual orgy thing.)

    • Wilko
    • 1 year ago

    My first time seeing a computer with the case popped open as a kid I never imagined that one day people would be coloring a desktop’s guts like Tropical Skittles.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      I still remember being in kindergarten and being shocked at the mess of ugly cables (lots of huge fat ribbon cables) that came out the back of the Apple IIE that ran an obnoxiously loud dot-matrix printer.

      Imagine if they had been glowing random RGB colors! I’d still be in therapy!

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        Wait, you stopped your therapy! That explains so much.

          • chuckula
          • 1 year ago

          Where’s Apple’s ARM miracle chip?
          I’m bored.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    After all that propaganda about useless “28 core” or “5GHz” CPUs, it’s nice to finally see a practical product that everybody needs.

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      I like knowing that my parts all light up in unison inside my black windowless case. It’s my little secret.

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      Absolutely. The people who try to hide all the cables just have it all wrong.

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