You can program the Matrix Orbital MX610 we used for this project to display a wealth of information about its host PC. The MX610 can also power three case fans and monitor data from four thermal probes. Another cool feature we recently encountered while evaluating VoodooPCs Omen a121x CrossFire Extreme Gamer PC was a slick PLED (polymer light-emitting diode) display that scrolled vital system statistics across its screen. Of course, an accessory such as this doesnt improve system performance, but we soon found ourselves constantly glancing at the PLED display to check what was going on with the system at any given time. The Omens display detailed how much RAM a particular benchmark was using, how much drive space was available on each partition, and such simple things as displaying the current time. Overall, the PLED display came in quite handy. When we eventually had to send the Omen system back to VoodooPC, a funny thing happened: We began glancing at our own system looking for PLED-display information. After a few hours of fruitless searching, we decided it was time to take action and incorporate a custom display into our own system to end the frustration once and for all. A bit of research revealed that VoodooPC used a display from Matrix Orbital
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