UPDATE 12/9/2016 9:19AM CT: Added more photos.
Today ZADAK511 is introducing its SHIELD line of software controlled RGB LED DDR4 kits and SSDs. ZADAK511 is a very new Taiwanese gaming brand and they’re off to a decent start with these products that represent yet another high water mark in the ongoing struggle to stick LEDs on literally everything that goes into a PC. Credit where credit’s due, ZADAK511 seems to have a relatively low-key LED implementation judging from the product pictures. More importantly the function of these LEDs is software controlled which is a big step up over the glowing red RAM I had half a decade ago. Will these software controls be any good? Hard to say at this point.
ZADAK511’s SSD is also pretty interesting given that it’s the first drive I’ve seen that not only offers a SATA III interface but also a USB 3.1 Type C connector as well. While it seems a bit strange on the outside USB 3.1 is actually faster than the ancient SATA III interface (10 GB/s versus 6 GB/s) so this is a positive step given that most SSDs are SATA III limited these days. Unfortunately ZADAK511’s website is a tad unfinished with auto-play dubstep to boot and their press release didn’t offer any more specifics about these devices. Although it did inform us that 511 is meant to allude to 5.11 which is one step above the top difficult rating in rock climbing. Take that for what it’s worth.
Looking a bit closer we can see that aesthetically these products are nice looking if a bit cluttered. There’s a brushed metal insert, some cool lines cut into the matte black section, screws so the heatsink can be removed, and of course little cut outs for the LEDs to shine through. The SHEILD DDR4 is a bit more handsome than the SSD which has a good symmetrical design that for what ever reason fails to reach the same level of attractiveness as the DDR4 kit.
Your keyboard has LEDs, your monitor has LEDs, your mouse has LEDs, your fans have LEDs, your heatsinks have LEDs, your GPU has LEDs, your PSU has LEDs, your motherboard has LEDs, and now your RAM and SSDs can have LEDs too. What a wonderful world we live in.S|A