Trade Shows

It has been held as fact that for the past couple of years, gaming is helping to prop up a slowly decreasing desktop PC market. While many casual PC users have transitioned to tablets, laptops or 2-in-1s, the gaming community, and particularly the rise of eSports, has been accredited as filling that void. MSI’s current raison d’être across almost all of its product range is towards the gamer, and I was given an extensive tour of the products on display.

Kingston's HyperX SandForce SSD

Kingston is a pretty big player in the SSD space but mostly on the mainstream/value end of the spectrum. With a fairly conservative strategy we haven't seen Kingston be...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Kingston Wi-Drive Offers Wireless iPad Storage Expansion

Dozens of companies have built entire businesses supplying accessories to the iPod and iPhone. With the iPad, storage vendors are trying to get a piece of the pie by...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

The Brazos Update: AMD's E-450

At Computex there are a few systems floating around with an updated version of AMD's Brazos platform. The E-350 we reviewed not too long ago featured two Bobcat cores...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Correction: Ivy Bridge and Thunderbolt - Featured, not Integrated

Intel just emailed me to clarify a point from its Ivy Bridge presentation on Tuesday. While USB 3.0 will finally be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt will not. Intel...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Qualcomm Uplinq 2011 Day One Keynote - Mobile is King

Today marks the first day of our coverage of Qualcomm's annual Uplinq conference in San Diego, California. It's our first time coming to Uplinq, a conference whose roots trace...

4 by Brian Klug on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Twelve X79 Motherboards

Almost all the major motherboard manufacturers have had some form of X79 on display – Anand has already shown you the MSI and ECS offerings, but I stopped by...

30 by Ian Cutress on 6/1/2011

Patriot Box Office Alpine: Android Based Media Streamer

Patriot's Box Office helped the memory company diversify and now it's giving Android a try with the PBO Alpine. Patriot showed me a very early concept of the Alpine...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Patriot: 16GB is the new 8GB for Sandy Bridge-E

Patriot gave me a preview of their new Viper Xtreme Division4 DDR3 memory due out later this year. Patriot is targeting this new line at Sandy Bridge E systems...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Some Time with Promise's Thunderbolt Devices

Yesterday Intel told us that Ivy Bridge would feature both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt on its Ivy Bridge platform (USB 3.0 will be integrated into the chipset, Thunderbolt...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Antec Implements Seagate GoFlex Standard

At this year's CES Seagate announced its intentions to open the GoFlex connector standard, enabling devices and other drivemakers to build products around its GoFlex removable drive standard. We've...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Antec's Solo II for $119

Antec also showed us its Solo II case at the show. A pretty standard looking chassis the Solo II is designed to be a good balance of functionality and...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: This is the Antec P280

Antec was eager to share with us its upcoming P280 chassis. The case we were shown is still a prototype but it's going to be Antec's flagship when it...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Meet the New 5.25" Optical Drive Standard: Slimmer, Slot-loading

I was walking around the show floor today and caught a glimpse of Antec's Solo II chassis with a slightly different optical drive bay. It turns out that there's a...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

More on Intel's Thin Mini-ITX Standard

I stopped by Intel's booth at Computex to grab a few shots of the small but potent Thin Mini-ITX ecosystem. If you read our coverage yesterday you'll remember that...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Battle of the 600W GPUs

It wouldn’t be a trade show without a little bit of extreme thinking, to grab some headlines and show the punters how creative their engineers are. As part...

13 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: MSI's X79 and Llano Motherboards

By now you know that Ivy Bridge (due out in March - April of 2012) will be backwards compatible with some 6-series motherboards. The CPU itself has a PCIe...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: MSI's Brazos, Cedar Trail and Tegra 2 Tablets

I met with MSI yesterday, a company that has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late. ASUS is the only motherboard manufacturer that...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: Diskeeper ExpressCache Provides an Alternative to SSD Caching for OEMs

As we found out in our Z68 review, Intel's SRT (SSD Caching) is basically a software tool baked into Intel's RST driver - there's no real hardware requirement in...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

A Quick Look at a 22nm Ivy Bridge Wafer

Just before a couple of key Ivy Bridge disclosures, Mooly Eden held up a wafer of 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs. Presumably these are quad-core versions with 16 EUs, the...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

The New Indilinx Everest SSD

OCZ acquired Indilinx not too long ago and today we're seeing the first new controller from the company since 2009. OCZ calls it the Everest Platform, and it's an...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

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