Gigabyte Laptops at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Gigabyte might be mostly known for their great motherboards and graphics cards, but they also build systems from SSF to laptops and we stopped by to check out what they brought along to Computex.

Among the displayed systems were some pretty amazing ones powered by Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia GTX 980 graphics cards with up to 8GB VRAM, fast storage with RAID options as well as stunning high-density displays. With systems like these, you hardly need a stationary system anymore.

Thermaltake Display Stunning Chassis Mods @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Thermaltake have some impressive products of their own, but we wanted to see what the modding community could do with Thermaltake products. The end results of this modding is a range of truly incredible looking builds. We love the Thermalthor, because it’s very cool, but also the unbelievably massive Core X9 Stacked. Which one of these builds is your favourite?

SanDisk Flash Drives and SSDs at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – SanDisk also brought along all their other storage devices such as the impressive 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.0 drive. This is the world’s smallest high-capacity USB 3.0 drive and it can hold up to 16 hours of Full HD video while not being much bigger than the nail on your thumb. The drive still transfers files at up to 130MB/s, allowing you to transfer a full movie in less than 40 seconds.

The new Z400s SSD was also on display, a perfect balance between performance, capacity, and reliability for replacing your PC’s HDD. It’s build as a cost effective alternative to mechanical HDDs.

If the 128GB capacity from the tiny Ultra Fit drive isn’t enough, then SanDisk also has the 256GB Ultra USB 3.0 drive with up to 256GB capacity.

The SanDisk Extreme 500 is a portable SSD with a capacity up to 480GB that fits right into your pocket while being four times faster than an external HDD. It has a rugged and durable design and it is shock resistant, a perfect combination for when you’re on the go.

SanDisk also had their other drives such as the X300 and X110 in 2.5-inch and small form factor drives with them.

Enterprise users also had their part to look at with the CloudSpeed ECO Gen2 SATA3, Lighting Ultra Gen2 12Gb/s SAS, Optimus MAX 4TB SAS and Fusion ioMemory SX300 PCIe Application Accelerator.

SanDisk Showcase Industry’s First 2TB SATA and Portable SSDs at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – The highlight for me at the SanDisk booth were the new, and Industries first, 2TB SATA SSD. The CloudSpeed Evo Gen II is optimized for cloud data services, video streaming, social media analytics and content repository.

The CloudSpeed ECO II is intended for data centres, but there is good news for consumers too as the also presented an external 2TB portable drive. Okay, that’s not entirely true as it only holds up to 1.92TB. The SanDisk Extreme 900 portable SSD doesn’t just look good, it’s also fast.

SanDisk set up a demonstration of the drive and we see transfer speeds of up to 714MB/s on sequential reads and 717MB/s on writes.

That is some seriously fast external storage, so fast that it beats what most have as internal storage

SanDisk Embedded Storage Designs at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Embedded storage is found in so many products these days, and SanDisk also has their fingers in those businesses.

Among the displayed memory products was everything from the iNAND 3000 series, 5000 series and 7000 series as well as Automotive iNAND and OEM SD memory cards.

SanDisk also showcased the next alliteration of the NAND Flash with a blown up SanDisk 10nm Flash Memory Wafer.

SanDisk Retail Products at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We had to stop by the SanDisk booth and check out their storage drives, and we were not disappointed. They brought along pretty much their entire portfolio of current and new products.

In the Retail section the had anything from the tiny UltraFit USB 3.0 over the iXpand USB 23.0 drive to the Ultra Dual USB drive with both micro and normal USB plug.

Memory cards are used everywhere from cameras to smartphones and a lot in between. Sandisk has quite a few different models on display, both microSD and full-sized SD cards.

SanDisk’s SSDs were also among the retail products, that includes the Ultra II in mSATA and 2.5-inch form factor, SSD Plus, and the awesome Extreme PRO that you might remember from our review.

SanDisk also has Wireless storage in their portfolio, for example the Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive.

ASUSTOR Surveillance at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – A good NAS manufacturer also has a great surveillance system available and ASUSTOR is no exception here. They were also showcasing it live at Computex and we took a closer look.

Surveillance Center is a secure surveillance management system developed by ASUSTOR and it was demonstrated using the AS7010T NAS.

This system features multiple cameras combined with new functions, real-time recording, multiple viewing modes, a flexible control interface, electronic maps deployment, safer access permissions management rules and a smart search function that allows users to quickly find missing objects.

ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center gives users the ability to easily create a convenient and ultra-secure real-time surveillance system with up to 49 channels in 720p on a single live display.

The Surveillance Center runs over a secure HTTPS connection and is ONVIF 2.4 profile certified and supports 600 IP different IP cams from various manufacturers.


There is also a mobile app to connect and monitor your live feeds that include push notifications as well as email and SMS functions. AiSecure as the app is called is available for both Android and iOS devices.

PowerColor Showcase FreeSync @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – during our stop at the PowerColour booth, we noticed a computer in the background displaying AMD FreeSync Technology. This is still relatively new and the adoption rate by monitor manufacturers is surprising low. The technology itself is very good, the main purpose of the technology is to prevent screen tearing while maintaining the highest possible FPS. AMD does this very well and with almost zero performance penalty.

Currently the only set way to demonstrate this technology is with the Wind turbine demo; in person it is visually impressive.

We aim to get a review of an AMD FreeSync enabled monitor published as soon as possible. We will keep you updated with all of the news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

Synology Displays New NAS Units at Computex

Computex 2015 – We’ve seen the new Router from Synology already, but it wouldn’t be an NAS manufacturer if they didn’t bring those devices along too.

On display is the DS216se, a budget friendly NAS server perfect for home and personal use. The two-bay NAS unit allows for easy drive mirroring, network sharing and it is also DLNA certified for streaming to your TV, consoles and set-top boxes.

Moving up the scale a bit and we get to the DS215+, an NAS unit designed for Small and Medium Businesses. It delivers great performance up to 209MB/s reading and 139MB/s writing thanks to the dual-core CPU and dual-LAN ports with link aggregation and failover support.

You also get USB 3.0 and eSATA ports along to connect extra external storage including the Synology DX513 expansion unit.

The DiskSTation DS715 is a completely new unit and doesn’t succeed any previous units. It is built around a powerful quad-core 1.4GHz CPU that offers hardware encryption engine.

The DS715 SMB NAS comes with 2GB RAM and can deliver a great performance with up to 205.5MB/s reading and 77.62MB/s writing.

The dual LAN ports support failover and link aggregation as they’re supposed to and you can expand the unit with 5 more drives using Synology’s DX513 expansion unit.

Enterprise users are also covered well by Synology’s lineup, especially with their rack units. The RC18015xs+ for example brings a quad-core processor, up to 32GB RAM as well as advanced snapshot technology for flexible point-in-time data backup and recovery.

The RXD1215sas is a high-redundancy expansion unit offering dual high-speed 6Gb/s SAS modules and allows for stacking with up to 15 units for a total of 180 drives.

Latest Luxa2 Mobile Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: It’s common knowledge that most of use use mobile devices, be that our phones, tablets or even our mp3 players, so it’s not surprising that Luxa2, the mobile devision of Thermaltake, are pushing out some pretty cool products for this market. At the show, they’ve got all their latest mobile speakers, which are Bluetooth ready, a funky range of new headphones, including a very sleek set of wireless in-ear headphones. We’ll be taking a closer look at these products in the very near future, so expect more information very soon.

Which of these would you want to add to your gadget collection?

ZOTAC Unveils the Arcticstorm Cooler @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – While at the ZOTAC stand, a certain graphics card caught our eye. If you remember back to this article, it includes the render of a new hybrid cooling solution for ZOTAC called the Arcticstorm. This featured a typical heatsink and fan cooling design like the AMP! graphics card, but also had a water cooling block integrated. Well, I think I can safely say that it is now real and looks awesome. The article regarded a custom design fitted to a Titan X graphics card, this model is the GTX 980ti, but it shows that the design is real and could make its way to the Titan X if the ban has indeed been lifted.

We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

ASRock Present the Beebox @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – The market for compact home computers is a relatively new one, but already the competition is fierce. ASRock has taken what it already knows from the motherboard sector and applied the same concepts to its new line of Mini PC’s, known as Beebox.

They are based on Intel’s Braswell SOC and support many of the standard features you would expect from a laptop or even desktop. USB 3.0, 3x graphical output, m.2 SSD and room for 1x 2.5″ storage drive and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. These are some great additions to the line-up and now make the choice even harder for potential customers.

We look forward to reviewing a Beebox in the future to see how it stacks up against the competition. We will update you with any news and events from the rest of Computex 2015.

Thermaltake Presents DPS G 1600W Power Supply @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We have stopped by the Thermaltake stand to take a look at what they have to offer and the brand new Toughpower DPS G 1600W power supply has really caught our eye.

Featuring a 140mm fan, digital monitoring and 80PLUS Platinum efficiency rating; this is set to be a huge contender for the high-end market. The power supply will then feature all of the typical Thermaltake power supply features such as a huge 12v rail, Japanese capacitors and a fully modular cabling design.

We look forward to taking a closer look at this product in a future review. We will keep you updated with and news of events that happen during the remainder of Computex 2015.

Lian Li Showcase Their Two New Desks and the Gorgeous PC-08 Chassis @ Computex

Like so many other companies, Lian Li is packing their bags and getting ready to head to Taipei for Computex. That must however be some pretty big bags in their case as they’ll bring along the two new versions of the desk PC cases as well as the absolutely gorgeous PC-08 tower chassis.

We’ve previously had the pleasure here at eTeknix to review the Lian-Li DK-01 Aluminium Desk Chassis and now Lian Li is ready with the successors. The two new desk-styled PC cases are named the DK-Q2 and DK-03.

The new desk cases are built with a high-quality aluminiums body and tempered glass, both have become somewhat of a standard in Lian Li’s cases, and one can understand why.

The updates on the new models add simplicity to system building, more refined aesthetics and ergonomics. The body is thinner but stronger and it now comes with adjustable legs for that extra bit of comfort. A proper setup workplace is worth a lot.

A removable tray in the center allows for easy building outside of the chassis as well as a beautiful cable management thanks to plenty of space below the tray.

There is plenty of cooling support for both air and liquid cooling enthusiasts as well as front ports for optical drives and similar as well as USB and audio connections.

The PC-O8 on the other hand is a dual-compartment chassis that combines aluminum and tempered glass to show off DIY builders high-end, intricate setups, while hiding cables and less eye-catching components in the large compartment behind the motherboard tray.


We’ll stop by the Lian Li at Computex and make sure to keep you updated on these cases as well as anything else they might have packed as a surprise for us.

OCZ Will Unveil New TLC-Based Trion 100 SATA Client SSD at Computex

We’ve seen a lot of amazing things from OCZ since they became part of Toshiba, the last being the impressive new Z-Drive 6300 NVMe add-in card. The Z-Drive is mostly aimed at businesses and data centers, but that doesn’t mean that OCZ has forgotten their consumer-class fans.

During this year’s Computex in Taipei, OCZ will demonstrate their new value-oriented option, the Trion 100 SSDs. These drives are built to provide an easy and affordable way for entry-level users to optimize their mobile or desktop systems.

The Trion 100 series is based on Triple Cell (TLC) NAND made by Toshiba in their A19 TLC flash technology. The drives will also utilize Toshiba’s own Alishan SSD controller, making it another complete in-house designed drive.

The Trion 100’s preliminary performance ratings don’t sound bad at all after we’ve heard the terms budget and affordable. Sequential transfer speeds are measured up to 550MB/s and random 4K performance clocks up to 91,000 read IOPS.

“Computex is the ideal venue for us to unveil our upcoming TLC NAND-based Trion 100 SSDs,” said Alex Mei, CMO and GM of the Client Business at OCZ Storage Solutions. “By leveraging controller and TLC NAND technology from Toshiba, we are pleased to be able to bring to market the exciting new Trion 100 SSD Series which will offer end-users an optimal mix of performance, features, and value, making it easier than ever for value-conscious consumers to leverage the benefits of a high quality yet affordable SSD that delivers improved desktop and mobile computing experiences.”

OCZ will be demonstrating the new Trion 100 series, but also the NVMe Z-Drive 6000 series and probably a few more surprises. We’ll make sure to check it all out for you in our event coverage.


Nanoxia Built Amazing Looking System for Computex

Nanoxia hasn’t been in the PC case business that long, it was only in late 2012 they released the Deep Silence 1 chassis. Since then their products have been honored with a lot of awards and got a lot of praises.

The highly modular PC cases from Nanoxia are perfectly suited for a variety of setups including liquid cooling and consequentially they began making more and more accessories dedicated to liquid cooling enthusiasts under the label CoolForce.

During Computex, Nanoxia will  be showcasing a lot of new products and they’ve created a unique project with the help of 6 experts to showcase them in the best way.

The NanoXia project was finalized in just two days by the team and Nanoxia hopes to use it to demonstrate how a supreme water cooling system can be created and upgraded using their products.

Nanoxia will also showcase the new CoolForce case series and present further optimized Deep Silence models.

The NanoXia project is a custom built desk that houses two complete multi-GPU systems. The main compartment slides out for easy access, upgrades, and maintenance.

This type of desk surely isn’t for everyone, but I for one think it looks amazing and wouldn’t mind having one. We shouldn’t count on it being mass produced, but one could use it idea for their own creation.