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XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables Review: Illuminate Your Build

We tested XPG's PRIME RGB cables ourselves, providing a comprehensive overview centered on quality and performance.

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Review Summary

The XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables offer a premium RGB experience for enthusiasts seeking synchronized lighting effects on their motherboards and graphics cards. Featuring optical fibre sleeving and 16 AWG pure copper strands, these extensions elevate the RGB game. However, they may not be suitable for users who are uninterested in RGB customization or are on a budget.

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Overall
8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Features - 9/10
    9/10
  • Design - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 8/10
    8/10
  • Value - 7/10
    7/10

Pros

  • Mesmerizing RGB lighting effects
  • Optical fibre sleeving for vibrant visuals
  • 16 AWG pure copper strands for efficient power delivery
  • Compatible with major motherboard control software
  • Durable and reliable construction

Cons

  • Not ideal for users not interested in RGB customization
  • May be considered pricey for budget-conscious consumers
  • Compatibility issues with motherboards lacking digital lighting headers

You can take your RGB lighting game to the next level with the XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables. They’ve introduced ARGB cable extensions for the 24-pin ATX and PEG/VGA cables, featuring optical fibre sleeving for a mesmerizing lighting effect and 16 AWG pure copper strand cables for power. In sleek white, these extensions are compatible with major motherboard control software. Let’s start the review!


Key Takeaways

  • XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables enhance RGB experiences with mesmerizing lighting effects, featuring optical fibre sleeving and 16 AWG copper strands for 24-pin ATX and PEG/VGA cables.
  •  It is ideal for RGB enthusiasts seeking top-notch, synchronized lighting effects for motherboards and graphics cards.
  • It is not for those uninterested in RGB customization or seeking budget-friendly cable options.

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Take a look at the specifications first.

24-pin PSU Extension Cable
Cable Type 24-pin PSU extension cable
Cable Gauge 16 AWG
Dimensions (LxWxH) 222 x 64.2 x 15mm
Fiber Optical Sleeved Yes
Tech Information
Length 150mm + 10mm
Operating Voltage +5Vdc
Max. Current Not specified
LED Specifications
LED Type ARGB LED 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.65mm (LED-ICROO1)
Luminance 100nits + 20%
Color Rendering Index 80
RGB Chip Quantity 36 pieces
General Information
Package Contents XPG PRIME ARGB EXTENSION CABLE – MB x 1, ARGB LED lighting effect controller x 1
Warranty 2 years (Website information precedes the user manual and box.)
8-pin(6+2) VGA Extension Cable
Cable Type 8-pin(6+2) VGA extension cable
Cable Gauge 16 AWG
Dimensions (LxWxH) 222 x 28 x 15mm
Fiber Optical Sleeved Yes
Tech Information
Length 150mm + 10mm
Operating Voltage +5Vdc
Max. Current 0.18A + 5%
LED Specifications
LED Type ARGB LED 1.5 x 1.5 x 0.65mm (LED-ICROO1)
Luminance 100nits + 20%
Color Rendering Index 80
RGB Chip Quantity 12 pieces x 2
General Information
Package Contents XPG PRIME ARGB EXTENSION CABLE – VGA x 2
Warranty 2 years (Website information precedes the user manual and box.)

Packaging and Unboxing

The extension cables are shipped inside a paperboard box finished in XPG standard red and black colour theme.

Box Contents

The following are included in the VGA extension cable box:

  • 2x 6+2-pin ARGB Extension Cables
  • 1x Warranty Guide
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x Sticker Sheet

The following are included in the Motherboard extension cable box:

  • 1x 24-pin ARGB Extension Cable
  • 1x ARG Controller
  • 1x Warranty Guide
  • 1x Quick Start Guide
  • 1x Lighting Guide
  • 1x Sticker Sheet

Design

Let’s take a closer look at both cables.

PRIME for Motherboard

The extension cable is 222×64.2x15mm in size. It has a simple design with a 16 AWG cable overlapped by optical-sleeved cables containing 36 ARGB LEDs. The optical sleeves are translucent white for a vibrant light show. The 150mm ± 10mm optical sleeve has ARGB LEDs housed in a frame on top of a 24-pin ATX connector with a glossy and matte finish featuring XPG branding. A single cable extends from this housing, connecting to the PSU’s 24-pin power cable.

Following is the LED information on this VGA cable:

LED ARGB LED 1.5×1.5×0.65mm, LED-ICR001
Voltage +5VDC
Current 0.54A ± 5%
Luminance 100 nits + 20%
Color Index 80
No of LEDs 36

Check the extension cable’s underside. It has white mesh-sleeved cables, 16 AWG thick, with pure copper strands for less resistance. The white sleeve matches translucent optical fibre sleeves for even lighting. The connector on the right end connects to the motherboard’s 24-pin ATX header. The ARGB LED housing has combs for routing power cables and maintaining the cable shape. Access the PCB by removing three screws on the housing’s underside.

PRO TIP: To achieve the best RGB synchronization, daisy-chain the XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables and connect them to a single controller for a more cost-effective setup.

The extension cable has two connectors: a 3-pin male and a 3-pin female. You can connect the motherboard ARGB extension cable with VGA ARGB extension cables for synchronized lighting. The 69cm+10cm flat cable is for XPG PRIME ARGB Extension Cable. It has an ARGB controller that works for the motherboard but not the VGA. The small controller has two buttons to toggle between 8 lighting modes and control speed in dynamic modes.

The controller is SATA-powered and has another 3-pin connector for connectivity. The length of the cable is 100cm, which is plenty.

Times ARGB Lighting Mode Speed Level (Change Color in a Single Color Mode)
1 Single Color Speed 1 [Red]
2 Rainbow Shift Speed 2 [Green]
3 Rainbow Breathing Speed 3 [Blue]
4 Double Lines Shift Speed 4 [Purple]
5 Five Lines Shift Speed 5 [Yellow]
6 Color Stack (One Side) Speed 6 [Cool white]
7 Color Stack (Both Sides) Speed 7 [Orange]
8 Bouncing Stack (Both Sides) Speed 8 [NV Green]
xpg prime argb 24 pin psu extension VGA cable
3-pin connector for connectivity (Image By Tech4Gamers)

PRIME for VGA

The overall dimension for the VGA ARGB extension cable is 222 x 28 x 15 mm. XPG has bundled two 8-pin extension cables in a single pack. This should cover most of the graphics cards in the market except for the 3000 series cards requiring triple 8-pin connectors or other beefy cards. These cables have the same design outfit as the ARGB extension cable for the motherboard.

WARNING: Ensure compatibility with your motherboard’s digital lighting headers, as connecting these 5VDC extension cables to incompatible 12V headers may potentially damage the LEDs.

Following is the LED information on this VGA ARGB extension cable:

LED ARGB LED 1.5×1.5×0.65mm, LED-ICR001
Voltage +5VDC
Current 0.18A ± 5%
Luminance 100 nits + 20%
Color Index 80
No of LEDs 12 * 2

The optical fibre sleeve has a length of 150mm ± 10mm. We have the same inner white colour sleeves on the power cables. The right side connector shown in the picture will be connected to the 6+2 pin PEG cable from the PSU. The other end goes to the graphics card. Small-size housing can be seen in the picture with XPG branding on it. A 3-pin ARGBN cable is coming out of this housing. The cable is flat and has a length of 69 cm+10 cm. Much like what we have seen on the motherboard ARGB extension cable, the ARGB extension cable for the VGA also has dual connectors on the power cable. Each connector has a 3-pin definition.

RGB Testing

The lighting shown on these cables is stunning, to say the least. Sure, one is paying bucks for this killer show, but it would not disappoint the user. Here are some pictures:

Should You Buy It?

 By conducting an in-depth analysis of XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables, my judgment is:

Buy It If

✅ You Prioritize Top-Notch RGB Customization: If you prioritize high-quality RGB customization and synchronization, these extension cables boast 16 AWG pure copper strands for efficient power delivery and feature translucent white optical fibre sleeves, providing a stunning lighting show.

✅ You Want Reliability and Durability: If you’re seeking a reliable and durable solution, the XPG Prime ARGB Extension Cables are crafted with quality materials, ensuring longevity. 

Don’t Buy It If

❌ You’re Not Interested in RGB: If RGB customization is not your priority or you’re on a budget, these extension cables may not be the most suitable option, as they cater to users who value a premium RGB experience.

❌ You Have an Incompatible Motherboard: If your motherboard lacks digital lighting headers or operates on 12V headers, these extension cables, designed for 5VDC, may not be suitable. Connecting them to incompatible headers could potentially damage the LEDs.

Final Words

XPG’s PRIME RGB cables bring exciting news for RGB enthusiasts, enhancing the gaming experience with vibrant lights on the motherboard’s 24-pin ATX and graphics card’s PEG cables. These ARGB Extension Cables use 16 AWG pure copper for efficient power delivery and feature translucent white optical fibre sleeves for a dazzling lighting show. They operate on 5VDC and should connect to the motherboard’s digital lighting headers. Avoid connecting them to 12V headers, as it may damage the LEDs.

The Motherboard ARGB Extension Cable has 36 LEDs, while the VGE ARGB Extension Cable has 12. The motherboard cable includes a dedicated controller, whereas the VGA cables don’t. Both cables can be daisy-chained and connected to a single controller, saving money. They are compatible with ASUS AURA SYNC, GIGABYTE RGB FUSION READY, MSI MYSTIC LIGHT SYNC, and ASRock RGB LED. Both cables have a 2-year warranty.


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  • February 26, 2024: A few text changes to improve readability. Added image galleries.

 
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