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novoGamer at Computex 2016! — Overarching Themes

Hello! I just covered part of Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan for novoGamer, the last day (June 4th). I wish I’d been able to cover all of it, but because of my own mistake I missed most of it. Just a forewarning. I didn’t know I would be going to Computex 2016. As such, I didn’t have the press registration, camera gear, or research that I would have had, and I know some of the information might not be truly complete. Just earlier I found out that EVGA did go to Computex, but only showed most of their stuff in their suite, which I did not have access to.

Nevertheless, I’d like to start with thanks to novoGamer for allowing me to be here in Taipei, Taiwan! It’s certainly a different than the usual setting in the United States, and it’s very much appreciated. This wouldn’t have been possible without novoGamer funding my trip with the generous fund of $10.53 (I had 53 cents in my pocket). I did, however, run out after the 3 gallons of gas that the fund bought me, so I had to walk across the US and then swim across the Pacific Ocean to Taiwan.

You’ll never know if I’m telling the truth or not, because an alternative is that novoGamer has the funds to fly someone to a convention halfway across the world, and that’s even more unrealistic!

It was a sweltering 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35c) and 60% humidity, which was near unbearable in the pair of jeans I was wearing.

For anyone who’s new, I’d like to extend a warm welcome on behalf of novoGamer and I’d like to remind that novoGamer is USERBASED, meaning that anyone can write an article. It doesn’t have to be a major technology convention; if you find that you want to talk about your favorite game, go for it!

They were too quick to see whether or not they could, they didn't ask whether or not they should... I'm sure you all have already seen online many of the new and interesting things presented at Computex 2016, but of course the most prominent things are those dealing with the cutting edge of the industry. It needs to be remembered that the cutting edge is on both sides of the double-edged sword, so many of the innovations were both ever so useful and there were some odd ones that I couldn’t see much use of having other than just saying you can. Here is a calculator with mechanical keyswitches.

Even with the innovations, there were some common themes that seemed to make their way into several of the exhibits. It seemed like every company wanted to show that they could manipulate a few set technologies, with their own spin on it all.

Probably the number one thing I would list would be customizability. A lot of little things fall under this, stuff I'd noticed that were meant to be relatively easy for the average PC consumer to add to their PC build to make it theirs. There was a lot of RGB RAM, RGB case fans, RGB graphics cards. Lots of different cases stressing modularity and creativity. be quiet! had a case with features like a removable motherboard tray weirdly enough. It was remarked as "Most Modular Case Ever??" in LinusTechTips' video, found here.

Something that truly added to the theme of customization was the use of 3D printing in many of the builds. As not everyone has access to a 3D printer, it seemed like it was all 'just the cherry on top', but likely a lovely addition for avid case modders. MSI had a slot on their gaming orientated motherboards to slip a 3D printed plate into it, which could fit your name or maybe a cool little logo. A game quote, perhaps? Cooler Master, who deserve their own articleon their creativity, had a place to mount 3D printed designs on to the CPU heatsink. How cool is that?!

MSI's display of motherboard modification. Note the 3D printer right, the samples above it, and then the display of 3D printed covers to the left.

Apologies for the blurry photo, but please note the 3D printed "ROG" logo and other space-age looking motherboard covers. This is one of the MSI motherboards in the above photo.

One of Cooler Master's creations, a build featuring custom CPU heatsink covers, seen bottom right, one top right, another mounted in the PC, and then a lego house that was meant to portray how the PC builds like Lego and functions like a household.

Closeups on Cooler Master's 3D printed CPU heatsink covers. As you can see, the possibilities are quite endless.

I have to say, Cooler Master outdid themselves in terms of standing out, and this was only just their exhibit. I wasn't able to make my way to Cooler Master's suite, unfortunately, nor did I know how to.

MSI had Lego too, which definitely put a smile on my face.

MSI also had a cotton candy machine with a PC built into it, highlighted with green LEDs, on right. I'm not exactly sure what I expected going into Computex 2016, but this wasn't it.

In the following weeks, I'll post articles about notable events at Computex 2016, from Cooler Master's awesome booth to case fans submersible in water to some of the masterfully modded custom cases that were showcased everywhere.

Finally, I'd like to thank the guys at nG again for helping me get access to this great event!

Edited by OctHarm on Tuesday 7th of June 2016 02:12:34 AM : 
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