Trade Shows

In the back of my mind I guess I had always assumed Sharp made some sort of smart device, but I was still taken aback at their booth at IFA, where the Sharp Aquos D10 smartphone was on display. This device is very much an attempt at a focused mid-range product, but it was the display panel that was attracting the most attention. Aquos. Ak-wos? A-cue-os? Truth be told, I’m not a fan of the Aquos name. I’m not even sure I pronounce it correctly. However Sharp has built the Aquos brand through its displays, and now has a good opportunity to bring innovate display technology to the smartphone industry, either through its own devices or through other OEMs. With a large part of IFA focused...

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

AMD BIOS Limitations: Bristol Ridge Dropped From Certain Motherboards

One of the functions of a motherboard BIOS, or UEFI, is the ability to discern which CPU is installed in the socket. With each new generation of CPUs, new...

33 by Ian Cutress on 6/15/2018

G.Skill Trident Royal Crystalline DRAM: Premium Gemstone Glamour

Despite virtually everything in the consumer world being unnecessarily stuffed to the gills with RGB LEDs, they seem to sell like hotcakes. I was told earlier this year by...

30 by Ian Cutress on 6/14/2018

Tyan Tomcat EX: The First AM4 Ryzen Motherboard with Management Control

A surprise at Computex was seeing the first public AMD Ryzen-based AM4 motherboard that will implement an Aspeed AST2500 BMC chip for additional management. Tyan was showcasing its Tomcat...

12 by Ian Cutress on 6/14/2018

Behind GIGABYTE’s Fish Tank Oil System: A New Take on Liquid Cooling

One of the more interesting designs out of the computer industry recently has been GIGABYTE’s fish tank PC build. The concept is similar to a simple mineral oil or...

24 by Ian Cutress on 6/14/2018

Magnets, How Do They Work? A Maverick / Streacom Prototype

If channeling Insane Clown Posse in the title was not enough, how about a fully configurable chassis where the user can move everything to every location inside the chassis...

17 by Ian Cutress on 6/14/2018

GIGABYTE Aorus PCIe x16 M.2: For Four NVMe Drives, X399 Compatible

Everyone has spare NVMe SSDs, right? Or perhaps users want to buy four of them? Intel was on a big push recently with its newest 380 GB Intel Optane...

19 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

Building for Apache Pass: Why Some Skylake Servers Already have 8 DIMMs Per Socket

If you don’t have a hand in a server day in and day out, it was perhaps not obvious why some Skylake servers when launched had eight memory slots...

15 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

USB-IF and Fast Charging: New Standard Logo with Wattage Listed

When discussing industry standards, the sexy ones are involved around performance: if you can breathe PCIe 4.0 or PCIe 5.0 into a sentence, people start listening. One of the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

Streacom DA2 Fanless: The All-Aluminum Silent Chassis

Before Computex we reported on Streacom’s latest creation, the DA2. This is an all-aluminium chassis aimed at small form factor systems but with a key twist – the rails...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

Plextor Demonstrates 4-Way M9Pe Extreme SSD Solution: Up to 6.5 GB/s

Having worked with Marvell for many years, Plextor is tied closely to Marvell’s controller ecosystem since its proprietary firmware technologies rely on capabilities of the said controllers. In recent...

13 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

ZOTAC Preps SFF Workstation with NVIDIA’s Quadro, Intel’s 10 GbE NICs

Having established strong positions on the markets of discrete graphics cards and mini PC barebones, ZOTAC is marching into factory-built systems targeting gamers and professionals. On the gaming side...

13 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

PCIe-Based SD 7.0 Spec Closing In, Set to Be Announced This Month

The SD Association plans to formally announce its Secure Digital 7.0 specification later this month. The new spec will define usage of a PCIe protocol for SD cards and...

15 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

Antec Announces Its First Memory Modules

In a rather unexpected move, Antec announced its first memory modules at Computex. The Antec Memory DDR4 DIMMs are meant to stretch Antec’s designs to DIMMs, increasing the company’s...

10 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

Enermax Readies Sub-$100 PC Case with Addressable RGB Lighting

Customizable RGB lighting is now featured on virtually all PC components aimed at enthusiasts. At Computex, a manufacturer told us that RGB-equipped products outsell non-RGB products 7 to 3...

10 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

We Found a Prototype 4 TB Intel QLC SSD

The storage industry is getting exciting again. In order to increase capacity of NAND SSDs and lower costs, there are two different routes being taken: either increase the number...

48 by Anton Shilov on 6/9/2018

Colorful Demonstrates a 49-Inch All-in-One PC

Colorful is showing off its prototype of an all-in-one computer with a 49-inch display. At present, the system is closer to a proof-of-concept than a real product, but if...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/8/2018

RGB LEDs Everywhere: HyperX Teases Fury SSD with Lights

Kingston's HyperX teased a new Fury-branded RGB LED SSD at Computex. The company didn’t have set specifications for the new 2.5” SATA 6GB/s SSD (HyperX is still fine-tuning the...

26 by Joe Shields on 6/8/2018

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