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Lian Li have attack of confusion and switch mobo IO to front of case with PC-100

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 3:48 am

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.

SilverStone Temjin TJ12 case with six GeForce GTX 580 video cards, 19 slots!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 3:06 am

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.

BitFenix go electronic with fan controller that works on your smartphone

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 2:44 am

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...

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ASUS tease Intel Socket 2011 board, enthusiasts cry with impatience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 2:27 am

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

Thecus TopTower prototype NAS gets Sandy Bridge and USB 3.0

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 1:51 am

COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - Yesterday we stopped by the Thecus booth where we got a look at some upcoming NAS devices from the Taiwanese company that are still in development, but are due to go on sale later this year.



The prototype NAS devices we saw are codenamed TopTower and they had three models on display including the N6, N8 and N10. The big daddy N10 comes with no less than 10 drive bays with SATA III support for full performance.


Each of these NAS devices is based on the Intel Sandy Bridge platform, so expect very good performance. They come with not only gigabit LAN, but also USB 3.0 support for high speed transfers if you intend to hook one of them up directly to your PC that also has USB 3.0 support. Not only that, but these devices also add in HDMI output which means you will be able to use these devices as somewhat of a media player, too. We didn't get to see that part of the interface, but it will be interesting to see what Thecus come up with.




At this stage we do not have any details on pricing or availability, but expect them to be popular once they come up. Vincent from Thecus did say to expect them to be reasonably priced - not cheap, but not ultra expensive.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 debuts June 8, where can I get one?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 1:42 am

I'm pretty much prepared sell a kidney to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it is debuting exclusively at Best Buy's Union Square store in New York City on June 8. It will be available in both 16 and 32GB Wi-Fi only models, with preorders through Best Buy's stores and website will also open on that day for the Galaxy Tab 10.1's nationwide launch on June 17.




The Wi-Fi editions of the Tab 10.1 are priced at $499 and $599 for the 16 and 32GB respectively, with Samsung being quite mum regarding the pricing of the 3G or 4G versions. Samsung, hook me up!

Kid sells kidney for iPad 2, no, seriously...

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 1:35 am

Some people want an iPad 2 real bad, but this kid takes the word "want" to an entirely new level. A 17 year-old boy in the Anhui province in China has sold one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan ($3,400) so that he could run out (or maybe limp after the surgery) and get an Apple iPad 2. The boy got the idea from an online advertisement offering cash to anyone who is prepared to become an organ donor.




Of course, he has expressed regret from his actions especially after his health has deteriorated after his kidney was removed. He told Shenzhen TV "I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it, a broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan." In China, trading organs online is common practice, even if it's against the Government and their attempt to stop it from happening.

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Sony hacked, again - this time 1 million user accounts stolen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 3, 2011 1:22 am

I don't believe I'm writing about this again, but it appears Sony has been hacked, again. Just after they were getting full restoration of their PSN network up, LulzSec has hit Sony again with an SQL injection tactic which gave them access to Sony Pictures account database. This hack let LulzSec obtain 1 million user accounts (inclusive of passwords, email and home addresses as well as DOB), all admin account details and passwords, 75,000 music codes and 3.5 million music coupons.




On top of this, opt-in data was accessible which gives even more information about Sony's customers and their preferences. One of the shocking things to come from this hack is that Sony stored all 1 million user passwords in a simple plain text file, with no encryption at all. LulzSec have said "It's just a matter of taking it, this is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it."

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jun 2, 2011 3:24 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - June 2nd, 2011


Computex Coverage


- Computex Highlights - Day 2 @ Ninjalane

- Computex 2011 - Shuttle PC @ Techwarelabs

- Windows 8 @ Microsoft Partner Preview @ VR-Zone

- Computex 2011 Happenings and Roundup @ PC Perspective

- Intel Socket 2011 mainboards shown on Asus stand @ Kitguru




- Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX and the MSI 990FXA-GD80 @ PC Perspective

- MSI Z68A-GD80 Intel Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews




- Zotac GTX 560 TI Amp! Edition @ XSReviews

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TweakTown Giveaway: Pair of Codemasters Dirt 3 Steam Keys

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 2, 2011 6:19 am

AMD have been kind enough to hook us up with a pair of Dirt 3 keys for Steam. We've used a Sweepstakes tab this time to see how it goes for running competitions via our Facebook page. All you have to do is like TweakTown and then put in your name, email and DOB into the newly setup Sweepstakes page.


We've got two keys to give away which require Steam. You can head on straight over to the Sweepstakes page and get your competition on. Plus don't forget about our good friends AMD and their Facebook page.




Coming 2011, DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport. With more than double the track content of 2009's hit, DiRT 3 will see players start at the top as a professional driver, with a top-flight career in competitive off-road racing complimented by the opportunity to express themselves in Gymkhana-style showpiece driving events.

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