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  • RGB Lights on Memory and RX 500 Series Video Cards


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 31:05

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    Originally recorded June 2017

    Show Notes

    RGB LEDs on Memory Modules
    Two memory companies have been at the forefront of lighted memory modules.  The first was Corsair with their proSeries memory modules where they had activity LEDs across the top of the module.  The second is Crucial with their Tracer series.  Of these two companies Crucial is the only one to consistently offer a lighted module and is now jumping on the RGB LED bandwagon with their new Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB lighted memory module which features a speed of 2666Mhz and comes with a removable LED diffuser with an option to 3D print custom designs.

    In this episode the duo talk about RGB LEDs from the humble beginning with activity lights on DDR and DDR2 modules to the more modern version that takes signals from included software or an onboard controller to make the lights do anything you can imagine.

    Related Links
    Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR4 RGB
    GSKill TridentZ RGB
    GeIL EVO X

    Radeon RX 500 Series Gaming Cards
    Most hardware enthusiasts would agree that “mid-range” systems are where you strike a balance between price and performance.  Of course you can buy less expensive gear but often at the expense of performance or added features.  The Radeon RX 500 series, specifically the RX 580 and RX 570, are great options for gamers on a budget and the two cards in this segment are maybe some of the coolest versions on the market

    PowerColor Red Devil RX 580:  This card just screams “cool” from the oversized metal cooler to the sharp red and black accents.  The PCB is a custom design and is taller than most similar to an EVGA Classified.  In terms of performance it is slightly faster than a GTX 1060 and comes factory overclocked with some headroom for additional performance adjustments.

    Aorus Radeon RX 570: The Aorus RX 570 features a the famed Windforce cooling solution with a fully customized PCB, RGB LEDs and software to configure the card in one of four performance profiles.  The backplate features a copper slug to help pull excess heat from the GPU and is a monster when it comes to overclocking.  In terms of performance the RX 570 is slightly slower than the GTX 1060 and comes factory overclocked.

    Related Links
    PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580 Video Card Review
    Aorus Radeon RX 570 4G Video Card Review

    Episode 76 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)