MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC review
MSI does what it does best, customizing hardware. They took the R6950 GPU, and threw the rest away. They designed a new PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped some really cool memory on the card and topped off that GPU with the all new Twin Frozr III cooler. We take this card over a full GHz today on the graphics core, and that says a lot about the sturdy design alright.
Check out the full review here.
Computex 2011 - Patriot
Its always good to meet up with the folks at Patriot. New on display they had a low profile G2 series memory for the AMD platforms available in 1333 Mhz up-to 1600 in 4GB and 8GB kits. On the somewhat more extreme side you'll see 'Devision 4' memory, which i feel is the coolest looking memory ever. The kits will be up-to 16GB at 4GB per dimm with a maximum clock frequency of 2133 MHz, unfortunately these was no info available on CAS latency just yet.
The Patriot Wildfire SATA 6G / SandForce 2200 256GB SSD was on display as well. With 500 MB/second read and writes this drive should not suck alright. There will also be a 128 and 64 GB version available.
One of the cooler things (and I realized by saying I now can truly be called a geek) is the 128GB size USB 3.0 flashdrive called the SuperSonic Magnum. Available in 128, 64 and 32 GB sized thus flash drive is based on 8-channel technology, and that means read speeds up-to 200 MB/sec and write perf can reach 120MB/sec. Go check out all the cute stuff in the photo gallery.
Computex 2011 - Thermaltake
Thermaltake was present at the tradeshow as well and though we did have a chat with Dutch marketing we had very little time to cover everything as we had one last appointment and then needed to head out to the Airport. hence we can only show you some of the new chassis. Thermaltake is taking their chassis from top to bottom, meaning from now to Q3 you'll see some new announcements with very affordable chassis but also the successor to the level 10 GT design chassis. Go check out some of the new stuff, there are some excellent photo's in there covering all new and upcoming chassis. We had a good chat with Thermaltake and we will bring you reviews on their products soon as well, as its about time we get that started.
You can check the photo gallery here. For now this is a our last report coming from Taipei. Tomorrow we'll start broadcasting from Europe again, with a lot better packet-loss free Internet.
Computex 2011 - Gigabyte does it all
Gigabyte had a massive booth over at the TWTC tradeshow hall, the real good stuff they where showing over at the 36th floor of the Taipei 101 (one of he highest buildings in thee world). Gigabyte is working on new gaming mouse's, yet also a mouse that has a touchpad embedded as well. So you can move the mouse or use the upper surface touchpad, a weird combination which can be considered similar to the shape of the mouse as it's square'ish.
VGA card wise ... well really we reviewed all their OC and SOC products of course and these where on display. New however is a WindForce 2 design cooler based on a bigger cooler and fans. The first product to carry the new cooler will be the GTX 560 SOC edition.
In the motherboard side you guys have seen and heard about it all I guess, A75, Z68 and X79 for Sandy Bridge-E processors are predominantly on display. Have a peek at the photo-booth.
Computex 2011 - Fractal Design
The name that popped out of nowhere a year and a half ago is Fractal design. With some impressive chassis like the R2 and R3 taking a good position in the high-end segment they did feel a need to release products in the entry level and mid-range segment. New chassis like the Core 1000, 2000 and 3000 serve a budget to mid-range segment, and the new ARC series target the mid-range segment. We have a couple of photo's in the gallery waiting for you to looked at. We actuaally have a core 3000 review coming up next week.
Small sidenote, the photo of the huge Icecube with the chassis inside ... that's real, the froze it in in a Nordic country, flew it over to taiwan, and 15K later ... that's lighting and refreshening up the booth as enry point. Have a peek, and you'll know what I mean.
Computex 2011 - AData shows Cache SSDs memory and storage
Adata the company know for their storage technologies best had a massive booth at Computex this year. On demo where a lot off products, the hot stuff amongst it where the S511 Sate 6G SSD drives. These puppies run incredible speeds in the 500MB/sec range thanks to SandForce 2200 series controllers.
They where showing their PSU line, traditional their memory line with for example the Plus series revsision 2.0 1600 MHz DDR3 DIMM modules but also a new XPG series of quad DIMM memory kit of modules at 1333 MHZ at 8GB a piece, that's 24 gigs my man, check out the photo's on that, very cool stuff.
Extremely impressive it the USB 3.0 FLASH N005 PRO storage unit with multiple data channels, the little 64Gb stick runs 100 to 130MB/sec, not bad for a USB 3.0 storage unit alright. You'll also notice some HDD enclosures. Last but not least, Gigabyte has announced a full line-up of future Z68-based motherboards that will include an onboard mSATA connection, enabling you to plug a small SSD directly into the motherboard.
ADATA is going to sell these cute little storage cache SSDs that you can use as Intel Smart response technology (please read our Z68 review on that). The XM13 SSD Cache units should be priced aggressively on the market, perhaps even bundled with Gigabyte's motherboard. The storage unit will get SLC based memory so its fast and very durable. Have a peek at the photo's we took over here.
Computex 2011 - Day 0 Begins - ECS X79 and A75
Hello all and a very warm welcome to Guru3D's visit to Taipei in Taiwan, where we'll visit the Computex 2011 exhibition.
You can find the landing page for all Computex 2011 related content right here. Guru3D will be attending the Computex in Taiwan. In collaboration with ECS Elitegroup we'll travel half way around the globe. The Computex in Taipei is a computer expo held annually at the Taipei World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan. The first Computex expo held in 1981 started out as a place where small and medium sized businesses in Taiwan's nascent computer industry could display their products.
As Taiwan's information technology industry took off in the early 1990s, Computex has since rapidly expanded and become an important showcase for IT industry. Now it has become the second largest computer expo in the world (after CeBIT) and the largest in Asia, with participation from major manufacturers such as Intel, AMD, ATI, NVIDIA, and others.
Because of the large number of companies involved in the production of computer hardware in Taiwan, COMPUTEX has become a favorite location for observers hoping to get a preview of new hardware and trends in that field.
Today is day 0 - the before the event starts, we've already browsed the primary tradeshow grounds at the Nangang facility and we've been able to catch a thing or two on camera already.
Being our sponsor, first dibs go to ECS. This is day 0 as mentioned, everybody is still building their booths. In the middle, oh yes .. Intel's X79 chipset is on display. Meet the X79R-A, Intel's next platform for enthusiasts will get a 2011-pin LGA socket, the Sandy Bridge-E (enthusiast) processor that features a massive quad-channel DDR3 memory controller and 32+ lane PCI-Express 2.0 hub, and the X79 chipset.
All the way to the right, AMD Llano, That's the A75F-M for AMD's A series APUs based on socket FM1. This dual-channel 1866 MHz compatible Micro ATX motherboard has four dimm slots, six SATA 6G ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel Realtek audio and obviously will have Radeon DX11 graphics embedded into the processor, it will have two USB 3.0 ports, DSUB, DVI and HDMI.
Obviously we will not forget about the x-chromosome species this year, as it seems ... as important as the actual hardware :) The coming hours we'll have some more photo's and kit to show you, yes Computex 2011 kicks off.
Computex 2011 - eVGA
I have to cut this one short as my bus to the airport leaves in 30 minutes, but eVGA was in a suite in the Hyatt hotel in Taipei. On display the latest liquid cooled GTX 580 cards, the somewhat late to market P67 motherboard, in the works are Z68 and upcoming Sandy-Bridge E processor supporting motherboards. eVGA let us know that after the sudden leave of many mobo employees, the team has been built up again ensuring a strong share in the motherboard market with enthusiast class products.
Also some photo's of the latest graphics cards are in there. Have a peek right here.
Computex 2011 - Enermax
The king of power supplies and fans was at Computex as well. Enermax is showing off their upcoming PSU ranges, yes the Platinum qualified series is nearly ready. Have a peek at them in the photo gallery.
New in the lineup are some new ventilators as well, be sure to peek at the new prototype chassis offerings as well. Also in the works is a mechanical keyboard, which again you can spot in the gallery, but please let me remind you that it is a prototype alright. Chrck out the gallery here.
Computex 2011 - Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Multiview and Z68-ITX WiFi
Over at the Zotac booth there was quite a bit of new kit on display, also behind the scenes some interesting NDA stuff hah ! Zotac is gooing strong with the cutest form-factor motherboards and even have a model based on the Z68 chipset on that. Here's a little PR snippet on that:
The Z68-ITX WiFi and Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme
Computex 2011 - Noctua to release new CPU coolers
It is always nice to meet the guys from Noctua. As you all know we've tested pretty much all of their offerings and evangelize them a lot, their products are high-end, somewhat expensive but always worth every penny as the cooling capacity is awesome and the sheer silence always great.
Noctua has been working on a new fan, and you might just say a fan is just a fan .. well not for Noctua, pure and sheer science at work is what you are about to see and what they have been developing for two years, can you imagine that ?
we can't help it, but we are fans of their fans. Currently I lack the background info from a PDF they have send out as Internet is so fricking bad over here. But have a close look at the photo-gallery as these are the most advanced fans in terms of research and development I have ever seen.
Cooler wise there will be some new models introduced as well, take a closer look at the upcoming cooler there are some prototypes in there as well. Sorry for the lack of info, but the internet is caving in here at the moment. In a later stage (next week) I'll likely post some more information on the new models and that new fan, which very much draws my attention. Check out the gallery here.
Computex 2011 - Gelid has the best boothbabes
We dropped by Gelid, known from their recent entry in the cooler market for a quick chat. New in the lineup (to be released) is an all new model high-perf heatpipe cooler tagged as the GX7 with as you can guess seven heatpipes. The cooler follows that somewhat regular design offering high-end perf versus acceptable noise levels verus a competitive price. We expect the cooler to retail for roughly 40~45 USD.
They also had a new low profile cooler on displaay and their latest model VGA cooler supporting even the GTX 580 and also a prototype VGA cooler, bigger phatter and thus offering more capacity. The white chassis in the photo gallery is actually also a project that they started, which should sell in Q3.
Oh and I saved the best for last in the Gelid photo-shoot. The cutest girlss you can think of, showing hardware just for you guys ... what more could you wish for eh ? :)
Check out the Gelid Computex gallery right here.
Computex 2011 - Club3D goes CoolStream
Known predominantly in Europe Club3D was at Computex with a meeting place as well. We quickly hopped by and took some photo's of their latest custom cooler graphics cards called coolstream. Club3D offers both ATI and NVIDIA cards, new in the low-end range the passive cooled models. They recently also started a PSU line ranging from regular to high-end and an upcoming product is a little USB extension that allows you to connect another monitor.
Take for example a laptop, plug in a USB device, install the driver and hook up an external monitor. Up to 6 devices and thus monitors are supported with a resolution support of slightly over 19x12 per monitor, go check out the photo's right here.
Computex 2011 - Asrock Booth
With the speed of lightning we had to go by the Asrock booth, they had a great number of motherboards on display, amongst them all new A75, 990FX, Z68 and other motherboards. Also on display the new Vision 3D HTPC Series and CoreHT. The newly-launched CoreHT HTPC Series provide users a chance of experiencing a media center. A Intel Sandy Bridge processor allows this platform to support Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Built-in Visuals. With the support of Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D playback via HDMI v1.4a output, users are ensured to watch the fantastic 3D movies completely.
Have a peek at the Computex booth right here.
Computex 2011 - MSI Booth
Good lordy .. internet sucks from Taiwan to the EU .. 60% packet loss on HINET on average, aah well we'll keep trying and pushing if not we'll catch up with our coverage over the weekend when we are back in Europe.
In the following gallery I wanted to give you a small overview of some of the MSI components. Of course the new GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme Edition was the primary card being released by MSI at computex. Since we already reviewed it we strongly suggest to read that content if you did not do so already.
More news on the Z68 motherboard we mentioned earlier on Monday, we confirmed it is indeed PCIE 3.0 ready, and that will kick in with the combination of the upcoming revised Sandy Bridge processors. It's a kickass motherboard alright.
Another motherboard we have pending for review is MSI's 990FX, we have a photo of it and the board itself already arrived at Guru3D for a review soon. Anyway we already covered a lot of MSI stuff here at Computex, have a peek. See the photo gallery right here.
Computex 2011 - Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 Kits
Vengeance LP memory features 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 will be available in a variety of colors, including Jet Black, Cerulean Blue,and a Special Edition Arctic White. Like the original Vengeance, all Vengeance LP modules are designed to operate at 1.5V, making them ideal for use in 2nd Generation Intel® Core
Computex 2011 - Corsair H80 and H100 Hydro Liquid CPU Coolers
The Hydro Series H80 and H100 feature the latest cooling performance technology, simple installation, and maintenance-free operation. Both include a low-profile, light-weight cooling unit with a micro-channel copper cold plate and a split-flow manifold for superior cooling, and digital fan control, allowing the user to select between low-noise, balanced, and maximum cooling modes. The H80 includes a double-thick 120mm radiator for compatibility with virtually all standard ATX PC cases. The top-of-the-line H100 uses a dual 120mm radiator for even better performance, and is compatible with PC cases that provide mounting capability for a standard 240mm radiator.
Both the H80 and H100 include a Corsair Link digital connector, allowing them to take full advantage of the new Corsair Link
Computex 2011 - Corsair Carbide Series of PC Cases
The Carbide Series 400R and 500R have been designed for PC gamers with the same builder-friendly philosophy as the award-winning Obsidian Series