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COMPUTEX IS AL­WAYS A DATE TO LOOK FOR­WARD TO ON THE CAL­EN­DAR FOR PC EN­THU­SI­ASTS. MARK WIL­LIAMS COV­ERS SOME OF THE PROD­UCTS THAT PIQUED HIS IN­TER­EST

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What did lo­cal PC builders think about this year’s Computex?

The Computex expo in Tai­wan wrapped up re­cently and as al­ways there were many new prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies un­veiled. RGB was of course ev­ery­where, now be­ing of­fered in even more places not pre­vi­ously seen. For in­stance, Lian Li is of­fer­ing an RGB sys­tem that at­taches onto your power sup­ply’s 24-pin moth­er­board con­nec­tor ef­fec­tively mak­ing it look like the ca­bles them­selves are glow­ing in pro­gram­mable RGB pat­terns and colours.

Is there any­thing that can’t be RGB lit? Gi­ga­byte was also on board the RGB train, sell­ing fake RAM. RGB topped RAM sticks aren’t new but when you think about it, fill­ing all your DIMM slots with RAM just to make the ef­fect com­plete is rather ex­pen­sive and of­ten un­nec­es­sary from a spec­i­fi­ca­tion point of view, so there are of­ten gaps be­tween the used DIMMs slots. This is where these “fake” Aorus RGB DIMMs come into play. They fit into your other­wise un­pop­u­lated DDR4 slots but are just blank PCB’s with the RGB light­ing run­ning along the top, this keeps them dirt cheap but al­lows you to give the im­pres­sion that all the DIMM slots are pop­u­lated for a bet­ter, more com­plete RGB look.

Ex­otic cool­ing so­lu­tions were also a sur­prise this year. In par­tic­u­lar, Cooler Mas­ter’s hy­brid ther­mo­elec­tric cooler (TEC) and CaseKing’s pro­to­type phase change cooler. Cooler Mas­ter’s TEC is a unique take on the us­age of a Peltier. Typ­i­cally, Peltiers are at­tached di­rectly onto the CPU to re­move the heat away from the CPU fast. How­ever, this causes all sorts of trou­bles with con­den­sa­tion due to the large tem­per­a­ture drop it causes rel­a­tive to the am­bi­ent air. Cooler Mas­ter’s hy­brid TEC sys­tem is ef­fec­tively an AIO wa­ter cooler loop ex­cept with an ex­tra ra­di­a­tor look­ing thing in the loop. This ex­tra ra­di­a­tor is where the Peltier lives and is used to re­move heat from the wa­ter loop be­fore it passes through to the reg­u­lar ra­di­a­tor. As it’s re­mov­ing the heat from the wa­ter, the tem­per­a­ture change is sub­stan­tially less, re­mov­ing con­den­sa­tion wor­ries but still al­low­ing the sys­tem to cool down to be­low am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures! 6°C be­low am­bi­ent as seen on the show floor.

The fi­nal item that caught my eye was Sea­sonic’s Sys­tem Ca­ble Man­age­ment De­vice (SCMD). Es­sen­tially, it’s a long thin but wide bar that you mount be­hind your moth­er­board tray ver­ti­cally. At the bot­tom end you plug in the power sup­ply, then, like branches of a tree you con­nect power ca­bles to it and route them off to your var­i­ous sys­tem com­po­nents.

It’s a ge­nius idea that vir­tu­ally

re­moves the ab­so­lute rats nest that of­ten oc­curs with power ca­ble rout­ing be­hind moth­er­board trays. Hope­fully other com­pa­nies pick up on this idea and im­ple­ment their own so­lu­tions too. And of course, it has an RGB-lit logo…

“Ex­otic cool­ing so­lu­tions were also a sur­prise this year”

Sea­sonic’s SCMD re­ally cleans up your ca­ble rout­ing!

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