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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.

Elgato Game Capture HD60S Review


Elgato’s latest game device, the HD60S can record any signal up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, letting you record it to your computer or stream it to the internet. It’s designed for gamers who want to live stream gameplay to Facebook, twitch or YouTube, its fast USB 3.0 connection and video processing are fast enough to allow you play games via software’s live preview.

It’s small, portable and fulfills all the requirements of a game capture device.

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Why you need a capture device?

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both have built-in gameplay recording functionality but the recorded clip size is limited and quality is not up to current standards. You can record gameplay at higher bit rate using your game capture card and you don’t have to worry about the size of the clips as long as your hard drive has space.

Design

The HD60 S $149.95 at Amazon is a tiny, rectangular pod, about the size of a SSD and nearly identical to its USB 2.0 predecessor, the HD60. The curved, matte black plastic shell measures 0.7 by 3.0 by 4.4 inches (HWD), with a glossy black stripe running down the length. An HDMI input, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm audio input sit on one end of the device, and an HDMI output sits on the other end. That’s all you get for any physical interaction with the HD60 S itself; the glossy strip lights up to indicate it’s properly connected and recording, but besides plugging all of the necessary cables in, everything is managed through your connected PC.

Setting up the HD60 S goes through the same process as nearly any other PC-tethered capture device. Plug the HDMI input into your game console, plug the HDMI output into your TV, and plug the USB-C port into your PC. An HDMI cable and a USB-C-to-USB-A cable are included so you can hook the HD60 S into your current game setup without needing to pick up any additional cables. If you want to provide audio commentary over whatever you’re capturing, you can plug a microphone or headset into the 3.5mm port. You can also use your microphone that is plugged in to your PC for commentary.

Software

Elgato offers its own Game Capture HD software for use with the HD60 S as a free download for windows and macOS, and it allows you to both record and stream gameplays. You can record video locally or stream to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Ustream, Dailymotion, or any rtmp-based streaming video service. Video capture is based around a single screen for recording, streaming, managing overlays, and adding audio commentary. The software places the video feed prominently in the upper-left corner of the window, with the direct recording and streaming controls arranged below and various capture settings sitting to the right. It lets you follow your current recording/streaming status, audio levels, overlays, and capture settings at a glance.

You can create custom scenes and overlays, or use one of 10 included in the software. The customization options are fairly powerful, letting you add your own graphics, text, webcam feeds, web pages, or even animations. It isn’t quite as robust as XSplit’s extensive scene, transition, and source options, but it’s still very functional for free software, and much easier to set up and use than Open Broadcasting Software (OBS).

Capture and Streaming Performance

While you’ll get the best gaming experience through the HDMI pass-through to your TV, the live capture feed in Elgato’s software is surprisingly responsive. I played Red dead redemption 2 and Fortnite on my PS4 Pro through the live feed on the connected PC. Both games were very playable, with only a negligible lag compared with the HD60 S’s HDMI output to a Monitor.

This is the biggest advantage over the HD60 and previous devices—those 1080p60-capable capture devices can record video just fine, but the capture feed lags far too long to comfortably play through it. With the HD60S you can actually play through your monitor while you record or stream.

Gameplay capture looks excellent. I recorded FIFA 19 and Rise of Tomb Raider off of an Xbox One S. Recordings were captured at a steady 1080p60, with quality settings ranging from Medium to Best.

The lowest 1080p video quality setting produced some minor compression artifacts compared with the highest quality setting. Fine details like the grass, ropes, and string on Lara’s bow in “Rise of the Tomb Raider” were significantly sharper using the higher bitrate preset. I genrally recommend these preset for fine details. Compression artifacts are less noticeable in retro-style games, but anything with modern graphics really demands the Best setting.

Streaming performance is also very strong. I’ve been using the HD60 S for live game streams on my facebook page, and the captured video quality has remained consistently high. The outgoing stream occasionally suffers from screen tearing, but this has been due to the processing of the video as it streams out more than the capture device itself, and vertical sync settings can help alleviate this problem.

Conclusions

The Elgato Game Capture HD60 S is a small, capable game capture device that’s simple to set up and use to both stream and record your games. It can record 1080p60 video with ease, and both its pass-through video to your TV and live video on your PC are responsive enough to comfortably play through. Its only real weakness is a lack of legacy or analog video options. But that’s become a fairly standard aspect of HDMI capture devices. HD60S is a pretty decent useful device if you’re looking to record your console gameplay at higher quality with more power. It’s a valuable streaming and recording tool for gamers.