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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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ViewSonic stand at Computex has 4K screen on display, touch-screens on display and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 5:28 am

Computex 2012 - ViewSonic had a great floor showing off a bunch of screens, not just for consumers, but for business and enterprise. The first one we walked past was the ViewSonic EP5502 which is a 55-inch Full HD 1080p display with sleep tempered glass faceplate, a bunch of inputs (HDMI, VGA, YPbPr, USB) and can load images quite easily through its USB input.

 

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Next to that was the widescreen EW2962 which again, is great for business and enterprise. It's much wider and would suite businesses such as restaurants, or train stations. It was great to see something like this in-person from ViewSonic. But, the true fun hasn't started just yet!

 

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ViewSonic had a frameless 27-inch LCD sporting SuperClear IPS technology, backed up by its 1080p resolution and SRS Premium Sound integrated speakers. Featuring a 30,000,000:1 contrast ratio, it has a 7ms response time and features DVI, HDMI and RGB inputs.

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NBA Baller Beats: Probably the worst game idea ever

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 5:03 am

While I was standing in line for a Nyko product hands-on, the booth next to me was advertising this new game called "NBA Baller Beats." They had big name basketball stars there to promote it, along with younger athletes. However, I am deeming this game idea among on of the worst I have ever seen.

 

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It's another Guitar Hero/Rockband rip off, but with a twist. Instead of strumming when a symbol reaches a point on the screen, you have to dribble a real basketball. The company is billing this game as the first to track a real ball using Kinect. Let's take a moment to point out the stupidity in this.

 

First, numerous people have carpet where they have their consoles. Second, most parents have a rule about playing with balls inside. Third, if I'm going to dribble and play with a basketball, why wouldn't I just go outside and do it? So, while it is cool that it can track the basketball, it really is a terrible game idea.

 

What are your thoughts? Is this a game you would be interested in purchasing and playing?

A peek at the AverMedia booth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 4:18 am

Computex 2012 - We've just walked through AverMedia's booth here in the halls of Nangang at Computex, and their Game Capture HD device is definitely looking great. If you haven't seen AverMedia's Game Capture HD, it's a small device that can connect up to your gaming console and record footage with no delay or lag.

 

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Of course, taking pictures is just as easy and you can also use those taken pictures and use them as your background on your PC or PlayStation 3. This means if you beat your friend or break a record, you could rub it in their face whenever they see you by using it as your background. Something else that caught our eye was AverMedia's Live Gamer HD.

 

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Live Gamer HD is a PCI-Express based card that has a H.264 hardware encoder built in, meaning you can record gameplay without much strain on your CPU and other bits. Live Gamer HD sports both input and output, HDMI and DVI ports and a dedicated 'record' button for instant response. It captures video right up to 1080p@60 which is not too bad at all.

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Razer Taipan, an ambidextrous gaming mouse

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 4:12 am

Razer is promoting their new Taipan gaming mouse this year at E3. This new mouse is an ambidextrous mouse which means that it is designed to be comfortable for both left-handed and right-handed users. They had roughly 10 stations set up using this mouse along with their Razer Blade gaming laptop.

 

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I got a chance to mess around with it and it's both comfortable and good. The technical aspects explain why it is so good, but the comfort of it is not always guaranteed. The mouse operates at 8200dpi and features laser and optical sensors, along with Z-axis tracking and cutoff. The specs of the product are:

 

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 8200 dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • Nine (9) programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms response time
  • Up to 200 in. per sec./50 g acceleration
  • 2.1 m/7 ft. braided fiber cable
  • Approximate Size : 124 mm/4.88 in. (length) x 63 mm/2.48 in. (width) x 36 mm/1.42 in. (height)
  • Approximate Weight: 95 g/0.21 lb.

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Best and worst of E3: Day 2

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 3:39 am

It's time for another round of awards, this time based on my experiences from day 2. Once again, these are based solely on my opinion and are for fun only. But, they are also meant to allow you to gain a better insight into the trade show happenings. Without further ado, let's begin.

 

The biggest fail award goes to WeMade Entertainment. I got quite the chuckle out of this marketing mess-up, almost as much as Intel's "Actual Size" 2-foot Atom processor mess-up. This time, WeMade was showing off the "World's largest iPhone." What it should have said was "World's largest iPad." Take a look for yourself:

 

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Nintendo wins a couple of awards. First, I'm giving them the award for most booth babes. I swear there was one at every single demo station, of which there were quite a few. More importantly, I am awarding Nintendo with the honor of having the best way to get people to go through their booth. In this case, they gave you a pin for the different attractions you went to in Nintendoland.

 

Qualcomm Atheros, who I got a chance to speak with at Alienware's booth, wins best gaming networking device. There will be a post dedicated to this technology, but it is enough to say that this is an online gaming game changer. Basically, it allows for packet prioritization and yields lower latency for game packets.

 

Tomorrow is the last day of E3, so I will close it out with a best-of-show post. Until then, look for more detailed posts about the products and games shown.

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Cooler Master's Cosmos II Ultra Tower, it's big, it's blue, and it's beautiful

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 7, 2012 3:16 am

Computex 2012 - Cooler Master's booth featured their amazing Cosmos II Ultra Tower but just a little different this time around, in blue. The case itself features a stylish, race-car inspired design against brushed aluminum and steel.

 

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It can house 10 fans, 13 HDDs total, supports XL-ATX motherboards and 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. It features an Advanced Control Panel that includes 4-channel fan speed control. Ports include USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA and audio-in/out. But, the stand-out thing here is the color. Whether this makes it to the retail channel is another question, but just look at that blue... beautiful.

 

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