IntroductionThe show goes on as they say, as Day 3 comes to a close. Today we saw Kingmax Technology, CyberLink, XFX, Thermaltake and Cooler Master as well as stopping by for part of the performance computing section of the VIA Technology Forum at the Grand Hyatt.Before I continue, I wanted to send our heart felt wishes out to Asher Moses back in Australia. Asher used to write for TweakTown and was due to attend Computex this year. One day before the event, Asher's mother developed a burst blood vessel in her brain and sadly passed away yesterday. Our thoughts, as well as many others, are with Asher and his family right now. Hang in there mate, we are all thinking of you!
Day 3 - IKingmax Technology
Our first visit for Day 3 was our good friends from Kingmax Technology, a leading Taiwanese memory manufacturer, who were showing off their full range of DRAM and storage products.
Before we get to Kingmax's decision to produce high performance RAM, we will take a quick look at their new memory cards which are both water proof and heat resistant. To demonstrate this, Kingmax had many memory cards floating around in a tank at their booth. To demonstrate the heat resistance, Ken from Kingmax used his lighter and held a flame up close to the card for a few seconds.
Moving on to the DRAM side of things, Kingmax showed us their range of DDR products. We quizzed Kingmax about their plans for catering for the enthusiasts in the future, and they said this is something they will be doing.
Kingmax showed us their upcoming DDR-466 and DDR-500 modules. The DDR-466 part is shipping now and the DDR-500 part will be ready in about a month.
Day 3 - Cyber Link
Cyber LinkNext up we visited Cyber Link at their suite at the Grand Hyatt hotel where they showed us their range of new authoring and video creation software as well as the new features in their latest version of Power DVD including Eagle Vision which improves image quality a lot.The other product Cyber Link showed us was their very new Power Cinema which we felt was most interesting. This is a product which allows you to control entertainment aspects on your computer such as DVD and music playback via remote control with USB receiver.
I trialed the product and I have got to say I like it. It is really easy to use and looks really nice.
Day 3 - XFX, Thermaltake and Cooler Master
The XFX booth in Hall 1 looked really appealing so we decided to stop in and visit them shortly and have a look at what they had to offer.It quickly became obvious that XFX were a partner with nVidia with all their promotional stuff plastered around the place. XFX are a division of Pine, but focused totally on the gamer. They were showing off their full range of impressive looking GeForce FX cards:
nVidia Personal Cinema products are starting to make an appearance around Computex. For those that don't know, this product is designed to compete with ATI's popular All-in-Wonder series of cards.Thermaltake
After XFX we ventured to the cramped Thermaltake booth on the second floor of Hall 1 where they were showing off a lot of coolers as well as their new Aquarius III self-contained water cooling kit which is very similar in nature to Corsair's HyrdoCool.
Thermaltake have some nice products, but of late they have begun copying other company's products - like Vantec and their AeroFlow for example. What are you guys doing at Thermaltake?Cooler Master
Just only a few moments away from Thermaltake were Cooler Master who was showing off a few of their nifty products in the fairly small booth. Cooler Master is one of my favorite companies for cases and related products - every product never fails to be visually appealing in every possible way.For those of you who didn't realize, Cooler Master was the producer of stock coolers for the reference nVidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra. Cooler Master had an optional cooler on display which caught my eye.
Next up we saw a new Cooler Master case decked out with some of their new drive bay devices such as the AeroGate II:
Cooler Master's newest product is the Musketeer II which is a front panel device which is designed to control such things as fan speed as well as monitoring the temperature of certain parts of the system while maintaining the typical Cooler Master sex appeal.
The blue version of this product will be shipping soon but the other colors will not be available for a month or so.
Day 3 - VIA Technology Forum - Performance Computing
VIA Technology Forum - Performance Computing This afternoon we attended part of VIA's Technology Forum for the performance computing portion of the event.Before the actual speakers started talking, we took a look in one of the side rooms which showcased products from VIA's partners for the forum. The first stand we saw was Hynix where they were showing several DDR-II memory modules.
Then just around the corner Micron was showing off their GDDR3 based ATI and nVidia cards.
Kentron were also in attendance pimping their new Quad Band Memory technology which promises to double memory bandwidth well before DDR-II.
Now it was time to enter the actual forum where various speakers from VIA spoke about certain performance products for the company. The most interesting parts were the Intel and AMD chipset roadmaps.
As you can see, VIA will have PCI Express support with their chipsets in Q1 of 2004.That's it for Day 3 from Computex in Taiwan, stay tuned for more tomorrow!
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