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Computex 2010 Wrap-up
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Date: Jun 11, 2010
Section:Misc
Author: Mathew Miranda
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Introduction


Every year, the largest computer exhibition in Asia is held in Taipei, Taiwan over the course of five days. Computex is huge, and spans several buildings throughout the city. Only CeBIT, held in Germany, can claim to attract more visitors and businesses to their event. But it makes sense that Computex has the pull that it does, since many companies have R&D and production fabs located in Taiwan. So naturally, the event draws thousands of IT analysts and tech journalists in order to report on the latest and greatest of the computer industry.


Taipei 101 - Computex Mecca

Although we previously covered several hot topics from Computex, there is still a lot to talk about. A few days ago, we showed you the first dual GPU Fermi videocard from Galaxy, revealed the latest PCI Express SSD from OCZ called the Revo Drive, and exposed you to the monstrous HD 5970 Eyefinity 12 from PowerColor. In addition, we gathered a ton of information on the latest tablet PCs being presented at the show, with a couple of hands-on videos thrown into the mix. Here's our final wrap up of the latest news to come out of Computex 2010. 


Computex 2010 - Taipei, Taiwan
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Asus


Asus was very active at Computex this year. They launched an array of new products that will trickle out into the market this year and early next year. Easily the most intriguing was the Asus Eee Pad EP121. Check out following video as Jonney Shih talks about the Eee Pad EP121 during a press conference at Computex 2010. 



If it ever makes it to the market, the X58 Immensity will be an interesting product. But currently, its hard to gauge the demand for this type of motherboard. And the performance benefits of Lucid Hydra is still a question mark, until the company can get consistent driver updates to keep up with the rest of the industry. Until we see a shipping product, we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope Asus can pull this one off.



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Corsair


Corsair had several new products to show us this year. Among them were an affordable mid-size enclosure called the 600T, the A70 and A50 air coolers, 80-plus gold AX series of power supplies, and DHX Pro series memory with the Air Flow Pro LED module. In the video, John Beekley gives us a tour of the Graphite Series 600T.   





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EVGA


EVGA seems to really have its finger on the pulse of the enthusiast market. Besides providing fantastic technical support and warranty coverage, the company makes some of the most exciting products on the market. Here, Jacob Freeman talks about the latest from EVGA, including a new case and several motherboard updates featuring SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. 


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Gigabyte


Gigabyte has a full line up of Intel and AMD based motherboards that make use of the latest technology, including USB 3.0. Their latest boards have a feature called On/Off Charge, which gives you the ability to charge any USB-based charging device, like the iPhone, even when your system is off. Watch the video as Colin takes us around the Gigabyte booth and explains the On/Off Charge feature in more detail. 



Gigabyte announced a couple of overclocking tools during Computex as well. HotKey OC is a utility that allows you to change settings in real time, as you run your benchmark. It comes in handy during long benchmarks like 3DMark Vantage, that stress the CPU's overclock differently from test to test.  In addition, they announced Cloud OC, an internet based overclocking utility. It gives you the ability to overclock your hardware through a web enabled device like a smartphone. We'll have to wait and see how useful this particular feature is though.





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Kingston


In 1987, Kingston offered only one memory product. Twenty three years later, their product line features over 2,000 that support nearly every device that requires memory. And when it comes to market share, Kingston Technology has a stranglehold of the industry. According to the latest report from iSupply (May 2010), Kingston holds 40% of the market, while its closest competitor stands at 7.4%. 



Success starts at the top. We had the chance to ask Kingston co-founder, David Sun, a few questions during Computex 2010. Check out the video as he tells the story of how the company started.

 
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NVIDIA


Are you sold on the 3D revolution yet? NVIDIA sure is, but those who are ready to get on the bandwagon better be willing to make an investment. Enjoying 3D requires a pair of 3D active-shutter glasses, a 120Hz 3D capable display, and a discrete graphics processor capable of delivering HD content. Fortunately for NVIDIA, they have the technology and the backing of hardware giant, Asus. In this video, Jen-Hsun Huang and Jerry Shen, talk about the latest products featuring NVIDIA 3D technology. We also learn that the new Sony Alpha digital camera will also support 3D Vision.



"Asus has a strong track record of pioneering new categories of PCs, as we did with the netbook. Now Asus is very bullish on developing the 3D PC category by shipping notebooks, desktops, and an all-in-one PC equipped with NVIDIA 3D Vision. We believe that all entertainment based PCs will become 3D capabe within a few years."  - Jerry Shen, CEO of Asus

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OCZ


After they revealed the Revo Drive, OCZ also introduced an upcoming proprietary interface called High Speed Data Link, or HSDL. The new format plugs directly into a PCI Express slot on the motherboard and provides a cable that connects to an SSD drive and allows speeds of over 900MB/s. HSDL is still in the prototype phase but we should start seeing it within 3 to 6 months from now.   

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Thermaltake


Thermaltake launched a new division within their company called Tt eSPORTS, which aims to create exciting gaming gear. This division is starting off by providing consumers with three new product lines: Challenger Series keyboards, Black Series gaming mice, and Shock Series headsets. The Challenger Ultimate keyboard is designed with a cooling fan in order to provide a comfortable gaming environment during intense sessions of Solitaire and Minesweeper. It offers backlit design, 70 macro keys, 64KB onboard memory, five game profiles, and two USB ports. Hit the video link for more info.

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Conclusion


In our opinion, Computex 2010 was a big success. Although it lacked any huge, game-changing revelations within the PC components market, we found that many companies are moving forward with their business strategies at a healthy pace, which reflects growth of the global economy. This is particularly good news for enthusiasts like you and us, who have come to expect near-constant new technology releases that enhances the entertainment experience, whether it be on the internet, in videos, or gaming.


View of the city from the 85th floor of Taipei 101

For the rest of this year, through 2011, the tablet PC finally seems set to take the industry by storm. Much like the netbook craze that Asus started a few years ago, companies are jumping into this new category that Apple's iPad has surprisingly rejuvenated. We saw more than a dozen tablets on the the show floor and fully expect models like the Asus Eee Pad or MSI Wind Pad to challenge the already established iPad.


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