XPG Prime ARGB VGA and MB Extension Cables Review
Prime ARGB Extension Cables: Testing and Conclusion
Installation was very straight forward. The cables felt pretty sturdy when bending them around different areas of the case during installation. I was mostly concern about the RGB modules unclipping and completely falling apart, but that was not the case. The screws in the module provided additional security especially when making tight bends. Because of the additional cables to wire up the lighting, I gave some extra effort in cable management to maintain a clean look.
Once everything was wired up, the cables powered right up and were bright enough in a normally lit room. As I mentioned earlier about the orientation of the latch on the VGA cable, some graphics cards, like my Gigabyte RX 5700 XT, has the hooks to the power connectors on the bottom. This means the VGA cables will have to go over the graphics card instead of under. Most graphics cards will have the hook on the power connectors facing upwards. This will allow the Prime ARGB VGA cables to route beneath the graphics card without modification.
Towards the female ends of the Prime ARGB cables, the light was brighter there since the LEDs were located there. In a brighter room, there was a noticeable difference in how the light distributed towards the male end of the cables. Sometimes, the male ends were not very visible at all. But under normal circumstances, this should not be a problem.
In terms of color accuracy, the Prime ARGB cables produced very accurate colors when synced up with the rest of the system. As we can see, the male ends were slightly dimmer than the female ends. Unlike some offerings from Lian Li, the Prime ARGB cables do not have LED strips running underneath the fiber optic sleeves. This means each wire can only display one color at a time instead of multiple colors.
Anyone purchasing these cables will have to be picky about aesthetics. If we take a closer look at the cables on the inside, there are no visible kinks or overlapping of any cables. The cables on the inside are shorter than the ones on the outside, which prevents cable overlapping while allowing the cables to curve.
I did not like the original orientation of the cables. After some planning, I found a solution into reversing the Prime ARGB VGA cables. Doing so allowed me to install the cables in a fashion where the cables came from underneath the graphics card. In comparison, reversing the cables was easier with the Lian Li Strimer Plus RGB due to its design. But with the Prime ARGB VGA cables, this required extra tools.
I had to source out some very advanced pieces of equipment for this procedure. Using a few staples, paperclips, and a hammer to flatten the paperclips, I was able to flip the terminal plugs in the opposite orientation. Doing so also required twisting the cables because the pins only go into the terminal plugs one way. After some patience and a little bit of swearing, I was able to get the cables in the desired orientation for my RX 5700 XT. This would have been much easier with a proper Molex pin extraction tool, but I wished XGP would have implemented a solution for this problem instead.
With the Prime ARGB cables connected to the lighting controller of the XPG Battlecruiser case, the cables synced up very well with the rest of the RGB components.
The ADATA XPG Prime ARGB VGA and MB cables are designed for aesthetic purposes. They are fully functional while doing it in style. But the only people interested in cables like these are the ones who are really into RGB lighting. Surprisingly, these will not increase gaming performance, but they will make a good addition to any system already decked out with RGB fans and other accessories.
For the Prime ARGB MB cable, it is available for purchase at a price of $49.99 shipped on Amazon (Part number ARGBEXCABLE-MB-BKCWW). The Prime ARGB VGA cables are priced at $35.99 shipped on Amazon (Part number ARGBEXCABLE-VGA-BKCWW). XPG confidently offers a 2-year warranty on both of these products against manufacturing defects.
Legit Bottom Line: The XPG Prime ARGB extension cables have improved build quality over the competition and makes a good addition to a RGB focused build.