Nvidia Sending Out Invites to Pascal Event

If there is any doubt in our minds that real Pascal cards are coming soon, this latest report clears that all out. According to PCTuning, Nvidia has started sending out invites to select press outlets for a Pascal event. This suggests that Nvidia already has all of their Pascal chips that are launching at Computex ready for the press to review and test out. As of right now, we still don’t know the exact date of Pascal’s launch.

Right now, whether or not the event will be a private event for press only or a live webcast sort of affair remains to be seen. This may well be the event Nvidia sometimes holds with the press beforehand in order to brief them on the chip a bit before shipping out review samples.

What’s more, the leaker is suggesting that Nvidia is going to allow reviews and other information to be released in as soon as three weeks and four weeks at the latest. This would place it at least 2 weeks ahead of Computex which has been the suggested launch. The possibilities are that the leaker is wrong, Computex will be the hard launch with a soft launch before; either way, Pascal is coming soon.

First Pascal GPU’s to be Unveiled at Computex 2016?

Some of the first cards to run utilizing the all new “Pascal” architecture made by Nvidia, may debut at Computex 2016. The show is going to be in Late may / Early June in Taipei and is one of the biggest ICT shows in the world and you can be sure the eTeknix team will be there to catch the latest news from the event!

Mass shipments should start sometime in July according to Digitimes, the Taiwan based industry observer. With Nvidia unveiling the new cards via its add-in card (AIC) partners, with large manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI, and GIGABYTE being at the event.

The new GPU will be based on the GP104 chip and utilize GDDR5X VRAM; a whopping 8GB is rumored to be the amount. The leaked specs show it having a single eight-pin power connector, meaning that (due to electrical capacity) the max power usage would be 225W, though it could use a lot less power. The 980 is only 165W so this card can’t be a huge amount more. The leaked specs also tell us that it could feature up to 6144 CUDA cores and a whopping 12.6 Teraflops. We’re not sure how accurate these specs are as they have been sourced from various places, only time will tell. Either way, Computex 2016 is going to be huge this year.

So far, we can accurately say:

  • 2x performance per watt estimated improvement over Maxwell
  • DirectX 12_1 or higher
  • Successor to the GM200 GPU in the 980TI
  • Built on 16nm manufacturing process

It will be interesting to see the Polaris release too, as there is going to be some very tough competition on the GPU market shortly and that’s obviously great news for consumers.

Which cards are you most excited about this year, AMD’s or Nvidia’s latest? Let us know in the comments section below.

Nvidia Pascal GTX 1000 Will Arrive at Computex

From the many leaks and rumours that have come out, the expected release of Pascal will come later this year at Computex. During the Taiwanese event, Nvidia will finally unveil the GTX 1000 lineup to the public. Today, we’re getting yet another report confirming this. In addition, Nvidia AiB partners like ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI will showcase their reference cards then as well. As revealed yesterday, mass shipments won’t begin till July.

As we’ve covered earlier, the sources appear to suggest that Nvidia will have a head start over AMD in launching Pascal ahead of Polaris. However, the lead might not amount to much. The report suggests that Nvidia will only ship large amounts till July. AMD on the other hand is also launching Polaris in June, the same month as Pascal. Given AMD’s previous history, we will probably see Polaris cards out by July as well. If Nvidia does have a lead, it won’t be for very long.

Right now, there is no word yet if GDDR5X will be utilized for top end Pascal chips. While there are some reports out that suggest GDDR5X, the timeline is very tight as GDDR5X probably won’t reach enough capacity till May/June at the earliest. Perhaps this is why we won’t be seeing Pascal or Polaris in numbers till July.

Nvidia GTX 1080 May Only be GP104 and GDDR5X

With both the Pascal announcement and GeForce launch coming ins the next 2 months, more information is being leaked about the upcoming Nvidia cards. According to the latest rumour, the first GeForce Pascal card to launch, the GTX 1080, will not be as impressive as many had hoped. As expected from Nvidia, they are keeping with their tradition to launch first with the mainstream GP104 die first in order to maximise yields and profits.

Utilizing the GP104 based on the 16nmFF+ process from TSMC, the GTX 1080 may yet be the fastest Nvidia card yet on the market till the bigger GP100 GeForces launches later. Despite the boost in performance, it appears that Nvidia will be sticking to 8GB of plain old GDDR5X, and not using HBM2 as some have suggested. While GDDD5X does have some disadvantages, it is a decent upgrade over GDDR5 and allows for an earlier launch than using HBM2 as production for those chips are still ramping up.

Furthermore, the leak specifies the display outputs as DisplayPort x2, HDMI x1, DVI x1 and the use of only 1 PCIe 8 pin power connector. This limits power to 225W but with the new architecture and use of 16nmFF+, this may still allow the card to dance with the 980Ti. The launch date is reported as May 27th, just before Computex. Big Pascal GP100 is set to launch before that date though so stay tuned!

Cool Range of G.Skill Peripherals @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: When people think of G.Skill they think of high-end memory products, but how many of you knew they also make peripherals? Well, at this year’s show, G.Skill rocked up with their latest range of gaming keyboard, gaming mice and headsets. The hardware certainly looks great and is obviously targeted at a gaming audience.

Thir new keyboards come with  range of cool RGB lighting effects, which as you know is a popular feature with many PC users these days. Their new mouse is adjustable, quite a lot similar to the MadCatz mouse, but still a great looking and feel product regardless.

We look forward to testing out this hardware in the near future and will bring you more information as soon as we have it.

Cooler Master Unleash HUGE Range of New Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: I don’t know where to start with this, Cooler Master blew my mind today and that’s no bad thing! At CES, Cooler Master had literally no knew products, as they were planning something big, today we found out what that was. Their new maker philosophy highlights everything that the company stands for, but now they’re turning you, the consumer, in to the maker you’ve always wanted to be.

Everything in their new range is modular, expandable, moddable, to an extent that we’ve literally never seen before. Their new chassis can be reconfigured extensively to meet your needs. The storage bays have dozens of configurations, there’s extensive cooling configuration options and more.

Then there’s their new cooler, which can be reconfigured, different fan configurations and more. Even the notebook cooler has mods, where you can add USB hubs, wrist rests, different fans and more!

Their new headset, however, is the star of the show, at least in my opinion. The drivers twist lock into place. Want a new sound? Unplug the drivers and lock in another set; I really can’t wait to test this feature out.

Cooler Master are also doing custom loop water cooling gear now too, so basically, no matter the configuration, not matter the requirements, the design, what ever you need, it seems Cooler Master has got you covered!

We’ll bring you more information and featured reviews in the very near future, so stay tuned.

To top off the day, Cooler Master even treated me to a maker beer! As well as allowing me to make my own Lego me, making me a maker too!

Latest Noctua Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Noctua has come out swinging at this year’s event. They’ve brought along their latest and greatest products, as well as a range of new and upcoming products.

Many of their existing products are quite popular, but as Noctua look to promote their new hardware, they’ve moved their old lines to the Redux category, which means they’ll keep manufacturing them and they’ll even be cheaper!

Their new prototype fan is particularly special, obviously it promises greatly improved performance, but look how tight those fan blades are from the frame! Virtually no space is wasted.

Their new U-type coolers, which will feature the new prototype fans once they are complete, now feature 6 heat pipes instead of five, improved layout for 100% ram compatibility in single fan mode, increased surface area of 50% for 120mm and 30% for 140mm and more improvements.

Here’s something cool, ANC fans! The fans use a small PCB at the back of the fan, as well as a microphone and a small magnet that can oscillate the fan blades like a speaker. This reduces the noise you can hear from the fan. There’s still a lot of development to be done, and the fans will no doubt be expensive, but the concept alone is pretty awesome.

Tired of that brown finish? How about some custom colour corners.

Skylake mounting kits, already available free of charge from Noctua!

Incredible In Win H-Tower Chassis @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: I’ve seen some incredible chassis in my time, but none compare to what we witnessed at the In Win booth this year. Their new H Tower is a behemoth of aluminium and electronics. At one moment it looks like something out of the Transformers, but via the accompanying mobile app, you can make this chassis open automatically. Four lasers draw a square around the chassis, a “keep clear” zone if you will, the side panels arch outwards, the motherboard tray raises up and rotates to lay flat above the chassis; like some kind of PC chassis/Aircraft carrier.

We’ve got a video uploading, so stand by for that. There’s no official price just yet, but estimates may be around the £1500 area. That sounds like a lot of money, because it is, but when you see this thing in action, you couldn’t imagine it being any cheaper.

Aorus Gaming Products on Display @ Computex

Computex 2015: Aorus specialise in ultra high-end gaming gear, especially when it comes to making some of the fastest gaming notebooks in the world. However, with great gaming systems comes a need for great peripherals and Aorus don’t disappoint in that department.

First up, their gorgeous Thunder m7 gaming mouse, nothing new as it’s been out a while now, but still a great MMO gaming mouse.

The stunning Thunder K7, a modular gaming keyboard that its great for your ever changing gaming demands. The wrist rest snaps into place using magnets, but even cooler, so does the number pad. You can move it from the to the right and back again in a flash if you need to and it’s a great way of giving yourself a huge range of macro keys, or a TKL keyboard when you need one!

New G.Skills Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: While they may be better known for their memory products, G.Skill also has a great range of gaming peripherals. We stopped by their booth to check out some gorgeous looking RGB keyboards and mice. Their a little aggressive in terms of design for my taste, but I can see them making a great addition to many gaming setups.

The new mouse is nothing too fancy and no doubt shares a few design themes with the likes of MadCatz and a few others, but it still looks and feels pretty good and makes a nice match with the gaming keyboard.

The new headsets are what really got my attention. Funky built-in lighting that shows off the inner workings of the drivers, an auto-adjusting headband and great sound quality.

There’s two models available, a true 7.1 and a virtual surround model; obviously one is cheaper, but it depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. They both sounded great to me, but I’m hoping to review them in the near future and really pick at the details.

BLOODY Peripherals @ Computer 2015

Computex 2015: Have you ever heard of Bloody before? They may not have the most recognisable name in the world, but they’ve certainly got a good reputation in certain markets and after a quick visit to their booth, it’s easy to see why! Their range of keyboards and mice is certainly eye-catching, but we especially love the fully RGB mechanical keyboards, with their slim chassis, white frame and white key caps design. I’d love one of these in my office, it’s a welcome break from the often grey and black colour schemes we see.

Would you have one of these keyboards in your setup? Or are you more likely to stick with a brand you know?

Antec Mobile Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Here we are once again at the Antec booth, checking out their great new range of AMP mobile products. Mobile is a big deal these days and for those who need great accessories on the go, AMP produce some of the best around. Battery life is the biggest issue for most of us, but AMP has a great range of mobile USB battery packs, life-extending battery phone cases, charging hubs and more.

Enjoy music on your phone? AMP seem to have a mobile speaker that is ideal for virtually any phone, person or place, with the added bonus that they look and sound great! We especially like their new WAV as it’s a nice at-home unit and great for quickly throwing on some music in the kitchen, or anywhere for that matter.

Finally, we have the pulse air headphones, which may be the slimmest over ear headphone I’ve ever seen! Unfortunately, I didn’t a chance to try them out, but we look forward to bringing you a full review of many of these products in the near future.

i-Rocks Booth @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: i-rocks are quickly becoming a very popular gaming brand, and given that last year they released one of the best gaming keyboards around, despite the fact it was one of the cheapest! (the K10), I’m very happy to see their range expand so quickly.

Their new keyboards, mice and headsets look absolutely stunning. Incredible glowing light effects on the mice and even on one of the headsets, plus the continued use of scissor and plunger switches on their keyboards, giving them a tight balance of performance and affordability.

We’ve reached out to i-rocks for some review samples and really look forward to bringing you more information on these as soon as possible.

Latest Corsair Peripherals @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: The latest and greatest Corsair peripherals were on show at their suite and we especially like their new Strafe gaming keyboard. It features full LED lighting and while it’s only fixed to red LED, it still features the same lighting engine as the new RGB keyboards, allowing you to code some stunning lighting effects. The keyboard is Cherry MX equipped, comes with multimedia keys, custom WASD key caps.

What’s also nice to see is that the Corsair Gaming logo “tramp stamp” is completely gone from their range, now featuring the faster-looking version of the original Corsair logo. I’m sure this will please many fans out there.

Corsair had all of their popular gaming peripherals on display too, but their main focus was the Straif keyboard.

New 780T and 750D Corsair Chassis @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Corsair had lots of great new products at this years show, as well as some nice revisions to their current lineup. The new 750D airfow comes with a revised from panel that has a more open design vs the side-air intake design of the original. What’s better, is that Corsair will also be selling this panel seperately, so you can easily upgrade your current 750D.

The new Graphite Series 780T is self explanatory, its a stealthy black edition of the original chassis and while a new lick of paint isn’t a huge change, the end result certainly looks stunning.

 

 

 

Lian-Li Show Off Extensive Range of High-End Chassis @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Lian Li is one of the coolest names in the chassis market, having created some truly spectacular products over the years. Now we see them returning with even more stunning designs, such as their now final retail edition of the DK2 desk chassis. The chassis has new legs, a built-in fan controller, better cable routing, a removable motherboard tray and more; if you thought the original was awesome, this is ten times better!

The Lian Li wall mounted chassis range is great, but their latest entry, the PC-08 is their biggest yet, perfect for those who have a lot of hardware to show off!

Pushing even further, their DK03 desk offers huge amounts of space, giving you the option for a full ATX system, as well as a mini ITX system. This is awesome if you need a rig for rendering and a rig for day to day work at the same time; the best of both worlds.

The limited edition ROG chassis, make by Lian Li, not sure if this will come to market as its own product, but it could be used for a ROG pre-made system, we’ll have to wait and see.

Not sure how I feel about this chassis, it’s only a prototype and it’s the product of Lian Li’s design team getting a new laser cutter. I’m not a fan of the design, it looks like a Transformer, but not quite what I would expect from a Lian Li product. What do you think?

What’s this, a Lian Li water block? It certainly is, a little birdy told me it should be coming to a EU reseller very soon.

AVerMedia @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: AVerMedia are well known for their streaming and capture devices, so it’s no surprise that they had new gaming devices on show at this years show. Their latest hardware is perfect for those who use services like Twitch, but it goes a little further by offering custom overlays and interfaces, giving pro gamers and streamers absolute control over their content and production.

What is interesting, is that AVerMedia are launching their own desktop microphone, although it was unfortunately too noisy for me to test it out at the show, but we look forward to putting it through is paces in the very near future.

Do you use game streaming features? What do you think of the latest hardware from AVerMedia?

ASUS Release Technicolor Color Certified Monitor

A new monitor being shown off at Computex that is under design and development is the new ASUS PB328QT. This new monitor special is it is the one of the first Technicolor certified monitors on the market. This makes it a pretty big deal as one of the key reasons users purchase higher end monitors is to ensure a better colour accuracy and overall performance. So how does this help and what is so special about this?

Technicolor released the following:

None of today’s display standards (sRGB, Rec. 709, Adobe RGB, etc.,) include a tolerance to describe when a device is actually “in-spec” or “out-of-spec.” This distinction matters because a device that is supposedly tuned to sRGB may in fact display photos inaccurately. Displays purportedly tuned to Rec. 709 may actually cause a loss in contrast and detail in whites and blacks and inaccurate skin tones.

Technicolor Color Certified  solves this problem by defining specifications, including tolerances, for a monitor’s color gamut, gammas, color fidelity, white point and backlight brightness that match the quality of today’s Blu-ray disks (ITU-R Recommendation BT.709).

Consumers don’t just watch videos & movies on their HD TVs, they also watch them on computer monitors, tablets, smartphones, and more. They then use these same devices to view videos and photos, play games, and peruse online shopping catalogs. What many consumers don’t realize, however, and which they often discover too late — particularly in the instance of online shopping –- is that each of those screens might be using different technology to display the image on the screen.

Since there are so many devices out there using different technologies and color standards, the consumer is left with a wide variety of device gamuts all claiming to support the sRGB color space. It can be very frustrating for the consumer when they discover that when they view the same content on different devices that they will experience that content completely differently, with no guarantee of what color the image really should be (see the “Not Certified” images above). That’s why Technicolor  teamed up with Portrait Displays to create the Technicolor Color Certified program.  Together, we are working with display manufacturers to ensure that the same kind of strict adherence to the color standard used in creating content is passed onto the consumer through displays that safeguard the integrity of the created content. Through certified displays, consumers will no longer have to endure a reduction of detail in the highlights and shadows and color shifts throughout the tonal range.

The specs for the new monitor are as follows:

Key specifications & features

*not all specifications / feature or functions are detailed.

  • 32-inch
  • 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 10-bit panel
  • 100% color saturation sRGB
  • Brightness 300cd
  • Input/Output: DisplayPort, HDMI, DualDVI, D-sub
  • Connectivity: Integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub
  • ASUS 5 way OSD navigation joystick
  • ASUS QuickFit OSD
  • ASUS VividPixel
  • Low Blue Light operating modes ( ASUS Eye Care )
  • Flicker Free operation ( ASUS Eye Care )
  • Integrated 3 WATT stereo speaker
  • Ergonomic adjustment including tilt, swivel and height adjustment
  • Quick release design and VESA mount support

Thank you to Asus for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Asus

Latest Ducky Peripherals @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Ducky are one of the most highly praised peripheral manufacturers around, so it’s no surprise that they’ve got a fantastic range of peripherals on show at this year’s Computex. The one that stands out the most, is their new gaming mouse. It’s nothing technically innovative, but having tested it out, it feels competitive and I look forward to testing out in-depth later this year. Getting back to what Ducky specialise in, the Ducky ONE looks great, it’s a high-quality mechanical keyboard, but it comes in a wide range of colourful variants, which one would you choose?

Latest Gigabyte Peripherals @ Computex 2015

Compute 2015: Gigabyte had so many great motherboards, graphics cards and more on display at this years event, it can be easy to forget that they’re also a leading peripheral manufacturer. On display were all their current products, but unfortunately there was nothing new to see from their peripheral division, but it is still nice to see that they’ve got a great range, especially the amazing Force M63 (above) and the super fast wireless equipped Ghost. It seems we will have to wait until Gamecom, or perhaps even CES for a new range of devices.

 

ID-Cooling Booth @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: We’re here at the ID Cooling booth and they’ve got a fantastic range of new products to show the world. First up, their new PSUs, all fairly self explanatory, offering a range of power levels, modular cables and more. We expect we’ll see more of these in Western markers very soon.

A good range of coolers on show, especially their low profile coolers, which offer great solutions for HTPC use and even some that are slim enough for SFF chassis and rack mount solutions.

This one is pretty special, not only because of the matte finish, but because it uses a six heat-pipe design and a vapour chamber cooling solution. ID Cooling say this cooler is very powerful and we’re really looking forward to reviewing it later this year.

This new chassis, which currently has no name, is expected to launch later this year. What’s incredible is that it’s crazy thin! Yet ID Coolings own water cooling kit, an AIO unit, still fits in there, both on the GPU and the CPU, giving extreme cooling performance for such a slim system.

Here you can see the cooling solution they mounted in the chassis above, a dual block 240mm AIO, perfect for those that want minimal fuss water cooling.

Consumer SuperMicro Chassis on Display @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: SuperMicro is better known for their workstation and server solutions, but it seems the company is ready to turn its extensive manufacturing knowledge and take on the consumer market. Their new chassis certainly looks the part and our first look showed fantastic build quality. Keep in mind, the clear side panel is simply for display purposes, allowing people to see the interior, but to keep sticky fingers off their demo components. We’ve already got a sample of this at eTeknix HQ and we look forward to bringing you an in-depth look very soon.

Liva Mini PCs @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Liva is quickly becoming one of the coolest SFF computer companies in the world, offering sleek systems that looks great, offer impressive performance and a wide range of features to suit many different markets. As you can see in the pictures below, they’ve got some great looking systems with impressive specs, especially so given their tiny form factors. The feature that most caught our eye was the built-in microphone, allowing the use of the Windows 10 feature “Cortana”. These are great options for HTPC users, or for creating an advanced smart TV, but they could be just as handy in the office.

Which one would you like to have in your home of office?

 

Latest Range of TteSports Headsets @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: TteSports have some gorgeous new peripherals on display at their booth this year, including the latest 2015 edition of the Shock headset, a great choice for eSports gamers and any other PC gamer for that matter. They also have their current Verto headset, which is super comfortable and comes with a universal headband.

Add some flair to your keyboard with Metalcaps, they’re not the cheapest mod in the world, but one that can give your keyboard a very unique look and feel.

The Contour is a great little controller for mobile gaming, as it comes with a built-in phone holder and it’s fully Apple certified!

Here’s something pretty special, a PC gaming headset that’s as minimalist as they come, bridging the gap between in ear and over ear headsets.

Latest TteSports Gaming Mice @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: The show is well under way now and we’ve stopped by the TteSports both to check out their latest and greatest gaming peripherals. They’ve got some really cool stuff on show, most of which we’ve already seen or reviewed in the past. All the usual gaming-focused features are catered for, but one thing that we do love, is the wireless Level 10M mouse.

Which one of these mice would you have in your setup?

HyperX Pop-Up Shop at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Kingston wasn’t just inside Computex, they also had a HyperX pop-up shop outside. With a small shop and a stage, HyperX was ready to showcase their amazing high-performance storage and peripherals.

On display were the latest HyperX memory modules, solid state drives, and let us not forget the great headsets that they make. There were also several beautiful modded systems running and they were of course equipped with HyperX memory and storage drives.

Virtual reality is the next big thing and HyperX had a system setup to try it out. The beautiful system had a Gear VR system connected for the demonstration and to let people experience the new thing.

The Savage SSD is an amazing little drive. It is still based around the SATA3 interface, but it takes it to the limit as you might have seen in our previously released review on the drive.

The two modded systems on display were both running with Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 memory

InWin cases are amazing when it comes to show off the hardware inside. They might not be so photo friendly thanks to the glass, but they look amazing. We can also spot the Predator M.2 SSD in the system that easily performs with 1400MB/s and beyond.

Gigabyte Motherboards at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Gigabyte didn’t just bring along their laptops at Computex, they also got their motherboards with them and we took a look at them. The highlights are with no doubt the new Z170 based motherboards for Intel’s next and 6th generation processors.

The motherboards are packed with the best of features, from the new high-speed USB 3.1 type-C ports that can provide up to 36W power, 4-way SLI capabilities and 4K output in 60Hz thanks to the HDMI 2.0 connector. We’re used to a lot from Gigabyte, and they didn’t let us down.

Intel H170 chipset based boards such as the GA-H170-Gaming 3 were also on display, perfect for people that don’t overclock their processors and don’t need as many amazing features in their PCs.