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AMD displayed some jaw dropping photorealistic characters at a press conference in New York yesterday, using the power of a Radeon HD 4800 series GPU with their latest Cinema 2.0 technology.
The folks at PCGamesHardware have since posted up a bunch of exclusive screenshots as well as a video showing off AMD's latest tech demo in action. The video shows Ruby having it out with a nasty big Robot on a mission.
This is the first time we see Ruby doing her thing in some all-black attire.
You can view the video and the rest of the images here.
VIA have kindly forwarded us a link pointing to a new video they have produced which demonstrates the raw power of their latest VIA Nano processor when playing intensive 1080p HD video content.
With Intel's Atom being its direct competitor, the video shows the 1.3GHz Nano up against an Atom-based ASUS EeePC 1000H (1.6GHz) playing the same 1080p video. The outcome is quite conclusive with the VIA Nano based mini-note hammering through the playback at a smooth pace whilst the Atom shows signs of being brought to its knees.
Video playback is an excellent indicator of the performance of a CPU and 1080p HD video is an especially taxing format for mini-notes to play. We wanted to make it easy for end users to "see " the actual performance differences so we put a VIA OpenBook Prototype mini-note, powered by the new VIA Nano processor, up against an Intel Atom-Bassed Asus EeePC, 1000H. Both devices are playing the same 1080p HD video and the results are conclusive. The VIA Nano processor by far out-performs Intel's Atom, processing the HD video format very smoothly, while the Atom stutters and staggers along!
UK e-tailer eXpansys has performed a 10 minute video presentation covering both the MSI Wind and GIGABYTE M528 Atom-based UMPCs. Like the ASUS Eee PC before it, the MSI Wind has been generating a lot of interest, and it doesn't disappoint. The GIGABYTE M528 is more like an OQO model e2 with a touch screen and slider keyboard, running Linux instead of Windows.
Check it out below :-
Lynn Shapiro from VIA Tech sent us an email to let us know that they've uploaded a video showcasing the internals of a VIA OpenBook mini-note.
Tim Brown pulls the thing to bits and shows off some of its expansion capabilities with a HSDPA card as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth card.
Take a look!
The lads over at PCGamesHardware have managed to get a hold of a bunch of screenshots and video footage showing off the upcoming Ruby tech demo for HD 4000 series graphics cards. It's highly impressive and well worth checking out.
After Nvidia released the GT200 yesterday, AMD took the chance to advertise for their next graphics card generation. Thus AMD introduced the Cinema 2.0.
The Cinema 2.0 is based on the Teraflop performance of the RV700 chip. For the presentation AMD used two of those cards, which supposedly were running in Crossfire mode, a Phenom X4 processor (X4 9850) and a 790 FX chipset.
The short sequence from the Ruby tech demo can be found below and we also made screenshots. The tech demo shows several effects, like depth and motion blur. AMD believes, that such sequences could be integrated into games in real-time.
While we were visiting IKONIK this afternoon, we also got an early look at the Ra X10 computer case.
Keep in mind that the sample we saw was not finished yet and it still needs some work to polish things up before its release in early August.
Check out the video we recorded today from the IKONIK HQ in Taipei and then read on...
This case is a beast! It includes no less than 13 cooling fans located in the right spots (front, back, top, bottom and sides - air flow shouldn't be an issue...), it comes with CPU water cooling as well SIM (System Intelligent Management) allowing you to monitor many aspects of what's happening inside the case. IKONIK really pushed the fact that it is a tool-less designed case with many "one click" features for ease of use - everything from side panel, fans and front panels.
One feature we really like is that the power supply, fans and hard drive mounts also feature anti-vibration technology to help reduce noise. You can fit up to 10 hard drives inside and the drives that are mounted in the front storage area with the clip-in feature are able to be mounted with the HDD facing either way for cable management reasons - this will help keep the front side area of the case cable free for nice presentation, just run the cables around the back side area instead.
Still not enough for you? At the front top of the case is a water flow meter for the water cooling setup and the I/O panel at the top for front access is covered by a magnetic cover which helps protect the ports from dust when not in use. There is not a whole lot this case doesn't have... it packs in just about everything we could think of and probably more.
This case will go on sale in August and the fully optioned out model (with 13 fans and CPU water cooling) will set you back a rather expensive $400 USD but when you consider what you get, it's probably worth every penny.
We'll have our full review online just as soon as it reaches us!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Now that VIA has officially announced its codenamed Isaiah processor called Nano, it can begin showing off just exactly what it is capable of doing.
On Thursday during Computex VIA held a press conference with CJ Holthaus of Centaur Technology, who demonstrated the power of this small VIA EPIA SN computing platform.
Using a VIA Nano processor clocked at 1.8GHz on a Mini-ITX CN896 based motherboard with an NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT graphics card in its PCIe x16 slot and Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit, CJ showed that it is able to run Crysis with a relatively good frame rate. Here is a very blurry shot of the specs shown in Windows.
We were present at the event and got some footage which we've just uploaded to YouTube for all to see.
Hopefully VIA will send us one of these chips and boards soon for us to put through our paces - we can't wait to see how it stands up to our benchmark suite!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 VIA held a press conference yesterday during which they announced their new Mini-ITX 2.0 concept; this further advancing on an already well regarded platform in the embedded market.
As a solid example of where Mini-ITX is now heading, a demonstration was run on an optimized PC based on the VIA Nano platform along with an NVIDIA graphics card (thanks to the residing x16 PCI-E slot) in which Crysis was then fired up and shown to be ticking along quite nicely.
The folks at Technovoyance were there to witness the action and kindly uploaded a video so we can see it for ourselves.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 We caught up with Sam from Albatron earlier in the week at their booth in Nangang and he was kind enough to give us a exclusive preview of its multi-touch IR 22" LCD panel.
If you recall a movie called "Minority Report", this tech will blow you away. In the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft will introduce multi-touch finally that basically allows multiple input detection where as XP and Vista is still single.
Albatron had a special driver made for Vista which allows multi-touch and while it is nowhere near fine tuned at this stage, it does work surprisingly well even now.
Albatron's Optical Touch Panel is 22-inches in size, has a widescreen resolution of 1650 x 1080, has touch accuracy up to 90 frames per second and uses DVI. Here is a video of the amazing technology that we uploaded to YouTube.
The future is on our doorstep and it's exciting!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 During Day 1 of Computex we got a chance to sit down with Intel in its hotel suite and get a one on one look at the progress of its forthcoming Nehalem processor.
From what we saw today, we think things are progressing just nicely. Intel setup a Nehalem demo system but we weren't told what clock speed it was running. It did have a pair of Intel's 80GB SATA-II SSD drives in RAID 0. Intel demonstrated the speed of Nehalem and SSD in RAID 0 by opening various applications under Vista and even if they were cached in local memory, everything that was click popped up instantly almost with no delay - responsiveness was amazing.
To demonstrate the raw power of Nehalem, Intel first started encoding raw HD footage into 1080p Blu-ray format and while we didn't get any numbers, it handled it without a sweat at all and was on track to complete in record time with solid CPU utilization over all eight threads.
Next up we got a look at a program called Deep Viewer which brings a new way at how we could be looing at old photos in the not so distance future. Intel had a monitor setup with touch capabilities and were showing off how Nehalem handled accessing and processing huge amounts of data in terms of photos and mapping in real-time.
We made a video and uploaded to YouTube for all to view - take a look, it's pretty damn cool actually.
While Intel did not mention anything about clock speeds to us at all, word from other press around Computex is that it could be running at 3.2GHz and it could be ready to rock and roll sooner than expected but you didn't read that here.