One of the first events of the Computex week was ASUS’ Republic of Gamers press conference. In typical ASUS fashion, a glut of about 11 press releases landed in our inbox at once, with ASUS following the philosophy about dominating the news at any one exact moment. This has its downsides, such as the medium and low-impact news getting lost in all the noise. One of the items in that noise was about ASUS’ ROG branded CPU coolers, Ryujin and Ryuo. We actually wrote about them here and here.

One of the headlines coming away from that news was that both of the CLCs had embedded OLED displays on the CPU block. Either ASUS had a spare stock of OLED panels in the warehouse or something, because this idea is relatively esoteric, especially when the display has to compete with a bunch of LEDs in the case as well. The OLED display is capable of showing pictures, gifs, video, or system statistics.

Of course, with ASUS having the cooler on display and a webcam attached, the goal was to put ones glorious features on the unit. With my five o’clock shadow in place and chins in order, the process was relatively painless. The end result was something akin to a LinusTechTips YouTube thumbnail. I have lots to learn, clearly.

The software was clearly still a very early beta, and an ASUS rep was managing the station set up to take the pictures, perhaps showing that the software still has a while to go.

If that wasn’t enough, aside from the 1.77-inch OLED display, the Ryujin also uses an embedded fan in the block to help blow air over the nearby socket components, such as the power delivery, in order to avoid a completely still air scenario.

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  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    Could be that they got the panels for free. In exchange Asus will perform accelerated aging tests of OLED panels at elevated temperatures and have their software report back to them. This way the panel manufacturer saves the space & labor for the tests and also the electricity for the heaters.
  • jordanclock - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    That doesn't sound remotely plausible. It's more likely some product designer was trying to figure out what would be the next trend after RGB and figured small, customized displays would be the thing.
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, June 21, 2018 - link

    My bad. Then let's call it a joke.
  • HollyDOL - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    When those coolers can render holograms with hard light we can talk :-)
  • CaedenV - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    Never before have I wanted my computer to literally disappear... and never before has it been more difficult to find high end parts that dont want to blind or deafen me.
  • CaedenV - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    *Now more than ever have I wanted my computer to disappear
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    Deafen: back in the days before 80 and 120 mm CPU cooler fans they pushed 60 mm ones up to 8k rpm for high end CPUs. Put that together with a Geforce FX 5800 and we're talking about serious deafening! That blinding trend is certainly new, though.
  • CheapSushi - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    That's because you aren't bothering to really look. There are plenty of options.
  • stephenbrooks - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    The OLED displays make disappearing easier if you set them to a picture of what is behind the PC.
  • davidedney123 - Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - link

    What sort of utter twit would ever want such a thing?? This supposed "gamer" market must consist of some of the biggest cretins in the world.

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