If you’re feeling a bit down today because you still have several hours of work left and literally everyone else in the office is ignoring what should be a global public holiday, rejoice because Mosh Pit is here! This week we take a look at a returning LucasArts classic, some very cool memory from ADATA, the latest version of Windows 10, and an unexpected partnership between ASUS and Cooler Master (a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one).
ADATA XPG Spectrix
If your RAM isn’t RGB or cool enough already, ADATA might have something up your alley if you’re looking for something new. The company’s latest in the Spectrix range, the D80 series, is the first memory kit in the world to sport water-cooling as standard. In addition to the RGB LEDs that light up the transparent reservoir, the memory modules have a copper heatsink that gets filled with the non-conducting fluid that disperses heat evenly across the module’s surface and dissipates it via the red aluminium covers on the side. ADATA says that the Spectrix D80 range will offer support for a wide range of frequencies for Intel’s X299 platform, running from DDR4-2666MHz all the way to DDR4-5000, a clock speed so high it doesn’t have an official standard attached to it.
Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer
Good Old Games, a CD Projekt company, has been doing a lot lately to revive old classics for the PC and make sure that people can still buy and play these treasures, lest they be lost to the ashes of time. Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer was one such title that was almost lost forever, a LucasArts classic that allowed you to play as a podracer testing your abilities against other pilots like Sebulba, Bullseye Navoir, and Anakin Skywalker. It’s a really fun title because it’s more like a “what-if” sandbox than an actual Star Wars game, allowing you to pilot different podracers, customise and upgrade the engines and handling, and play on a series of wild tracks including Coruscant and Tatooine’s Boonta track. The GOG version is DRM-free, has been updated to support higher framerates and resolutions with a slightly reworked soundtrack, is guaranteed to work on 64-bit Windows, and is on sale for a limited time.
Polk Audio now available via Homemation
Polk Audio has been a staple on the audiophile enthusiast list for years, and the brand has finally come to South Africa via Homemation, a local company specialising in audio and cinema setups and home automation. The majority of Polk’s range is seriously high-end and well worth a look, and if you’re a PC gamer you might find their Signa S1 soundbar to be quite affordable with good audio quality. Their T15 bookshelf speakers are also really nice.
Windows 10 April 2018 update is here
Microsoft has finally launched the Windows 10 April 2018 update to consumers, and if you head on over to the “Update” menu in Settings you’ll probably find it already downloading in the background. The update, also known as Windows 10 version 1803, is a very large one in terms of features and changes from the previous versions, including new user interfaces for the 3D video editor and the Xbox Game Bar, as well as new integration with services like Spotify which can now be voice controlled through the Cortana assistant. It’s a large update, though, so make sure you’re on a network where your data use isn’t a problem, because 3.5GB worth of updates will be expensive on a mobile connection.
If you’d like to check out all the changes in this new build, head on over to the Microsoft blog to see it all. If you’re using any of your systems for production purposes and can’t afford to update yet, make sure you change your update settings inside the Settings > Update and Security > Advanced Options > Pause Updates menu.
Cooler Master is TUFer thanks to ASUS
Cooler Master and ASUS have partnered up to offer a range of four themed products that combine with a TUF motherboard to summon Captain Plan- wait, sorry, wrong universe. TUF was ASUS’s premium brand for no-thrills motherboards that would easily run for more than a decade and were aimed at enthusiasts who wanted solid reliability. The lineup from Cooler Master includes a custom MasterBox MB500 TUF chassis, the MasterWatt TUF power supply, and the MasterAir MA410M and MA620P tower coolers, both sporting a TUF theme with LEDs galore.
There are additionally TUF-themed products from G.Skill and Crucial for memory kits, and the only thing we’re missing now is a TUF graphics card. Check out the lineup on Cooler Master’s website, and keep your eyes peeled for when stock becomes available locally. Explore the TUF motherboard lineup here.
May the Fourth Be with You
Today is May the Fourth and it’s semi-officially Star Wars day all around the world. If you wanted to start a marathon run of the space epic series, we would like to suggest spicing things up with the Ernst Rister watch order. It takes about 18 hours to complete, but it’s a very different way to watch the movies than the traditional 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 order that the movies were released in. The order is thus:
Episode IV: A New Hope
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Episode II: Revenge of the Sith
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
This order keeps Luke as the central character to the series, opening up with the first two movies in the original trilogy, then using the prequels to provide backstory on how things got so messed up for the Rebels and the Empire – almost as if you’re learning about past events as Luke would have after TESB. Then the order returns to a chronological one, but skips Rogue One. If you want to include it in, put it all the way at the beginning, but it sort of messes with the Luke theme.