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  • 100th Episode Highlights from Computex 2019 Pt1
  • 100th Episode Highlights from Computex 2019 Pt1


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 35:31

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    Originally recorded June 2019

    Show Notes

    Hardware Asylum 100th Episode
    The Hardware Asylum Podcast is a monthly show and while there are over 170 episodes in total the 100th episode marks the 100th month that we have been recording.  Most months we also drop an “extra” that gets launched around the 24th that allows us an opportunity to talk about things not related to Hardware Asylum and/or continue on with a subject from the main show.  There have also been instances where the main show was broken up into parts when the discussions went on for more than 30 minutes. 

    Given that this is our 100th month recording we felt that it would be appropriate to include some trivia.

    1. Did you know that there is a secret first episode to the Podcast?  In November 2010 Dennis and Darren sat down and recorded the first ever episode, mostly as a proof of concept and decision to get some better recording gear.
    2. The Hardware Asylum Podcast started out as the Ninjalane Podcast.  The name changed in November 2013 when the website migrated to the new domain.
    3. The first microphone was the Blue Yeti and the show was recorded on an Asus Slate windows tablet
    4. Current podcasting hardware consists of 2x R0de Procaster microphones, recorded through a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface and saved to the Podcast Machine which was a custom built PC just for the show.
    5. Dennis first attended Computex in September 2003 and has been going ever since.  Over the 16 year span he has only missed four years (2005-2006) and (2016-2017)

    Computex 2019
    Dennis has famously said that Computex is the only trade show that has 100% relevance to what we do at Hardware Asylum.  It is attended by hardware makers from around the world and is almost exclusive to the PC and Manufacturing industry.

    The show has changed over the years from a sales oriented display to a show where brand awareness is the primary focus.  Several companies have remained faithful to the true essence of what Computex was while others attempt to put on the most lavish display to attract the most attention.  Basically if you combine CES and E3 together you might get close.

    AMD Ryzen
    Computex has always had opening ceremonies.  They were generally hosted by the organizers and didn’t really say too much except to have a great show.  Computex 2019 marks the first ever “Key Note” when they allowed AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su to speak during the opening ceremonies. 

    ASUS 30th Anniversary
    It is no surprise that hardware makers have been around a long time.  Both Gigabyte and Asus started up around the same time and 2019 marks the 30 year anniversary of ASUS and what is most exciting is that most of the staff that started the company are still working there.

    EVGA Super Record 3
    The new faster Ryzen CPU might have been the focus of Computex but the LGA 3467 remains one of unicorns of the hardware enthusiast world.  EVGA has taken some extremely practical steps to transform the platform into a viable system for 24/7 usage while still offering full extreme overclocking support to those with the skill and guts to put a $3000 CPU under liquid nitrogen.

    Dennis cannot wait to get his hands on one.

    Phanteks Luxe2
    In a world where smaller is better it is good to see that some companies are trying to keep the PC industry alive.  The Luxe2 is a prime example of a full tower multipurpose computer case that not only looks good but can support up to two full systems, with watercooling and RGB all under a single sheet of tempered glass.

    EK Waterblocks
    Watercooling is a huge part of the enthusiast PC world and one of the driving principles of custom PCs is to personalize the build to how you want it.  This has largely been lost due to the YouTube “let’s make a build” video series that focuses on assembling a computer over personalizing one.

    EK is trying to change that in a very subtle way by offering dress up parts to both their waterblocks and fittings.  Soon you’ll be able to change the color of your fittings and fully customize your waterblocks to give your builds a truly unique look.

    Corsair is finally getting on the DIY watercooling bandwagon and in a big way.  Their line of watercooling components is directly tied to an online configurator so what users can build their loop to match their particular build.  Given that all of the Corsair cases are listed you’ll know what radiator to pick and what pump res combo will fit.