Thermaltake rolls out Toughpower Grand series PSUs

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jun 7, 2010 4:22 AM CDT

Swinging out a final playing card in closing of Computex this year, Thermaltake has bettered its line-up of high performance Toughpower series power supplies with some new 80 PLUS Gold Certified models.

The new Toughpower Grand series sport a sleek glossy black finish with rounded edges and currently there are two models in the series; a 650W and 750W.

The PSUs are of modular design and carry a highly impressive efficiency rating of 92% and use high quality 105c capacitors, 0.95 active power factor correction (PFC) and are compliant with the ATX 12v 2.3 and EPS 12v 2.92 standards. The units boast a fat single 12V rail and are cooled by a 140mm dual ball-bearing flower shaped fan.

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A-DATA XPG Memory adds in new features such as active fan cooling

Cameron Wilmot | RAM | Jun 5, 2010 1:35 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We found ourselves back at the A-DATA booth where we got an introduction into its line-up of XPG memory that is designed for overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers.

The Xtreme Series now includes an active fan cooling unit that is like others on market. It is installed over the top of the RAM and the two fans push air down over heatsink to aid in stability and performance when pushing the memory as fast as you can go.

The Plus Series includes cooling as well, but in the form of a heatpipe design. The Gaming Series doesn't come with any external cooling besides of course the standard heat spreader on the RAM. All these modules are now made using a 2oz copper PCB design which is designed to improve overclockability.

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A-DATA expands its business with launch of power supplies, due out in Q3

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jun 5, 2010 12:54 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - A-DATA had plenty of stuff on display at their booth and this time we get a look at the companies range of power supplies that it has just launched. As you should know, A-DATA is primarily a memory come that also does pen drives and solid state disk drives, so it will be interesting to see how they end up performing when we put them through the paces.

A-DATA is not messing around from the outset and in the video we get an introduction to the Eye of Horus technology. This is an intelligent LED fan feature that is able to indicate power output from one of the A-DATA Horus Series units. You have 0%~50% with a green light, 50%~100% with a blue light and over 100% with a red light.

There are currently five models in the series including 1200, 850, 750, 650 and 550 watt versions. Each come with 80 Plus Bronze certification, Japanese made caps and they should go on sale sometime in Q3 this year.

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SandForce Phoenix Specs Found at PhotoFast

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Jun 4, 2010 10:03 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - We were able to find one vender who was not too worried about breaking an NDA with SandForce at Computex 2010. Here you can see the SandForce Phoenix (Client Version) controller specs in the newly shown PhotoFast GMonster2 SFV 2. Most of the info you want to see if shown right in the picture.

Just check out those specs, 520MB/s read and 520MB/s write when used with SATA 6G. It looks like engineering samples will be ready in Q4 so we are thinking the launch may come around CeBIT next year. That is all pure speculation at this point though. No official word from anyone looking to keep in good standing with SandForce and PhotoFast has removed the drive from their booth, most likely at the request of SandForce.

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G.SKILL showcases some of the fastest RAM at Computex

Cameron Wilmot | RAM | Jun 3, 2010 2:15 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - G.SKILL was a hive of activity during the show today as Kingpin and crew were on hand to provide live overclocking demonstrations using LN2. Just imagine the types of results they would have seen if our own OC champion Deanzo was put in charge at the event.

In any case, Frank from G.SKILL was on hand to give us a rundown on their newest range of memory modules. They had AMD modules that work at 2000MHz DDR, as well as a triple channel kit that operates at 2400MHz that Frank called the fastest on the market for this type of setup since three modules running together adds some complexity.

Finally we finished off with a uber l33t dual-channel 2500MHz DDR3 kit that was displayed at the show running an amazing 2500MHz at impressive timings of CL8 considering the speed at which the memory chips are working at.

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A-DATA showcases full range of USB 3.0 devices during Computex

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Jun 3, 2010 12:51 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - One of stops today was with the friendly folks from A-DATA who gave us some of their time to tell us about their full range of USB 3.0 devices that have either just gone on the market or will go on sale shortly.

Roger spoke about one device in particular called the N004 Combo Flash drive that not only supports super speedy transfer over the USB 3.0 connector, but also extra compatibility by adding in a more standard SATA II connector.

The device should end up providing solid speeds of around 200MB/s on the read and 170MB/s on the write when hooked by over the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connector. And it comes in capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

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IN WIN Silencer prototype case aims to totally eliminate noise

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jun 3, 2010 12:24 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - IN WIN were showing off a whole range of new products during the show including ones which we have reviewed recently, but the one which really caught our eyes was an upcoming chassis called the Silencer.

Right now it is still in the prototype stage and it may not go on sale until sometime in early 2011, but if it does I reckon that would end up selling a bunch of them. As the name suggests, the Silencer aims to totally eliminate sound produced by fans and other moving parts inside the system by deploying a range of noise cancelling and dampening technologies throughout various sections of the case.

What first got out attention was the somewhat odd gap between the back of the case and the other back of the case, err yeah that didn't make sense. It directs sound to the back of the case the way hot air extraction normally works, but instead the sound is caught by a special layering of foam position and cut in a certain way that the sound is absorbed.

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AMD's Eyefinity six screen uber setup at Computex rocks

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 3, 2010 11:36 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - AMD has being pushing the whole Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming thing for a good while now and despite some minor connectivity issues, it has been accepted with generally lots of excitement in the industry.

First up AMD launched Eyefinity with three monitor support, but now the latest video cards are able to support up to six monitors - and 12 in the case of a solution from PowerColor. We walked by the AMD booth today and then of just walking past it like most booths, I stopped and was really impressed with the dual Eyefinity6 setup that the folks over at AMD prepared for the show. AMD had its booth setup in a way so that folks could sit down and watch people race each other on the 'big screen' in Dirt 2. Super cool.

I just need to justify spending all those dollars on getting this setup for my lounge room. Rock on AMD!

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Thermaltake Armor A30 unique sized small case fits full-size video cards

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jun 3, 2010 11:12 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Again we are back with Ramsom from Thermaltake and this time he showed us another of their highlight products at this year's show and it is the Armor A30.

Stated as being crafted for battle, the A30 is a rather unique sized case that should end up being very suitable for gamers on the move. Inside you can fit two standard desktop size hard drives as well as two 2.5-inch drives such as SSDs. What is even better is that for such a compact and good looking case, it even is even able to support full size video cards such as the ATI Radeon 5970.

The sample we saw was only a very early mock-up that was handmade to display during the show, but still Ramsom tells us development is going really well and it should hit the market in around three months for around 130 USD.

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Thermaltake's green Jing 16dBA CPU cooler ready to fly off shelves?

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jun 3, 2010 10:32 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Ramsom from Thermaltake showed us one of their highlight products at this year's show and we are talking about the impressive new Jing CPU cooler.

Jing is a Chinese word which directly translate to quiet in English. Quite suitably named, the Jing even when having its two cool looking 120mm green fans with specially designed blades running at full speed of 1300 rpm, the thing only has a noise level of 16dBA. The guy sitting next to me tells me that is about the same amount of noise electricity makes as it passes through circuits, in other words, it's silent or jing for your Chinese lesson today.

Ramsom tells us that the cooler should be out on the market and selling like hotcakes in about two months. If the ratings and such stay the same, it's sure to come out looking really good in our test graphs after Chad puts it through the usual paces.

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