COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - As well as stopping by the notebook department during our GIGABYTE visit on the 36th floor at Taipei 101 today, we of course made a stop with the motherboard who had no shortage of new motherboards to show off.
Dino from GIGABYTE Australia was on hand to introduce three new boards, but kind of got a little shy when it came to the third and very new board. We got a look at their new AMD 990FX motherboard that was released today that finally brings all the big GIGABYTE features to the AMD platform in the flavor of the UD7.
Next up we also got a look at the Z68-Gaming motherboard. You might remember the previous range of gaming series motherboards from GIGABYTE based on the P65 chipset. The word was that if that range was successful and sold well, the gaming series would continue. Obviously it was a successful move by GIGABYTE to focus more on gamers and sales must have been good as we get the new Intel Z68 chipset with gaming mobo treatment from the Taiwanese mobo maker.
And finally and probably the one board that most are excited about, the upcoming Intel X79. Intel all of a sudden allowed motherboard markers to display dummy samples of their upcoming X79 mobos - of course on the same day as AMD released its new flagship chipset, the 990FX...
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Earlier on today we stopped by the GIGABYTE meeting rooms on the 36th floor of Taipei 101 where we spoke to Nick from the notebook department.
He gave us a quick rundown and hands-on with the upcoming M2432 that is due to go on sale later this summer. This is a 14-inch laptop running a Core i5 processor and it comes with all the goodies such as USB 3.0 and HDMI. It weighs in at 1.8kg and is rather thin, too.
Nothing against the notebook itself, but what really makes the package special is the included docking station that it comes with. Idea being, when you are on the road, you don't need intensive graphics so the onboard Intel HD graphics suffice and once you dock you are automatically switched over to the NVIDIA GT440 graphics. Mind you, the dock also includes HDMI and DVI output, six extra USB 2.0 ports and gigabit LAN.
Watch the video above for a good look at what is to come from the M2432 later on this year. No details on pricing at this stage of the game.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 31st, 2011
Computex 2011 Coverage
- Computex 2011 International Press Conference New Product Preview @ Techwarelabs
- Asus Unveils Padfone, New Notebooks and Netbooks at Computex 2011 @ Hot Hardware
- Aria.co.uk Gladiator i5 4.4GHz Z68 Bundle @ Overclock3D
- Hewlett Packard EliteBook 8560p Notebook @ Hot Hardware
- GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX Motherboard @ Overclockers Club
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Today we stopped by the OCZ booth where in typical style we saw a whole bunch of new storage products from the company who keeps pumping out new SSDs.
First up we got a look at the Z-Drive R4 88 which is an enterprise easily out of reach for most end-users. This is a drive intended for very intensive applications and the demo OCZ had on display in a Supermicro server was pushing over ONE MILLION IOPS. Yes, you read that right.
Next up we get into the creative area and see the new RevoDrive Hybrid. As the name suggests, this is a PCI Express based SandForce SSD that comes with 60GB of flash memory. Unlike a typical SSD, that flash is not accessibile and is instead used as a cache to dramatically speed up the performance of the bundled 500GB or 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive. In the video above, you can see it hitting over 700MB/s.
And finally we finish up with the RevoDrive 3 X2. This is the newest PCI Express SSD to come out from SSD which uses the latest generation SandForce controllers to deliver an amazing 1500MB/s read speeds.
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If $60 per recycled game wasn't enough, Activision Blizzard are launching an online service dubbed Call of Duty Elite that will work with the next outing in the COD universe, Modern Warfare 3 as well as future installments of the game. The monthly subscription fee will let users gain access to extra content that won't be available on discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give new levels to play.
Activision hasn't announced the cost of the Elite service, but it's expected to be at the $8 per month level, which isn't too bad and would sit side by side with the pricing of a Netflix account for example. Another feature of the Elite monthly cost will be tools available to the player in the form of analyzing performance within the game, such as stats on which weapons have been the most successful in killing enemies.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Corsair has debuted their Force Series GT range of Solid State drives and they're quite the performer. First thing you see is that the drive is race car red, so very sexy. Secondly, they're available in 120 and 240GB configurations, thirdly; performance. Performance wise the drives are very, very fast. The Force Series 3 120GB is capable of 550/510MB/sec sequential read/writes with the 240GB slightly faster with 550/520MB/sec sequential read/write performance. Near SATA 6Gbps speeds from a single drive!
Now onto the goodies, if you thought that was impressive; max random 4k write provides insane results of 85k iOPS. This is the faster as OCZ's top "Max IOPS" drive - Corsair has done it again. Even they advertise it as "There's fast, and then there's fast". You tell 'em Corsair.
AMD have pushed 5 million Fusion-based processors into the market, taking pot shots at Intel's ageing Netbook franchise. Netbooks are usually sub-$350 laptops that are average in specs and are all within a certain spec limit of each other. This makes the market stagnant as there aren't many differences between them. Because of the tablet market being so successful for Apple and now Google, this Netbook market is shrinking.
Above, we have a shot of Sony's AMD-powered Y series "small laptop". AMD however, told CNet it had "sold out" of their Fusion processor in it's recent fiscal quarter. Raymond Dumbeck, product marketing manager for AMD's mobile products had said "Demand far exceeded supply". AMD has said they have delivered about 5 million Fusion chips since their introduction in Q4 2010, and that includes between 3.5 and 4 million in the most recent (Q1 2011) quarter.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Besides just looking at the Quanta 10-inch Honeycomb tablet yesterday at the Qualcomm press conference here in Taipei, Nicole also spotted a bunch of 7-inch Android 2.3 tablets sitting around which all of course are powered by Snapdragon processors.
There were four tablets on display from OEMs including the HTC Flyer that we have already seen before.
Check out the video above for a look at some new 7-inch tablets that may or may not be hitting the market in the months ahead.