I felt like a big man with my TS-859 Pro+ up until about 30 seconds ago when I saw the new TS-1079 Pro. This 10-Bay hot swap NAS looks the goods for anyone that's looking for some serious storage space, be it at work or at home.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: We haven't had a chance to get around to the ECS Computex booth yet, hopefully we'll get to run past it today but just in case the ECS Computex booth has come to us and they're showing an absolute wealth of products.
Tablets seem to be a big thing at Computex this year and ECS are representing in a big way with a load of tablets on display.
Motherboards are of course big as usual and while X79 is making a strong appearance the P67 chipset continues to be very prominent throughout the show floor. The P67H2-A from ECS supports Lucid 3-Way GPU support which of course means you can do a bit of mixing and matching when it comes to your VGA setup.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Getting excited about X79? Well we are and there are a bunch of boards for the upcoming CPU and Chipset being shown at Computex.
First up we've got the ASRock X79 Extreme 4. 3x PCI-E x16 slots, 3-Way CrossFire and SLI support and a whole bunch of other yummy features can be seen on the board card.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: I'm a massive fan of QNAP, so much so I bought myself a TS-859 Pro+ NAS to replace my aging server. I couldn't be happy with it; coming in at 8-Bays, though, it's hardly a cheap device. If you're looking for something a bit smaller, though, that can stream your media the MS-2000 might hit the spot.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday we were invited to visit Master Image 3D and Rightware at the Hyatt hotel where we were given access to look at an early mockup of a new 3D user interface designed by Rightware and using autostereoscopic 3D (AS3D) aka 3D glasses-free screen technology from Master Image 3D.
In the video below we see an Android 2.3 tablet; they call it the 3D CELL reference tablet which is based on Texas Instrument's OMAP 4 platform technology. It is purely just used to enable the demo of the 3D UI interface from Rightware. Basically to explain it quickly, Rightware add their UI over the top of Android with a new home screen and other cool screens to allow flip style access to your apps and so on.
The UI will work basically on any device that supports OpenGL ES API, it will work. Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Rightware, told us that it will not require a high powered processor because of the hardware acceleration provided through OpenGL supported devices.
You will see this technology go into vehicles from Audi and if all goes to plan from this joint venture, you should see everything from tablets to smartphones implementing Rightware's 3D UI late this year or sometime next year.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - We'll keep this one short and sweet, you really just need to watch the video below.
ASUS had a very wicked setup at their Computex booth displaying the power of its amazing Mars II video card which runs two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 chips on one card.
Anyone for Crysis II at 3240 x 1920? Wow!
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Lian Li has always been known for being creative and coming out with some weird and whacky case designs in previous years at Computex.
This year the strangeness comes in the form of what is going on inside the case. With the upcoming PC-100, the folks at Lian Li have reversed the motherboard around so that the rear IO ports are actually at the front of the case. This means you get very easy access to the IO and lessen the need to have as many cables inside your case such as USB extension cables for instance.
Next up there is the PC-90 which has some rather impressive engineering. It is a mid-tower case that wait for it, can support not only EATX but also HPTX motherboards. I think this is the first time we have seen a mid-tower case that can fit large GIGABYTE EATX mobos and dual socket boards such as the EVGA SR-2.
Not only that but Lian Li has been playing around with how hard drives are mounted in the case and in the PC-100 and PC-90, they are mounted vertically on the side of the case which is said to aid in airflow through the front to back of the case.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Another stop yesterday was with Tony from SilverStone who introduced us to something completely crazy and ridiculous - we are talking about the prototype concept Temjin TJ12 case.
This massive sucker of a chassis comes with no less than 19 expansion slots, you have never ever seen anything like this before from a desktop solution. In the demo at their booth they were showcasing the TJ12 with six GeForce GTX 580 video cards. These video cards take up two slots each, still leaving a lot of expansion for other PCI Express based devices at the same time.
SilverStone is able to achieve this feat by introducing a ribbon cable that runs from the motherboard to another area of the case. If you don't want to use all those video cards, the top part of the case is module so that you can add in extra power supplies. As you can imagine, it will fit basically any motherboard you throw at it including quad processor boards and of course the EVGA SR-2.
The TJ12 is still in early development and will no doubt see some changes before it goes into production until sometime next year. They are still playing around with the cooling design and hard drive bays.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday we also stopped by the BitFenix meeting rooms to check out their latest wares. As with many companies, we work closely with BitFenix and we had no idea they would be showing what we saw. Let me tell you a bit about it.
First up we got a look at the new high performance Spectre 2 Pro fans which offer a new ridged fan design with impressive airflow for maximum case cooling. What was super exciting to see though was BitFenix' entry into electronic devices - no longer are we just seeing cases and cooling fans, they are expanding.
Later this year you will see the introduction of the Recon thermal control device, which will sit at the front of your case and take up two front drive bays. This is a black passive LCD touch screen device that allows you to monitor temperatures and adjust fan speeds with the touch of your finger. The device has six channels each at 30 watts which should be plenty even for those who want to hook up pumps and radiators.
What is super cool is that BitFenix has taken things a step further and allowed web based monitoring and adjustments to fan speeds from your browser. And we are not just talking the browser on your PC, but anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. And since it is web based, it means you can adjust fan speeds etc from your phone...
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: Intel may have found glory in the 2500/2600K Sandy Bridge CPUs but for undeniable power, e-peen and enthusiasts, the Intel X58-based range is still superior. Intel's 980X is still the champion when it comes to thrashing through benchmarks and the chipset and socket it's based on is getting old. Tick, tock says Intel.
At the ASUS stand at Computex, ASUS had a Socket 2011 board on show. As we all know the X79 chipset will be a quad-channel based board, with the processors themselves expected to have a nice kick up the arse in performance over the existing Sockets from Intel. The ASUS board featured the following tech:
TPU: For ultimate Turbo Boost on your processor
EPU: All round energy efficiency
UEFI BIOS: Flexible with easy interface
Socket 2011: For Intel Sandy Bridge E processors