Albatron show PCI HDMI graphics cards

Fudzilla managed to meet up with Albatron here in Taiwan and got a look at a couple new PCI graphics cards (yes - you read correctly, not PCI Express x16).

There are some companies out there who are making Radeon HD 3850 PCI cards but not so many that are producing GeForce based PCI products. Albatron intends to announce 8600GT, 8500GT and 8400GS PCI cards at Computex next week and they will all get HDMI output.

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Up close with MSI WIND desktop in Taipei

Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | May 27, 2008 8:55 PM CDT

Following on from our extreme close up look at the MSI WIND notebook, now we check out the WIND PC desktop in as much detail or more. MSI wants you to "Ride with the Wind!" Shall we?

As far as specifications go, we can tell you that models we saw on display in Taipei this afternoon were using a new Intel CPU, 1GB DDR2-533 memory, 160GB SATA hard disk drive, Gigabit Ethernet, DVD combo drive and 65-watt power adapter.

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ABIT rumored to quit mobo business

Cameron Wilmot | Business, Financial & Legal | May 27, 2008 9:09 AM CDT

Hot off the press, Digitimes is reporting that ABIT may begin phasing out its motherboard business after evaluating the success of its forthcoming Intel 4 series lineup of motherboard products. ABIT shipped three million motherboards in 2007 and while that may sound like a large number, it's a mere fraction of what the likes of ASUS and GIGABYTE ship. It had a goal of shipping six million motherboards this year but has since reduced its forecast.

ABIT was once the hottest motherboard an enthusiast could own often providing the best overclocking results and performance numbers. After some financial issues back a few years ago, ABIT almost sunk but was gobbled up by Universal Scientific Industrial (USI). Unfortunately at around the same time, most of ABIT's key staff were leaving the company or had already left and things never really got better for the once motherboard king.

While the report does mention that ABIT is maintaining it does not know anything about the speculation and will continue to develop motherboard products, it wouldn't be a surprise. ABIT's current batch of new motherboards haven't been that exciting and we even saw a motherboard released recently which didn't even include solid capacitors. ABIT used to be the one setting the trends in motherboard technology but now it is clear they are falling behind the eight ball.

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Hands-on with VIA's OpenBook prototype

Cameron Wilmot | | May 27, 2008 7:00 AM CDT

VIA has today unveiled its OpenBook reference design and it is designed to compete in the subnotebook market space.

VIA's OpenBook form factor will be powerful enough to run Windows Vista and include a host of connectivity options including WiMAX, HSDPA and EV-DA, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA out, a 4-in-1 card reader and front and back 2 megapixel webcams.

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Foxconn launches Green Series G31 mobo

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | May 27, 2008 6:23 AM CDT

Foxconn has today taken the covers off its newest motherboard and it comes under their new Green Series of products.

It will be a rather affordable motherboard based on Intel's G31 Express chipset with onboard GMA 3100 graphics and support for the latest Core2 Quad and Core2 Duo processors up to 95W power rating and FSB rating of 1333MHz.

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MSI to add "Turbo" OC button to 9600GT

Cameron Wilmot | Tweaking & Overclocking | May 27, 2008 4:11 AM CDT

Among the many products MSI showed at its ECOlution press conference in Taipei today was its upcoming GeForce N9600GT Diamond graphics card.

It's a rather special product in that MSI said that it has crammed all its current and future VGA technologies onto this one product. It will get 2GB of GDDR3 memory as well HDMI, DisplayPort, dual DVI and optical audio output. Is that enough for you people?

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Extreme close up with MSI WIND notebooks

Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | May 27, 2008 2:31 AM CDT

During the MSI ECOlution press conference in Taipei this afternoon, MSI let press get up close and personal with its full line of upcoming products.

You've seen MSI's WIND notebooks pictures online before now but not in this sort of detail.

We over heard someone from MSI being asked when the WIND notebook will begin selling. Someone suggested one month but the MSI representative said that would not be quite enough time. So, I guess it is still going to be a month or so until you'll be able to buy one. MSI did give away two of these small new notebooks to a couple local Taiwanese press members and took their details for delivery later, so they couldn't be too far off.

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MSI ECOlution press conference in Taipei

Cameron Wilmot | RAM | May 27, 2008 1:52 AM CDT

MSI held its ECOlution press conference in Taipei this afternoon and it was quite an upbeat event with fancy green dancers, attended by a sizeable audience of local Taiwanese press.

It seems a tad strange for MSI to hold a press event of this size just one week before the Computex trade show begins in Taipei but there was plenty for us to see early before the show begins.

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Arctic launch Freezer Xtreme CPU cooler

Cameron Wilmot | CPU, APU & Chipsets | May 26, 2008 6:49 AM CDT

Arctic Cooling has just taken the covers off its newest CPU cooler called the Freezer Xtreme.

It is a monster of a cooler with a total of eight heatpipes, 102 fins and it comes with a quiet PWM 12cm fan, which will adjust power between 800 and 1500 RPM according to processor temperature.

Arctic include brackets for both Intel and AMD processors including socket 775, 939, AM2 and AM2+ and claims that this cooler can handle up to 160 watts which is a staggeringly large amount of cooling capability.

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