Intel’s new found commitment to Ultrabooks might lead you to believe they are giving up on the Atom market, but the company used its forum at Computex to reassure the media that the platform is not just alive and well, but evolving quickly. According to Intel’s Executive Vice President Sean Maloney, Atom will continue to be an important processor platform for future Netbooks, tablets, and even Smartphones.
Like rules and windows on an abandoned house, records are meant to be broken, and that's exactly what the rebels from G.Skill did at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. With the aid of lots of LN2, renowned overclockers Shamino, Fredyama, and Young Pro shattered the Super Pi 32M record at the G.Skill booth with a score of 5 minutes and 33.172 seconds, the fastest ever on an Intel LGA 1155 platform. The overclockers used G.Skill's DDR3-2400MHz Pi memory, which still had some frequency headroom left over once the Super Pi record was set.
Tech companies tend to get flashy at Computex. Want an example? Fractal froze a computer chassis in a giant block of ice using water from a Swedish river, then shipped the rig – still frozen – all the way to Taipei for the show, just because. Intel's not like that though. It's more of the strong, silent type, the kind of company that lets its numbers do the talking, rather than blocks of ice. Intel's numbers caused a stir at Computex when the company announced it had shipped more than 100 million Atom processors in the last three years.
OCZ ditched the DRAM business after helping pioneer a market for enthusiast level RAM, but the company didn't leave behind its power user mentality. That much was demonstrated at the Computex trade show when OCZ set a new benchmark record of more than 1 million 4K write IOPS with a Z-Drive R4 equipped 3U Colfax International Server based on a Supermicro platform with 7.2TB of MLC storage.
Corsair used the Computex convention in Taiwan to introduce its 'Corsair Link' technology, which is a "modular hardware and software system that provides comprehensive monitoring and control of PC cooling and lighting." Towards that end, Corsair also unveiled its Link Cooling Kit and Link Cooling and Lighting Kit, a couple of products that can best be described as highfalutin fan/light controllers that go above and beyond other fan controllers.
With one market research study after the other pointing towards the cannibalization of netbooks and other PCs by the iPad and other media tablets, Intel has a reason to be alarmed. After all, it has yet to gain any traction in the tablet market.
But Intel is trying to turn things around. Even as it makes a play for a foothold in the tablet market with its Oak Trail chips, the company has decided to do something on the PC front too. The chip maker is now counting on a new class of laptops called “Ultrabooks” to turn things around for portable PCs.
Whew! Is it getting hot in here, or is it just all the smoking new tech coming out of the Computex 2011 trade show? We've already spent some time looking at Gigabyte's AMD AM3+ CPU boards, but the company's Booktop M2432 notebook is looking mighty fine too. The successor to the Booktop M1405, the M2432 includes an Intel i5 processor, Intel's integrated HD 3000 GPU with HD graphics support, a USB 3.0 port, and a 14 inch backlit monitor with a 1366 x 768 resolution. But enough about the notebook – the cool thing about the M2432 is its docking station.
We love it when the trade shows roll around because that's when companies show off their upcoming products. Not all of them turn out to be winners, of course, but Asus's UX21 ultrathin notebook being shown off at Computex holds a lot of promise. From the pictures we've seen, it's sleek and sexy, and the Core i7 foundation is just icing on the cake.
Wearing a pair of 3D glasses is one thing, but would you be willing to keep yourself tethered to your PC? Nvidia is gambling that at least some of you will be fine with a wired set of specs, and so the graphics chip maker on Sunday announced a new addition to its 3D Vision product family, Nvidia 3D Vision wired glasses. Nvidia realizes that adding another wire to your desktop might be asking a lot, so these new glasses are priced at a buck shy of a C-note (MSRP).
Duke Nukem Forever is actually going to ship despite the absence of an apocalypse, and Nvidia wants to make sure you'll be able to play the long awaited follow-up on gaming notebooks. That's where Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 560M graphics chip comes in, one of two mobile GPUs Nvidia unwrapped at the Computex convention in Taiwan. As the more powerful of the two, Nvidia says "the GeForce GTX 560M and Nvidia Optimus mean gamers get 50 frames per second in Duke Nukem Forever and five hours of battery life in Microsoft Office," which translates into "real power and real portability."