For all the aftermarket equipment out there, your average consumer could easily be swallowed with all of the flashing lights and bright sound of the third party computer hardware industry. Sure to the average computer user, adding on nifty new peripherals or replacing parts that in their eyes they have no need to replace.
My father is a prime example of this, he buys a computer once every couple of years and has the things he wants put on it right then and there. His equipment is good for a while, but when his graphics card becomes to slow to run the games he would like to play, he just guts it out until he’s ready to buy another computer, rather then going out and buying a new graphics card. The same could be said for darn near everything else on his system.
So when I told him that I was reviewing a new fan that goes on my graphics card, he seemed a little perplexed?
“Mike, why would you need a different fan? “Didn’t your card come with a fan already on it?”
“Well Dad.” I said, “Sometimes aftermarket fans can cool your computer better then the one provided by the card maker.”
“But why would you need your card cooler then the temperature that your current fan is providing?” He asked.
“Dad, sometimes people who like to work on their systems need a cooler fan then the one initially installed, especially when you are running a game that is pushing the high end boundaries of what your card can handle.” “Remember, when you are running graphically demanding programs, your graphics card can heat up to very high temperatures. Causing you to fry your graphics card.”
“Well, OK, but does it really cool the card that much better?” “Does it do anything else?”
“Yes, Dad, it does cool the card a bit better and it has a blue light on it for people who like to have a visally different computer.”
“A blue light?”
“Well… how would anyone see it? The case is all sealed up.”
“Dad, some people have see-through cases so you can see all the different pieces inside. Then they put different lights and things inside so the computer looks really cool. A lot of people like this sort of thing.”
“Talk to your Mother.”