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MSI's first Intel 200-series chipset motherboard is feature heavy

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 day ago

Computex 2016 - Last week we reported Intel was likely to unveil its 200-series chipset at Computex and while that hasn't happened yet, we have a tease from MSI. The motherboard manufacturer was seen showing off what it calls the Z2T0 Anniversary board (speculated to be a typo for Z270 Anniversary), which is believed to be a socket LGA1151 motherboard based on Intel's new technology.

 

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The heat sink design and PCB markings are not finalized, but already the board is described by TechPowerUp as "pretty loaded with features that rival the current Z170A-Gaming M7."

 

Selling points for the 200-series include increased I/O performance and added PCIe 3.0 lanes, among other features.

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GALAX shows off Hall of Fame 4000MHz DDR4 RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Computex 2016 - On the heels of GALAX's new colorful Gamer Series DDR4 RAM announcement, the hardware-maker has now unveiled its new premium ultra-performance DDR4 system memory aimed at enthusiast gamers.

 

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GALAX's new Hall of Fame DDR4 RAM hits an impressive frequency of 4000MHz, sporting a pristine alabaster PCB with pulsing white LED's upon the stylish heatspreaders. The modules come in 4GB and 8GB single sticks with dual-channel kits available in 8GB and 16GB arrangements.

 

The HOF DDR4-4000 modules sport CAS latency timings of 19-25-25-45, and draw 1.4V of power. All-in-all GALAX's new Hall of Fame RAM matches high-speed performance with eye-catching flair, especially if you're looking for top-of-the-line RAM with a white paintjob. GALAX has yet to reveal pricing or availability details just yet.

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GALAX unveils new prismatic Gamer Series DDR4 RAM lineup

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Computex 2016 - GALAX has revealed its colorful new lineup of Game Series DDR4 RAM modules aimed at combining performance with accessibility.

 

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At the Computex show floor in Taipei, hardware-maker GALAX unveiled a veritable galaxy of prismatic DDR4 RAM sticks in its new Game Series line. The modules are widely varying in speeds and sizes, with frequencies ranging from 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz, and 3000MHz. Single module densities include 4GB, 8GB, 16GB which are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits. Power draw for the GALAX Game Series DDR4 RAM ranges from 1.2V to 1.35V, and CAS timings are CL 15-15-35 for the 2133MHz - 2666MHz modules, whereas the 2800MHz and 3000MHz sticks have a latency of 16-16-16-36.

 

Each of the Game Series DDR4 modules sport LED's that match the color of each stick's head spreader, and the lights pulsate to give a unique "breathing" effect for extra flair. GALAX hasn't announced official pricing or availability, but we'll be sure to keep you updated when more information comes to light.

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New ASUS ROG Swift monitor can hit 180Hz with NVIDIA G-Sync

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Computex 2016 - ASUS has revealed a new G-Sync ready ROG Swift monitor that can be overclocked to an insane 180Hz.

 

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ASUS has redefined the refresh rate threshold with its new 24-inch 1080p ROG Swift PG248Q TN display with NVIDIA G-Sync that's capable of hitting up to an incredible 180Hz. The new ROG Swift PG248Q not only packs in G-Sync for tear-free gaming and overclocks to 180Hz, but it also sports an amazing 1ms response time, offering up some of the smoothest and responsive 1080p gaming around.

 

ASUS affirms the PG248Q is designed specifically for pro eSports gamers as well as enthusiast gamers, serving up "unparalleled performance and innovation" in a smaller form factor that's designed to reduce the amount of time "your eyes roll across the screen". The ROG Swift PG248Q will be the exclusive monitor for major eSports events including ESL One 2016 and The International 2016. No pricing or availability details were announced just yet.

ASUS VR headset makes a surprise appearance at Computex

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Computex 2016 - The new ASUS VR headset makes a surprise visit on the Computex show floor in Taipei.

 

 

The ASUS VR headset has made a mysterious appearance at the company's Computex booth, showing off a first glimpse at the upcoming mobile-powered headset. ASUS has provided no context on the headset itself and didn't mention it at its Zenvolution reveal showcase. Despite the lack of details, we do know the ASUS VR headset will launch on the second half of 2017.

 

Since the headset has an apparent diagonal width of 5.7-inches, it could be powered by ASUS' newly revealed ZenFone 3 Deluxe flagship smartphone. We speculate that the ASUS-branded mobile VR headset could also be powered by Google's new Daydream VR platform.

 

Note the leather straps tethered to the headset, which resembles the ASUS ZenWatch smartwatch. Other features include an apparent touchpad on the right-hand side, and a knob at the top to adjust focus. ASUS has yet to officially announce the VR headset, so pricing and exact release date info are unavailable.

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MSI wants to put a GTX 1080 in its new VR PC backpack

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Computex 2016 - MSI is the latest to join the VR PC backpack craze with a new prototype model that essentially lets uses strap high-end PC hardware to their back for portable VR gaming.

 

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The aim of MSI's new VR backpack--and others like it--is to abolish the irksome cords that tether VR users to desktop PCs, thereby making the experience much more mobile. Now that your hardware is on your back, there's no worry about tripping over cords while wearing room-tracking HMD's like the HTC Vive. The form factor for MSI's backpack is actually smaller than mini-ITX, but it supports full desktop-grade video cards like the GTX 980. In fact, MSI plans to slot in desktop-sized NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and NVIDIA's new VR powerhouse the GeForce GTX 1080 into the backpack.

 

MSI has yet to fully announce the VR PC backpack and the hardware is still in its early stages. The unit demoed to press was a sample, and sported an Intel Skylake Core i7 K-series processor paired up with a desktop-grade NVIDIA GTX 980. Users will also be able to swap out and upgrade hardware components like video cards and power supplies. The demo unit provided about 90 minutes of VR gaming on a single charge, but the backpack can be plugged into a wall socket to continue gaming.

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ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme is a BEAST, and we love it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Computex 2016 - ZOTAC was one of the first companies I wanted to visit at Computex this year, purely to check out their new GeForce GTX 1080 range of cards. They were just setting up as we rolled past, but the one card they had in their hands was the new GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition.

 

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ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme Edition is the company's flagship card, with a triple-fan cooling system and a custom heat sink that is just gigantic. We're sure this card is going to have some serious overclocks applied to the GPU and the 8GB of GDDR5X, but we can't confirm it just yet - this is something we should be able to clarify tomorrow.

 

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The card is absolutely huge, but it actually weighs less than the GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition. What I want to know is, how much faster will it be than the GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, which we'll find out soon.

MSI displays its new GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G at Computex 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

Computex 2016 - If there's one thing we're going to see at Computex this year en masse, it's the custom GeForce GTX 1080 video cards. The first we saw was from MSI in the form of their new GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G.

 

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MSI's GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G features the new TWIN FROZR VI cooler, TORX Fan 2.0, double ball bearings, a custom 12-phase PCB design, and 6+8-pin PCIe power connector. There's a huge backplate with a black matte backplate, which looks super cool.

 

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ASUS crams a pair of GTX 1080s into beastly ROG G31 Edition 10 PC

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

Computex 2016 -- TweakTown is on the ground in Taipei for Day 0 of Computex 2016, and we just stumbled across a new, currently unannounced system from ASUS that stuffs a pair of NVIDIA's Pascal-based GTX 1080 video cards into its small-form-factor frame. Say hello to the ROG G31 Edition 10 PC.

 

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While you drool over the eyecandy potential that a pair of GTX 1080s brings to the table, we'll tell you that the ROG G31 also contains an Intel Core i7 CPU (likely the 6700K) and up to 64GB of RAM, though we're not yet sure if it's DDR3 or DDR4.

 

ASUS is also cramming up to four M.2 PCIe SSDs into the G31, and a Blu-Ray disc writer.

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