Computex - MSI Booth Tour
In this post a couple of photo's showing you what a presentation booth looks like at Computex. When you hit the thumbnails you can see the MSI booth from the Nangang fair ground. MSI is showing a lot of gear, obviously the MSI X58 XPower is on display, their latest and seriously greatest motherboard ever. (we reviewed it here).
Next to that they have a handful of affordable Hydra motherboards on display, which we told you about yesterday already.
Two motherboards are planned for release very soon. One based on AMD's 870 chipset and one on Intel's P55 chipset. The AMD 870 based motherboard with Hydra chip will go through life as the Fuzion 870A. The addition of 'A' means the board both USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, the latter due to the SB850 Southbridge. Two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots can accommodate a mix of so many video cards. The 870A board offers support to the new hexacore Phenom II X6 processors from AMD and also has a feature that can unlock disabled cores. The new update will get an OC Genie button for automated overclocking. The board will be equipped with military class components, DrMOS chips and components while contributing their bit to stability.
The Fuzion P55A, also with USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, it will be the cheaper version of the Big Bang to Fuzion. With a P55 chipset and LGA1156 socket it can house i3/i5/i7 Core processors. This board comes with two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. OC Genie, DrMOS, button are standard here as well. MSI's Fuzion 870A will cost approximately
eVGA to leave Europe ?
An interesting rumor comes from Hardocp today, apparantly the manager responsible for EU activies was fired. This could indicate that eVGA is leaving Europe, right after BFG left here as well. The person involved here is Hans-Wolfram Tismer and granted, i met him a couple of times when active at eVGA and Gainward is a bit iffy. It might just be the fact that he's leaving eVGA for other resons.
" Joe Darwin of EVGA explained, that "EVGA is not closing its European operations." Joe would however confirm that Wolfram was no longer with EVGA European operations, but he would not use the word "fired" to describe Wolfram's leaving. Our thoughts on this are that EVGA keeping its European operations open without Wolfram is akin to cutting the head off a snake and expecting the rest of it to survive; the body might still be moving, but is it really "alive?" Wolfram was the lifeblood of EVGA's EU operations.
It was also reported to us that EVGA had "dismissed its entire Taiwan motherboard team," and this would signal "no more motherboards coming from EVGA." Talking to Joe Darwin on this topic he laughed it off and told us that EVGA had not dismissed its motherboard team.
While the truth is not to the surface yet on the details about these rumors, it is sure that something is happening behind the scenes at EVGA. Wolfram leaving EVGA Europe is a "big deal" for the company. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, but replacing Wolfram is likely not going to be an easy exercise. As for EVGA's motherboard business, I am not sure the rumors we are hearing are fully accurate, but I would guess that something is surely playing out.
Joe Darwin's closing statement with us was that EVGA is doing "business as usual."
Update - minutes after posting this news eVGA submitted the following statement:
EVGA planning to give European operation a boost
Amsterdam, Netherlands and M
Computex - Galaxy Dual GeForce GTX 470 Fermi spotted
This is a dual GeForce GTX 470 card located at the premisis of Galaxy technology, meaning that two Fermi dies reside on the same board, along with the necessary circuitry and an apparently beefed up apportionment of GDDR5 RAM as well. Measuring in at 12 inches long, this prototype is being shown off at Computex by add-in board partner Galaxy -- probably just to prove that the mammoth undertaking is even possible.
You'll be forgiven for mistaking it for one of 3dfx's final ill-fated productions, and with a requirement for two 8-pin power connectors and a doubling of the standard 470's 215W TDP, this dualie card sure looks set for a similar future of pretty pictures and no retail viability.
Mind you this is a Galaxy prototyp, not a model design from NVIDIA. Click on the image for a large photo ;)
Affordable MSI Hydra motherboards show at Computex
As we all know next to ASUS real soon, MSI already offers Lucid Hydra based motherboards. Hydra allows you to combine ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards or a combo of the same brand yet different series.
Back at CES MSI already hinted that new motherboards would be equipped with that chip, and right now at Computex they are showing what is is to be an affordable motherboard with Lucid Hydra 200 chip. Two motherboards are planned for release very soon. One based on AMD's 870 chipset and one on Intel's P55 chipset.
The AMD 870 based motherboard with Hydra chip will go through life as the Fuzion 870A. The addition of 'A' means the board both USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, the latter due to the SB850 Southbridge. Two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots can accommodate a mix of so many video cards. The 870A board offers support to the new hexacore Phenom II X6 processors from AMD and also has a feature that can unlock disabled cores. The new update will get an OC Genie button for automated overclocking. The board will be equipped with military class componentns, DrMOS chips and components while contributing their bit to stability.
The Fuzion P55A, also with USB3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gbit / s on board, it will be the cheaper version of the Big Bang to Fuzion. With a P55 chipset and LGA1156 socket it can house i3/i5/i7 Core processors. This board comes with two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots. OC Genie, DrMOS, button are standard here as well.
MSI's Fuzion 870A will cost approximately
Computex - new Intel Atom Processor Plans, Products Outlined
Intel Corporation unveiled new products and features based on its low-power Intel Atom processor family, including plans to further differentiate the popular netbook category and expand into several new market segments beyond its growing PC, laptop and server businesses.
In the past 45 days, Intel and its Atom processor has entered a variety of markets beyond the more than 50 million Intel-based netbooks sold in the past 2 years. Intel announced a processor and MeeGo* software win with Chinese carmaker HawTai Automobile for a future in-vehicle-infotainment platform; a greater than 50-times lower platform idle power reduction with Intel's next generation Atom processor platform for handheld devices including smartphones; and a collaboration with Google*, Sony* and Logitech* to deliver a new Smart TVs experience powered by Intel Atom CE products and running Android*-based Google TV*.
Intel recently unveiled the future System on Chip (SoC) Atom-based "Tunnel Creek" that, for the first time, will allow other companies to connect their own custom silicon to Intel's SoC product. The Intel Atom processor also powers the Intel Reader, and the company has received more than 3,000 non-PC design inquiries - most new-to-Intel potential customers - ranging from fish finders to golf carts.
During his keynote, David (Dadi) Perlmutter, executive vice president and co-general manager, Intel Architecture Group, touched on these and other Intel efforts, which included showing off the world's thinnest netbook running on the upcoming mobile dual-core "Pine Trail." At just 14mm, the razor-thin "Canoe Lake" innovation platform runs cooler and is 50 percent thinner than any other netbook consumers can find on the market today. In addition, Perlmutter showed a range of other Intel Atom-based devices spanning energy efficient blade servers, retailing systems, presentation projectors and multiple tablets.
"Intel believes the strength of the Atom franchise can help consumers realize the true potential for a common experience to enable the compute continuum," said Perlmutter. "With platforms ranging from compact and portable netbooks, to Smart TV experiences and innovative tablets designs, Intel Architecture is driving innovative products based on a unique 'port of choice' software strategy."
3DMark11 Video in 1080p
For those of you who are freaks of quality and want to appreciate the newest 3DMark11 "Deep Sea" demo in full quality, here is the same video but in 1080p uploaded in FutureMarkTV, the Futuremark's Youtube Channel.
Computex - Cooler Master launches new PSUs
High-end computers are getting more and more demanding when it comes to power requirement. The latest top of the range graphics cards from both ATI and Nvidia are demanding more power than ever before and the latest flagship motherboards are equally demanding once you start pushing the limits of your system by overclocking it. As such Cooler Master deemed it right to release the new Silent Pro Gold series power supplies. The new batch comes with a nice 90 percent power efficiency under load at 220V, which gains it an 80 Plus Gold certification.
The Silent Pro Gold series features an entirely new design with several innovative and patented technologies. Cooler Master has created HTT
VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC download
For those interested, earlier in the weekend VLC Media Player 1.1.0 RC was released to the public. This (free) videplayer has the advantage of utilizing your GPU to accelerate all kinds of encoded movies like MKV.
- GPU and DSP decoding, depending on the platform
- Faster and more stable
- New codecs and HD codecs enhancements
- MKV, mp4 and avi improvements
- Important code cleanup and rewrite
- Interface and playlist reworked
- Completely Free
- MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3)
- AVI - MPEG-1/2, DIVX (1/2/3), MPEG-4 ASP, DivX 4/5/6, XviD, 3ivX D4
- ASF / WMV / WMA - WMV 3 / WMV-9 / VC-1 1, 2 1 1, 2 1 1 WMV 1/2
- MP4 / MOV / 3GP - Sorenson 1/3 (Quicktime)
- OGG / OGM / Annodex
- Matroska (MKV) - H.261 H.263 / H.263i H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
- Real - Real Video 1/2
- WAV (incuding DTS)
- Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52
- Raw DV
- FLV (Flash)
- Standard MIDI / SMF
Samsung Spinpoint HD203WI 2TB HDD review
So I was building a new NAS storage unit shortly ago for the office with the main reason to really increase storage volume for cloned drive backups. When I started browsing on the web to see what 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB HDDs cost these days, I was a little shocked. If you go high in volume and can forfeit on performance a little, you can purchase a GB for 6 cents (EUR) these days. But does it perform at the very least reasonably ?
Check out the Guru3D review here.
EVGA preps X58 SLI3 and X58 Classified3
I'm hogging this one of the colleagues of TPU, but eVGA is preparing a new rounf of X58 motherboards. eVGA is ready with two new boards, the EVGA X58 SLI3 and X58 Classified3. With this release they are making a move to USB 3.0 and SATA 6G as well.
While being based on essentially the same board design as the X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified, these boards have feature updates which include USB 3.0, and SATA 6 Gb/s. Both these features use 3rd party controllers from NEC and Marvell, and are available in 2-port forms. For existing users of X58 SLI LE and X58 Classified, EVGA developed its own 2-port USB 3.0 addon card. Check out the thumbnail for a little mroe info, courtesy of tpu.
Computex - MSI shows Golden Edition GeForce GTX 465
Doing it a little different MSI has a Golden Edition GeForce GTX 465 on display at Computex. This card uses an copper GPU heatsink, complete with copper fins, base, and heat pipes, and a copper-colored cooler shroud.
Expect this card to be quite costly (whould it ever reach the market). Well, it is a lot of bling-bling alright, but we like that :)
Silicon Power Armor A80 USB 3.0 portable hard drive
Silicon Power has unveiled a new external portable hard drive called the Armor A80. The new HDD uses a USB 3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well. The HDD is rugged, meets US military standards for drop survivability, and is water resistant to IPX7 standards.
The HDD can be submerged in water up to a meter deep for as long as 30 minutes without any damage. The USB 3.0 connectivity allows the driver to support up to 5Gbps of data transfer. Other features include a LED light to show drive activity and an integrated USB cable that tucks into the side of the drive chassis.
The drive measures 139 x 96 x 18mm and weighs 270g. The drive gets all the power it needs directly from the USB port so no AC adapters are needed. The drive is offered in 640GB, 500GB, or 320GB and it comes in blue color. Pricing and availability are unknown.
Computex - Corsair product announcements
Corsair made a couple of announcements today announcing three new products, let's have a look at them.
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower Computer
Corsair announced the Graphite Series
Computex - ASUS working on X58 Lucid Hydra based mobo
Romanian site Lab501have been able to grab a few early snapshots of what ASUS will show this year. Spotted there is X58-based motherboards, one that adopts the now-famous Lucid Hydra chip. Part of the ASUS Republic of Gamers series, the new board will enable consumers to mix Intel's high-end Core i7 processors with graphics cards from both NVIDIA and ATI.
Details lack, from the looks of it, the board is only featured with two PCI-e X16 graphics slots, which means the number of combinations available with this board is rather limited. Still, we're pretty sure you'll get the ASUS ROG Connect feature that is available for all of ASUS's latest high-end boards, as well as a number of other technologies, specifically tailored to meet the requirements of computer and overclocking enthusiasts.
Should you like to learn a thing or two on hydra, we reviewed the X58 Hydra Fuzion MSI board earlier this year, check that article here.
Click on the thumbnail if you like to see a full-size photo of this motherboard.
CoolIT A.L.C now with selection of radiators
Consumers like more choice alright and as such CoolIT is expanding its Eco ALC series of water cooling kits with options. As you have been able to read here on Guru3D.com (review here) this set is normally bundled with a 120 mm radiator, but now there is also a 80 mm, 92 mm and 240 mm version availble as well.
The new Eco watercooling kit are for both beginners and advanced users, CoolIT said. The Eco 80 and Eco 92 are primarily intended for compact systems, while the Eco 240 and Eco 240 DualHead are targeted at high-end systems. The only difference between the four new sets is as said the radiator. The pump, the CPU block, hoses, the coolant and the included fan (s) in each option remains identical.
Eco CoolIT watercooling solutions, do maintenance free and come with a universal mounting kit for Intel LGA775, AMD Socket LGA1156 and LGA1366 and AM2 (+) and AM3.
|Eco A.L.C 80||Eco A.L.C 92||Eco A.L.C 240||Eco A.L.C 240 Dual Head|
|Radiator||104 x 80 x 25 mm||125 x 92 x 29 mm||275 x 122 x 27 mm||275 x 122 x 27 mm|
|Fan(s)||1 * 80 mm, 2400 tpm||1 * 92 mm, 1800 tpm||2 * 120 mm, 1900 tpm||4 * 120 mm, 1900 tpm|
|Pump||60 x 48 x 30 mm||60 x 48 x 30 mm||60 x 48 x 30 mm||2 * 60 x 48 x 30 mm|
|Pump speed||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute||1,5 liter/minute|
|CPU-blok||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm||2 * 55 x 91,5 x 51,4 mm|
|Tubing L||280 mm||280 mm||280 mm||280 mm|
More info here
Computex - OCZ preps SandForce Based PCIe RevoDrive SSD
PCIe based SSDs have been reserved for enterprise use ever since their introduction. Generally limited by pricing, even OCZ's own forays into the PCIe SSD market have been targeted at enterprise customers. That may all change with today's announcement. Meet the RevoDrive.
This PCIe x4 card takes a pair of SF-1200 controllers and RAIDs them together, giving you roughly the performance of two SF-1200 SSDs but on a single card. Through some unique component selection OCZ aims to keep costs within 10 - 20% of a single drive. Obviously you lose TRIM support and the overall performance should be no different than a pair of SF-1200s in RAID (on a good controller/chipset), but if you need PCIe this may be an option [via anand].
Computex - ASUS to launch hardcore Game PC
Asus at a press conference at Computex announced a powerful gaming desktop will be released real soon. The gaming PC has a Core i7 980X and two Radeon HD 5870 cards on board setup in CorssfireX.
The new desktop PC comes from the Republic of Gamers team and will be named CG8490. With this game PC Asus aims at hardcore gamers
The desktop is also equipped with the fastest processor Intel has available for the consumer market, the Intel Core i7 980X. The CPU will be overclocked by 20 percent (thus 4 GHz) and will receive a luxurious 12GB DDR3 memory.
The two Radeon HD 5870's provide the necessary graphics power but will be pre-overclocked as well (no speed available).
Further specifications of the components and their respective clock frequencies are not known, but we expect it will make use of a Rampage Extreme III motherboard and likely the Matrix HD 5870 series. It's probably for the best that we do not know the pricing just yet :)
Computex - Hitachi HyDrive: SSD-equipped optical drives
The mates at Engadget are reporting that Hitachi is about to release a SSD-equipped laptop optical drive.
The HyDrive is a standard form factor optical drive (DVD burner or Blu-ray will be available), but there's a 32GB or 64B SSD (not just a strip of NAND, we're told) tucked below. When this gets stuffed within a laptop, you're immediately able to access an optical drive, an SSD (for your operating system and critical launch applications) and a spacious HDD for storing music, media, etc.
If all goes well, the first HyDrive will ship in August 2010 (in South Korea; globally in September) within the 102 Series of Moneual HTPCs, though second-generation devices will scale all the way to 256GB. Other future plans are to slim the HyDrive down and possibly shove it within a netbook, set-top box or tablet (yeah, they name dropped the iPad and HP Slate here at their Computex press briefing), and there's also plans to move from SATA 3Gbps to SATA 6Gbps in due time. Of note, the very first generation will measure in at 12.7mm thick, and we're told that it won't fit into most conventional laptops; instead, it'll be aimed at small form factor (SFF) PCs, HTPCs and other mid-tower desktops. In March 2011, however, Hitachi-LG will be embedding the SSD within the PCB assembly, enabling it to reach a 9.5mm height (and thus, a much larger target market). ASUS has also announced plans to cram the HyDrive into some of its own machines, with the Eee Top all-in-one desktop line getting 'em first and the N61DA laptop getting the slimmer second generation edition.
We aren't generally the betting type, but it seems safe to assume that a whole slew of other PC makers will hop onboard here -- there's not likely to be too much of a price hike, and the benefits in terms of overall performance and system flexibility will surely appeal to the technophile crowd. Speaking of MSRPs, the company wouldn't reveal individual stickers, noting that OEM agreements prevented that kind of disclosure. It did say that an average thin-and-light priced at $649 sans an SSD would likely be priced at $849 with a HyDrive, shedding light on an estimated $200 uptick in price with a lower-level HyDrive in place. We asked if retail sales were being considered, and were told that it was "a possibility" for future years (but it wasn't going to happen in 2010) [via engadget]