Computex 2016 Day 1 Roundup

Alright first off, the review embargo went up for the GTX 1070, so everyone from our good friends at Hardware Canucks to small, underdog channels like LinusTechTips have released reviews. It won’t surprise anyone that the 1070 beats the 970 handily, but it also performs significantly better than the 980, and even edges out the 980 Ti and Titan X, especially in DX12 compatible games. Wowza. And all this for an MSRP of 379 for custom vendor cards 449 for Founder’s Edition cards. It is going to be VERY interesting to see what AMD has up its sleeve with Polaris.

If this Computex demo is anything to go by, they might still have a trick or two. AMD showed off an “RX 480”, not sure why the X is there, but ok – running DOOM at 1440p very comfortably – they used a 1080p monitor, but the game was using virtual super resolution to downscale from 1440p to 1080p. Eeeeh. Give us the goods, AMD! Are you guys holding out hope that AMD will release a high-end GPU with Polaris, or has Nvidia stolen the top-performing GPU slots once again? Leave a comment below.

 

Alright time for the real tech news barrage to start, organized by vendor. Here we go!

 

ASUS held a big ol’ press conference and showed a ton of new products, but the most interesting by far was the Zenbo robot. If this charmingly cringey video is any indication, it can move freely around your house, recognize faces and give relevant info and reminders, receive verbal commands, entertain children and can even be used to purchase stuff online. MAN, its voice sounds dorky though.

Moving on, a new Zenfone lineup was announced, with the baseline Zenfone 3, the upgraded Zenfone 3 Deluxe, and the more souped-up Zenfone 3 Ultra.

The Zenbook 3 has a body very similar to Apple’s new Macbook, complete with only a single USB C port and audio jack. But, it can cram a Core i7, 1TB SSD, and 16GB of memory, so. But still. Although it does come with a USB hub, so that’s not the worst.

ASUS new Transformer 3 Transformer 3 Pro, and Transformer Mini are Surface Pro style productivity tablets with USB C ports and even support for ASUS’ XG Station 2 external graphics for gaming. Dang!

Speaking of gaming, ASUs showed off a beefed up Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, ROG Swift 24 inch G-Sync 180Hz gaming monitor, and an upgraded version of their GX800 watercooled gaming laptop and G31 gaming desktop. More interesting was the Avalon modular concept PC case. Of course, PCs are already modular, but the Avalon takes the wires and fiddling out of the equation, with slide in modules. A custom motherboard even has swappable I/O back plates for different connectivity options. Eh. I dono. This might look like another Project Christine.

ASUS also announced their Disegno line of pro monitors, a 16 by 9 27 inch model and a 34 inch ultrawide, both with USB Type C and Qi charging built in, and lastly, they made a mobile VR headset for phones. No surprise there. But it DOES have leather straps. Get excited.

 

On to MSI! They gave us a closer look at their Backpack PC for VR – apparently the unit’s CPU and GPU can be upgraded, it weighs 4.5 kg and has battery rated for 90 minutes of VR gaming. They’ve also got their own fancy version of Nvidia’s new high bandwidth SLI bridges to increase the GTX 1080’s dual SLI performance.

Strangely, we also got a look at a motherboard from Intel’s upcoming 7th gen 200 series chipset, codenamed Kaby Lake. They say the board will launch in November 2016, so I guess that’s when we’ll expect more news about a Kaby Lake launch.

Alongside a couple new motherboards for AMD’s 970A and Intel’s X99 chipset, MSI had a custom unnamed CPU cooler on one of their gaming systems. Apparently they still haven’t found enough things to put dragons on. They’re like the gaming version of Portlandia. Put a dragon on it. Alright next.

 

Gigabyte! They announced the Aero 14, a super thin ultrabook but it’s got a 970m inside so it’s a true gaming ultrabook, unlike the Razer Stealth.

They also had a custom triple-slot XTREME GAMING version of the GTX 1080 meant for VR, with extra HDMI ports that can be extended to the front of a case to connect a VR headset.

The new BRIX UHD Mini Gaming barebones PC can either power 4K monitors or 1080p gaming, but not both. And you’ll have to install your own memory and storage, but it does look cooler than their previous boxes.

And lastly, alongside the new XK-700 Mechanical Keyboard, and XP1200M power supply, Gigabyte also showed off an Xtreme Gaming branded PC case with an interesting looking industrial type design. Let’s get our hands on one of those ok? No one’s in here.

 

K those were all kind of quick bits, but IT’S TIME FOR!

https://twitter.com/Sixtyforce64/status/712182474743398400?cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D&refsrc=email

Uuuuh. I wasn’t sure whether to include this or not, but then the randomness got to me, nice,…job?

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Bitfenix announced several new cases at Computex. The Aurora, a semi-modular ATX case, the Prodigy Cape, a curved panel model with support for E-ATX motherboards, the Prodigy Pillow, an mITX case with a transparent hood for displaying the graphics card, and the Trident, a tower with good airflow options. Bitfenix also announced Modtime, a platform through which modders can auction components and full cases that they’ve modded, and enter to win prizes. Looks like they’re going with a bit of a shotgun approach there.

ARM announced the new Cortex A73 CPU and MAli G71 GPU, two new high-end mobile chips that will look to improve VR performance on mobile devices.

And Be Quiet showed off their upcoming foray into liquid coolers with the Silent Loop all in one CPU coolers. If their other offerings are any indication… they will be exquisite.

News sources for all of today’s stories can be found in the forum post linked in the description.

 

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up… except I’m clearly standing. Huh. I guess human beings’ limited perception through our five senses can’t be trusted.

https://twitter.com/Ferb7001/status/733830342189031424

 

This episode was too long, so I’m not doing a callout today. STRAIGHT TO THE OUTRO

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