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
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!