We all love when our gaming PCs light up! Bright LED colours from the keyboard and other hardware components make our gaming experience more enjoyable. Asus ROG machines have some amazing lighting options but customizing them is what makes them reflect your personality. This is where Asus Aura Sync software can make a difference.
So, whether you’re looking to add some personality to your gaming rig, or simply want to have more control over your lighting, Asus Aura Sync is a great option. Plus, with an ever-growing list of compatible devices, it’s only going to get better. So, if you’re looking for a way to take your gaming setup to the next level, be sure to check out Asus Aura Sync.
What is Aura Sync?
Asus Aura Sync is an RGB control software that can be used to control lights on your keyboard, monitor, motherboard, GPU, case lights, and other compatible third-party hardware components. Asus Aura Sync is available both for laptops and desktops. The Aura Sync is built into Asus’ Armoury Crate application, which is used to control ROG gaming products.
Asus Aura Sync Download
You need to have Armoury Crate in the system before you can use the Aura Sync functionalities. To use the Aura Sync feature, you first need to download and install the executable of the Armoury Crate software utility from the button given below.
For first-time users with the ROG, ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, or Prime motherboards, the software utility will install itself upon boot up – make sure that your system is running at least Windows 10 Creator Update 1709 or later. There will be a pop-up dialog that invites you to install Armoury Crate. Just click on the “OK” button and the software will be downloaded and installed right away.
If you happen to cancel the first boot-up installation invite, or you choose to install the Armoury Crate later, you can do so. Just click on the link we provided above to go to the official ASUS support website to download the executable.
Here’s how you install Aura Sync on your PC:
- Prerequisites to install Aura Sync are that you need to have the latest BIOS firmware. You also need the Armoury Crate software.
- Go to the download section and click on the download button and then a file called “ArmouryCrateInstallTool.zip“ will start downloading.
- Unzip the file, then double-click as usual to initiate the installation process.
- The installer will be asking you which of the app to install. You may choose to install just the Armoury Crate (just in case you already have the AURA Creator installed). Otherwise, choose the option to “Install Armoury Crate and AURA Creator”.
- Click the “Start” button, then wait for the process to finish.
That’s it, Asus Aura Sync is now installed on your computer. The next step is to configure the tool to control the lights.
How to use Aura Sync
The new ROG products would not require any setup. Aura Sync should work out of the box. If you have any non-ASUS products, check if they have the “Aura Sync compatible” logo on the product page. The product with that logo should work seamlessly with the tool.
To use, open Armoury Crate and make sure the peripheral hardware is connected properly to the tool. Ensure your Windows is also up to date. Reboot the system once again.
Launch Aura Sync
Start Armoury Crate and click on Aura Sync on the left sidebar. It will have a triangular symbol. The tab will show “Sync Devices” with all your compatible hardware listed in it.
Update drivers if you are prompted to do so. You can now start grouping devices together and tinker with their lighting settings.
Playing with effects
Go to the Aura effects tab to play with lighting settings. There will be ten presets already in the tab.
Pro Tip: If you have a laptop with RGB keyboards, enable Static or Breathing during the setup process. This will give you much-needed keyboard backlighting during nighttime game marathons.
Static Aura Effect helps you choose one specific colour and set it as your theme. The breathing preset makes your colour pulsate from 0-100% in luminosity. This brings a slight dynamic effect to your setup. Another interesting preset is Starry Night. It randomly pulses different parts with your favourite colour. It looks amazing at night!
There are others like Smart preset, that allow you to track CPU temperature or usage with colour code. You do not need to open Task Manager. If your setup goes from green to yellow to red, it means the CPU metric you chose is rising.
The adaptive Colour preset gives another interesting feature. You choose an area of the screen. Aura Sync will dynamically adjust your RGB lights with what’s happening in that area of the screen. This is a must-try if you are playing a first-person shooter game!
Pro Tip: Try the Adaptive colour preset, choose the middle-lower third of your screen and play a first-person shooter game. Aura Sync will match the colours with the colour of the floor or ground as you move around in the game. It looks super cool!
You can also connect your Philips Hue lights with Aura Sync. This will make your entire room sync with your rig’s colour.
You may face a few bugs while trying to sync the tool with your hardware components. Such issues are common while working with hardware components. You should be able to find a solution in the ROG forums.
Nevertheless, we will cover how to resolve the most common issues in a separate blog.
Using Aura Sync with non-compatible components
If your motherboard is not compatible with Aura Sync, you can try using ROG Aura Terminal and connect the Aura Sync compatible LED strip with ROG Aura Terminal.
Uninstall Aura Sync
To uninstall Aura Sync and related software, you need to uninstall the following from your system:
- Aura Sync
- Aura Lighting Service
- Light Control
Can you download Aura Sync without Asus?
Yes, it is possible to download Aura Sync without Asus. However, we recommend that users get the program from Asus in order to ensure optimal performance and stability. Additionally, getting Aura Sync from Asus allows users to take advantage of any updates or support that the company offers.
But if you want to download Asus Aura Sync, you will need compatible devices that are listed on the official website. Once you have downloaded the program, you will be able to use it to control the lighting effects of your compatible devices.
Do we need Armoury Crate to use Aura Sync?
Yes. Aura Sync is built into the Armoury Crate app.
Is Aura Sync for all ROG devices?
Most ROG devices. Newer ROG devices should not have any problems with Aura Sync. Most will work seamlessly. But some older machines can have compatibility issues.
Also, the Aura Sync tool has bugs. If you face errors, the best way to fix if go online and seek help in ROG forums.
Where can I get more info about Armoury Crate?
Asus website has detailed information about it. Visit this link to know more.
Asus Aura Sync is an amazing tool to control your RGB lighting. Make sure you try it and do let us know your experience.