Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Shows and Expos | May 29, 2011 - 10:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
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.
Temperatures are high but so is the excitement!!
Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | May 16, 2011 - 08:34 PM | Tim Verry
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.
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.
Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 09:00 PM | Tim Verry
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.
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."
Subject: Processors, Shows and Expos | May 12, 2011 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
"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."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- VIA QuadCore Preview & Centaur Tour @ [H]ard|OCP
- VIA's QuadCore: Nano Gets Bigger @ AnandTech
- The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors @ Techspot
- Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
- Desktop CPU Comparison Guide Rev. 10.3 @ Tech ARP
- AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition AM3 Processor Review @ eTeknix
- AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review @Hi Tech Legion
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 12, 2011 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2011 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2011 - 08:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2011 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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."
Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:
SHOWS AND EXPOS
- CES 2011: Toshiba's Tablet and Glasses-Free 3D @ AnandTech
- Two CES-announced Android Phones: Huawei IDEOS X5 and Sony Xperia Arc @ AnandTech
- CES 2011: Thermaltake @ ThinkComputers
- Super Talents Sneak Peak at the Worlds First SandForce SSD USB Flash Drive @ The SSD Review
- OCZ Opens The SSD Vault at CES @ The SSD Review
- CES 2011: Hands on With Corsair’s New Products @ Hardware Canucks
- CES 2011: MSI Demos New AM3+ Big Bang Conqueror & Lightning GPUs @ Hardware Canucks
- CES 2011: Sapphire Shows Fusion APU, HD 5570 Xtend & Set Top Box @ Hardware Canucks
- CoolerMaster @ CES 2011 @ Bjorn3D
- CES 2011 Coverage Cont @ OCC
- TechwareLabs CES Coverage: CES 2011: Spotlight Shuttle PC
- CES 2011 Day 2 Coverage: QNAP | Seagate | AOC | Antec | Xigmatek @ Tweaknews
- PowerColor @ CES2011 @ Bjorn3D
- CES 2011: Razer & Crucial @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2011: Corsair Announces 2.1 Speakers, Cases and Water Cooler @ Legit Reviews
- Hot ASUS Eee Slate video demo from CES 2011 @ SPCR
- Lenovo's exciting IdeaPad U1 @ SPCR
- AMD Fusion APUs Arrive @ SPCR
- CES 2011: Hands on with the Motorola Atrix 4G @ Legit Reviews
- CES 2011: Bigfoot Networks @ ThinkComputers
- CES 2011: EVGA Dual-GPU Video Card and MSI Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2011 - 03:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 6, 2011 - 08:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.