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InWin continues creative trend with H-Frame open air concept case at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 2:45 pm

Computex 2012 - InWin has impressed us over the few months. I'll be honest and say they've had some weird and wonderful designs over the year, but with their recent open air chassis designs, we've really liked what we've been seeing. We just posted our review of the InWin X-Frame recently which received an award for its features. We also awarded the X-Frame with our TweakTown Computex 2012 Recommended award today as well.




The latest unique open air design from InWin is the H-Frame which will go on sale a little later this year. The two designs we saw today featured some rather bright colors including a pink and orange version along with a black and orange version. You will have the option for a full window side panel or a regular closed panel.




The front and back of the case are open and are split with a small gap between each panel to allow for air to freely flow in and out of the case. InWin told us in their testing that some system configurations do not even require a case fan due to the open air concept of the H-Frame...

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Intel very proud of Acer Iconia W700, shows what a Windows 8 tablet should be like

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 2:23 pm

Computex 2012 - I've got to say myself that Intel did a good job of impressing us at the end of Day 3 of Computex when all we wanted to do was grab some dinner and relax somewhere.



The next demo we got from Intel was with our French friend François Piednoël who was clearly thrilled to show us what the upcoming Acer W700 tablet can do when combined with Intel processing power. Apparently the exact final processor has been decided and hence not yet announced from Acer, but it's going to be a "Core processor" of some sort according to François.




I'll say it right now - this is what a Windows 8 tablet experience should be like. I was joined by Shane and Chris at the Intel meeting and over dinner we all said that we would be buying an Acer W700. We saw very smooth and fluid tab switching under Windows 8 on the W700 as well as very solid touch scrolling and zooming in the browser, as you can see in the video above.




I haven't personally had a chance to play in-depth with many Windows 8 tablets at this stage, but I'll go out on a limb here and say this is going to be one of the best at this stage when it comes to performance. Intel says you can expect up to around eight hours of battery life.

Intel shows an Ultrabook running Diablo III smoothly, just 17 watts of power required

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 1:56 pm

Computex 2012 - Earlier on today we were invited to the invite-only Intel press suite at the Grand Hyatt here at Computex where we were introduced to some of Intel's new technologies and why they think Intel does everything better than anyone else.


That's up for you to decide for yourself if you believe it, but we'll show you some of the stuff we saw.



One of the first demos we want to show you is of Diablo III running smoothly and looking good whilst running on an Intel reference design Ultrabook. That's not overly exciting in itself, but once we tell you that the system only uses 17 watts of power to do so, that is something pretty incredible.




Check back shortly for some more coverage of our visit to the Intel press suite.

More shots of ASUS' gear, MATRIX 7970, multi-monitor gear and more stuff you'll want to throw money at

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 11:29 am

Computex 2012 - We covered the ASUS event previously, but the ASUS booth is filled with some amazing stuff. There's not much to say because the pictures will do the stall justice, with the start of this gallery a shot of 4-way GEFORCE GTX 680s, just, so, beautiful.




ASUS MARS III card powering 3 large screens in portait (a personal favorite!). Looks epic at such a large size.




A bit of both, MARS III to the left on 3 big screens, MATRIX 7970 to the right on 6 smaller screens. Just as epic.




A panoramic shot for scale, it turned out pretty good - what do you think?



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Thermaltake's Computex gear is pimp, lots of awesome stuff on show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 10:22 am

Computex 2012 - Just like NVIDIA, we visited the Thermaltake grounds today as yesterday was floor to ceiling packed. Thermaltake really take care of you when you're there, and were some of the best guys and girls of the event so far. Ramsom is one of the best guys I've met since being in Taipei and we got to talking about various cases, peripherals, and more.




What impressed me the most were the Level 10, and Level 10 GT cases... I know my good friend Lee will be reading this right now and nodding his head in agreement. Next move he'll go to

Facebook and say "I told you so!", and so he should - these things kick arse. There are so many different variants of colors and themes of them at the booth, we're going to just show them off and stop talking about them, have a look.







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We check out the NVIDIA stand at Computex, and survived to tell the tale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 9:27 am

Computex 2012 - I'm sure you're aware of our relationship with NVIDIA, and yesterday we walked through their stand in Nangang at Computex. I noticed that my badge was getting looked at by virtually everyone, so I don't know if the staff were told to look out for certain media, but it felt like it. I thought I'd ask for a t-shirt, lanyard, etc - as I'm still a fan of the company, but all I got was a lanyard. We decided to visit again today, and got the same looks, but had more time there as it wasn't so wall-to-wall crazy busy. First up we have the GEFORCE GTX 680 and some awards it won.




Next up we hit the ASUS ROG PCs, where there was a StarCraft II session happening with some pro-gamers, check out the shots below.




A nice panoramic so you can get a feel of the scale of the event itself.



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Antec unveils white-colored P280 case, as well as a sweet concept case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 8:00 am

Computex 2012 - Antec had a very, very sweet setup here in the halls of Nangang, where they had their new white-colored P280 case, with a high-specced rig inside. 4-way NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 cards, Intel's Core i7-3930K, but the surprising bit was it was powered by two power supplies. Antec's High Current Pro Platinum HCP-1300 and HCP-1000. Crazy, right? Check out the pics.




A nice shot of Antec's HCP-1000 Platinum with a side-window, unfortunately this won't be how it is in the box.






The range of colors for the Antec P280



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A tour of the GeIL stand, memory, gaming gear, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 7:30 am

Computex 2012 - Walking through these halls in Nangang is crazy, there is almost too much to see, which is sometimes overwhelming. Then you meet some great guys over at the GeIL booth and they walk you through some of their gear. GEiL are just one division of a three-part company. GEiL covers the memory/storage side of things, Epic Gear covers peripherals such as keyboards, mice and mouse mats, then finally we have power supplies covered by Thortech.




First up we have shots of the Meduza mouse from Epic Gear, which felt great in my hand. The mouse mat under it has 8 layers and can flex back on itself and is an absolute joy to use. I noticed it felt smoother than most other mice I've used at Computex and asked the guy if the monitor was a 120Hz screen, which it was. Nice to see GEiL using a super-smooth 120Hz screen to their advantage with a smooth mouse and mouse mat combo.






The Meduza sports dual-sensors, one optical, one lazer for precision. This is great for those who switch between first-person shooters and MMOs, there is a toggle for 'optical', 'host', and 'laser'. Another surprise was their Compoxite mouse mat which is completely water-proof. This is great for those gamer rage sessions where you might accidentally spill a drink across your mouse mat.

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MSI's EyeFinity-capable GX60, GTX 670M-powered GT60 stand in front of the camera for us

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 6:51 am

Computex 2012 - MSI's notebook range expands for what seems every few minutes, and Computex 2012 is no different. Today we checked out their GT60 and GX60 notebooks for a quick peek. The GT60 features MSI's Super RAID design, includes the fastest online gaming response thanks to its Killer Gaming Network card, and is the world's first (and exclusive!) GAMING keyboard by SteelSeries, check it out below. It even crams in NVIDIA's GEFORCE GTX 670M GPU, as well as Intel's third-generation Ivy Bridge CPU.




Next up we have MSI's GX60, which is powered by AMD's APU, the A10-4600M, backed up by an AMD Radeon HD 7970M GPU. Those specs not enough to get you revved up? How about the fact that the GX60 is EyeFinity-capable. Yes, this notebook is compatible with the 3-screen tech from AMD, EyeFinity. Filling out the specs we have the same Super RAID as its brother above, as well as a Killer Gaming Network card.






MSI also had the GE60 on show, which sports an Intel Core i7-3610M, GEFORCE GT 650M, a 15.6-inch Full HD display and some very nice looks.



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E3 Day 2 in brief: Babes, games, and stay the course

By: Trace Hagan | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 6:08 am

The title enticed you to read this article, didn't it? No? Well, a promise is a promise, so let's do a top three booth babes countdown. Gree's costumed beauty gets third place. Sorry for the slightly bad picture.




Nyko babe gets second place, simply because of the costume she was in. Not bad looking either.


I have to give the gold to Trion's babe as she is the best costumed.


There are a few honorable mentions that I will be putting on Facebook later today. I didn't just check out the babes, though, as this is a gaming show. I got the grand tour of several indie games and was impressed. While these games may not have had the fit and finish of the major game studio games, they featured innovative game play ideas. Often these games were created by one or two people, and sometimes in a short period of time.


Borderlands 2 was on display, but I didn't get a chance to go hands-on. Just like Crysis, they were also not allowing photos or video to be taken of the game. ZombiU appears to be better than expected and not just some over-hyped game that ends up flopping once people get their hands on it.


Nothing interesting has come out of Microsoft or Sony at this E3, but that is often how it is. Next year will be massive, if the rumors are true, when Microsoft and Sony launch their next-gen consoles. For now, they are pushing the PS3 and 360.

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