Computex 2018

One of the most impressive motherboard designs coming out of Computex was MSI’s new X399 Creation motherboard. With Threadripper 2 around the corner, sporting support for up to 32 cores and 250W TDP, a couple of the motherboard manufacturers are building X399 ‘refresh’ motherboards that are optimized for the new processors, and this is MSI’s very impressive effort. The headline from this motherboard is the 19 power phases, arranged as 16 for the processor. This is likely a four-phase implementation with two doublers, but still comes in as eight more than the amount of phases for the CPU compared to any other Threadripper motherboard on the market. The effect of using more phases in this way means that the power multiplexing over time that occurs...

HDMI Forum Demonstrates HDMI 2.1 VRR Capabilities on Samsung TV

Dynamic refresh rate technologies like AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync have become de-facto standards for gaming PCs and displays. Last year the HDMI Forum introduced a more industry-standard approach...

44 by Anton Shilov on 6/20/2018

AMD Teams Up with Cooler Master for ‘Wraith Ripper' Megacooler

One of the important revelations from AMD's recent Ryzen Threadripper 2 announcement wasn't just that the upcomming processors would have more cores - going from 16 to 32 in...

35 by Anton Shilov on 6/20/2018

The InWin Ego Fan: The Ultimate RGB LED Fan

If you are not completely frustrated by RGB LED components by now, this might put you over the top. The Ego fan from InWin is designed to be the...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/20/2018

ASRock Rack Goes AMD: EPYCD8 Workstation Motherboard

One of the lesser known companies to play in the server space is ASRock Rack, a subsidiary of the consumer focused ASRock. Much like other smaller server platform providers...

12 by Ian Cutress on 6/20/2018

My Face on a CPU Cooler: Two Minutes with ASUS’ Ryujin CLC

One of the first events of the Computex week was ASUS’ Republic of Gamers press conference. In typical ASUS fashion, a glut of about 11 press releases landed in...

21 by Ian Cutress on 6/20/2018

Kingston Has HyperX 256 GB microSDXC Card for Gamers

In the recent years Kingston has repositioned its HyperX brand from performance enthusiasts to gamers, thus expanding the range from high-performance memory modules to a wide range of components...

4 by Anton Shilov on 6/20/2018

ECS with Intel Compute Card: What Happened to Intel’s Compute Card?

One of the more interesting and innovative platforms that Intel has introduced over the past few years was the Compute Card: a small credit-card like platform that contained a...

25 by Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018

The InWin Crown Fan: Why Bother with Closer Fan Blades When the Whole Fan Moves

In recent weeks and months, a lot of noise has been made about Noctua’s new fan design that uses precise tooling to create fan blades that are much closer...

36 by Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018

A Rose By Any Other PR Name: Lian Li’s Strimer, or is it Streamer?

Part of our early Computex coverage involved Lian Li’s new RGB product, the Strimer, which integrates RGB strips along a 24-pin ATX cable. The idea here was that out...

8 by Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018

GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi: A Second Gen Mid-Range Motherboard

With the launch of the second generation of Ryzen, AMD also launched the X470 chipset which enabled the next generation of Precision Boost, a new adaptive storage technology called...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018

InWin 307: How About 144 RGB LEDs on a Front Panel

Having addressable RGB LEDs in a PC is one thing, and having OLED panels on various components is another. There is a fine line between the two, especially when...

14 by Ian Cutress on 6/19/2018

Realtek Demonstrates a USB 3.1 G2 Type-C Dock Platform: An All-in-One Solution

Realtek demonstrated a prototype of a USB 3.1 Gen 2 docking station that relies entirely on its own chips and features regular connectors, including USB Type-A, DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub...

23 by Anton Shilov on 6/18/2018

InWin 915: Premium Chassis Updates from CES Prototype

Back at CES, InWin showcased their newest 915 chassis aimed at the enthusiast market. At the time the design was still rough, however the final unit implementation was on...

8 by Ian Cutress on 6/18/2018

BIOSTAR Updates a Popular Motherboard: The X470GTN

Would it surprise you that our most popular AM4 motherboard review to date was Biostar’s mini-ITX offering, the X370GTN? At the time it was launched, it was the only...

3 by Ian Cutress on 6/18/2018

GIGABYTE’s X399 Aorus Extreme: The Threadripper 2 Halo Motherboard

Our most popular news during the week of Computex was, without a doubt, AMD’s announcement of the next generation of Threadripper. The new chips, coined Threadripper 2, are set...

17 by Ian Cutress on 6/18/2018

InWin Z-Tower: Where PCs Crossover to Art

One constant over the last few years of Computex has been InWin’s ability to amaze. Out of all the companies to show new designs completely out of left field...

8 by Ian Cutress on 6/18/2018

Colorful’s GTX 1080 Ti ‘Kudan’ Limited Edition GPU: 50 Units Made in 2017

If you are on the market for a collectible, do not bother with Intel’s Core i7-8086K, try to find Colorful’s iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan if you can. Just...

31 by Anton Shilov on 6/15/2018

SilverStone Shows Off SST-ST2000-PT: 80Plus Platinum 2000 W PSU

SilverStone demonstrated the industry’s first 2000 W ATX power supply that carries the 80Plus Platinum badge at Computex this year. The Strider Platinum 2000 W PSU is aimed at...

9 by Anton Shilov on 6/15/2018

ZOTAC Publishes Specifications of MEK Mini, MEK Ultra PCs

As expected, ZOTAC demonstrated its upcoming MEK Mini and MEK UItra PCs at Computex. In addition, the company published preliminary specifications of these systems. As it appears, the smaller...

3 by Anton Shilov on 6/15/2018

The AnandTech Podcast, Episode 48: Computex 2018

Wrapping up Computex 2018 with discussions about AMD's Threadripper 2 with 32 cores, Intel's new limited edition Core i7-8086K, and that really odd 28-core 5 GHz demo where Intel...

12 by Ian Cutress on 6/15/2018

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