Items tagged with Computex

The age old question when it comes to the do-it-yourself (DIY) PC market is should you build now or wait? In most cases, waiting is a slippery slope into an endless period of PC purgatory, where you find yourself constantly holding out for the next best thing. However, there are certain times when waiting does make sense. Now is one of those times, because everything we are hearing suggests that AMD is going to bring the boom with its Ryzen 3000 series processors, and very soon. Ryzen 3000 is based on AMD's Zen 2 architecture, which we have known about for quite some time—it's been on AMD's roadmap since the beginning. What's notable about Zen 2 is it marks a transition to a 7-nanometer... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang just delivered a keynote speech at Computex Taipei, during which he unveiled some new mobile technology designed to optimize game performance, in smaller notebook form factors than have been previously possible. NVIDIA calls the technology Max-Q Design, and it enables NVIDIA’s notebook partners to cram high-performance GPUs like the GeForce GTX 1080 into notebooks that are a fraction of the size of previous-gen offerings. Jen Hsun brought out a couple of system to illustrate the differences between older gaming notebooks and next-gen notebooks featuring Max-Q design. Although there are a myriad of designs on the market, with varying z-heights and form factors, etc.,... Read more...
AMD has begun emailing members of the press to mark their calendars for Computex, the annual tech convention in Taipei that is now right around the corner. While AMD was coy about what exactly it plans to discuss at Computex, the company did confirm that it will be attending and that it will provide new details on its 2017 products. We suspect that will include more information (and a possible product launch) for Vega. Company boss Dr. Lisa Su will host AMD's keynote, along with "other key executives," the email reads. They will discuss AMD's "latest products and leading-edge" technologies. With AMD's bigwigs in attendance, this suggests that not only might Vega be a point of emphasis, but perhaps... Read more...
Intel loyalists looking to build a new system are stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. The options are to build a high-end rig around Intel's aging X99 platform, or forego the benefits of X99 and piece together a Kaby Lake system that does not have as much oomph. Those who can afford to wait have a third option—hang tight for Computex, which is when Intel will announce its X299 platform (Basin Falls) for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X.Image Source: Flickr (Aaron Fulkerson) Hopping onto X299 will give users the best of both worlds, as it's an enthusiast chipset supporting Intel's latest microarchitectures. In this case, that is Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. Based on previously leaked information,... Read more...
AMD just released some details regarding its upcoming seventh generation of A-Series and FX APUs, formerly codenamed Bristol Ridge. Bristol Ridge is essentially a refresh of the previous generation Carrizo design and uses the same 28nm process. In lieu of a die shrink, however, AMD has made improvements to the manufacturing process, tweaked the transistor mix, and enabled new features that were previously dormant in Carrizo, and the end result is higher frequencies at a given power level, in addition to some IPC (instructions per clock) improvements. The newly activated features within Bristol Ridge include adaptive voltage frequency scaling, among other undisclosed features.AMD... Read more...
You know G.Skill as a maker of memory products, including system memory and solid state drives (SSDs). The company is also active in the overclocking scene where its modules have set frequency records. All of that is fine and dandy and will continue to be a focus, but moving forward, G.Skill also wants to be recognized as a maker of PC peripherals. G.Skill's enhanced persona will kick off at the Computex convention in Taipei next week. That's where G.Skill "will be making a strong entrance in the field of PC gaming peripherals" starting with newly engineered gaming headsets. Here's a teaser shot the company provided to the press: Unfortunately, that's all the details we have. G.Skill said it... Read more...
There’s all sorts of tasty treats dropping at Computex 2012, and we’re rounding up several of them for you here from ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI in one convenient serving. ASUS We already detailed ASUS’ Windows 8 and RT tablets, Transformer Book, Transformer AIO, and TAICHI here, but that’s not all ASUS brought to Computex.        The company also unveiled a pair of Designo monitors (the 27-inch MX279H and 23-inch MX239H), which boast 178-degree viewing angles, dual HDMI inputs, and ASUS SonicMaster technology for better audio. On the networking side, there’s the ASUS RT-AC66U router, a dual-band 5G Gigabit WiFi (802.11ac) that purports... Read more...
Computex is a major trade show where companies of all sorts show off their upcoming products and discuss manufacturing trends. It's a great place to get a feel for what's going to be hot in the second half of the year, but it also lends itself to a type of exuberant prediction. In this case, Simon Segars, head of ARM's processor division, told reporters that we could see 20nm devices shipping as soon as the end of 2013. "The whole industry is focused on moving to the next generation as soon as it's economically viable and technologically achievable," Segars told the group. According to CIO, analyst Dan Nystedt, of TriOrient Investments, chimed in with his view that TSMC's 28nm troubles don't... Read more...
Ah, the wide world of Windows 8 is opening up even further this week, and in a major way. Computex is the launching ground for quite a few new Win8-based devices, with Asus in particular introducing the Windows RT Tablet. It's a 10.1" convertible device with an optional keyboard dock, using NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor. There's plenty of power here, for sure. ASUS didn’t disclose pricing or availability for what they described for now as a product preview, but that seems to be the norm with these Windows 8-based rigs. The companies are aiming for a "no-compromise, touch-first Windows experience," with both NVIDIA and Asus working tightly with Microsoft to perfect the Metro... Read more...
Who would've known that Computex would be the official coming-out party for what's likely the final build of Windows 8? It sure looks that way, with Acer introducing new Windows 8 all-in-one PCs today. The new U Series is being announced alongside new Aspire S7 Ultrabooks by Acer, with the Aspire 7600U (27-inch) and the Aspire 5600U (23-inch) slated to ship with Win8. The Aspire 7600U supports up to 64-point simultaneous touch from all angles, enabling use by multiple users at once. Can't really imagine why you'd want multi-user Metro interactions, but then again, we haven't had a chance to see what it's truly capable of. It features 0 to 90 degree viewing and swivels at four sides when laid... Read more...
Like many companies, Asus and ViewSonic are busy preparing for Computex 2012 which kicks off June 5 in Taiwan. In the meantime, both of these companies are teasing us with information about what we can expect to see at the show. A teaser video from Asus gives us only a few details about what Asus will be announcing. For example, the video suggests we shouldn't get set into one form, which could be a reference to Asus' Transformer line of tablets. Considering most of the video takes place in the cloud, it's possible Asus is planning to introduce some cloud-friendly features as well. Although these thoughts are only speculation at this point, we'll know in a few days—Asus promises more products... Read more...
Yow! OCZ Technology has always been about shattered records and making impressive numbers look like old hat with even more impressive numbers, and they're doing it again at this year's Computex. The company has achieved a new performance record at the show, delivering one million 4K write IOPS and 1.5 million read IOPS on a Z-Drive-equipped single server. The outfit's new Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD was showcased doing the damage in a single platform server by Colfax International. The rig is based on a Supermicro platform, which features an astounding 7.2TB of MLC storage. Of course, this record doesn't mean much for your next PC, but maybe the PC you'll buy in 5 years will. Progress...we'll take it... Read more...
Corsair is on a rampage at Computex. New cases, new PSUs, and now, new DDR3 memory. The company has just announced new Vengeance low-profile, high-performance DDR3 memory kits, with reduced-height heat spreaders that are ideal for space-constrained applications. The Vengeance LP is he latest in the Veng series, with these guys featuring heat spreaders with a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25 millimeters), compared to the standard height of 1.87" (47.37 millimeters). These modules are designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or other space-constrained applications that prevent the use of standard Vengeance memory. Vengeance LP memory kits... Read more...
Computex 2011 is going on this week, and that means tons of news in our space. Tons of news from companies like Corsair, which has belted out quite a few things to kick the week off. First up is the Corsair Link Kits, described as a modular hardware and software system that provides "comprehensive monitoring and control of PC cooling in lighting." In other words, the company's revealed pricing and specifications for the Corsair Link Cooling Kit and Link Cooling / Lighting Kit. The two starter packages announced today are complete solutions that allow customers to immediately enjoy the benefits of Corsair Link technology. Customers can then further expand their control with additional peripherals... Read more...
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