How to Connect VDG to Motherboard?


VDG means “Video Display Generator”. This cable type has a 3-pin connection used for some of the Aorus and Gigabyte motherboards out there, while other brands make use of the 4-pin connector instead. Gigabyte has swapped to 4-pin style cables in more recent boards.

If you wish to know how to connect VDG to Motherboard, you should first check if that motherboard supports the VDG cable in the first place!

LICHIFIT 5V 3PIN RGB VDG Conversion Line Cable Connector for GIGABYTE Motherboard

How to Connect VDG to Motherboard

As long as you have Gigabyte, MSI, Aorus, or ASRock motherboards on hand, you should be able to use the VDG plug to connect the Delock RGB cable both your LED lighting and your board together. The cable should connect the 3-pin VDG plug or standard 3-pin plug for addressable RGBs to 3-pinhole sockets.

It has a unique 3-pin connection while all other brands use the 4-pin connector instead. Besides which, future Gigabyte motherboards actually swapped to the 4-pin connector style on their more recent board releases.

Connect the VDG to one of the D_LED connectors on your supported motherboard. Don’t use one of the LED_C1 or LED_C2 connectors with 4 pins because those are 12V and they’ll kill your RGB controller if you plug your VDG plug unto them.

Connect VDG to Motherboard

What are VDG Cables Used For?


You can connect the VDG cables to things like 3x120mm RBG fans or any other RGB controller into Aorus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock motherboards. You shouldn’t connect it to a case fan header—they’re not supported or compatible with one another.

People might get confused where to place VDG on the motherboard if there’s a lack of 3-pinhole sockets there, which can be explained by them lacking them because they’re not Gigabyte, MSI, Aorus, or ASRock motherboards.

Otherwise, you’d easily see these sockets and you’d even get an arrow on them indicating the correct plug-in direction to boot!

Can I plug VDG into RGB?

Make sure you don’t connect it to a case fan header. It’s different and will kill your RGB controller! The VDG is for Gigabyte/AORUS motherboards that only used the 3-pin connection before, but newer boards have been changed over so they can use 4-pins as well now too – just check which style matches up with what kind of cable input on each specific model if needed because every brand has their own preference when communicating power requirements between components inside their computer system.

The VDG is Necessary for RGB Fans and Controllers

If you hadn’t figured it out already, we’ll spell it out. If you want to build a PC with one of those aesthetically pleasing neon-light, LED-flashing cases like the Sharkoon TG4 RBG with 4 preinstalled RGB fans or fans that literally light up with glowing red, green, and blue lights, you need a VDG connector.

Not only that, your VDG plug connected to your RGB controller should have PC architecture and motherboards that support such a plug—namely Gigabyte, MSI, Aorus, or ASRock motherboards. Even then, later Gigabyte motherboards now support the 4-pin configuration.

Therefore, you should make sure your Gigabyte motherboard is the VDG-friendly type of motherboard with ample 3-pinned support and sockets available. Your fans won’t change colors and your RGB controller won’t function without the plug and socket combo.

Expectations and Realities

You expect RGB controllers to universally accept the 4-pin connection standard, but the reality is that many RGB fans and whatnot use the VDG 3-pin standard that itself is supported by a handful of motherboard brands— Aorus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock.

Now that you’re aware of this fact, it should be easier for you to find the right socket to plug your VDG cable in when powering up an RGB controller. That’s the long and short of it.

References:

  1. Where do I put a VDG cable in my motherboard?“, BuildaPC Subreddit, June 21, 2019
  2. Where do I plug the VDG cable on this motherboard?“, Tom’s Hardware Forums, March 14, 2021
  3. LinusTechTips.com Forums (Cases and Mods), “What is VDG Cable?“, December 18, 2021

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