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Gigabyte shows off P55 motherboards at Computex
Gigabyte had rented half the floor in the Taipei 101, their GOOC finals where held here. but also they had a wide variety off products on display.
This is the GA-EP55-UD4. Another P55 based Lynfield ready motherboard. Gigabyte had several models on display actually. P55 definitely is going to compete with X58 overclocking wise. Now we'll just have to wait and see how the processors like that fact.
eVGA shows mATX X58 motherboard at Computex
Over at Computex eVGA was showing an mATX design X58 motherboard as well.
The product is labeled EVGA X58 SLI Micro with SKU 141-BL-E756. The board is pretty spiffy and comes wwith two PCI-Express x16 2.0 slots that allow for dual-slot SLI cards.
This X58 SLI Micro will have a 6-phase analog PWM design with a single EPS 12v connector. As expected, the board comes with six triple-channel DDR3 1600MHz slots, six SATA II 3.0Gb/s slots, an onboard LED for POST codes and temperature monitoring.
ASUS Gene .. say hi to eVGA ...
Cooler Master Power Supply with LAN capability at Computex
So this is a totally new concept that Cooler Master is working on. They want to create a PSU series with integrated LAN over your power lines. Cooler Master places Ethernet network into power supplies with the Power LAN 700W by incorporating PLC (Programmable Logic Controller).
Now Power LAN is not something new, and always has been plagued by a lot of packet loss due to the many devices connected to the grid in your house. But claims are that this kit is capable of 200 MBit/s.
Though this is a mockup and prototype only, the idea is of course very interesting. We'll tell you more when we know more.
Corsair demos H50 liquid cooling at Computex
In collaboration with Asetek Corsair developed the new H50. it is a new self-contained CPU liquid cooling product called the H50. Though it is quite obviously based on an Asetek unit, Corsair claims that this is the best performing unit Asetek has ever developed and that Corsair has exclusive rights to sell it.
From what we have seen here at Computex, it performs well. But we'll likely check that out in a review with hands on experience rather than seeing preconfigured systems running Prime95.
More on this product in our next Computex update.
Computex 2009 Day 2 - The Nangang Resurrection
Today we continue where we left off yesterday at Computex... the Nangang facility. There's just so much to do and see here that we have to finish off this facility first, and then we'll head on over to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where dozens of suites are rented by companies... and where products are displayed as much as on the exhibition grounds.
In this editorial we look at some of the latest products from Patriot, G.Skill, ASUS and Silverstone. In the following article, likely in the next 12 hours, we'll post some additionaal stuff from Cooler Master, Arctic Cooling, and then head on over to the Hyatt to see what OCZ, Corsair and others are presenting.
But let's have a peek at Day 2 first shall we?
Click here to read the article.
- Computex 2009 landing page
- Computex 2009 Day 0 - Before it all begins
- Computex 2009 Day 1 - Hello Nangang
- Computex 2009 Day 2 - More Nangang
ASUS Mars series Dual GPU based GTX 285 - 4GB memory.
Microsoft Offers Free 3 Month TechNet Plus Subscription
Our colleagues over at Ars Technica reported a very special offer from Microsoft, today. Usually costing $349 (download-only) or $599 (download and DVD shipments), Microsoft currently offers a full Microsoft TechNet Plus subscription for three months, completely free of charge:
"A Microsoft TechNet Plus subscription is aimed at IT Professionals who want full-version Microsoft software, beta software, professional support incidents, managed newsgroup support, a technical information library, Microsoft eLearning courses, online concierge chat, the TechNet Magazine, and many other resources for evaluating, deploying, and maintaining Microsoft software.
After clicking on the special link, hit the Buy button. Fill out all the necessary information: First Name, Last Name, Street Address, City / Town, State, Postal Code, E-mail, and Contact Phone. If you need the DVD media for the software you will be testing, you'll need a valid address in Canada, the US, or the UK. Otherwise, give an appropriate address of your choice, and enjoy the download access to tons of free Microsoft software. Once you're done all that, you will get to a thank you page with all your information that you can print for your records. However, you're not done yet. There are three more steps:
- Sign In: Visit the TechNet Subscriptions Benefits Portal (you may be prompted to re-sign in using your Windows Live ID).
- Register: You will be required to enter your first name, last name, e-mail address (exactly as they appear in your "Ship to" information) and Benefit Access Number: XXXXXXXXXX and accept the license terms.
- Access Benefits: Once you have completed the registration, you will be able to access your online benefits, including Subscriber Downloads from the TechNet Subscriptions Management page. Each time you visit you will sign in using your Windows Live ID."
Xbox 360 Motion Camera Revealed
Yesterday, Microsoft revealed their rumored answer to the Nintendo Wii. Project Natal was the code name for a motion camera used to play and control your Xbox 360 - hands free. Presented at the currently ongoing E3 Expo 2009 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009) at the L.A. Convention Center.
Just like the Wii's sensor bar, the Xbox 360 "controller bar", including a camera, a microphone and sensors, sits either on top or below the TV and tracks your movement and translates it into digital signals:
"Compatible with any Xbox 360 system, the "Project Natal" sensor is the world's first to combine an RGB camera, depth sensor, multi-array microphone and custom processor running proprietary software all in one device. Unlike 2-D cameras and controllers, "Project Natal" tracks your full body movement in 3-D, while responding to commands, directions and even a shift of emotion in your voice.
In addition, unlike other devices, the "Project Natal" sensor is not light-dependent. It can recognize you just by looking at your face, and it doesn't just react to key words but understands what you're saying. Call a play in a football game, and players will actually respond."
Windows 7 Available in Stores October 22nd
So the rumors were actually true. Microsoft announced today that their upcoming operating system, Windows 7, is going to be available in stores: October 22, 2009.
"We feel confident that we will deliver Windows 7 with our partners on Oct. 22," Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Microsoft's Windows business, said.
"While the date confirms Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft will be able to get the latest version of its most important product onto retailer's shelves and into manufacturer's computers by the all-important holiday season, it also means the company will miss some opportunity to get the product into the hands of school children and students going back to school in the fall."
Tales of Monkey Island Announced
In case you like graphical adventure games, Tales of Monkey Island, developed by Telltale Games and LucasArts, might be exactly your cup of tea. Fans of the old Monkey Island series probably still remember Guybrush Threepwood, the protagonist whom you will continue to be playing as in five monthly episodes. The first episode is going to be published on July 7, 2009 on PC and Wii. Apparently, "many series veterans, including designers Dave Grossman and Mike Stemmle, composer Michael Land and voice of Guybrush Dominic Armato" are participating in the creation of this new installment of Monkey Island.
One last tidbit ofr the fans of the series: "A revamp of The Secret of Monkey Island was also unveiled, updating the series's first title with fully redrawn graphics, re-mastered score and full voiceover. Developed internally at LucasArts, Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition modernises the title with fully redrawn scenes and graphics, and the control bar replaced by a popup menu offering all the original SCUMM options. Armato will also voice Guybrush here. Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition will be released on PC and Xbox Live Arcade later in the summer."
Computex 2009 - Day 1 - Hello Nangang
Hello everyone and welcome to day one of Computex. Today three exhibitions started here in Taipei / Taiwan. Our focus today will be visiting a lot of companies located in the Nangang facility.
In part one of day 1 coverage we'll visit Inno3D, In-Win, Ikonik, MSI, Noctua, Enermax, Titan and PowerColor.
You can read this article here.
Intel Plans New Chip Plant In Israel
According to an article in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Intel plans to build another chip manufacturing plant in southern Israel by 2012 at a cost of $2.5 billion.
"The newspaper said Intel executives had been holding meetings with Israeli government officials to determine whether the company would be eligible to receive grants for the plant. Intel's $3.5 billion Fab 28 plant in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat started mass production in February of 45 nanometre-wide processors. It will reach full production capacity by the end of the year. Intel received a state grant of $525 million for Fab 28."
ASUS Dual GTX 285 card shows at Computex
Remember the dual GTX 285 based card we talked about earlier ? ASUS is showwing it at Computex. The card, although retains the name Mars "GeForce GTX 295", same device ID, and is compatible with existing NVIDIA drivers, has two huge innovations put in by ASUS, which go far beyond being yet another overclocked GeForce GTX 295: the company used two G200-350-B3 graphics processors, the same ones that make the GeForce GTX 285. The GPUs have all the 240 shader processors enabled, and also have the complete 512-bit GDDR3 memory interface enabled.
This dual-PCB monstrosity holds 32 memory chips, and 4 GB of total memory (each GPU accesses 2 GB of it). Apart from these, each GPU system uses the same exact clock speeds as the GeForce GTX 285: 648/1476/2400 MHz (core/shader/memory).
ASUS working on new GPU Tweak Utility
Over at Computex 09 ASUS is showing their new Tracker 2 tweak software. This software goes really far, certain GPU's can be overclocked with is rather deep. Up-to voltage tweaking, and even memory timings. More on their new products and this tool in a (to post later) Computex update.
Here we see some of the features for their Matrix GeForce GTX 285 series cards.
MSI SyrenSound Hardcore surfaces at Computex
If you have not read day 1 of the Computex article just yet, check out the new soundcard offering from MSI.
As you guys have read MSI recently announced their Syren series sound products. This is the SyrenSound Hardcore, which should be a really high-end soundcard priced at roughly 200 USD. The SyrenSound X-Fi sound card is powered by Creative Audio Processor CA0110, optimized for PCI Express to deliver accelerated audio while supporting X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio technology.
We'll make very sure to get this reviewed once available.
Silverstone shows raven 2 chassis at Computex
There first raven chassis was absolutely amazing, the second one will stun even more. Silverstone is set to release their raven 2 chassis soon. The chassis is in all it's ways weird, key feature .. the motherboard is placed into the chassis in a 90 degree angle, meaning the back panel is not located at the top of the chassis so all hot air (which travels upwards) is exhausted at the top of the chassis. of course a nice cover blinds all cables etc. More on this chassis in the next Computex report.
Intel Core i7 975 processor review - From fast to furious
The processor tested today will run at a steady 3.33 GHz, roughly 133 MHz faster than its 965 Extreme predecessor. It is running steady at 6,4GT/s QPI as well. This also will be an Extreme Edition processor, meaning it will have unlocked multipliers, and that means we can overclock the living daylights out of it.
Today at launch day the processor popped up in several web shops already at a selling price of 999 USD and in the EU roughly 950~999 EUR is what we are seeing right now.
Yes it is the much rumored Core i7 975 Extreme Edition processor that is launching today. We have a review for you to check that sweet performance out.
Oh and to top it all off, we'll use a sweet OCZ Blade 2133 MHz memory kit (!) with the processor as well.
You can read this Guru3D article right here.
EA and Crytek Announce Crysis 2
It seems today is one of those days when the gaming news are just pouring in with no end in sight. Anyway. This one is probably an announcement many gamers were looking forward to for quite some time already. Today, Electronic Arts announced that it has agreed with Crytek to publish Crysis 2.
But not only that, Crysis 2 is the first game from German developer Crytek that is not only going to be released on the PC, but on PS3 and Xbox 360, as well.
"The development of Crysis 2 marks a major stepping stone for our studio," said Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, adding "This is not only the next game in the Crysis franchise, it's the first title we are developing for consoles and the first title being built on CryENGINE 3. We are excited to have the support of EA Partners again as we work together to make the launch of Crysis 2 a huge event."
Microsoft Introduces New Search Engine Called Bing
Rumored for quite some time already, Microsoft presented its new search engine "Bing" today which replaced their existing offering, Live Search. Besides an improved indexing algorithm, Microsoft promises that Bing is a lot more user friendly and also integrates the shopping portal Ciao which they acquired last year for $486m.
You have several search categories to choose from when you visit Bing. Among others, some of them are: images, videos, shopping, news, etc.. A daily changing background image is supposed to make it more visually appealing. The first impression seems solid, but whether Microsoft can finally compete with Google remains to be seen.