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09 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – ECS shows LIVA mini PC and new L337 series motherboards

As always, ECS had a nice colored stand at Computex 2014, and they showed a few interesting new additions to their line-up. First of all, I am pleased to announce that ECS finally gave up the golden colored scheme they used for previous gaming motherboards. Now, their L337 series motherboards have a dark, elegant look. The three models are Z97-Machine (the flagship of the L337 […]

09 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – MSI shows USB 3.1 & X99 motherboards

This year’s Computex was all about DDR4 and PCI-E SSD’s, and of course MSI showed us their first DDR4 motherboard, a prototype of an upcoming X99 MSI motherboard. The motherboard has 8 DDR4 slots, 12 USB 3.0 ports and M2 & S-ATA Express connectivity. However, MSI didn’t settled with this so they also showed something never seen before, and that is an USB 3.1 motherboard. […]

08 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – Akasa Pascal, waterproof case for Intel NUC

We can all remember the excellent high-end Eclipse and Mirage cases from Akasa, but the times are changing and the taiwanese company changed their focus. Beside cables and accessories, the most important products for Akasa are the compact fanless cases for mITX motherboards or for Intel NUC. Most of them include also a power adapter, being extremely useful for daily-use activities, business and education environments. […]

08 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – High Power showcased 1500W Astro GD and Wi-Fi enabled Astro PT

The new trend in PSU developing seems to be the switch to digital VRM and incorporating a micro-controller for advanced monitoring. Taiwanese manufacturer High Power went a step forward and equipped its Astro PT digital PSU also with Wi-Fi capability. This allows users to use an external device such as a notebook or tablet to monitor the PSU’s parameters, useful feature especially when the main […]

08 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – Team Group shows DDR4 and M.2 SSD

Well known memory and flash manufacturer Team Group couldn’t miss this year Computex, especially as the DDR4 and M.2 era is just beginning. At their booth we could find DDR4 modules for both desktop and server use but unfortunately just 2133MHz CL15 reference versions. We could also see showcased the entire DDR3 line-up we already know: Dark, Vulcan, Xtreem and Zeus. As M.2 SSDs represents […]

08 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – Superflower unveils Leadex Titanium 1600W and Leadex Platinum 2000W

Superflower is a PSU manufacturer which managed to become one of the top players in a very short time, mostly to their excellent electronics. The Leadex series managed to get positive reviews everywhere in the world, so it shouldn’t surprise you that Superflower managed to produce the first 80PLUS Titanium PSU, the Leadex Titanium 600W. We saw some prototypes of this PSU last year at […]

08 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – Plextor showcases M6 Pro and M6e SSDs

This year at CES Plextor announced the refresh of their entire SSD line-up, in the form of the M6 series models. The high-end model is the M6 Pro which is very similar to the model it replaces (M5 Pro), basically we get the same Marvell 88SS9187 controller and slightly higher IOPS due to improved firmware optimization and Toshiba A19nm NAND memory. Plextor M6 Pro will be […]

07 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – Western Digital unveils 4TB SATA Express hybrid drive

Although SATA Express standard is already implemented in Intel’s Z97 chipset and available on the market in most high-end motherboards, the drives compatible with this standard are not available yet. The SATA Express standard can deliver up to 1GB/s by using 2x PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, in comparison to just 600MB/s possible with SATA 3. Western Digital was the first manufacturer to show a working sample […]

07 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – Seasonic showcases their top of the line XP3 platform

At the beginning of this year, Seasonic launched their most advanced platform dedicated to the most high-end PSUs, the XP3. The first model incorporating this new platform was the 1200W 80PLUS Platinum SS-1200XP3 flagship PSU. Later this year, their Gold certified X-Series was also switched to the new XP3 platform, the results being the SS-1050XM2 and the SS-1250XM2. These models were the main focus on […]

05 June 2014. .

Computex 2014 – GIGABYTE is preparing Black Edition VGA

By now you all know GIGABYTE’s Black Edition motherboard line, the products by which GIGABYTE wants to show their commitment into bringing really ultra durable products to the market. All Black Edition motherboards are tested for 168 hours in GIGABYTE’s facility in Nanping, to assure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Today I had the opportunity to visit the factory again (I will tell you […]

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