I'm a "refugee" from the old, old Asus product forums but I haven't been very active on the ROG forums yet.
I finished a new build with an Asus ROG STRIX B550-F (Wi-Fi) motherboard a few weeks ago and most things have been good. This is my first experience with ArmouryCrate, though, and I have some questions.
1) Is Asus now requiring people to use ArmouryCrate to have access to the latest drivers, like Intel LAN driver, Realtek Audio driver, etc? If I run ArmouryCrate, it can see newer versions of some drivers than what appears if I search the Asus "Support" area for my motherboard. It can't actually install them (I get a "This app can't be run on this PC" message from Windows 10, presumably because of permissions), but it can see them. I would rather just install the drivers directly, but it seems like Asus is trying to force customers away from that. Is that correct?
2) The only reason I even installed ArmouryCrate is because I have 3 CoolerMaster ARGB fans plugged in to the Aura 2 header on the motherboard, and I want to be able to control that lighting. I don't have anything else that I need to manage. Is there some other piece of software that can control lighting that's directly plugged into the Aura 2 header? Perhaps something a bit more robust than ArmouryCrate? I don't have any ARGB hardware controller anywhere in the mix.
Any tips or suggestions people have related to these two items would be greatly appreciated!