Trade Shows

This year marked my fifth year at Computex, starting from 2011. Out of the trade shows I attend each year, it ranks as number one for a variety of reasons – the location (Taiwan) is a great country to visit and experience, most of the PC component companies I deal with on a day-to-day basis are there, and every year there tends to be a number of big launches either just before, during, or immediately after. Each year of my Computex visits, we have synchronized with a company in order to obtain both a tour of the headquarters as well as a high profile interview. This year we had a chance to visit MSI, based in the Zhonghe district of New Taipei City.

The MacBook Pro Inspired ASUS S-Series Ultrabook, Below $899

While the world waits for thinner, higher-resolution notebooks from Apple, ASUS delivered part of that with its new S-Series Ultrabooks revealed at Computex this year. Priced below $899 (basically...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

ASUS' Touch Enabled Zenbook Prime UX21A

Ultrabooks got off to a very rough start. The initial designs failed to impress, but the second generation based on Ivy Bridge seem to be a lot better. We...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

Computex 2012: Some more FM2 Motherboards, including Zotac, ECS and Biostar

Having had a chance to visit most of the motherboard manufacturers in Computex so far, I popped from the Zotac booth into the AMD booth on my way to...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/7/2012

Interview with David Chien – VP of ECS Channel Business Unit

Last year at Computex, we had the opportunity to have a group interview with David Chien, VP of ECS’ Channel Business Unit. This year, ECS have also wheeled...

4 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2012

First look at an AMD Brazos 2.0 Motherboard

Sapphire showed us its Brazos 2.0 motherboard based on AMD's E2-1800 APU with Radeon HD 7340 graphics. The Pure Mini E2-1800 uses SO-DIMMs (8GB max) and features both a...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2012

Sapphire's Passively Cooled Radeon HD 7770

Yesterday I met with AMD's well known GPU partner Sapphire. Among their laundry list of AMD based graphics cards was this passively cooled Radeon HD 7770. The board layout...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/6/2012

Computex 2012: ASUS Motherboard Technical Showcase - ZEUS with dual GPU onboard

Producing concept boards is common in the automotive industry. Every year, companies such as Ford, Audi, Jaguar or Volkswagen will produce a concept as an indication of 'this...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2012

Computex 2012: ASRock's New Motherboards: X79 Extreme11 with LSI SAS and Z77 OC Formula

ASRock have now gone slightly mad. You could argue that within that madness lies some semblance of innovation, as they are going to release a mad product with...

4 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2012

Fujitsu Launches New U772 and UH572 Ultrabooks

Fujitsu isn’t one of the companies we at AnandTech usually encounter in the realm of laptops; for whatever reason, their presence in the US market is decidedly limited. Nevertheless...

12 by Jarred Walton on 6/6/2012

Computex 2012: MSI Overclock Warranty

As part of our tour of the MSI booth, I was shown the Z77 MPower motherboard - designed as a mainstream XPower gaming and overclocking board. I was...

0 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2012

Computex 2012: MSI and Trinity

At the MSI booth, we were treated to several interesting FM2 motherboards for upcoming Trinity desktop processors. In a variety of form factors (including miniITX!), MSI hope to...

8 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2012

Computex 2012: MSI GPU Technologies

Visiting the MSI booth today at Computex was rather exciting – they were showing off two rather interesting GPU fan technologies, alongside their portable Thunderbolt GPU device, GUS. The...

8 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2012

AMD Reveals Brazos 2.0 APUs and FCH

AMD today announced their Brazos 2.0 APUs, also known as their 2012 AMD E-series APU. Brazos has actually been a major success for AMD, particularly in emerging markets, as...

31 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2012

Computex 2012 Show Floor: Ultrabooks with Discrete GPUs

We’ve already seen one Ultrabook with a discrete GPU—Acer’s TimelineU M3—but that was an “old” Sandy Bridge Ultrabook. At Computex 2012, several more Ultrabooks sporting discrete GPUs have shown...

8 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2012

ASUS' Thunderbolt EX Upgrade Card for 7-series Motherboards

Only two members of ASUS' Z77 stack feature integrated Thunderbolt support: the P8Z77-V Premium and the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt. As the interface is still fairly new and the controllers still...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

Computex 2012: The Rosewill Booth

Ever wanted a 1600W 80 PLUS Silver power supply? Rosewill will sell you one with 16 6+2 PCIe connectors. Dubbed the Hercules, Rosewill are aiming for a...

13 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2012

Wilocity and 60GHz WiGig

Meeting with Wilocity today has been very interesting. Wilocity will be the first company to market with WiGig technology - a 60 GHz band wireless system. Designed...

12 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2012

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Running Windows RT

Last night we saw NVIDIA running Windows 8 RT via ASUS' Tablet 600, and today we got a glimpse of Qualcomm doing the same. Qualcomm's reference tablet features an...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

OCZ's Intrepid 3: Enterprise Everest 2

In addition to the Kilminjaro based platforms, OCZ showed off its Intrepid 3 SSD at Computex today. The Intrepid 3 is an enterprise version of the Indilinex Everest 2...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

OCZ Demonstrates Native PCIe SSDs: Z-Drive R5 in PCIe, mini-PCIe and 2.5" Form Factors

OCZ showed us its Kilimanjaro based Z-Drive R5 (native PCIe controller jointly developed with Marvell) running a 4KB random write test at Computex today. The drive was pushing as...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

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