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Computex Taipei 2013 - Walking around for a solid third day we continue to find ourselves bumping into cool things we missed in the past few days. Hanging around the ASRock stand for a while this afternoon and being a general nuisance to the overclockers Chris decided to make sure we did something a little more useful with our time.
He took me over to the new ASRock M8 Series barebone system which looks fantastic. Designed by the BMW Designworks USA team they've put together a great looking chassis that comes in red and black. The sides of the case are magnetic and come out very easily making access to the main area good.
Inside you'll find the new Haswell based Z87-ITX motherboard from ASRock along with a SFX 450W PSU. Being a barebone means that the rest of the system will have to be filled out with CPU, RAM, Video Card, Storage and the other normal bits and pieces. Video Card support is also very strong thanks to a riser card included making cards as large as the GTX 780 an option.
Computex Taipei 2013 - TweakTown worked with various companies to break the PCMark storage world record, but one of them was the awesome BitFenix and their Prodigy case which we've called the TweakTown Blue Prodigy PC, you can read more on that here.
We thought we'd capture it on video, as sometimes pictures just aren't good enough. The machine looks beautiful in person, and inside the machine we have a world record setting 16 SSD's that give some truly, truly insane performance. Of course, BitFenix's Prodigy is a beautiful case to begin with, and with the magic of our own Chris Ramseyer, TweakTown were etched into the record books.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We're sitting here at the Brass Monkey getting ready for the TweakTown Computex Party and VIA Technologies walks in with one of the neatest parts I've seen all day.
Let's have a look at the specifications.
It's not Hasewell overclocked to meltdown levels, but for most users that level of performance isn't necessary.
Personally I'm sold on the APC Paper. It has to be the first paper PC, at least this far south of China. The low-cost, low power unit will be available Q3 and cost less than $100.
Computex Taipei 2013 - ASUS' ROG press conference was filled with gamers' wet dreams, and it didn't stop with their new Tytan G50 machine. The Tytan G50 falls under their ROG branding, and features "Turbo Gear" which is one-touch overclocking, and very simple.
It features Intel's new fourth-generation "Haswell" Core i7 4770K processor, which can be overclocked to 4.5GHz, NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 780 GPU, 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 clocking in at 1600MHz, and for storage we have two 128GB SSD's in RAID 0 and a 2TB HDD for storage. Filling out the specs we have Windows 8 as the OS, ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology and a tray-in Blu-ray combo drive. The ROG Tytan G50 is a great-looking machine too, something we should hopefully have in our labs in the near future.
Computex Taipei 2013 - EVGA has debuted a new computer system at Computex. The ITX BOX, as it's called, is a small-form-factor system designed to be powerful and portable. This system features an integrated PSU capable of powering the latest GTX 780 and GTX Titan GPUs.
It also features an integrated slot load drive to load up your new games and movies. Support for dual hard drives allows users to install multiple SSDs or HDDs in RAID, or an SSD and HDD for speed and mass storage. Details are slim, so price and availability are currently unknown. Look for more on this and a possible review once it launches.
AVADirect has just announced that it will begin offering Intel's Haswell processors in its lines of high-performance desktop PCs. The company will begin offering the process immediately and will apparently have the full line of Haswell processors available.
Since the start of the i-series processor line, Intel has come a long way. As AVADirect continues to be an Intel Platinum Partner, it's only natural for AVADirect to take advantage of Intel's latest offerings. Intel's ability to create processors, holding such strong value, directly supports AVADirect's ability to create value in its services. AVADirect will continue to create configurations, based on Intel's Haswell processors, and will update AVADirect.com as configurations are released.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We stopped by the GIGABYTE HQ last night to take a look around, and we got to experience some hands on goodness with their latest BRIX PC. What is GIGABYTE BRIX? Check out the video below and find out.
GIGABYTE's BRIX PC is similar to the Intel NUC, something I personally reviewed a little while back now, but this thing is smaller, lighter and better equipped. Where Intel's NUC was obviously made and built by Intel, this new BRIX has a custom-made motherboard by GIGABYTE. Also running around inside the BRIX is an Intel Core i3-3227U processor, two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots and m-SATA is ready for your storage. Connectivity is something GIGABYTE's BRIX has in spades, sporting both HDMI and DisplayPort output and when it comes to networking, the BRIX has you covered.
We have Gigabit ethernet as well as a Wi-Fi card inside. Filling out the connectivity side of things, we also have two USB 3.0 ports, one on the front and one on the back of the BRIX. We have more images of GIGABYTE's BRIX, which you can check out in the image gallery.
GIGABYTE has introduced a new small form-factor desktop PC powered by Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU's. It seems interesting that GIGABYTE would launch this new product so close to Intel's introduction of its new Haswell CPU's. The BRIX, as it's called, can be fitted with a wide array of Ivy Bridge chips, SSD's, and RAM.
Exact pricing hasn't been detailed, but because of the wide array of customization, GIGABYTE notes that it covers a "range" of price points. It features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-in, an Ethernet port, and a Mini Display Port, which GIGABYTE says can power up to two monitors simultaneously.
If you want a SFF PC to use as a set-top box or HTPC, this new BRIX system could be for you.
We've seen several great new products out of HP today. First the Envy TouchSmart 14 with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display, now the Envy Rove 20. HP's engineers appear to be working overtime to produce feature-rich products. The Envy Rove 20 is a "mobile all-in-one PC" and is significant as it is HP's first mobile all-in-one.
Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions:
Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together. HP is evolving to meet our customers' needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile All-in-One PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined.
The system can be utilized like a tablet around the house, running on its built-in battery, or as a desktop all-in-one, making it highly versatile. The 20-inch display is of the IPS variety, meaning users can expect excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. I am a bit disappointed that the resolution is just 1,600x900. The Envy Rove 20 will be powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell line of processors.
The GeForce GTX 780 was just announced by NVIDIA, and is virtually the same power as NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan, but for a hell of a lot less money. iBUYPOWER have come out announcing that NVIDIA's latest Kepler-based GPU, the GeForce GTX 780, is now available for their performance gaming systems.
Darren Su, Co-Founder and Vice President of iBUYPOWER has said: "We always stay on the forefront of performance, and equipping our systems with the latest graphics technologies allows us to give our customers the best possible experience". For more information on the iBUYPOWER systems with the GeForce GTX 780, check out iBUYPOWER's website.