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KingSpec PCIe 2.0 8x SSD in hand, pictured, coming to TweakTown Enterprise Division

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:30 am

Computex 2012 - Today we met with KingSpec and had some hands on time with their new PCI Express product that has up very excited.

 

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The new card is designed for the entry level enterprise market but with the low price of around 3,500 USD (2TB, projected price) we see this product making it's way to the high end workstation market as well.

 

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We now have a bit more info on the card. At first we thought only one side of the card was populated but as you see in this image, both sides hold mSATA ports for a total of eight. The performance should be amazing and we are quite excited to have one on the way. For our review we'll test the new card in our standard consumer / workstation tests and then ship it over to Paul for a round of enterprise tests.

 

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KingSpec also manufactures 2.5" form factor SSDs. Here we see a standard 9.5mm model and a new updated 7mm model.

 

We have products in bound from KingSpec and lining up KingSpec with some contacts that might be able to bring the brand to the US market.

ASUS loses its mind and teases Computex crowd with Zeus concept X79 mobo

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:24 am

Computex 2012 - One of the most insane (and that's a good thing) things we've seen at Computex so far is the Zeus concept X79 motherboard.

 

 

If someone tried to sell you a motherboard without any PCI Express slots, what would you say to them? Go jump in the lake or let me give it a try. ASUS has been known for some pretty whacky concept designs in previous years, but this one takes the cake for creativity.

 

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Onboard you get two GeForce GPUs operating in SLI mode. That's right, the motherboard comes with the GPU right on the board. This is rather creative and all, but what happens when the next GPU upgrade comes out? Are you expected to pull out the solder gun and install them yourself? Obviously not, but it's still a pretty cool idea none the less.

 

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The Zeus in its concept stage also comes with two Thunderbolt ports and includes eight DIMM slots allowing for up to 128GB of DDR3 memory. At this stage of its life the board also includes no less than 10 SATA 6G ports with hardware RAID and a very solid 12 USB 3.0 ports. The I/O panel on the board is like nothing I've ever seen before. Even if this board never makes its way to the market, it was super cool to see anyway.

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ASUS gets into the WiDi mood with its unnamed Wireless Monitor

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:03 am

Computex 2012 - Whilst walking around the ASUS booth today out at the Nangang Computex hall, we ran into the ASUS Wireless Monitor. As far as we can tell, its just an early design at this stage and it hasn't been given a model name yet.

 

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This monitor uses Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology to wirelessly stream content from another WiDi compatible device directly to the Wireless Monitor. Intel has been pushing WiDi for a couple of years now and while it hasn't gained massive market momentum, Intel keep pushing.

 

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As far as the specs go, this monitor is 27-inches in size and supports a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also features ASUS Smart Contract Ratio of 80,000,000:1, a response time of 1ms (gray to gray) and if you wish to not go down the wireless route, it still comes with a single DisplayPort input as well as two HDMI inputs. It also comes with two 2-watt stereo speakers.

 

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We don't have any other details on this product at this stage, but it's something to watch.

Sapphire shows off Vapor-X HD7970 with no less than 6GB of onboard memory

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 10:54 am

Computex 2012 - Not only did Sapphire have a wicked five screen Dirt 3 demo system up and running, but they also showed one of the world's first video cards with 6GB of onboard memory.

 

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The video card in question is the Vapor-X HD7970 - it's similar in designs and specs to the regular Vapor-X HD7970, except it comes with a massive 6GB of memory. Some people may argue that 6GB would go wasted on a video card as most games and applications don't use that amount of video memory. Keep in mind though if you want to power something like a five or more screen gaming PC, it will start to come into to use when you begin running extremely high resolutions.

 

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At this stage we don't have any details on price, but it should be going on sale later this month if everything goes to plan over at the Sapphire camp.

Sapphire go multi-screen with FleX Gaming PC at Computex, five screen Dirt 3 FTW

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 10:43 am

Computex 2012 - One of our first visits for the day of Day 2 at Computex Taipei was with Sapphire who were not only showing an impressive range of motherboards and various mini PC's and video cards, but also a five screen FleX Gaming PC based on a whole bunch of AMD hardware.

 

 

The PC uses an AMD A10 Z580K Trinity CPU that is cooled by the upcoming Sapphire Vapor-X cooler and sits on a Sapphire PURE A85XT motherboard and it's powered by a Sapphire PurePSU 1050-watt PSY with a Sapphire Flex HD7950 3G video card.

 

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The live demo that we captured on video above gives us an impressive look at what this AMD system is capable of doing in the five screen setup running Dirt 3. Amazing!

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HIS world's first with Radeon HD 7970 X2 video card at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 10:01 am

Computex 2012 - Around about an hour ago HIS showed off its brand new AMD Radeon HD 7970 X2 video card to a select group of media including TweakTown.

 

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This is as far as we know the world's first dual GPU Radeon 7970 video card. The sample we were shown is an engineering sample and it still a little while off going on sale, but it shouldn't be too far away. With AMD's Radeon HD 7990 not all that far away, HIS would want to speed things up and deliver their X2 to the market as soon as possible.

 

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The video card features a new and improved IceQ X2 cooler to cool the two onboard GPUs. The cooler is massive, one of the biggest we've seen for a while and that's saying a lot with the latest batch of video cards hitting the market with big and impressive coolers. The cooler will take up three slots, but obviously offer a crazy amount of performance.

 

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There are a total of three 8-pin power connectors and on the I/O side of things there are four mini DisplayPort connectors and a single DVI.

BitFenix introduce Prodigy, mini-ITX with handles and good looks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 6:11 am

Computex 2012 - Popular case maker BitFenix have unveiled their latest creation, Prodigy. Prodigy is a super-small mini-ITX case, but looks absolutely gorgeous. It will come in multiple colors, black/black or white/white and sports some decent cooling. It's made from a mix of steel and plastic, can take 1 x 5.25-inch drive, 5 x 3.5-inch (3+2 modular) or 9 x 2.5-inch drives.

 

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Cooling on the front we find a single 120mm fan, or an optional 140/180/200/230mm fan, looking at the rear we find a single 120mm fan (included), or a 140mm fan which is again, optional. Up top we have the ability to throw in two 120mm fans (optional). What about the dimensions? It is definitely small at 250 x 404 x 359mm. I haven't touched one the stand-out feature, yet.

 

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On the top of the Prodigy we find two handles, this is just so, so useful for lanners or for people who transport their PC around occasionally. We were giving the Prodigy a bit of a feel up when we bent the handles to see how they would take the weight of the case being fully-filled with hardware. The handles can be bent in on themselves, as they're made from some very high-end material.

 

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Blocksworld: build your own game without any programming knowledge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 5:05 am

A new game from Boldai aims to make game programming accessible to everyone by allowing users to design and program games without any sort of technical knowledge. Blocksworld allows players to drag and drop blocks and then program them to do things through a drag-and-drop interface. The graphics are simple and so is what you can do, but I imagine the game could be fun.

 

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There are currently 938 open free beta slots, so if you would like to check it out, sign up on Blockworld's website. The game features 4 main parts: build, play, share, and remix. First, players build an object, or anything really, by dragging different LEGO-like blocks into place. Once the blocks are in place, colors, textures, and custom behaviors can be added.

 

Once a player is content with the design, they then press play and watch the object or simulation come alive. The creations are basically endless in variety. Once happy with a design, the user can share it on Blocksworld.com, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks so that everyone can marvel at your creativity.

 

Finally, the game features something called Remix. This feature allows users to download other people's creations and "trash it, tweak it, improve it and share your remix." The cool part is that the system keeps track of the remix history. I haven't gotten a chance to play with it aside from a 5 minute demo at E3, but I will be signing up for the beta. Check out the trailer below.

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Patriot Wildfire Pro SSD sees 28% over provisioning at consumer prices

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:34 am

Computex 2012 - Patriot had Wildfire Pro back on display at Computex 2012. This time we saw a working model, unlike at CES where a mock up was on display. Wildfire Pro brings back 28% over provisioning, just like many very expensive SandForce based enterprise SSDs. The catch is, Wildfire Pro isn't going to cost more than a standard Wildfire with 7% over provisioning.

 

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Over the last year, we've read several reports and white papers about data centers using consumer SSDs since they offer very good performance and the pricing is very attractive. The Wildfire Pro is a good fit for those already entertaining the idea of low cost, high performance solid-state drives in their critical environments.

 

The 28% over provisioning will give the enterprise a consumer product that is closer to the specs of the enterprise class SandForce 2500 based drives.

Micron Client Side Media Blackout - What does it tell us?

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:30 am

Computex 2012 - Half of the normal cast and crew from Micron are here in Taipei, but two of our favorite contacts were no shows. We met up with a handful of Micron / Crucial team members in Tokyo, but business was off the table, a full media blackout is taking place on the consumer side of things.

 

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On the enterprise side Micron is set to swing for the fences. Our own Paul Alcorn just met with Micron hours ago and had a nice conversation about the already announced P320h, an enterprise class PCIe SSD that is sure to take the enterprise world over with PCIe version 2 8 lane interface.

 

So where does that leave Micron and Crucial on the client side of things? Well to be honest we really don't know. No amount of intoxicant could break the wall of silence and that might be just as telling. This could go two ways. The first is Micron is just relying on their m4 product line, which is doing very well in the market right now. The Crucial m4 512GB model is now selling for less than 400 USD.

 

Maybe Micron is having some issues with the new Marvell controller. Then there is a complete flip in controller architecture. We've already seen two new controllers here at Computex 2012, one in a Corsair client SSD and one in a Biwin Enterprise SSD...

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