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ASUS Crosshair V Formula refresh sneaks under the radar

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:47 am

Computex 2012 - Sitting in the corner of the ROG booth amongst a bunch of other motherboards we found the new Crosshair V Formula-Z, a refresh of the popular 990FX motherboard from ASUS that we know as the Crosshair V Formula. Looking at it you could easily find yourself thinking that it's just the regular non-Z version, but if we look a bit closer we can notice a few things.

 

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One of the first comes with the removal of the legacy PCI slot that was present. That has now been swapped out for a PCIe slot. The audio side of things has also got an upgrade thanks to the addition of SupremeFX III now being present on the board.

 

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Along with that ASUS said that they've also just done some overall tweaking to the board to increase the overclocking ability while we can also see the layout has slightly changed with the power and reset buttons being moved from the bottom of the board to the top with the LED Debug readout also being present now.

Biwin Enters the PCIe Race, on the road to bi-winning

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:40 am

Computex 2012 - Biwin, the Chinese SSD manufacturer with their sights set on the US market today unveiled a new PCI Express 8-lane product. The new PCIe card using a LSI 1064E controller but there are two significant downsides. The first is the PCIe interface is PCIe 1.0 and the second is the flash is asynchronous. A SLC model is in the works though but the cost of ownership will be significantly higher we expect.

 

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The card was under glass so we didn't get a very good shot of it but we promise to have some more data to share tomorrow.

 

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On the screen, Biwin had an ATTO run to display. The numbers look very good but we expect more from the SLC model.

Rosewill unveil a bunch of gear, cases, keyboards and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 11:37 am

Computex 2012 - Day two of Computex is here and it has been insane, my legs and back are gone but I have some crazy amounts of pictures and what not. First we'll discuss Rosewill's latest gear and some upcoming stuff that should impress people. Rosewill aren't as well known as the other players like Corsair, Thermaltake, etc, but no company starts off as number one.

 

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Rosewill walked us around their booth and showed Throne. Throne was very impressive, a large case, with swing-able top fins up the top of the case to maximise airflow, but can be closed to keep dust out of the case when it's not being used. The door can be opened from either side, which is great. The inside of the case was insane, very big and roomy with great cooling. The one stand-out for me was a top-mounted HDD dock. Yes, a HDD dock on top of the case.

 

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It's the little things, ya know?

 

Rosewill also has the Blackhawk X which sports the ability to have dual power supplies, and supports long VGA cards. It also takes ATX and E-ATX motherboards in case you roll like that. Blackhawk X also has a top-mounted HDD dock. Rosewill Thor starts to fill out Rosewill's cases, where it has a top 230mm fan, swing-able top fins, but unfortunately no HDD dock.

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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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