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ASUS was showing off their new DAV Center A33 embedded amplifier unit that features an AM2 X2 4000+ CPU, Windows Vista Home Premium, a 160GB or 320GB hard drive, DVD-RW multi-drive, Dual TV Tuner Card (with Analog and Digital capabilities), WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth, and Gigabit connectivity. The unit features full HiFi 5.1 channel capability along with 1080p playback. The system will retail for $999~$1499 depending upon configuration choices and Blu-ray support is expected by year end.


ASUS is also launching a series of Internet Radio products with the top product being the AIR3 system that also features universal iPod docking support that includes both audio and video out capabilities from your iPod. The system also features both 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g connectivity. The speakers feature a dual port design and 5W output.


One of the most interesting products we noticed was the new ASUS Xonar D2 audio card that is available in both PCIe and PCI configurations. We will have a complete rundown on the card and a preview shortly but the specs are impressive. ASUS is using a proprietary codec chipset called the AV200 along with Burr-Brown PCM1796 digital to analog converters, and Cirrus Logic CS5381 analog to digital converters.

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Our first preview barely scratches the surface of current and future product introductions at Computex 2007. We will provide expanded coverage over the next few days looking at just about every product category imaginable for the PC. In the meantime, based upon thermal figures for the upcoming Intel X38 and NVIDIA MCP7x chipsets, we highly suggest you start thinking about adding additional cooling capacity to your room or moving to a colder climate. More from hot and humid Taipei tomorrow....

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  • Schugy - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    I still can't find any SIS 771 retail mainboard and I still hope for new Phenom chipsets. Reply
  • cruzer - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    I'm looking forward to see how Asus overcame the PCIe latencies that Creative whined about. Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, June 07, 2007 - link

    Creative whined about it, turns out that was a smoke screen, yes latencies can be affected by PCIe, but not to the point where Creative could not make a PCIe sound card. ASUS is telling us the PCIe card performs best, especially under Vista. We have both cards coming to us in a couple of weeks, so we will see. ;) Reply
  • baronzemo78 - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    Any news on the Intel version of the Nvidia MCP73? Will this be available this Christmas along with the new G92 graphics cards? I'm hoping for good quad core Kentsfield and Penryn support. Reply
  • baronzemo78 - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    Also Is the MCP73 an integrated graphics product or high end SLI enthusiast motherboard? I've heard conflicting things. Reply
  • Viditor - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    I just read on the newswires that "AMD 'Barcelona' Processors are to be Showcased on Server Platforms from Supermicro, TYAN and Uniwide at Computex" this week... Reply
  • erwos - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    Some in-depth coverage of the new Shuttles would be very much appreciated. The press release leaves a bit much to the imagination. Reply
  • Gary Key - Thursday, June 07, 2007 - link

    Shuttle only had a couple of systems at the booth, the most interesting one being a X38 in their new SFF case. :) Reply
  • yacoub - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 - link

    What's up with AMDelay? late Q3 or into Q4 for Barcelona and Agena, and more delays for the mid-level GPUs. =( Reply
  • Viditor - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - link

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    What's up with AMDelay? late Q3 or into Q4 for Barcelona and Agena, and more delays for the mid-level GPUs. =(

    I think it's possible that Gary's sources have it wrong...
    3 Server partners at Computex demonstrated Barcelona servers today...

    At the Computex show, Taiwanese motherboard and server maker Tyan was showing off a two-socket, 2U rack-mounted server with two Barcelona chips that has eight DDR2 DIMM sockets per processor

    Super Micro, the American motherboard and server maker that just went public and has strong links to Taiwan, is demonstrating its AS-4021M-T2R+ server at Computex. This is a two-socket Barcelona box that comes in a 4U rack or tower configuration

    Uniwide Technologies, which hails from Korea, is showing a single-socket Barcelona box that has an interesting twist. Rather than use an Opteron 1000 series chip in this machine, Uniwide's UniServer 1512 uses an Opteron 2000 series processor. The reason why is that the Opteron 1000 series processors are limited to four DIMM slots per processor socket, while the 2000 series can have eight DIMMs per socket

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