We spent the majority of today going from private suite to private suite at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Taipei where several companies are showcasing their latest products. These suites offer a distinct difference from the hustle and bustle of main halls by offering a more casual and intimate atmosphere to discuss current product trends and technology. That said, let's run through a few of the many products we touched today.

ASRock

One of the more interesting motherboard companies we visit at Computex each year is ASRock. Their product line typically consists of previous generation chipsets targeting the budget sector. That focus has changed and ASRock will be offering the latest chipset technology at product launch now. However, what has not changed is their emphasis on providing the best possible performance to price ratios. Their primary lineup for Computex is featuring several variations of boards based on the Intel P45, G43 and P43 chipsets. They also had a working version of the new AMD 790GX chipset and SB750 Southbridge.


The G43 Twins-FullHD features the upcoming G43 (GMA X4500) chipset that is basically a G45 without hardware acceleration for VC-1 or H.264 formats. Also included is the ICH10 Southbridge, DDR3/DDR2 combo memory setup, Realtek ALC888 HD codec, and a DVI-Display Port card. This board should be available next month.


The ASRock P43R1600 Twins-110dB is based on the P43 chipset and features a DDR3/DDR2 memory combination setup. Also included is the ICH10R Southbridge, Realtek ALC890 HD codec, eSATA2, and PCIe Gigabit LAN.


The P45 TurboTwins2000 board features the P45/ICH10 combination along with four DDR3 and two DDR2 memory slots. AMD CrossFire is available with a 2x8 electrical configuration.

Images from ASRock to OCZ:

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  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    When is ASRock going to figure out that your 24-pin connector doesn't belong in the middle of the board and SATA ports definitely don't belong by the rear panel. Reply
  • Freddo - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    I wish moderboard manufacturers would start making motherboard without any PCI slots. They are starting to become quite old and I have no need for them anymore.

    Not that they should remove the PCI on all their cards, but I would like to see a few without them.
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  • Gannon - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    Many business's still use PCI slots for a wide variety of hardware to save money. Any old technology is going to be supported until the majority of the market catches up to it, that's just a fact of life. Many peripheral manufacturers were making PCI cards (and still do) like TV tuners.

    Not to mention there's the issue of other countries that don't upgrade anywhere near as often still needing that support for when they do.
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  • Freddo - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    Yes, I know PCI is important for many. I don't want PCI to be gone from all cards. But for those who don't want PCI, shouldn't there at least be one card on the market without PCI? Reply
  • Miggle - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    Spot on Gannon. Where I live, there are quite a number of peripherals that are just not available (or not sold here) in PCI-e like TV tuners and other expansion devices. Took us a while to get rid of the ISA interface, don't think PCI will be out in 5 years even. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    It's worth noting that while ISA was a very old architecture with a lot of limitations, PCI isn't nearly as bad. There are tons of things that don't need anything more than PCI bandwidth. (Do we really need PCIe USB cards, or PCIe COM/LPT port cards?)

    Plus, if you want to add more PCIe slots, you have to modify the chipset to support more PCIe lanes, and then you need to support splitting up the lanes into a certain number of slots. Many chipsets support around 20 to 24 PCIe lanes, with 16 of those dedicated to one x16 slot for graphics. I would rather have a few PCI slots than to have a system with 1x16, 1x4, and 6x1.

    Finally, there's the big question of what you need all those slots for. Truthfully, there aren't that many cards besides GPUs and occasionally sound cards that I plug in to a modern system. A few people might like RAID adapters, but such users are in the minority (i.e. less than 1% of computers have a dedicated RAID card I'm sure). The only reason I still need an ATX size case at all is to comfortably run and cool CrossFire/SLI setups.
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  • GTVic - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    Some products should continue to support PCI and other legacy connectors but it would be nice to see a few products that eliminate those items.

    Are companies worried that they will lose sales because their product doesn't have a serial port or a PS/2 mouse port? How about creating a product without all these legacy connectors and see how it sells?

    Items that I will never use again: COM/LPT ports, joystick ort, PS/2 mouse port, PS/2 keyboard port (if someone could make an adapter for my keyboard), floppy and IDE connectors and VGA ports on LCD monitors and graphics cards.
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  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - link

    There are a few things motherboard makers should remove, PCI slots now, IDE slots are still on some boards, etc.

    I would hate to drop $200 on a board with "old" technology still attached to it myself. :P

    You would what would be cool, if you can order custom motherboards, like you can with a whole computer. That would be badass, i would pay a slight premium to not have some stuff and replace it with something else useful to me :D yes i know never happen..
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