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Aigo DR12 Pro RGB Fans support Motherboard Sync

Finally, I received the package of Aigo DR12 Pro fans this week. The store person in China shipped it the same day and the parcel was delivered within 1 week. Yes, You read it right. China to Pakistan in 1 week only. Shipping used to take more than 3 weeks last year but this time it was quick and hassle-free. I did an unboxing of these fans the next day and you can watch the video on my YouTube channel.

Aigo DR12 Pro similar to Aigo MR12 series of RGB fans offers gamers cheap Aura sync features. Fans have decent and solid build quality. The fan controller is naked means it isn’t enclosed in a case or housing. You can change colors using buttons on the controller as well as using the buttons of the remote. In my opinion, these fans are a little upgrade for the previous series of fans as these fans offer better build quality, inherit all color modes from the previous series and come with Aura Sync in the controller. You can also change colors using the Aura Sync or RGB Fusion Software of your motherboard.

Color and Speed Modes

Aigo MR12 have beautiful rainbow color wave effect similar to Aigo DR12. Similarly, It matches perfectly with the wave effect on the MSI Lightning X 1080 Ti. Similarly, Colorwise these fans have 7 different modes, Skyblue, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and an additional mode which cycles through all the colors. Moreover, no color glitch animation in these fans, unlike Aigo DR12. While the Aigo DR12 is sometimes stuck between two color modes.

Product 3x Aigo MR12 RGB + Controller with MB Sync 3x Aigo DR12 RGB + Controller  3X SP120 RGB + Controller 3x HD120 RGB + Controller 3x Ring 12 RGB + Controller 3xNZXT Aer RGB120+ Controller
Fan Size 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm 120mm
Connection cable 6 pin 6-pin 3-pin 4-pin PWM 4-pin PWM 4-pin PWM
Bearing type Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic Fluid Dynamic Bearing
LEDs 12 12 4 12
Speed (RPM) 1300RPM 1200RPM 1400RPM 800-1725RPM 800 ~ 1500 R.P.M 500-1,500 RPM
Bundled controller unit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Price (US) $33 $28 $61.91 $73.79 $56.99 $81.99

Furthermore, the controller also offers color mode options like Color wave, Double Flash, Flash, Star Light, and Rainbow.

Fan Controller

The LEDs and the fan motors are powered by an RGB controller unit, which can, to power up to 8 separate fans. Also, This unit comes with remote with 9 buttons on it for Colors, Modes, Brightness, and fan speed. luckily Remote performance is on par with the Aigo DR12 Fan controller. Moreover, I was able to change colors from a distance of about 12 feet and you don’t need to point it towards the controller.

Fans are silent and have a max speed of 1300RPM. Even 3 fans all together are quieter than the Corsair H80iGT’s 2 radiator fans. Furthermore, You can use it with liquid cooling radiators with any issue of high temperatures. I was getting 35-40C in winter using these fans while on stock fans temperatures stays around 30C. Consequently, It’s Corsair fans who have no comparison for the Aigo fans in terms of speeds and Airflow. Moreover, Corsair fans can hit 2435 RPM while Aigo MR12 can go as high as 1300RPM.

Speed Test

The fan speed of the MR12 fans is greater than the Aigo DR12 fans. So there is around a 25% increase in the Airflow when you switch to MR12. Also, MR12 fans have fewer fan blades but blades are rigid and have better edge design which results in high airflow and speed. Hence, Airflow of these fans is 34.34CFM, half as compared to Corsair H80’s fans.

Conclusion

Fans have the awesome build quality and Dual Ring RGB LEDs. Also, there are a total of 12 addressable RGB on both sides which makes possible some new light effects. Probably the prime features of this package are an Aura sync controller. Above all, you don’t have to point the remote towards the controller for working, and you can change colors using your Bios or Motherboard Utility. Moreover, you get 3 RGB fans with one controller that supports up to 8 fans sometimes and 4 RGB LED Strips in only 33$.

Gaming on a Mac in 2019?

Gaming on Mac is not a topic of concern as most users of macOS are related to content creation, and the hardware is high end but it’s not built with gaming in mind. Moreover, they cost 2 to 3 times more as compared to the same powerful gaming pc hardware.

To be honest, Mac hardware is not optimised for gaming and the market share gap between windows and macOS is huge. On the hand iOS is performing much better in gaming category as compared to macOS.

Apple Computers Specifications and Pricing

Although Apple products have top-notch software, hardware build quality and customer support but these computers are never seen in the gaming spotlight. Apple computers are divided into three categories, MacBooks, iMac and Macs.

Most of the budget MacBooks come with only Intel integrated GPU which is not considered good for gaming needs. And spending 1500 to 2000$ on a MacBook, although they have unprecedented build quality, is not so practical. You can build a much better windows gaming machine in 1500$, prebuilt or custom built with dedicated GPU. This is because Mac computers are designed solely for one Goal. they are targeting content creators or developers who never consider gaming as first priority. Moreover these people dont care whether their computer can run games or not as productivty is their preffered thingy.

Steam Library

Another reason why buying a Mac for gaming is counter-intuitive is because not many games are available for macOS. Steam, the go-to PC gaming platform, has been available on Mac for years at this point. But, as readers are likely aware, the vast majority of games on it are Windows-only. Looking specifically at the macOS games filter that Steam provides reveals a lot of small titles and new content highlights instead of new, popular games.

If we take a look at the Steam Store, there are currently about 19000 games available for Apple’s operating system. This may not seem that bad, but keep in mind that there are over 55000 Steam games available for Windows and that developers are much more inclined to develop for Windows than they are for macOS. However, it does still have a larger library than Linux, despite the rising popularity of Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS.

External eGPU for macbooks

Apple’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 now supports external GPUs over Thunderbolt 3. Owing to this, a Mac owner with Thunderbolt 3 can buy an external enclosure, and drop in a graphics card that can be upgraded over time. 

This comes at a pretty sleek price premium, though. With enclosures generally around $300, and a card with any heft hitting $300 and increasing dramatically, doing so is a non-trivial expense in addition to the computer itself. Plus, without hacks, Nvidia card support is non-existent.

BootCamp to install Windows on a Mac is workable, but eGPU support in BootCamp doesn’t exist without workarounds right now. So, given Apple’s GPU choices, it isn’t a great one.

Conclusion

In short, Macs are not good for gaming. But there performance is much better for things they are made. Gaming is not their main thing.

If you’re casual gamer, you can try some games on your mac or macbook. But if you’re looking for superior peformance, you must consider buying a windows machine. Rest assured, A custom pc will offer much better performce as compared to a mac.

*I’ll update this article with time.