During our tour of the Lian Li suite at CES 2020, we saw a variety of updated case designs, some impressive and others with minor tweaks. One of the more standout products at the suite was the new and improved Lian Li Strimer Plus RGB PSU cable. Updated for 2020, the Strimer Plus now has visual effects, better build quality, but with a slightly higher retail price.

Back at Computex 2018, our senior editor Dr Ian Cutress took a look at the first iteration of the Strimer, and he was dismayed at the name. Pronounced Streamer, but written as Strimer  the Western and Eastern divide on PR is far between the intended result. Fast forward to CES 2019 and what was originally a limited product, has now transitioned into its second generation, the Strimer Plus. Whether users love or hate RGB, the Strimer Plus now supports RGB visual effects due to an included RGB controller box. This box includes four buttons and doesn't intrude when compared to controllers from companies such as Thermaltake; a smaller box means less overall space used.

In addition to the 24-pin ATX RGB Strimer Plus, Lian Li also intends to sell an 8-pin PCIe version so users can not only enhance the overall RGB experience but match it up with other devices. The Lian Li Strimer Plus is certified to work with other RGB ecosystems including ASUS ROG Aura Sync, MSI's Mystic Light, ASRock's Polychrome RGB, and GIGABYTE's RGB Fusion. It can be hooked up directly into a motherboard RGB header which gives each companies software the ability to control it, or users can run it independently from the included control box.

Ignoring the Strimer (pronounced Streamer) name which is simply lost in translation between the West and East, the Strimer Plus has a recommended retail price of $60 for the 24-pin cable and $40 for the PCIe kit. The expected time frame of when the Lian Li Strimer Plus will hit retail shelves is February.

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  • rrinker - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    It started all so innocently - first, fans, with LEDs - but not RGB. Then RGB fans. RGB in the heat sinks. RGB in the drives, RGB in the CABLES?
    All that extra spent on RGB equipped bits, plus the controllers for them - if you're serious about gaming, wouldn't you rather spend that money on the next step up video card, or CPU, or more RAM? You know, something that actually increases the performance. All this RGB lighting is like putting a giant fart can muffler on a Civic and calling it a sports car. No, it goes the same speed, it's just louder.
    There was a time, Lian-Li was considered the top tier case maker. Pretty much none better. Now their greatest "innovation" is a 24 pin power cable that has RGB lights? What happened?
    What's left? I need to design something to take advantage of all these strange people who like to waste money - I know, replacement wifi router antennas with RGB! No one steal my idea now. Or at least cut me in on the profits.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Step back once more. It started with case windows. Before then no one cared because all the crap was hidden away out of sight.
  • Devo2007 - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Exactly. It started with case modders actually dremel-ing out their cases to put windows in and Cold Cathode Fluorescent tubes, then LEDs. From there companies figured they'd jump on the trend.
  • Analog-X64 - Monday, February 3, 2020 - link

    Yup...that was me pre 2000. I used a Dremel to cut a a window into the case and used Plexi with a rubber gasket and a cold cathode blue bulb to light up the inside, crude by today's standards. Now I have a Lian Li Razer edition case with RGB Fans and the first edition of the strimmer.
  • Retycint - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Nobody is purporting this as their "greatest invention" except you when you constructed your strawman. This product is not for me but if people are buying it then so be it
  • webdoctors - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Some things already come with LEDS by default. The heatsink in my AMD CPU, the heatsink for my Geforce videocard. Some DRAM heatsinks depending on model.

    You can get more LEDs via $10 addons from Amzn. Its getting kinda crazy now if you need more than that.
  • Thunder 57 - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Hopefully RGB is just like the "ricer" fad of the early 2000's. Unfortunately I have a feeling it's here to stay. I don't know what bozo thinks it's a good idea to put RGB on everything. Just like putting "gaming" on everthing. What's next, a "gaming" power supply? Probably already exists.
  • Lord of the Bored - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    RGB Gaming Presentation Remote.
  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Can someone please use RGB to color code all the inputs in a PC, pretty please.
  • Makaveli - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - link

    Considering 75% of the cable will be behind the motherboard tray and not visible I'm going to pass on this one.

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