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ASRock gets us wet with their Z87 OC FORMULA motherboard

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 11:50 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Having found ourselves already impressed with the upcoming ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC we today got a chance to test one of the features that we really wouldn't get to test ourselves. While not something that we would really make use of as we deal with just standard cooling setups. The new Waterproof by Conformal Coating is a really cool feature that protects the board from moisture when it comes to the most extreme overclocking.

 

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While we were actually at the event today we heard from an overclocker that a couple of boards had died today due to the humidity in the air. When the benchmarking was finished the board was just dripping in water. Thanks to this new feature from ASRock it's really something overclockers won't have to worry about.

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Rosewill's new Neutron case is a cousin to BitFenix's awesome Prodigy case

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 11:18 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - I think all of us here at TweakTown are huge fans of the Prodigy, as we've used their case for many system builds and guides. Rosewill though, aren't as well known, but their Neutron case could change all of that.

 

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The Neutron is a beautiful case with some unique features, such as the ability to install a huge PSU - something the Prodigy isn't capable of. There's a swivel HDD installation method, as you can see in the pictures below. There's lots of cooling options and watercooling is no problem for the Neutron, with the radiator capable of being installed at the top, or the front. Another unique feature is the ability to shift the USB and power buttons around, where Rosewill said it's as easy as undoing a few screws and shifting it around.

 

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It's nice to see them thinking outside of the box, once more.

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Areca ARC-1883 RAID Controller series coming soon with SAS 12Gb/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 11:12 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Just a few days ago we set a PCMark Vantage world record with an Areca ARC-1882-ix-16 and 16 Mushkin Chronos Deluxe drives in a BitFenix Prodigy system, you can read about that over here.

 

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We can't help to imagine what might have been possible with a new 12Gb/s Areca controller. With a 12Gb/s expander, we could have the same performance for less cost.

 

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The two top ports you see are part of the new SAS cable standard that shrinks the connector size. From these two ports, each with four 12Gb/s channels, we could go to what's called an expander. The expander would take a 12Gb/s channel and divide it by two, thus giving us performance equal to 16 6Gb/s channels.

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Rosewill had a beautiful custom painted Throne case at Computex, we catch it on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 10:36 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - I went and took a look at the Rosewill booth, and as usual, I walked away impressed. First off, we had a look at their custom painted Throne case, which is better to just show on video, and pictures, both of which we have for you below.

 

 

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Ok, now how good is that? Impressed? I was. It felt amazing to touch, looked even better to the eye, and is just beautiful. I don't know how practical it is, but Rosewill were attracting plenty of people to their booth with this beautiful specimen. Thanks Rosewill, for thinking outside of the square with this chassis.

 

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DisplayLink show off USB-powered monitor technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 10:17 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - If we weren't impressed with DisplayLink's technology powering four monitors from a single USB port on an Apple MacBook Air, then you'd better sit down for this one, folks.

 

 

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The video above shows an ASUS monitor being powered by a single USB cable, from a notebook - impressive. The delay from plugging it in to the monitor working, which is 1920x1080 by the way, its mere seconds. This is such a great idea for people on the go, for someone like myself who would cover an event I can have this in my bag and when I get back to my hotel I can plug it in and have a Full HD monitor ready, all from a single USB port.

 

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DisplayLink, you have impressed me so much today - one of the best technologies shown at Computex hands down.

Hands-on video with the awesome Steiger Dynamics LEET Core chassis

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 10:06 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Earlier on today we stopped by the WD booth here at Computex where we saw some amazing new slim hard drives, but we also spotted the Steiger Dynamics LEET Core chassis. This is the case that is the case category winner of TweakTown's Best of Computex 2013 awards.

 

 

Hit play on the embedded video above to get a close-up look at its awesomeness. Basically I'll mention it's made out of a full block of aluminum and machined with perfectly even sides and edges.

 

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The workmanship is just amazing and it also looks really impressive as well, hence the reason for taking away our case award at the show this year. Start saving though, this is not a cheap case.

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Avexir Blitz II Memory Module Development - from Conception to Final, kick ass RAM lighting

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:38 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the Avexir booth today where we finally had a chance to bump into Hans Cheng, the General Manager, of this fast growing enthusiast memory company. He briefly introduced me to their new Blitz II memory that will hit the market soon.

 

 

In the video embedded above you can see Avexir had a nice display that shows the development of Blitz II from conception all the way up to final design, well really close to the final design.

 

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The effect of the Blitz II lighting atop the RAM was quite simply amazing. While we haven't had a chance to test Avexir RAM yet for its performance numbers, if the lighting is anything to go by, we're quite excited. We'll have some reviews up of Avexir in the next few weeks - stay tuned for those.

DisplayLink impress us with their 4-monitor USB-based display expansion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:27 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - We had a meeting at the gorgeous W Hotel here in Taipei today with Andy from DisplayLink, and boy did he have some ultra impressive tech to show us. DisplayLink have some output technology that is baked into various products, with the Targus device shown in the video below.

 

 

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As you can see, it is running four - yes, FOUR monitors from a single USB 3.0 output. This is beyond impressive considering the MacBook Air outputs are usually limited to DisplayPort. The dock used can provide with HDMI or DVI output, with another USB dock daisy-chained in to provide another two monitor outputs for a total of four. We were very impressed with what we saw, and can't wait to get our hands on some of these for review, and general day-to-day use!

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Intel shows Clover Trail vs. Snapdragon power consumption at Computex on video

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 6, 2013 2:26 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - As our computing evolves and our time spent on always on, mobile devices increases, component power consumption becomes more relevant.

 

In a private showing at Intel, the company put their Clover Trail Atom processor out front and center.

 

 

In the demo above, an Intel engineer walked us through a device using Intel's Clover Trail processor and another tablet using a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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