A brief update on Computex

Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 08:59 AM |
Tagged: computex, computex 2011, ocz, Intel, Ivy Bridge

You may have noticed with the new look to PC Perspective have come several new features, such as tags to group common topics together to make it easier to find them.  The important tag right now is computex, which will group all of the news we have reported from Computex. 

Ryan is not the only attendee of the conference, so in order to ensure you have enough information to keep you satiated over the day you can take a look at AnandTech's coverage as well.  They spent time with OCZ, discussing the RevoDrive Hybrid, a standard 0.5/1TB platter based HDD and a Vertex 3 SSD on PCIe card, a form factor that Intel's SRT has made obsolete but is still interesting to see.  The new PCIe based Z-Drive on the other hand can do very impressive things, the R4 88 has eight SF-2281 controllers in RAID 0RevoDrives with TRIM support are also very nice to see.  Intel talked about both the upcoming Ivy Bridge platform as well as their plans for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Stay tuned for more.

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Source: AnandTech

New GTX 580 Graphics Options Add to ASUS ROG Lineup

Subject: Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | May 30, 2011 - 11:41 PM |
Tagged: computex, asus, GTX 580, mars, matrix, ROG

While also announcing a set of new motherboard at Computex 2011, ASUS was also showcasing two new graphics cards in the Republic of Gamers line based on NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580 GPU. The MATRIX GTX580 and MARS II cards will offer a unique take on performance and engineering that haven’t been seen in the enthusiast graphics markets before.

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The MATRIX GTX580 will offer support for TweakIt, ProbeIt and SafeMode overclocking capabilities at the hardware level while the GPU Tweak software will allow the user to adjust setting and monitor the card in the OS. The card is built with a 19-phase construction (!!) which should offer very impressive power efficiency as well as stability during overclocking. The cooler on the MATRIX card also promises to be 20% improved on the NVIDIA reference design.

The MARS II goes a step further by including a PAIR of GTX 580 GPUs on a single PCB offering what will likely be the fastest graphics card on the planet. The same hardware features like TweakIt and ProbeIt as well as the GPU Tweak software and the 19-phase power construction.

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It looks like if you want the fastest graphics solutions available ASUS will have you covered with either the MATRIX GTX580 or the MARS II, depending on your wallet capacity.
 

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: ASUS

Intel Defines Ultrabook category and accelerates Atom development cycle

Subject: Processors, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 30, 2011 - 11:01 PM |
Tagged: ultrabook, Medfield, Ivy Bridge, Intel, haswell, computex, atom

With the release of the Intel Z68 chipset behind us by several weeks, Intel spent the opening keynote at Computex 2011 creating quite a buzz in the mobility section of the computing world. Intel’s Executive Vice President Sean Maloney took the stage on Tuesday and announced what Intel is calling a completely new category of mobile computer, the “Ultrabook”. A term coined by Intel directly, the Ultrabook will “marry the performance and capabilities of today’s laptops with tablet-like features and deliver a highly responsive and secure experience, in a thin, light and elegant design.”

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If this photo looks familiar...see the similarity?

Intel is so confident in this new segment of the market that will fall between the tablet and notebook that they are predicting that by the time we reach the end of 2012 it will represent 40% of Intel’s processor shipments. That is an incredibly bold claim considering how massive and how dominate Intel is in the processor field. Intel plans to reach this 40% goal by addressing the Ultrabook market in three phases, the first of which will begin with ultra-low-power versions of today’s Sandy Bridge processors. Using this technology Maloney says we will see notebooks less than 0.8 inches thin and for under $1,000.

Make sure you "Read More" for the full story!!

Source: Intel

Computex: We are on our way! Better late than never...

Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Shows and Expos | May 29, 2011 - 03:08 PM |
Tagged: pcper, computex 2011, computex

It is that time of year again where the staff at PC Perspective wades through the moist air of Taipei, Taiwan to bring you the latest news, videos and updates from the world of technology and computing hardware.  This marks my 10th appearance on the island of Taiwan, but Ken's first so it should be an interesting experience for both of us.  

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Yes, this scary girl is here again too.

This year we have a surprising amount of expected hardware to investigate starting with an onslaught of AMD-based technology.  The AMD 990FX chipset will be out and about in force from the likes of ASUS, MSI, ECS and others while the Fusion APUs will be flaunted in notebooks and likely even some "surprise" Llano designs.  Intel's Z68 chipset, though already launched, will still be a focus but the company will surprise many with a dramatic move into the world of mobile computing with the Atom line.  

You should of course keep an eye on the home page here at pcper.com but also feel free to bookmark the URL http://pcper.com/computex where all of our Computex-specific news will be filtered to.  

Temperatures are high but so is the excitement!!

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: PCPer

Thecus To Unveil 3 New Sandy Bridge Powered NAS At Computex 2011

Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | May 16, 2011 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged: Thecus, SAN, NAS, computex

Thecus, a leading provider of Intel based NAS (Network Attached Storage) products, has announced that they will be unveiling a new XXX line powered by Intel Sandy Bridge processors and offering 10G Base T Connections at 2011's Computex in Taipei.  The XXX line covers everything from 2 bay Atom powered NAS for consumer useage all the way to the new 16 bay Sandy Bridge powered NAS for enterprise use.  The "XXX" stands for "Xtreme Power, Xtreme Function, and Xtreme Value," and it is their line of the best performance for the price NAS devices.

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They will be unveiling an eight bay, twelve bay, and sixteen bay NAS which they have dubbed the N8900, N12000PRO, and N16000PRO respectively. The eight bay NAS will be powered by a dual core Intel i3 2120 at 3.3GHz while the twelve and sixteen bay NAS devices will be powered by a quad core Intel Xeon E3-1280 at 3.5GHz. Considering that these chips are sought after for enthusiast and workstation computers much less NAS boxes, they will be able to eliminate CPU bottle-necking and provide ample horsepower to feed all of the NAS devices' internal drives. Thecus confidently states that "these models are guaranteed to dominate the market with excellent results for consumers jues like their predecessors."

Thecus further states that their new NAS devices offer 100% availability with 10 G Base T HA and iSCSI SAN (Storage Area Network) "with absolutely no breaks or delays in service in rain, shine, or Armageddon." Their NAS boxes "finally give businesses a true alternative to messy, bulk, budget-busting servers."

Whether their claims will hold up to testing or not, Thecus certainly seems confident in their product and are not afraid to follow the adage of "go big or go home" as they partner with Intel to power their NAS boxes with the latest and greatest in CPU technology.

Source: Thecus

MSI Gearing Up For Large Computex Release

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 02:00 PM |
Tagged: tablet, notebook, msi, computex

VR-Zone reports that MSI is gearing up for a large Computex showing, and will unveil 5 new mobile products to it's existing platforms. 

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Among the rumored launches are two tablets and three notebooks.  On the tablet side of things, both a Tegra 2 and AMD Brazos powered tablet are in the works.  The WindPad 100A will be powered by a Tegra 2 SoC and will run Android 2.3 in lieu of Honeycomb due to rumored hardware compatibilities.  The AMD Brazos platform brings AMD's fusion processor and graphics to the mobile space.  The WindPad 110W, the follow up to the Intel Atom powered 100W, will utilize the Brazos SoC running Windows 7.

As far as notebooks, the gaming lineup, C series, and X series will all see a refresh.  The GT683 will be a 15" gaming notebook.  The CX480 will update the C series with a rumored 14" form factor.  Finally, MSI's thin and light notebook lineup will receive the X460.

VR-Zone further states that "MSI is also said to be losing interest in netbooks due to declining demand and is refocusing on its notebook products as the company is expecting a 10 to 15 percent growth in notebook shipments this year, not taking tablets into account."

Source: VR-Zone

VIA's new QuadCore processor proves low power and high performance are still cool

Subject: Processors, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 09:22 AM |
Tagged: VIA, Nano, quadcore, quad, centaur

VIA has been sitting pretty in a very specific peice of the computer market for quite a while now and is now being crowded by AMD and Intel working their way down to the low power market from their usual energy gobbling silicon and ARM sneaking up its performance from its traditional extremely low power consumption market.   That competition has spurred VIA to develop first the dual core Nano X2 and now the QuadCore which is a pair of X2's on a single package using what was described to The Tech Report as a "side channel" of wiring between them.  Still on 40nm it doesn't represent a completely new design for VIA, more a refinement of what they already produce.  Check out their coverage as well as the write up Josh has finished here.

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"Early this year, Via introduced its Nano X2 processor, a dual-core implementation of its Isaiah architecture built on TSMC's 40-nm chip fabrication process. Today, Via is announcing a new product, the QuadCore processor, that combines a pair of Nano X2 chips on a single package to deliver a low-cost, low-power CPU whose position in the market is fairly distinctive.

We visited Via-Centaur's Austin, Texas offices yesterday, where we chatted with Centaur Chief Architect Glenn Henry and Via marketing head Richard Brown. We came away with some fresh details on the QuadCore processor and a better sense of Via's future plans as an intriguing third-place supplier of x86-compatible PC processors."

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Running around CES 2011

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 12, 2011 - 08:29 AM |
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The Tech Report is catching up on their writing after beating feet around Las Vegas to meet with as many vendors and manufacturers as possible.  At the ASUS booth they saw several tablets and a Xonar soundcard squeezed into a thumb drive like form factor, various SandyBridge motherboards from EVGA, Gigabyte

Using CES 2011 to pick this coming years tech successes

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2011 - 08:39 AM |
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The Inquirer is attempting a little prognostication this morning, trying to extrapolate a current state of the electronic industry from what they observed at CES 2011.  Some of their predictions come from the lack of surprises at CES 2011, no earth shattering announcements were made most simply reiterated products that have already been reviewed or at least discussed in depth previous to the show.  They felt Microsoft missed the point, while Google's Android ran rin

Source: The Inquirer

CES 2011: MSI's Master Overclocking Event; Operation Las Vegas

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2011 - 12:51 PM |
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In a Go Kart facility just off to the side of a major casino in Las Vegas there were speed records being broken that had nothing to do with lap times.  MSI's latest Master Overclocking Event was taking place, the latest in a world wide series of overclocking events designed to eliminate all but the absolute best of the global overclocking community.

Source: MSI

CSE 2011 was about more than PC hardware

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2011 - 09:52 AM |
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MAKE:Blog hit CES 2011 with a different target from the coverage you have been seeing here at PC Perspective.  Instead of making a beeline for the various PC hardware vendors and mobile platform resellers, they walked through Vegas with an eye out for things the DIYer would want.  From companies that sell a wide variety of measuring devices through the newest in inductive-coupled charging to some interesting new input devices, you can get a look at some of the less covered exhibits at CES 2011.

"This year, MAKE/O'Reilly author Damien Stolarz (iPhone Hacks, Car PC Hacks) agreed to be our eyes and ears on the ground at CES, scoping out hardware at the show that he thought would be of interest to makers. Here's his second installment, a tour of North Hall and the International Pavilion."

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Source: MAKE: Blog

More CES 2011 coverage than you can shake a stick at

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2011 - 07:13 PM |
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Along with the coverage you have been getting from PC Perspective, there are many other sites here at CES 2011.  This is a rather good thing as there are so many vendors and manufacturers represented here that there is no way that the PC Perspective team could visit them all ... though we've tried.

The Tech Report had a chance to meet with EVGA, who were showing off a nVIDIA card that can only be described as "a dual-GPU, SLI-on-a-stick video card".  Drop by for a look at this monster card.

CES 2011: Gigabyte's killer new line up

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 6, 2011 - 12:34 AM |
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Gigabyte has declared war with their new G1-Killer lineup, featuring three motherboards.  At the top of the lineup is the Assassin, an Intel X58 + ICH10R board.

 


Click on the picture for a better version of the Gigabyte Assassin.

CES 2011: MSI Surges into 2011 with Complete Lineup of Intel Sandy Bridge and Huron River Notebooks

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 4, 2011 - 11:59 PM |
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MSI 2011 NOTEBOOKS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

The G Series – World’s Fastest Gaming Notebooks

The MSI R&D team worked hand in hand with world-class gamers to develop the new G Series that truly exceeds gamers’ needs. The new, powerful GT780, GT680, GE620 and GR620 notebooks will all come packed with the much anticipated second generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad core processor, and USB 3.0 ports that enable lightening fast transfer speeds and connections with external hard drives or handheld electronics.

Source: MSI

CES 2011: ASUS Tablet Computers Unveiled

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 4, 2011 - 11:21 PM |
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Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, NA (January 4, 2011) - ASUS today announced four new tablet computers designed for a wide range of users and applications - The Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO and Eee Slate EP121. The new models are available with three screen sizes, and a choice of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Google Android operating systems for the ultimate in mobile flexibility and productivity.

Choice is essential when selecting innovative and technologically advanced personal computer devices.

Source: ASUS

Intel AppUp and MeeGo news at Intel Developer Forum

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 14, 2010 - 03:18 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept.

What happens in Texas ends up on our front page

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 16, 2010 - 12:07 PM |
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QuakeCon 2010 has ended, which means it is time to see just what PC Perspective was up to in Austin, Texas.  The big news was the Hardware Workshop in which about $25,000 worth of hardware and other goodies were given out to attendees of the con and you can see a video of what took place.  Some of the prizes required skill and ingenuity
to win.  There was more than just the giveaway taking place and there are plenty of pictures for you to perus

What does it take to win a graphics card from PC Perspective at QuakeCon?

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 14, 2010 - 01:53 PM |
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Well, a handstand certainly worked for this fellow.

Keep your eyes open here for more craziness from QuakeCon!

GLOBALFOUNDRIES To Host Inaugural Global Technology Conference

Subject: Shows and Expos | July 21, 2010 - 09:36 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 21, 2010 – GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced plans for the first annual Global Technology Conference (GTC) to be held Wednesday, September 1 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. GTC 2010 will be a daylong event featuring presentations from design and technology leaders in the semiconductor industry.

Computex: ECS shows new motherboards, all-in-one PCs

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2010 - 08:39 AM |
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ECS is getting back in the saddle not only with new motherboards but also a move into the world of all-in-one computers to go against the likes of Zotac and even ASUS.  Let's check out the newest motherboard options in the ECS Black Series line up first.