After a one week extension, we are proud to announce the winners of our ASRock "Instant Boot" video contest that was held in our forums from late last year.
First prize goes to TweakTown forum user tanka12345 who created an interesting story video, which ASRock decided just had to be the winner, but it was close.
Second prize went to Zenphic for creating a rather action-packed video of shooting up computers in a game with slow boot times. Third place went to shayanxtra for his motherboard "quickie" video.
Here is the winning entry:
Congratulations to you all and you can see more on the contest here over at our forums!
Lian Li's recently unveiled PC-888 chassis has attracted a fair amount of attention since people got a first glimpse of it due to its highly unique shape/design. But it's not hard to see they've used the Burj Al Arab for their inspiration and it's one of those cases which will see a love or hate it crowd.
Whilst doing the rounds at CES, bit-tech were able to speak to Lian Li's product manager, Hank Chen to talk a bit more about the PC-888 and look at some of its features. You can view the video here.
Most of the memory industry is in a steady state with little to no new products forecasted due to low profit margins. Instead of standing still Crucial has taken the opportunity to refresh their Ballistix Tracer product line.
Crucial has already had a special edition Ballistix product in red for several months but has now made a standard red that is accompanied by blue and green. Crucial did not have a set of Ballistix Red on hand when I was at the event but TweakTown will have some in house for testing in the coming weeks.
The best thing about the new Ballistix memory is it is more than just a color change. The LEDs, heatsink and PCB are now a matching color set but the real aesthetic appeal is found in the way LEDs are lit.
In this video we see that the new Tracer memory has LEDs that extend from edge to edge on the PCB and when three sticks are used makes a pattern that will make any case modder smile. The new kits are already available on Crucial's newly redesigned website.
Kingston has put together a video preview of their HyperX range to be showcased at CES over the next few days. They've some really impressive DDR3 kits to show off with speeds well in excess of 2000MHz along with HyperX SO-DIMMs for performance notebooks and more.
Check out the video here :-
A video of VIA's recently introduced ARTiGO A2000 barebone storage system has been posted on youtube which allows for a look under the hood and also shows one how to install components such as memory, HDDs as well as an OS.
In case you missed it, we linked to another video of the ARTiGO A2000 being unboxed on launch day here.
It's been mentioned to us that the unit hits select online retailers in the U.S. this week. You can read more about it at the official product page here.
YouTube has been providing the world with videos of just about everything for so long that it has just about become its own verb like Google.
But the videos have never really been high quality but more of the "webcam" style shots heavy on the pixels with an extra side of grain.
Now it looks like YouTube might finally be taking the wrapper off of its long awaited HD Video selection. According to an article over at Techcrunch.com the words "Watch in HD" are starting to appear below some videos.
Read the more here.
There is nothing on the YouTube Blog yet, but people are starting to notice the new feature on Twitter this morning. You can find a bunch of HD videos on YouTube by searching for "HD." For videos uploaded in HD, in the lower right hand corner there is no a link that says "watch in HD" instead of "watch in higher quality," which is what it used to say. The screenshot above is from a video uploaded eight months ago making fun of the fact that the higher quality link wasn't really HD, but it is funnier now because that link has been changed to "watch in HD." The HD option only appears on videos on YouTube itself, not in embedded videos.
I have not tested to see whether it is true HD, but the difference is noticeable. Below are two screenshots of the same video from Nicolas Charbonnier, a reader who tipped us off to the change. The top is the regular low-res YouTube video we've all grumblingly accepted as the norm on the Web. The bottom screenshot is of the same frame in HD.
YouTube gave itself a nice little upgrade a short time ago, which no doubt some of you have spotted already. With the 4:3 aspect ratio mostly being a thing of the past, they decided they should get with the times and allow for widescreen (16:9) content to be uploaded and watched in full aspect.
As a result of this, the site's layout also gets expanded to 960 pixels so as not to cripple the video in any way. Furthermore, existing 4:3 content will not be stretched (rather, you'll just see two black bars on each side) so as to retain the original aspect.
A nice move, YouTube!
Further to the official announcement from VIA earlier today which introduces their new VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC, they have posted up a youtube video which allows you to see it in action.
This neat little compact touchscreen PC is designed mostly for use in industrial environments or for commercial use such as ATM, vending and information kiosks etc.
The steel and aluminum chassis is very durable and protects the components inside from nasties like water and dust. It's also completely fanless thanks to the choice of VIAs highly efficient 1.6GHz Eden or 1.0GHz C7 processors.
You can find out further information about it here.
Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments. Rugged, stable and flexible, the VIA VIPRO is the first in a series of advanced display technologies from VIA.
Amid growing public acceptance of intuitive touch screen technologies, the VIA VIPRO addresses an increasing demand for cost effective, intelligent displays in commercial applications such as ticketing, ATM, vending and information kiosks as well as sophisticated fleet deployment infrastructures in transport, delivery and logistics enterprises.
Over the past weekend, MSI held its first annual Master Overclocking Arena 2008 final in Taipei, opposite the Taipei computer markets.
It was an overall well attended and managed event that went rather well. We were in attendance and managed to produce a 12 minute video of the event. You can view it below:
You can also download the monster 640MB HD version of the video here.
Ina Fried from the CNET Beyond Binary blog was able to catch up with a couple folks from Microsoft at the Professional Developers Conference last week.
Ina has a quick hands-on look at the latest build Windows 7 desktop and its features including the new taskbar, "Jump List" mini menus and some other stuff which make the upcoming OS that little bit different than Windows Vista.
Take a look at it below and there is another below when you're done.
Inside the Windows 7 desktop, part 1 (CNET)
Inside Windows 7 desktop, part 2 (CNET)
You can read more over at CNET.
Alongside this posting earlier in the week, more coverage in the way of some hands on time with Windows 7 surfaces, with Gizmondo sharing an extensive amount of information with us all that includes some videos comparing startup / shutdown times side by side with Vista and a thoroughly written walkthrough which sheds light on many of its unique features and general interface improvements.
You can check it all out here.
We've seen plenty of pictures/previews of ASUS' dazzling Rampage II Extreme X58 motherboard floating around the web in recent times and normally I would try not to bore you all with more of the same.
However, HardOCP has gone to the effort of posting up a video preview allowing us a better look at it, whilst also discussing some of the unique features on tap including ASUS' ProbeIT which should be a much welcomed addition for overclockers.
Check out the video below :-
GIGABYTE's GO OC 2008 overclocking championship in Taipei concluded a couple of weeks ago but due to typhoon storms passing through Taiwan and other issues, it's only now that we can get some coverage of the event online.
We were at the event with cameras in hand and managed to put together a six minute video of the event show the good, bad and ugly (look for the dancing in the video!)
You can download the HD high-definition version of the video here - it weighs in at 354MB.
I wasn't personally able to attend NVISION, but luckily the folks over at Modders-Inc have published a rather good recap event of the first IDF-like event held by NVIDIA a little while back.
The video has great coverage of the GeForce LAN, case mod competition and the famous Mona Lisa rendering by paint ball and more.
Have a look for yourself below:
If you love HD (and who doesn't?), you can check out the high def version of the video over here.
Lynn from VIA sent us a link to a video they've uploaded which features robots using VIA Embedded parts such as systems based on the Pico-ITX form factor.
The video was shot at the Taipei International Robot Show which was held last week. We weren't able to make it but lucky VIA had a camera in hand and took some pretty cool video for us all to see.
Taiwan hosted the Taipei International Robot Show this past week and it was certainly an exciting event, with over 60 international academic and industrial developers attending.
VIA's commitment to the development of extremely compact form factors, such as the VIA EPIA Pico-ITX boards has placed the company at the cutting-edge of technological progress within the robotics industry. As the world's most compact x86 mainboard, VIA EPIA Pico-ITX boards have become an essential component in modern robots due to the remarkable heat dissipation and robust performance engineered in to the compact design. From hobbyists building kits to military robots, VIA processor platforms can, quite literally, be found at the heart of these amazing machines.
Here's a short video featuring the already very well-known "Johnny 5" building kit robot from Lynxmotion and BEAR, a highly intelligent military robot the Vecna Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot . BEAR has been designed to rescue military personnel out of combat situations and pushes military robotics to new heights of intelligence and mobility.
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!