New Matrox DS1 Dock For Macbooks Uses Thunderbolt

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | June 3, 2012 - 11:08 PM |
Tagged: computex, thunderbolt, Matrox, macbook, dock, apple

Matrox has recently launched a new Thunderbolt dock aimed at adding desktop peripherals to Apple Macbooks and Ultrabooks. The dock connects via a single Thunderbolt cable (it does require a separate power source as well) and provides one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a DVI video output, audio in/out jacks, and a Gigabit LAN port. It will be available for purchase in September with an MSRP of $249 USD.

Matrox has released a new laptop dock called the Matrox DS1 that is designed to pair with Thunderbolt-equipped notebooks and provide several additional connectivity options. The aluminum chassis is reminiscent of a slimmer WD My Book drive because of the book like shape. The front of the DS1 dock is a Thunderbolt input and status LED. On the back of the dock is a DVI output, three USB ports (one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0), microphone input, headphone output, and a Gigabit LAN port. To the far right is a DC power input which means that the dock is a bit less portable than I would like but it is not clear how big of a “wall wart” it will come with.

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The company has stated that the aluminum case should protect the dock in just about every use case, and the additional IO certainly adds much needed connectivity to Ultrabooks where available ports are at a premium. Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Matrox, Alberto Cieri, has been quoted by Apple Insider in stating “The new Matrox DS1 docking station easily enables the creation of an ergonomic workspace and brings much-needed expandability for printers, scanners, storage, smartphones, optical drives, cameras, flash drives, and other peripherals.”

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The Matrox DS1 will be shown off at Computex 2012 this week in Taipei, Taiwan at Intel’s booth (M0410 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall). After that, it will be shown off at WWDC in San Fransico and Infocomm in Las Vegas on June 12th and June 13th to June 15th respectively. In September of this year it will be available for purchase with an MSRP of $249 USD.

Situations like this are where Thunderbolt really shines, and I would not be surprised to see companies outfitting employees with Ultrabooks for mobile use and a larger monitor and peripherals for in-office use (eschewing a separate desktop machine altogether). The price, especially considering Thunderbolt cables themselves are expensive is going to be the most limiting factor for docks like these despite their usefulness.

Editor's Note: Although Tim didn't mention it, one kind of interesting drawback is that this device does NOT include a Thunderbolt pass through, basically preventing users from taking advantage of the daisy-chain capability TB can offer via a single port / connections on the laptop or computer.

PC Perspective Podcast #158 - MSI P67-GD80 Motherboard review, Antec Performance P280 case, Corsair Force 3 SSD recall and more!

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2011 - 06:47 PM |
Tagged: podcast, Intel, computex, amd, 990fx

PC Perspective Podcast #158 - 6/09/2011

This week we talk about the MSI P67-GD80 Motherboard review, Antec Performance P280 case, Corsair Force 3 SSD recall and more!

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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath and Allyn Malventano

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Program length: 1:00:43

Program Schedule:

 

  1. 0:00:33 Introduction
  2. 1-888-38-PCPER or podcast@pcper.com
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  4. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  5. 0:01:50 AMD 990FX/SB950 Release: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX and the MSI 990FXA-GD80
  6. 0:04:10 MSI P67A-GD80 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard Review
  7. 0:06:42 MSI N560GTX-Ti HAWK Graphic Card Review
  8. 0:14:23 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
  9. 0:15:02 PowerColor Shows Off New 4GB AMD Graphics Card With Two Stock Clocked 6970 GPUs
  10. 0:20:18 Antec Performance P280 Case First Look at Computex
  11. 0:23:40 ECS Motherboards on display at Computex 2011
  12. 0:27:02 MSI shows Gen3 PCIe, X79 Motherboard and GTX 580 Extreme
  13. 0:33:12 Thermaltake Level 10 GT White, Frio GT and BigWater coolers and USB Power Strip
  14. 0:39:05 AMD Brings Back FX Branding For High-End CPUs and Motherboards at E3
  15. 0:40:18 Corsair recalls entire Force Series 3 SSD line, cites hardware defects
  16. 0:44:05 PNY and Asetek Team Up to Deliver Sealed-Loop Water Cooling for CPUs and Graphics Cards
  17. 0:48:30 Just Delivered.  Large, nifty video card. - MSI N580GTX Lightning Extreme
  18. 0:49:45 Quakecon Reminder - http://www.quakecon.org/
  19. 0:51:30 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
    1. Ryan: Gold bar USB 3.0 drive
    2. Jeremy: Still like the newstweak, but if'n I used it up then IPv6 didn't destroy the world!
    3. Josh: Boston Lager Cut!  http://www.samueladams.com/promos/lager-and-beef/lagercut.aspx
    4. Allyn: Intel 320 Warranty = 5 years
  20. http://pcper.com/podcast   
  21. http://twitter.com/ryanshrout and http://twitter.com/pcper
  22. 0:59:23 Closing

 

 

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ASUS does thin and light right: UX21 and X101 Photos

Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | June 5, 2011 - 12:19 AM |
Tagged: x101, ux01, notebook, laptop, computex, asus

ASUS had a lot of new and innovative products on display at Computex, but maybe none as interesting as these two notebooks.  The UX21 was the flagship product for Intel's new "Ultrabook" category and while we have already posted about it earlier, I thought these new photos would be worth sharing.

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The UX21 is an ultra-thin 1.7cm at its widest and weighs only 1.1 Kg fully loaded.  It will include the ASUS "Instant On" technology, resuming the system in just 5 seconds and is claimed as the first notebooks with a SATA 6G SSD.  

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Sporting a new ULV Sandy Bridge Core i7 processor, this system won't skimp on performance either if it lives up to its claims.  

More photos and information after the break!!

Source: ASUS

Thermaltake Level 10 GT White, Frio GT and BigWater coolers and USB Power Strip

Subject: General Tech, Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2011 - 11:28 PM |
Tagged: computex, thermaltake, frio, level 10, power strip

Thermaltake had its standard booth array of cases, coolers, keyboards, mice, headphones, etc but also had some new items to show us when we stopped by.  The first was a new "Snow Edition" of the Level 10 GT chassis we reviewed back in April.

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The case remains mostly unchanged with some USB 3.0 ports up front, 5 "EasySwap" HDD bays and room for some very long graphics cards.  The white color is not paint but rather plastic injected so you won't have to worry about the paint scratching off. 

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Next up is the Frio GT CPU cooler - yes the above image is showing you a freaking CPU COOLER.  It supports up to 300 watts of cooling and does so with an enormous amount of heatpipes, fins and airflow.  This cooler will be available in Q4 and should cost you under $100.

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Under the two big collections of fins you can see the heatpipes that move the energy from the CPU cores.  Obviously you are going to need to check out your case and motherboard dimensions before picking up a cooler like this as I imagine there are going to be quite a few configurations that are incompatible. 

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Thermaltake is also going into the self-contained water cooling direction as well with the internally designed and built BigWater A80.  Thermaltake claims this device will get better results than the competition by including some interesting airflow modifications.  Expect this to be very price competitive and be available in Q3.

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A big surprise at the booth was new USB-controlled power strip called the "Wireless USB Control Series".  Besides offering some convenient USB outlets directly on the power strip, this surge protector also has a USB powered remote control that will turn on and off the "Energy Saver" ports with the push of a button.

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The remote sits in a little stand on top of your desk so you can power offer your display, printer or other devices all at once and without reaching behind anything.  For those of you that want to go green then this will allow you to do so for a modest cost of $30-40 later this year.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: Thermaltake

ECS Motherboards on display at Computex 2011

Subject: Motherboards, Shows and Expos | June 4, 2011 - 10:42 PM |
Tagged: x79, fusion, ECS, e-350, computex, 990fx

ECS, aka Elitegroup, had a large booth at Computex that focused more on its ODM aspects than consumer aspects, but there were still a couple of interesting designs to look at.

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The board we spotted was the new A990FXM-A motherboard that is of course based on the latest 990FX chipset from AMD.  Supporting the AM3+ processor socket and thus the pending AMD Bulldozer processors, the 990FX is going to be a long term product rather than a short term. One interesting addition to the board is found on the chipset heatsink that has a temperature reactive plastic on it that will turn from grey to orange-ish as the ambient case temperature increases.  This could be a great feature to easily gauge the heat level inside a windowed case.  

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Also an interesting move, ECS has elongated the receptacle on the 8-pin CPU power connection to make it easier to plug in and to remove.  If you have ever experienced a pinched finger or sliced finger nail from trying to reach down and unplug an ATX connector, you will see this as a nice addition.

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ECS also had its X79 motherboard variant on display, showing the company's readiness for the pending Sandy Bridge-E release.

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Also on the motherboard wall was the upcoming A75F-A with support for the AMD Llano Fusion-based processors that should be ready later in the summer. 

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Finally, a motherboard that we have just recently received for review purposes, the HDC-I is an AMD E-350 or E-240 Zacate platform mini-ITX form factor.  This solution might be a great option for users looking to build an HTPC box so be sure you check out our full review coming shortly.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: ECS

G.Skill Breaks World Overclocking Record and Achieves Fastest Super Pi 32M Record For 1155 Intel Platform

Subject: Memory | June 4, 2011 - 08:26 PM |
Tagged: record, ram, G.Skill, computex, benchmark

G.Skill brought their “A game” to this year’s Computex 2011 show by shattering the current super Pi 32M record on the first day of the show. With the help of famous overclockers Shamino, Fredyama, and Young Pro, the team was able to achieve a time of 5min 33.172 seconds. Using the company’s DDR3 2400MHz CL8 4 (2x2GB) memory kit, the team achieved the record overclock using an Intel 2600K processor at 6.34Ghz and memory clocked at 2340MHz with a CAS Latency of 6-9-6-25 1T. This was all run on an Asus ROG maximum IV Extreme motherboard.

Considering that the memory still had some headroom before reaching even stock clocks, G.Skill is confident that they will break even their record, saying that “this is just the beginning, we aim to achieve more records before the close of Computex 2011.”

The super Pi 32M program is often used as both a benchmarking and stress test application as it heavily stresses both the CPU, memory controller, and RAM by calculating Pi out to 32 million digits. As a single threaded program, it is heavily dependent on CPU clock speed-which is why the G.Skill team focused on low RAM timings as well as getting the CPU clocks up as high as possible in order to grab the world record.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: G.Skill

Enermax Shows Off Seven New CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2011 - 07:54 PM |
Tagged: hsf, enermax, cpu cooler, computex

Enermax, a company most well known for its computer power supplies, expanded on it’s computer case fan lineup by slapping aluminum fins and heat pipes to some of their LED fans to create a new line of CPU coolers. The company will unveil seven new heat sinks, each incorporating one of Enermax's fans.

Bit-Tech reports that both tower and down-flow (like those of Intel) cooler types are on offer, and will sport what Enermax states are the industry’s first 10mm heat pipes.

It will be interesting to see just how much these behemoths weigh, as the current air coolers are already pushing the “just how much stress can my motherboard take” meter for me. You can check out more photos of the new coolers as well as get more information over at bit-tech.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Image copyright 2011 bit-tech.net.  Used under fair-usage guidelines for purposes of commentary and news reporting.

Source: bit-tech

PNY & Asetek to Revolutionize Graphics Card Liquid Cooling

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 3, 2011 - 12:23 PM |
Tagged: pny, computex, asetek

PNY Technologies, Inc. (“PNY”) and Asetek, the industry-leading supplier of all-in-one liquid cooling systems for computers, announced today that they are working together to bring an innovative product line of liquid cooled graphics cards to market. The goal is to deliver liquid-cooled, high-end graphics cards that far outperform equivalent air cooled models graphically, thermally and acoustically. The resulting extreme performance PNY graphics cards will come out-of-the box with an Asetek sealed water cooler already attached, making the solution very simple to install, maintenance-free and extremely reliable.

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Utilizing Asetek’s proven all-in-one liquid cooling technology enables PNY to deliver best-in-class graphics performance out of the box,” said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager, PC components for PNY. “Asetek technology has revolutionized how people think about CPU cooling. Our customers will appreciate how leveraging this technology makes extreme performance liquid cooled graphic cards surprisingly affordable and how leveraging Asetek reliability enables us to offer these graphics cards with a 5-year Warranty.”

“Working with a well respected nVidia board partner is essential to achieving a high-performance, simple to install liquid cooling solution for graphics,” said Steve Branton, Director of Marketing at Asetek. “PNY’s powerful brand, wealth of experience in the graphics market and their dedication to the enthusiast community make them an excellent team mate for this project. We are excited by the products we are developing and working alongside such a great team of dedicated people.”

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: Asetek

Take a virtual walk through Computex 2011

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2011 - 11:40 AM |
Tagged: computex

Since we can't all attend Computex 2011 in the flesh we have to content ourselves with what is posted on the web.  Ryan and Ken are representing PC Perspective over in Taipei and all of their coverage can be found on this handy page

They are not alone over there, for instance The Tech Report have been hard at work posting the most interesting things they saw.  The content includes updates from hardware vendors like Kingston and Patriot's SATA 6G SSDs and mITX Z68 boards from Zotac and ASUS' new hybrid tablets and mini Eee netbooks.  On the software sided a company called Imagination Tech has made it possible to support DirectX on ARM and tablets, Lucid has changed V-Sync forever and Microsoft has been showing off Windows 8.  That only scratches the surface of their coverage, which will give you something to read while you wait for Ryan to wake up and post more news.

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"With staffers both on the show floor and back at home watching things from afar, we've produced some fairly exhaustive Computex coverage this week. Here's a handy list of the highlights, from major announcements like Microsoft's Windows 8 reveal to geekier developments like Lucid's work on Virtu for AMD platforms."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

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Antec Performance P280 Case First Look at Computex

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 3, 2011 - 12:15 AM |
Tagged: performance series, p280, computex, antec

Upstairs at the Antec booth at Computex 2011, a new case sat awaiting our eyes and cameras called the Performance Series P280.  A successor to the long-adored P180 case, the P280 will offer a host of tweaks and new features while maintaining a price point of about $130 on the street.

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The fit and finish of the P280 should look familiar to anyone that has laid eyes on the P180.  This time Antec has added two internal USB 3.0 ports in addition to a pair of USB 2.0 ports on the front panel.

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The door on this case has the same over-swing as the P180 to completely fold away on the side if needed.  There are three 5.25-in bays and a dual fan removable filter.

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On the top of the case are pair of fans that use the newer rubber grommet style connection to lessen any kind of noise or rattle from them.

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Both doors (and the top) of the P280 are lined with a very heavy compressed plastic that is used as a sound dampening device.  Antec claims this is more effective than the foam insulation siding that many case vendors are currently using or that Antec uses on the P180. 

Hit the "Read More" link for more photos and details on Antec's P280!!

Source: Antec