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EVGA Motherboard Team Jumps to Sapphire

Chris Ramseyer | Motherboards | Thu, Jun 3 2010 9:44 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - HardOCP the other morning had a breaking news post about EVGA's entire motherboard team leaving. Over the last couple of years EVGA has gained a very good reputation for their motherboards. Most if not all of these designs came from the same team that was at one point pumping out great designs for EpoX (remember the EpoX BP7+ 100 that was the only thing on the market to compete with ABIT and ASUS' designs?)

On our way out of the city today Cameron and I caught wind of where the team was headed. It's looking like the EVGA motherboard team will be setting up shop at Sapphire. With AMD Fusion coming in 2011 this has the potential to turn into a big deal for Sapphire who has been borrowing other teams for their motherboard product designs.

It looks like Lars and the boys over at Semi Accurate broke the story before we were able to get back to the Taiwan office. Hit the News Source button below to read their take on things.

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Sapphire not wanting to miss out, shows off 3D Eyefinity in action

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards | Thu, Jun 3 2010 9:22 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We managed to meet up with Bill from Sapphire who was on hand to tell us a little about some of their new technology that allows 3D multi-screen Eyefinity gaming. Off camera Bill commented that the green team shouldn't be having all the fun and it is good to see Sapphire giving some new things a try on their own accord.

Basically the technology uses AMD Eyefinity that we should all know and love by now and 3D monitors from Zalman that use polarizing technology, which also means you don't need those big heavy active shutter glasses.

We had a look through the light weight polarized glasses and the 3D did look pretty good, but NVIDIA's approach is quite a bit better. Having said that though, it is still good to see Sapphire giving new things a try.

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Internet traffic will quadruple by 2014 according to Cisco

Don Lynn | Internet & Websites | Wed, Jun 2 2010 8:29 PM CDT
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Cisco made the statement that they expect internet traffic to quadruple by 2014 during their annual Visual Networking Index. The huge growth of video traffic is being named as the driving force behind the growth, with both businesses and consumers running tons more video traffic with everything from YouTube to videoconferencing. Cisco stated that video will account for 91% of total consumer IP traffic by 2014, with it taking over the top spot from peer-to-peer traffic as the top generator by the end of this year.

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AT&T stops unlimited data plans for iPhone and iPad

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Wed, Jun 2 2010 5:06 PM CDT
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Apple has created a lot of waves by announcing that as of June 7th, the days of the unlimited data plans for iPhones and iPads are over. Under their old plan, a $30 charge brought you all the Youtube Clips, movie streams, and downloads your device could handle. The new plans shake down as you see below:

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If you go over on the 200mb plan, you are charged $15 for another 200mb. For the Data Pro plan, overages cost $10 per GB you use.

However, this isn't the only thing with Apple device users up in arms. The new tethering option that iPhone and IPad users were looking forward to is getting a change. Before, tethering cost $30 a month for 5GB of extra tethering data on top of your regular data usage. Now, tethering is only $20, but counts against your 2GB of usage.

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Exclusive Content: Indilinx Jetstream Pushed Back to 2011

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Wed, Jun 2 2010 5:51 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Indilinx, a leader in consumer performance solid state controllers has a product that we have all been waiting to see. Code Named Jet Stream, this SATA 6G controller was once thought to be hitting e-tail shelves in early 2010 but has been pushed back to 2011, possibly late 2011.

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Replacing the 16 channel Jet Stream in 2010 will be Barefoot 2, a product we know little about. Barefoot 2 will be an 8 channel controller with a maximum capacity of 512GB and wellthat is really all I have at this time other than 2010 is the ETA and the words very soon came to the surface a few times.

The move to push Jet Stream back actually has more to do with Intel moving support for native ICH SATA 6G than anything else. With Intel out of the 6Gbps game now Indilinx doesn't want the headaches currently playing out with other SATA 6G products on the market already. We have experienced more than a few of those in our test lab already so even though we don't like hearing about a product delay we can understand the reasoning behind the move.

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ASRock develops world's first front USB 3.0 support with own I/O bracket

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Wed, Jun 2 2010 5:34 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Last week we visited ASRock who gave us an exclusive look at some of its new technologies including the Vision 3D HTPC and AIWI, but one thing we didn't have time to check out when we went to their office was an interesting new feature that will be bundled for free in ASRock's new P55 Extreme3 motherboard package.

ASRock has developed a simple yet smart little device that allows users to easily add two USB 3.0 ports to the front of their case. The device is really just a small bracket that fits into a spare FDD-sized opening at the front of your case and then a cable from the bracket runs to one of the USB 3.0 pin connectors on supported ASRock motherboards.

Something simple, but it's a great idea especially if you don't like fiddling around at the back of your system and besides, who doesn't like free? Chris Lee from ASRock told us in the video above that its P55 Extreme3 mobo will go on sale in next week or two.

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Ballistix Gets Temperature Data Logging

Chris Ramseyer | RAM | Wed, Jun 2 2010 5:16 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Crucial today introduced a new addition to their Ballistix line of products. In this revision Ballistix gets a new look from a new heat spreader, gains a temperature sensor and a downloadable utility to log data from the drive just as a Formula One car would monitor and report data from its sensors.

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I was talking with a few members from Crucial today and asked about different skins for the new Ballistix utility and received a wealth of information about what is to come in the future.

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ASUS Immensity concept mobo with discrete GPU and Hydra spotted

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Wed, Jun 2 2010 1:49 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - During an ASUS press event earlier today we ran into a brand new and unseen concept motherboard from the Taiwanese company called the Immensity.

It is an Intel X58 Express based ROG board for the latest Socket 1366 processors and what's real interesting about is that it comes with not only a Lucid Hydra processing chip onboard, but also a discrete GPU. And we aren't talking any standard Intel IGP, but a mid-range GPU from either NVIDIA or AMD, I don't think the actual choice has been made at this stage of the game, remembering what we saw was a very early concept mockup. I also doubt it is even working right now.

Kris from ASUS claimed that by adding in the onboard discrete GPU, users should see up to about a 20% increase in performance by combining it with your traditional discrete GPU in form of a usual PCI Express video card. Also since Lucid's much talked about Hydra chip is installed, you'll be able to mix and match any video card from ATI and NVIDIA and run them in Hydra dual or triple graphics mode.

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AMD's world first Fusion APU Demonstration at Computex

Cameron Wilmot | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Wed, Jun 2 2010 12:27 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Now this is pretty cool people. We just saw that AMD spoke about its Fusion APU chips at its Computex 2010 press conference, during it at the end Rick surprised us a little by giving attending press the world's first public demo of Fusion APU actually up and running.

Not only though was it running, but it was running Aliens vs Predator in DX11 mode with rather impressive visuals. It was interesting that Rick noted that only last fall did AMD showcase this same game at one of its DX11 press conference, but already they have the APU silicon working in what we would consider a seemingly fairly advanced state.

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AMD's first Fusion APU hardware will ship in the first half of 2011 if everything continues to go to plan as it seems it is now from the surface.

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AMD shows first Fusion silicon, hardware coming 2011

Cameron Wilmot | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Tue, Jun 1 2010 11:36 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Today at AMD's press conference in Taipei, Rick Bergman showed the first publically seen AMD Fusion silicon wafer that combines the main CPU and GPU into a single chip solution that AMD is calling the Accelerated Processing Unit or APU for short.

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Rick announced that we will see hardware based on AMD Fusion technology come out in the first half of next year.

This is a developing story and we will cover more after this press conference.

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