Computex 06 - Allan
I set forth on Monday morning with my friend
and fellow Driver Heaven director Mark Reed to Taipei to Computex.
For those of you who don't know, Computex Taipei (formal name:
Taipei International Information Technology Show) is a computer
expo held annually at the Taipei World Trade Center in Taipei,
Taiwan. The first Computex expo held in 1981 started out as
a place where small and medium sized businesses in Taiwan's
nasscient computer industry could display their products. Today
you find a much wider array of companies displaying their current
and forthcoming products.
Taipei is, I have to say not a wonderfully
exciting place and it tends to rain quite often which would
be bearable if it wasn't for the terrible 100% humidity, it
makes outdoor excursions rather painful over long distances,
but oh the joys of air-conditioned buildings!
For the last few days we have been for the
most part involved in meetings with many companies so it was
only this afternoon I had a chance to travel around the various
booths to chat with other company executives and to oogle the
lovely asian ladies. Many of the booths will not hold much of
an interest to our readership but there are some that will certainly
get the tech juices flowing. So firstly let us take a look at
the ATI section.
Ati had a booth at the Computex building, however
the more interesting material was held in a private function
room on the lower floor of the luxurious Hyatt Hotel.
For those of you who have never been in this
particular hotel, there is a rather strange yet wonderful wooden
"ball" right outside where ATI held their private
a few of the presentation "walls" in the ATI function
One of the interesting new aspects to ATI technology
is the introduction of "physics rendering" which works
along similar lines to AGEIGA offerings we are all familar with,
however this runs via software. This will certainly appeal to
many people as it will not be taking another card slot in the
end user's system, with less IRQ conflicts and power drains
being a few of the benefits.
ATI's Godfrey Chang took great lengths to run
various demonstrations and take us in for a private meeting
detailing just how powerful ATI's intrepretation is, however
rather than quote ATI figures an indepth analysis will be held
in Driver Heaven labs at a later date. The image above left,
shows a looping physics demo running on a X1600 series card,
ATI claim this to be twice as fast running on the X1600 when
compared with AGEIA's solution, and the X1900 series to be up
to 9x faster! The "debris" on this demo was running
so fast that you can see the camera blurring the image.
ATi were also demonstrating the Imageon range
with dual screen and camera. The rendering quality is really
excellent and will appeal to many users who value picture quality
on their phone. Again we will not be delving into this right
now and will instead be testing this shortly in our labs.
Corsair had a private function room again in
the Hyatt hotel and again we were invited for some refreshments
and a chat. Corsair presented their forthcoming addition to
the Driver Heaven award winning Nautilus 500 watercooling in
the shape of GFX blocks for an SLI solution.
They also demonstrated their forthcoming DDR2
modules running at a shade under 1200mhz with CAS5 timings,
and a sandra memtest score showing 11,300! An interesting design
aspect is the change from heatspreaders to heatsink for cooling,
with an optional fan attachment for extreme overclocking. You
can see in the image below the three way fan design heatsink
arrangement which is slotted on top of the ram modules totally
obscuring them from view.
Geil's stand really impressed me with DDR3
on display as well as an amazing heatpipe design for a range
of their DDR2 modules. We have some exclusive material coming
up shortly via GEIL so keep your eyes posted on Driver Heaven
over the next few weeks.
Some of you may not have heard of "In
Win", and indeed until recently their range of chassis
design while functional was far from modern or attractive to
enthusiast users or case modders. At Computex they had a wide
array of chassis design on display ranging from stylish media
design to funky gamer based systems.
Above you can see a lovely asian lady playing
Need for Speed Most Wanted on one of the custom style gamer
system from In Win, and above right, a functional and extremely
stylish media center system for those who prefer the minimialist
modern look ... lastly a UPS device to match the flamboyant
gamers system. We will be looking more indepth at these chassis
shortly on Driver Heaven.
Leadtek are renowned for selling some of the
sexiest Nvidia hardware and their stand had a wide array of
video cards on display as well as many system builds displaying
high quality video footage. Strangely enough when we spoke with
their representative, they had no GX2 on display.