We’re in Taipei, Taiwan for Computex 2009, and as always, we’ll be reporting on as much as possible during the run of the show. Our actual updates can be seen in our news section, while this article will serve the purpose of condensing all of it to a single page as links to the specific item.
Silent Cell is comprised of a few key features. First is the fact that the base is huge, or “ultra-huge” as Gigabyte tells it, and covers 602% more surface area than typical coolers. I have no idea what their basis for comparison is, however. Judging by the picture below, they’re comparing a mid-range GPU to a high-end, which is a bit misleading.
Like Xigmatek and Corsair, Thermalright is also jumping on the chassis bandwagon. For some reason, the R1x (what kind of name is that?) didn’t really impress me from a design standpoint, but I’m willing to wait to see what the final model looks like before forming a real opinion. Like many other chassis on the market, this one features a tool-less design in most areas except for the PCI slots.
Though it may just be a mid-tower, it has room for seven 120mm fans for the ultimate in cooling-ability, and includes two with the stock chassis. Even cooler (at least to me), is that the included fans feature orange blades and white LEDS, the latter of which we don’t see often enough. I assume that once the chassis is made available, you can purchase additional copies of the same fan, although I’d expect them to me more expensive than typical models.
The DBT is run in a warm room of about 60°C, and regular kits are stressed for at least three hours, at their “stock” settings, whatever they may be. If after three hours the kits haven’t died, they pass the test and are packaged then shipped out. The company said that since they implemented DBT, RMA rates have dropped from 0.5% to 0.1%. Seems small, but given the number of modules the company ships, that saves a lot of money in the long-run.
But what about airflow? I had the same question, and apparently SilverStone put in much thought and care into the design, that when fully installed, the GD04’s airflow and efficiency can match that of their full-towers. It’s designed in such a way that it compresses the warm air so that it escapes quicker. The result is a very powerful machine that won’t overheat.
Oddly enough, the notebook I was using didn’t have its power cord blocked (it did have the USB ports blocked), so I was able to give it some quick testing. I loaded up a few applications (Calculator, Solitaire, Chess, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, Notepad and Remote Desktop), unplugged the machine and walked away for about 20 minutes.
Computex is home to many things – PC components, gadgets, new technologies and everything else related to the computer industry. But, there’s a certain fixture that most every tradeshow has… girls. There was certainly no shortage of cuties hovering around the show floor this time around, and we have all the pictures to prove it!
After taking a look at the Pegatron offering, the AspireRevo looks a little bit embarrassing, as you can see in the below photo. In a rough estimation, the IPP7A-CP is about 2.5x less the volume of the AspireRevo, but by taking a look in the back, you’ll still see a wide-array of connectivity options,
This mPGA-989-based processor has the same underlying architecture as Core i7, but utilizes a dual-channel IMC and contains less cache. Aside from the obvious performance boost over Penryn-based CPUs, Arrandale will offer both 4MB of Cache and HyperThreading… perfect for mobile workstations.
It’s made unique because each portion of your computer is separated from another, and careful thought was given to isolate heat in key areas and direct airflow properly. Thermaltake says that overclockers should have no limitations with this design, so despite it being designed so strangely, the cooling-ability is supposedly top-notch.
With such focus on Blu-ray, it’s no surprise to see certain manufacturers showing off external drives, and one such company is ASUS. The SBC-04D1S-U (?!) is easily one of the best-looking external BD-ROM models on the market, and after having a quick look, I’ve decided that I want one. Oh, how I want one.
Though still a work-in-progress, the Colossus shares the identical form-factor as a standard mechanical hard drive, but inside are two 500GB SSDs in RAID 0, for incredible speed. Their achievement so far has been 265MB/s read, but their ultimate goal is to see the exact same for the write speed. Alright, you can start drooling.
For four months, GO OC 09 regional finals have been taking place all around the world, but today, the first and second place winners from each event are here in Taipei to compete for the grand prize. Of course, it’s not the swag that matters, but the recognition! We’ll be reporting from the event as it progresses.
Gigabyte is showing off a brand-new ATI Radeon HD 4650 AGP card, designed for those with old machines who either want a recent offering, or simply have the need to get a new card for whatever reason. As a mainstream graphics chip, the performance wouldn’t be up to par with what we see with mid-range PCI-E cards, but at least the option is there for those who need it.
It’s a rare occurrence when a company releases a new product-type for the first time and it become something incredible, but where the Obsidian is concerned, the only thing I can think of is “kick-ass”. I’m in no way a chassis guy, and I tend to be one of those who couldn’t care less about what’s holding my components, but even I want one of these… big time.
Processors that draw low power also tend to lack performance, and these CPUs aren’t going to break that mold. However, it’s Intel’s and many other’s ideas that most people who use a notebook on the go use it for simpler purposes, such as e-mail and writing. So in a scenario like that, how great it would be to have a 10″ – 12″ notebook that lasts close to 7 hours? It’s been claimed that these new CPUs can make it happen.
The purpose for the product is likely very specific, although for gamers, there’s little doubt some titles could support the unique displays if someone, or some developer decided to design something. EVGA’s primary audience in mind is business folk, especially those in the financial sector – one where it’s not at all rare to have 6 displays at your desk.
A new software bundle in some upcoming motherboards is called Ultra6, and it’s comprised of Smart DualBIOS, QuickBoost, QuickBoot, Recorder and TimeLock. One of the more interesting of the bunch would have to be DualBIOS. For this feature, Gigabyte expanded the physical size of the BIOS to about 16MB, in order to allow users to save additional information within.
One thing I found interesting about NZXT’s line-up is that they literally have a chassis for every price-range. Things start out at $40, then there’s a model for each multiple of $10, up to around $150, they have a different chassis. It’s really cool to have such a wide product range, and makes picking out a model quite easy for the regular consumer.
While the Thermalright cooler is air-based, the H50 from Corsair is a self-contained water-cooling unit. At its core, it’s an Asetek cooler, but Corsair worked with the company for over six months to get the H50 to where it is today, and it works very well. Compared to some air coolers, it’s quite silent, and for the $80 price-tag, it’s a great option for pretty-much anyone.
EVGA assured me that the pricing difference wouldn’t be huge, but it’d certainly be a little bit higher than the PC variant. It’s also important to note that while the game selection on Macs is undoubtedly lacking, anyone who runs a Mac with this card could experience PC-equivalent graphics in their games when running Windows through Bootcamp. It looks like you can finally be a Mac user and high-end gamer all at the same time!
What makes the mouse special is the fact that it’s comprised of both leather and soft plastic, not to mention 18K gold accents and Swarovski crystal elements. Yes, seriously. I never thought I’d see a mouse with mention of Swarovski on the box, but here it is. Surprisingly, the mouse’s price is only going to hover around $80 USD, and to add to the exclusivity, only 10,000 will be built.