Question Questions about RGB LED options

Jun 4, 2020
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The PC that I am working on is a Gigabyte B450M DS3H WIFI (B450M DS3H WIFI (rev. 1.x) Specification | Motherboard - GIGABYTE U.S.A. )

I've never done lighting and need to know what to buy and were to plug it in. This is new, so I am basically trying to understqand the differences (e.g. 5v Versus 12v, why they have different connectors, etc.)

Per the specifications on the website and the instruction manual, the motherboard supports the following:
  • 1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip header
  • 1 x RGB LED strip header (The header can be used to connect a standard 5050 RGB LED strip (12V/G/R/B), with maximum power rating of 2A (12V) and maximum length of 2m. )
  • 2 x addressable LED strip headers (The headers can be used to connect a standard 5050 addressable LED strip, with maximum power rating of 2A (5V) and maximum length of 5m or maximum number of 1000 LEDs. )
  1. TOTAL newbie question, but what are the differences between those three bulleted items? (I'm embarrassed to ask, but hey... we are all friends, right?)
  2. I am guessing that the CPU cooler LED strip is available if the fan (or other) has lighting?
  3. Are there advantages/disadvantages between selecting between them? Can I or should I do multiple options?
If anyone needs to look at the manual, it is here:mb_manual_b450m-ds3h-wifi_e_1201.pdf (gigabyte.com)
 
Jun 4, 2020
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This was very helpful! Thank you so much.

As for the connectors, do the ARGB tend to have a certain connector where the standard RGB is another?
 

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