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Friday, 8 Jun 2012
Ivy Bridge processors are going places and enabling various compact computing units. Assisting this progress is Intel's very own Next Unit of Computing (NUC) that's smaller than your palm, and yet it packs an Ivy Bridge CPU. Find out what's coming your way in the next quarter.
We visited the MSI booth at Computex 2012 to test its new Transthermal fan feature that made its debut on the MSI HD 7770 Power Edition graphics card.
VIA showcased some really tiny PCs with integrated CPUs, controllers and the whole works packed into a board no larger than the size of your palm. Is this what PCs would look like in the future?
Who would have thought the humble keyboard is all the real-estate required for a powerful computing system? Fortunately Wibtek is aware and we checked out their implementation.
Hongkong-based Zotac is in Taipei for Computex 2012. We check them out to see what new mini-ITX goodies they have in store for the future.
We highlight the Intel Z77-based motherboards from ASRock at Computex 2012. From mini-ITX to one that is built for overclockers, we think rig builders will be spoilt for choice.
Thursday, 7 Jun 2012
At Microsoft's booth in Computex 2012, we spotted a notebook we least expected to encounter - the Toshiba U840W Ultrabook with an ultra widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio display. Screaming of premium build and an unusual screen size, it's a niche product.
Although NVIDIA controls the design and availability of the GeForce GTX 690, ASUS skirted around this with the successor to the powerful Mars II. The new Mars III made an appearance at Computex 2012 boasting dual GeForce GTX 680 GPUs (which is essentially a GTX 690), but with full custom design and a sizable 8GB video memory!
MSI thinks out-of-the-box with its third generation Graphics Upgrade Solution. It has external GPU enclosure that features a Thunderbolt interface and is able to support multi-monitor output.
We had a quick hands on with the MSI Slider S20, a convertible hybrid tablet packed with its own keyboard. The MSI Slider is powered by Windows 8 and features more connectivity ports than most tablets. In fact, we are tempted to label it as an ultrabook-hybrid with a tablet mode.