As more and more X99 motherboards leak, it only made sense to release a portion of the trove of boards that haven’t already been announced or leaked. The Asus X99-E WS, a Bright Side of News* exclusive, is a particularly interesting one because it is Asus’ (TPE:2357) latest high performance motherboard for workstation users. Because X99 is an entirely new platform there are very likely going to be a lot of people searching for new workstation boards like the X99-E WS to upgrade their workstations. In terms of features, you get all the expected things like Haswell-E support, a plethora of PCIe 3.0 slots, which includes support
Post-Computex Blues – Yet Another Bloodbath on the Horizon
Or… The Vendors Never Learn It’s been a full 2 weeks now since the end of Computex, and the associated roaming around Greater China and certain (mostly Chinese speaking too) neighboring realms. This being at the very least fifteenth Computex for me, I didn’t bother much with press conferences and such, but checking the show floor to see what’s really going on, and then do a real check with selected vendors after the event is done with. The Taiwanese, with diminishing focus on high end ‘added value’ PC stuff, moving towards mainstream consumer things with corresponding reduction in differentiation and ability to charge larger margins,
Kingston's HyperX OC Takeover Results
Kingston today held an overclocking competition with some of the world’s leading overclockers, their HOT (HyperX Overclocking Takeover). They offered a prize pool of $10,000 that would be distributed among the top 3 winners of 3 different benchmarks including Memory Clock speed, SuperPi 32M and Intel’s XTU. The teams were competing with eachother all day long and ultimately the majority of the competition was won by Team Gigabyte, who had utilized Kingston’s memory earlier in the week with their board to break the memory clock speed world record at 4.5 GHz. Over the course of the day, the overclockers were competing to win the three
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z is… Coming Soon?
We were a bit surprised to see an announcement on Techpowerup! that ASUS had launched their GTX Titan Z without any hoopla from Nvidia or any of their other board partners. So, it comes as little surprise that the article itself has since been pulled and that any and all mentions of ASUS’ GTX Titan Z have disappeared. But of course, the damage has already been done and Pandora’s box has been opened. However, there isn’t that much about this card that is really a mystery. The GTX Titan Z is expected to be a dual Titan graphics card, air cooled, that enables some of
Something weird happened… RAM dies, CPU dies too?
With the trend of integration of Northbridge inside the CPU, one of questions that fall into place is what happens with the CPU if memory decides to give up the ghost. In the past, it wasn’t a rare thing to see memory modules driving the motherboard to the ground as well, and it was always an open question what will happen with the memory controller inside the CPU. Intel even went far to state that the company won’t warranty the Core i7 CPUs that have DDR3 modules with more than 1.65V voltage. Well, sadly, I got my answer earlier today. System consisted out of AMD
ASUS fuses Commodore C64 and 21st Century
Without any doubt, the most influential computers of all times were the ones that packed the combination of keyboard and a computer. Spectrum ZX80, Commodore C64, Amiga 500..they all brought the elegancy of tower-less construction and enabled liberty to connect the system to whatever you had. At CES Unveiled event, ASUS’s Chairman Jonney Shih presented the gathered journalists with the new generation of EEE PCs. But the product that gathered most attention is the new keyboard PC. ASUS combined a sleek aluminum keyboard, touch-screen LCD and EEE PC hardware to create a low-power PC that can connect wherever you go, and still have battery for
ASUS start selling “Bambooks” – eco-friendly notebooks
ASUS debuted its beautiful Bamboo-clad notebooks at CeBIT 2007 in Han(g)over, Germany. Roughly 21 months later, these notebooks are finally starting to ship worldwide, starting in Taiwan. Bamboo is probably the most ecological piece of material to create IT products from, followed by carbon fiber and aluminum (due to recycling capabilities, with carbon fiber being almost the definite answer, with infinite amount of cycles), and the bamboo tree is the fastest growing grass/tree on planet Earth (roughly 1.2m per 24 hours or 5cm/h or 8mm/min). Bambook is known as ASUS U6V features Core 2 Duo processor, Centrino “1 “(actually, v4.5 but who counts since Intel
UPDATED: Nvidia’s “deadly” flaw and how to fix it – no more squealing!
It is no secret that I am huge fan of Folding@Home project, or that I love to play computer games (when I find time :-(. Both of these activities put high amounts of strain on components inside the computer, and any weakness in product design can be easily discovered. This tale speaks of a company that makes great chips, but also has a serious design flaw: PCB design. As long as story about “Built by Nvidia” components was told, there were isolated cases of “squealing”. This squealing is caused by vibration of copper coils, and is not present on products designed by people that take
Akasa’s little “Made in Europe” cooler is absolutely brilliant
Long time ago, I received Akasa REVO Cooler. This cooler is based on new concept, and it is not “yet another heatpipe cooler”. Instead, REVO is designed around concept called “bubble-pump” – dual-component coolant that circles in hermetically sealed environment. All in all, product that should be compared to water-cooling products, not heat-pipe or vapor chamber ones. The downfall of the part was its unattractive looks, because performance-wise, this baby packs some serious punch. When I spoke to Adrian and Caterina, they were quite cautious about the performance, claiming the part was oriented towards silent computing, and not enthusiasts. While this may be true, this
ASUS officially launches the best sound card… from them
When ASUS entered the world of sound cards, the company had a plan of execution, but of course, things don’t always go perfect. Xonar AV-1 faced numerous delays as ASUS engineers are learning how to create drivers for the professional segment, and the part still isn’t available on market. But, according to some sources, the card should be ready by CES/NAMM (mid-January ’09), three quarters late. It will be interesting to see will ASUS enter that arena on NAMM show, or the company will leave professional music market to its partners, in the same manner as AMD does. But, experiences learned on development of AV-1
Nvidia aims at workstation market, desktops and notebooks
Fudo and his gang discovered MCP7A-GL motherboard over at Chinese Iworkstation.com.cn. This motherboard is “body of evidence” that Nvidia finally found the guts to go after the workstation market with embedded Quadro chipset. Over the course of years, I’ve seen couple of Quadro motherboards, but Nvidia never dedicated themselves to creating a market. Personally, I saw that as a big mistake, and often questioned chipset guys about professional solutions. Nvidia was afraid that the move would cannibalize their cash cow, Quadro series of cards, but that fear just didn’t made any sense – at the end of the day, a company has to increase the
Intel Core i7 965 Gallery – from Silicon to Benchmarks!
Following my yesterday’s article, I received news that GTX280 kicked the bucket so my friend decided to install the ATI Radeon HD 4870X2 as a replacement, and the machine is now working like a clockwork. I won’t go into fashion decisions, as I am not a big fan of acrylic cases, but I wish my friend all the best when it comes to cleaning up. When it comes to the CPU itself, Intel Core i7 965 (codename: Bloomfield) works at 1.6 GHz in SpeedStep mode, and works at 3.4 GHz by default. E.g. it works in ASUS motherboard at 3.4 GHz by default, since the
World, meet Nehalem e.g. Core i7 965 pixellated
This coming monday (Nov 3rd), Intel will officially unveil Core i7 line-up. The line-up is consisted out of i7 920, 940 and 965, which will retail as the “Extreme Edition” and feature a lot of overclocking-friendly technologies. I’ve just received word that a buddy of mine got his Core i7 in Croatia. He and decided to assemble a system for ultimate gaming and Photoshop action. The system will be consisted out of Core i7 Extreme 965, Corsair DDR3 memory kit, ASUS Rampage II Formula motherboard and EVGA GeForce GTX280. But for starters, this is his majesty, Core i7 965, formerly known as Nehalem: Also, this
ASUS kills PATA and PCI standards!
Back on the INQ, I wrote about dangers lying ahead for AGEIA, Creative Labs and Bigfoot Networks, representatives of these respected companies just told me that their business model is solid and that they are indeed, future-proof. Well, that turned out nicely – AGEIA never took off because of $250 charge for a PCI card, Creative now exists almost solely on patent charges and selling off its own property, while Bigfoot networks made the greatest network card on the planet – and failed to pack it up in an attractive and future-proof package. The reason for this rant is a story on Xfastest.com, introducing ASUS
UPDATE: EVGA to launch Intel X58 motherboards
When it comes to add-in board vendors, EVGA is probably the most faithful company in the business. Ever since the company launched, Nvidia was the only name EVGA wanted to hear about. But, things are about to change. Here are the facts: 1) EVGA does not want to miss the Core i7 train 2) Nvidia is not making a chipset for Intel Core i7 3) EVGA poached excellent engineering team from now-defunct EPoX and does not want that team to do nothing until MCP8-series show up Well, those facts end with a really simple result. EVGA is preparing to launch its first non-Nvidia based motherboard,
ASUS goes for Dell’s jugular with four new FullHD LCD displays
If there was any doubt that two Taiwanese giants are going for Dell and HP, the gloves have come off. After ASUS establishing netbook market with its EEE PC and Acer overtaking HP in notebooks sales in EMEA region, both manufacturers are now complementing their line-ups with attractive add-ons. In case of ASUS, the company announced two 24″ and two 25.5″ displays. All four displays feature resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, 20.000:1 contrast ration, 2ms (gtg) response time, HDMI input and Splendid video engine. What makes this very interesting is the explanation what Splendid video engine actually is. It is obvious that Splendid is a name
Patriot launches era of storage expansion for netbooks
As netbooks or nettops are starting to conquer notebook sales charts, the add-on market is slowly, but certaintly – starting to pick up. As storage is one of biggest limitations, memory makers are starting to recognize that there is a large market happening right in front of them. PATRIOT is one of very first companies that is jumping on netbook market with the launch of 32GB and 64GB SSD for netbooks such as ASUS EEE PC. The “Lite Series” are compatible with EEE 900, 900 16G, 900A, 901 and 1000 series. Pricing was of course, unavailable at press time, but availability is as of today.