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E3, while crazy, was mostly uneventful. There weren't really any surprises and we knew basically everything that would be shown there. The biggest event for E3 would have to be Nintendo announcing and allowing hands-on tests with their new WiiU console. Sony and Microsoft were still pushing the same stuff, so it was pretty quiet from them.
There were a few smaller games being developed that I got a chance to look at and comment on. These pre-alpha games didn't have the fit and finish of a studio game, but were good nonetheless. Most of the game studios were allowing hands-on demonstrations of their new games, although most weren't allowing any pictures or videos.
On the hardware front, there were a few smaller companies showing new products off, but there were no major releases from the major companies. Razer released the Taipan mouse, Raptorfire.com was showing off a new USB module which would allow Xbox controllers on PS3 and PS3 controller on Xbox, along with game mods.
On the gaming front, Borderlands 2 was shown off along with Crysis 3, The Sims, and pretty much every other major game that will be coming out anytime soon. I played Crysis 3 and Defiance and was extremely pleased with both. Defiance is a TV show turned game. Err, I mean game turned TV show. Err, I mean both.
Kingston was at ShowStoppers, an event that runs at the same time as E3, demoing their RAM and the fact that 64GB is needed and, in some instances, not enough. They were running an Adobe program on a 2011 Intel platform with all 8 slots loaded with 8GB sticks of HyperX RAM. CPU usage was around 12%, while RAM usage was at 94% when I grabbed a picture.
The real news from Kingston, however, was the launching of their new RAM to compliment the Ivy Bridge platform. Kingston is now shipping dual-channel RAM kits specifically designed for the third-generation Core line of products. Kingston HyperX memory is available in 16GB and 8GB kits of two at 1600MHz, 2133MHz, 2400MHz and soon to be speedy 2666MHz frequencies.
"The new 22nm architecture of this processor allows significant performance gains for benchmarkers, enthusiasts and overclockers," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "Enthusiasts who want to push the performance boundaries of the new processors will want to pair it with Kingston HyperX memory. Our 2666MHz kit combined with the top CPU in the Ivy Bridge family will allow unparalleled performance."
An exciting new technology to expand network connectivity in older homes was shown at E3. Entropic demoed a technology that is similar in function to Ethernet-over-power, but higher performance and more reliable. The technology involves using the existing Coaxial cable (common TV, cable wire) that is in almost every house.
Most people don't have the luxury of having Cat5e wired throughout their house, so this allows them to obtain higher, more reliable speeds than wireless without having to run new wire. "MoCA is the universal standard for home entertainment networking and can support multiple streams of HD video content while delivering up to 175 Mbps net throughput at less than 4.5ms of average network latency. MoCA has more than 100 certified products, which can give gamers:"
- Low latency, lag-free, Internet gaming across any platform
- HD-quality entertainment for over-the-top video streaming services
- Maximized high-speed broadband access from the cloud
The technology is already in use in cable modems and other adapters on the market, so it isn't exactly new technology. At the same time, however, it isn't exactly well known. I can see the promise in this technology and wouldn't hesitate to use it in my own home if the need arose.
NVIDIA was showing off their upcoming GRID technology which streams games to your television. GRID eliminates the need for high performance PCs or even consoles. Samsung is NVIDIA's launch partner and the technology requires the users have a Samsung SMART TV, but more companies could be added in the future.
I got a chance to mess around with the technology at E3 and have to say I am impressed. The games were streaming from a data center about 5 miles away and I didn't feel like I was lagging. That's my biggest worry with the technology: how will they guarantee no lag? Furthermore, the technology requires a pretty big internet pipe, something that not all of us have the luxury of having.
The minimum spec for the internet is 5Mbps, something unavailable where I live. This means that it would be impossible for me to use NVIDIA GRID technology. Additionally, they haven't decided if it is going to be a subscription based model or something else, so pricing and information like that is still up in the air.
But, the main point to take away from this is that it works, seemingly without lag, and looks great while doing it. The graphics shown were better than any console that I have played on and they were coming from a data center 5 miles away. This truly seems to be "a game changer."
The first night, I attended WeMade's press conference at ICON Ultra Lounge. The press conference was good, but I wasn't so impressed by the games shown. Not to say they were bad games, they just weren't something I would play. However, this is probably due to me not exactly being a mobile gamer.
The lineup included Chaos and Defense, Viking Island, Pet Island, Goblin Mobile, Friend Fighter, Rhythm Scandal, and Hero Square. Since the first night, I have been waiting patiently for screenshots and information about the games so I could tell you, the reader. Finally, the information has arrived.
Computex 2012 - We are done for yet another year of Computex and as usual we end with our booth babes video.
Around 10 minutes or 19,860 frames of Taiwanese beauty, enjoy!
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More shots of ASUS' gear, MATRIX 7970, multi-monitor gear and more stuff you'll want to throw money at
Computex 2012 - We covered the ASUS event previously, but the ASUS booth is filled with some amazing stuff. There's not much to say because the pictures will do the stall justice, with the start of this gallery a shot of 4-way GEFORCE GTX 680s, just, so, beautiful.
ASUS MARS III card powering 3 large screens in portait (a personal favorite!). Looks epic at such a large size.
A bit of both, MARS III to the left on 3 big screens, MATRIX 7970 to the right on 6 smaller screens. Just as epic.
A panoramic shot for scale, it turned out pretty good - what do you think?
Computex 2012 - Just like NVIDIA, we visited the Thermaltake grounds today as yesterday was floor to ceiling packed. Thermaltake really take care of you when you're there, and were some of the best guys and girls of the event so far. Ramsom is one of the best guys I've met since being in Taipei and we got to talking about various cases, peripherals, and more.
What impressed me the most were the Level 10, and Level 10 GT cases... I know my good friend Lee will be reading this right now and nodding his head in agreement. Next move he'll go to
Facebook and say "I told you so!", and so he should - these things kick arse. There are so many different variants of colors and themes of them at the booth, we're going to just show them off and stop talking about them, have a look.
Computex 2012 - I'm sure you're aware of our relationship with NVIDIA, and yesterday we walked through their stand in Nangang at Computex. I noticed that my badge was getting looked at by virtually everyone, so I don't know if the staff were told to look out for certain media, but it felt like it. I thought I'd ask for a t-shirt, lanyard, etc - as I'm still a fan of the company, but all I got was a lanyard. We decided to visit again today, and got the same looks, but had more time there as it wasn't so wall-to-wall crazy busy. First up we have the GEFORCE GTX 680 and some awards it won.
Next up we hit the ASUS ROG PCs, where there was a StarCraft II session happening with some pro-gamers, check out the shots below.
A nice panoramic so you can get a feel of the scale of the event itself.
Computex 2012 - Antec had a very, very sweet setup here in the halls of Nangang, where they had their new white-colored P280 case, with a high-specced rig inside. 4-way NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 cards, Intel's Core i7-3930K, but the surprising bit was it was powered by two power supplies. Antec's High Current Pro Platinum HCP-1300 and HCP-1000. Crazy, right? Check out the pics.
A nice shot of Antec's HCP-1000 Platinum with a side-window, unfortunately this won't be how it is in the box.
The range of colors for the Antec P280