http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - This is not the first time I've been impressed by case mods on display at Thermaltake booths at trade shows around the world. However, I think today, I was the most impressed by what I saw. I guess being a big fan of Iron Man helps. Out at the Computex Nangang hall Thermaltake were showing off a highly modified Armor Revo Snow Edition by a gentleman called Ron Lee Christianson. The amount of dedication and detail that has gone into the Iron Man Mod is just amazing. What I want to do right now is suggest that you hit the play button on the video and take a close look for yourself.
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - Today was our last day on the Computex 2012 show floor as tomorrow is public day and it just gets way too crowded, bur our sore legs can only take us so far at this stage of the week. We stopped by the HighPoint booth where the obvious push for the storage company was with new Thunderbolt based products. The one product which caught my eye was the RocketStor 5212 which is a dual SATA 6G dock which of course features the speedy new Thunderbolt interface which is making its way on to new Intel Z77 Express based motherboards around this time. The RocketStor 5212 supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives and solid state drives. The docket is rather light in weight and features a glossy white plastic that looks quite nice. We don't have any details on pricing or availability yet, but are looking forward to getting a unit in for review sometime a little later this year.
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - Earlier on today we were invited to the invite-only Intel press suite at the Grand Hyatt here at Computex where we were introduced to some of Intel's new technologies and why they think Intel does everything better than anyone else. One of the first demos we want to show you is of Diablo III running smoothly and looking good whilst running on an Intel reference design Ultrabook. That's not overly exciting in itself, but once we tell you that the system only uses 17 watts of power to do so, that is something pretty incredible. Check back shortly for some more coverage of our visit to the Intel press suite.
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - We've already seen quite a few multi-screen gaming PCs at Computex buy so far AMD takes the cake for the most impressive setup which we've seen. At the booth in the Computex Nangang hall they had a system setup running Dirt Showdown on an AMD system running a single Radeon HD 7970 video card. We didn't get the details on the rest of the system. Hit the play button on the video above to see why you want one for your home. We were a bit disappointed when one of the AMD managers on duty wouldn't allow us to place a TweakTown Computex Recommended sticker on the system. If anyone from AMD is reading, you may want to speak to whomever that manager was because you guys missed out. Nevertheless, a rather cool demo for sure!
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - Walking around the Computex Nangang halls today we ran into Nick Shih from ASRock which is a good thing considering he and ASRock just announced their newest product, the Z77 OC Formula. We gave you a quick preview of the Z77 OC Formula a couple of days ago, but it's best to let Nick give us a personal introduction as well as some details on some of the 2D world records they've already broken. Watch the video above to learn more about this new extreme overclocking motherboard from ASRock. Think 7GHz Ivy Bridge and G.Skill RAM running at 3000MHz and MSI's Lightning video card running at insane speeds. Tasty!
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - Our next stop along the Computex Nangang hall path was BitFenix who had its full range of computer cases on display including the new Ghost as well as what we are focusing on right here, the new Prodigy. The Prodigy is BitFenix's latest case that comes in a range of different colors and supports Mini-ITX motherboards. Obviously seeing the increase in performance Mini-ITX motherboards going onto the market, BitFenix saw a chance to produce a new case model. It's going to make a wicked LAN gaming PC or small gaming PC, that doesn't have to sacrifice moving down to low-end parts due to the high end performance models of things such as video cards and power supplies being too big to fit into small cases. In the video above David from BitFenix also introduced us to the brand new BitFenix Recon which is a fan controller, but by no means your normal fan controller. This is something that BitFenix has been working on for a long time, in fact we even saw early mockups at Computex last year. This is a touch based controller that fan controller and temperature monitoring device that plugs into your motherboard. With this connection made, you can login to the device in your web browser and adjust fan speeds and monitor temperatures. And with your router properly configured you can also access the Recon control panel from other computers in and outside of your house. These are definitely some really cool toys here from BitFenix and we look forward to getting them in for review soon.
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - One of the most insane (and that's a good thing) things we've seen at Computex so far is the Zeus concept X79 motherboard. If someone tried to sell you a motherboard without any PCI Express slots, what would you say to them? Go jump in the lake or let me give it a try. ASUS has been known for some pretty whacky concept designs in previous years, but this one takes the cake for creativity. Onboard you get two GeForce GPUs operating in SLI mode. That's right, the motherboard comes with the GPU right on the board. This is rather creative and all, but what happens when the next GPU upgrade comes out? Are you expected to pull out the solder gun and install them yourself? Obviously not, but it's still a pretty cool idea none the less. The Zeus in its concept stage also comes with two Thunderbolt ports and includes eight DIMM slots allowing for up to 128GB of DDR3 memory. At this stage of its life the board also includes no less than 10 SATA 6G ports with hardware RAID and a very solid 12 USB 3.0 ports. The I/O panel on the board is like nothing I've ever seen before. Even if this board never makes its way to the market, it was super cool to see anyway.
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - One of our first visits for the day of Day 2 at Computex Taipei was with Sapphire who were not only showing an impressive range of motherboards and various mini PC's and video cards, but also a five screen FleX Gaming PC based on a whole bunch of AMD hardware. The PC uses an AMD A10 Z580K Trinity CPU that is cooled by the upcoming Sapphire Vapor-X cooler and sits on a Sapphire PURE A85XT motherboard and it's powered by a Sapphire PurePSU 1050-watt PSY with a Sapphire Flex HD7950 3G video card. The live demo that we captured on video above gives us an impressive look at what this AMD system is capable of doing in the five screen setup running Dirt 3. Amazing!
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - On Monday we managed to get some video time with MSI's brand new MPower Big Bang motherboards, which claim to change the game of overclocking. They are said to offer higher performance, water cooling support and more stable power. We saw two new boards that we haven't seen before and they are the Z77 MPower and the X79 MPower. As you can probably tell by the model names the first is based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset for Ivy Bridge processors and the second is based on the older X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors. Sadly at the time we didn't have many details on hand to give to you, but at least in the video above you get a good close up look at these two boards as well as the Big Bang XPower II which you may have already seen before now.
http://www.tweaktown.com Computex 2012 - On Monday we got some short hands on with what ASUS are currently calling the Tablet-600. This is a system that is almost finished, but has yet to receive its final retail model name. It's a system with a 10.-inch Super IPS+ panel with a 1366 x 768 resolution that supports up to an amazing 10 finger multi-touch. It was running the Windows RT Preview Release which if you weren't sure is essentially Windows 8 for ARM based processors, as opposed to regular Windows 8 that is for traditional x86 processors. And on that note it brings us to the CPU and this job is given to NVIDIA with its Tegra 3 quad-core processor. As far as additional specs go, it comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB eMMC storage, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, rear 8MP auto focus LED flash camera and front 2MP camera. It also comes with enough sensors to ship a battle ship - G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC and GPS. Check out our very quick hands-on video above when we checked it out during the ASUS Computex press conference on Monday. We will try to get back to ASUS to get a closer look at this thing as it looks pretty good on paper.