Computex 2011 Coverage

Bosco - 2010-07-23 16:12:46 in Trade Shows/Conventions
Category: Trade Shows/Conventions
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: June 22, 2011

Introduction:

Computex, for those of you that never heard of it, is a lot like CES. However I found that Computex focused a lot more on computer products whereas CES has a wider variety of what is being displayed. Computex is held in Taipei, Taiwan and this was my first trip to Computex as well as Asia. I knew to expect certain things but I also figured there would be things that I had never seen before. Overall, I was looking forward to the trip, meeting with companies and meeting new and old friends. I was also looking forward to seeing a different culture than what I was used to seeing.

I am not a fan of flying but I sucked it up and hopped on a big old 747 and began my journey to Asia. I took a direct flight out of Seattle so that was nice as some of the other people had to make as many as four connections, ouch! The flight was pretty smooth, I was actually sitting with Microsoft employees and there were a few NVIDIA guys with us. That made the trip go by quickly. It was fun having people to talk with that understand what we do at OCC and Neoseeker. After landing, I met with the driver that would take me to my hotel. He only spoke two words "wait" and "no". Editors note: I guess he's used to being asked to use the washroom? So, it was a long quiet ride to the hotel but it gave me a chance to really look around as we made the long journey. Arriving in my hotel room, I was greeted with a nice big room. The whirlpool was sweet, huge shower, comfy bed, big screen TV, fresh fruit and bottled water delivered every day, life was good. Did I mention McDonald's delivers to the hotel haha. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mall Trip:

So just after lunch I met with James from ECS and Victor from another website called Hardwaremx. James wanted to take us to Guang Hua Digital Plaza, where you pretty much can find any electronics stuff you were looking for. Six whole floors of wall-to-wall electronics. This is a place guys (some girls) dream to have the chance to see. What I wouldn't give to be locked in this place for one night. But seriously, if you need something that pushes electrons around, this is the place to go. Most of the prices are posted or tagged but with many stores you can bargain with them and usually get the prices a little lower depending on what you are wanting to buy. Some things I found were cheaper than North America but for the most part it is pretty close to the same prices. However, when it comes to clothing I found that to be a lot cheaper, but I will cover that later. So here you can look at the pics of all the different shops and things you can buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Taipei 101:

So after leaving the Digital Plaze we headed over to TaiPai 101 which is currently the second largest building in the world. On the 89th floor you can walk around the whole floor taking pictures. For us to go from the bottom floor to the 89th floor took us 25 seconds, talk about fast! I tell you I have never been in something so high before besides a plane. But standing at a window looking down made my legs feel mushy haha. It was really a pleasure and an honor to stand there and look around the city and admire the view. It's something I will always remember, but it's hard to describe the feeling to be honest. Here are some pics from the 89th floor looking out. I am sorry for the pic quality. Between the dirty windows and the sun, it was hard to get some good shots. I guess cleaning the windows that high up is not a job people are knocking down doors for.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taipei 101:

In the very center of the building you see this odd looking yellow ball with huge shocks attached to it. From what we found out is this is for the building to absord the wind to keep the building from swaying. As I tell you this, I don't think I want to be that high up with huge gusts of wind happening outside. I took two pictures from the stairwell looking down to the bottom but 89 is just a little too high to see the bottom lol. As you can see there are clouds on the glass and as you walk on it, the clouds disappear revealing a picture of the city beneath you. Pretty cool how that worked. You could tell how much time, effort and money went into this project as everywhere you went it showed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

So finally we have come to the first day of Computex. Having been to CES five years in a row now, I wasn't overly worried about the show. I was more worried about finding my way around or getting lost and not finding someone that could speak English. But for the most part every other person did speak a little English so it wasn't too bad. So I had high expectations on how the the show would be setup but I wasn't really overly excited product wise because it didn't sound like we were going to see anything earth shattering at the event. So now let's see what I was able to find. First thing I found when I arrived was that a huge part of the show was settled on to two floors. (Talk about easy). I wish CES was this easy, they need to take notes. But again Computex is more focused on computers whereas CES does everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

ECS:

So my first meeting of the day was with ECS. They had a large display but not one you need a map to find your way around in. I was shown all of the current products and displays of what they are focusing on. (We have a couple of board reviews coming up so keep an eye out for those). I finally got to use one of the new LCD touch screens, not what I expected, but better. The G11-21ERS is the model I got to try out. It was nice and clear and the reaction on it while using it was very quick. I was also shown their tablets, eBook reader's and lastly their notebooks. ECS has come a long way in the last five years. It's nice to see companies like this continuing to expand. More on ECS later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

Corsair:

Corsair has really gained a full head of steam in the last year. With launches of watercooling, cases, headsets, and speakers they have really expanded their lineup. I am sure there has been some trial and error along the way but most of their stuff have come out of the gate fairly strong and performed well. Corsair launched their new Force 3 Series SSDs right at the start of Computex. However, just a few days after Computex ended, the 120GB drives were pulled because some of them were not operating to specification. As far as I was told, the 240GB versions where not affected so kudos to Corsair for catching it quickly and getting the fixes in place. Reading and writing specs show over 500MB/s but that may go higher with the new revisions. We shall see. Corsair also had on display their new Vengeance memory lineup in Red, Black, White and Blue depending on what kit you would looking at running. They also showed off their new upcoming H80 and H100 watercooling kits. These are supposed to be launching near the end of June or so. From what I saw they are performing better then the previous lineup. If I remember correctly, the H100 was about 12 degrees cooler. Expect to see a review on OCC of their new lineup once they launch. The last interesting thing that I got to see was the this little black box with cables coming out of it. I asked what it was and was shown a demo on what it was to do. You connect your video cards to this box and it works with Corsair's new "Link Software". Rather than waiting for the video card temps to heat up before the fans adjust, this box will apply an increase to the fan speeds when the voltage is increased to the card. Corsair claims that going by voltage rather then temps, this will make your system more efficient. I for one am looking forward to the launch of their software. There is a lot of good things about the software and with so many companies trying to do this before and never following through with it, Corsair appears to be close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

ASUS:

Everyone was tied up when I went to the Republic of Gamers booth, but thats OK. I knew what I was looking at. We have done a few reviews here at OCC and Neoseeker on these products. This booth was setup just for those products to be shown off. I loved the way the booth looked from a distance, I wish I could make my house look like that. There wasn't a huge amount to look at here. Like I said we have reviewed some of their stuff so it was more for the public than the media, but the eyefinity setup was sure getting a lot of attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CoolerMaster:

Coolermaster was showing off this new Beta Case, it's hard to describe. It looks like a cross between a ball and a big eye lol. It looks different from anything I have ever seen, so it's sure kind of unique I guess. I really liked the look of the black and red HAF 932. There were a few people looking at it while I was there. Nothing really earth shattering on display but I expected it since we saw a lot of the new products at CES.

 

 

 

 

Titan:

We have been working with Titan for about two years now and every cooler seems to get better and better. They had two big products to show off at the show. The first one was the TTC-NC55TZ(RB) talk about an interesting design. The second was the TTC-SC07 VGA cooler that is actually a slot cooler that blows cool air to the video cards. We have seen stuff like this before, small little plastic stuff, but nothing like this. It shows promise from what I saw but it's still being worked on. When it's released we will give it a shot and let you know how it does. Titan was also showing off a multi-purpose Dual-Way Fan. With interchangeable casings it has a few different uses.

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

G.Skill:

This was a meeting I was looking forward to. OCC has been working with G.Skill for a while and it was finally nice to put  faces to names. I met with the rep that I always deal with and I was given a tour of all of their current lineups and what they have coming. Actually right when we were having our meeting there was an overclocking challenge going on at the front of their booth. Due to the steam, noise and cheers going on there was a few people gathering around to watch the event take place. 8-9-8-24 at 2000Mhz sounds pretty good doesn't it? How about those timings with those speed's being 48GB :)? Yes you read that correctly. They were showing off that unit at the event. Of course I know a lot of us here wouldn't ever need that much memory currently, but it's nice to dream. G.Skill was showing a lot of different kits for different platforms, so you can bet they have your needs covered for whatever you are looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

Noctua:

Next stop for me was stopping by and meeting with Noctua. They had a display of all of their current products as well as some up and coming stuff they are looking at releasing. A couple of things that stood out while talking with them is the new fan they are working on. They have put a lot of time and effort into making their fan even better when comes to being more efficient. They have added some new features to it. Features such as new bearings, different angles on the fan blades and vibration pads, to name a few. They also showed me the new mounting kit for socket 2011, and of course the prototype CPU cooler that is set to replace the current D14. It's just as big but it's shaped a lot differently. They also showed off a new version of the D14 with the new prototype fans and sporting modified grills on the heatsink. Looks like it's going to be a busy year for Noctua when this stuff starts to launch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

OCZ:

OCZ always has some interesting things to show off so that was my next visit. Drives were all set out on the boards as I am accustomed to seeing. RevoDrives and Vertex drives were the theme this year. They showed me the RevoDrive 3 X2 1500MB/s read and 1200MB/s write, with the capacity reaching 960GB. OCZ was also showing off their RevoDrive Hybrid, 575mb/s read and 500mb/s write with the 240GB version pricing at $699. Of course there is the beast, Z-Drive R4 88, sounds like an Audi. This thing is fast, 2900MB/s read and 2700MB/s write, talk about vroommmmmmm. They have two series, C and R. OCZ was also showing the Fatal1ty 1000 watt series PSU, as well as units from the ZT and ZS series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

Powercolor:

One thing that I was looking for when I walked into the meeting was the 6990 LCS and it didn't take me long to find it. We have done a few of the LCS cards for P.C. and when I spotted it I knew I had to have it. Look for the review in the next couple of weeks on that. The next thing I was looking for was the dual 6970 that I had heard about. Sure enough it was on display for me to view. Also being shown off was the single slot 6850, Vortex cooled cards, and a SCS3 cooled card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

Sapphire:

Sapphire was my next stop which just happened to be next door to Powercolor. There was a lot of people in there when I arrived so I just went about my business taking photos. We have done alot of reviews for Sapphire so there wasn't really anything that I was expecting that was new. One thing that caught my eye was the Medical Workstation that was setup. Never seen this sort of a display before at any of the shows but it proves that video cards are not just for gaming. Sapphire had their whole lineup on display as well as promoting Dirt 3 with their 6950s. Always nice to see customers get a cool title when they buy their video cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

Thermaltake:

How did I know I would hear and see girls as I approached the booth? TT never seems to have a shortage with the ladies and this show was no different. So once I was able to get my eyes off the girls and get around all of the people standing around, I made my way inside the booth. As expected displays of all of their products greeted me. The thing that stood out the most to me was the white Level 10GT that I spotted in the corner. It looks alright but to me I think white died a long time ago. However I know there are a few of you out there that love white. The GT case is cool so I guess adding the white will appeal to some of you. The 1275W XT Platinum was on display as well. I will see about us doing a review on it for you guys that have asked me about it. The Bigwater 760 Plus was on display as well and yes I will see about that as well before you guys bug me about that too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Floor:

Xigmatek:

Like everyone else, they were showcasing what they had to offer. First thing that caught my attention was the Elysium Case. It was the inside of the case that got my attention. Holes everywhere to run wires, tubing, whatever your heart desires. I hope to start seeing this as a standard on all cases to come. It's a great idea because it never fails that there is never a hole where you need it ;(. Putting the X on the locking clips was a nice touch on the case. Xigmatek, like some other companies, have been working on a new design for fans. I will say this, they have the oddest shaped blades I have seen in a while. I really liked the way the Colosseum Heatsink looked. It was not overly heavy but it looks like a giant beehive haha. They also showed off a new mounting bracket they are working on releasing as well. So like CES, sometimes you have to leave the show for a hotel because a company may not have a booth at the show. So off to the Grand Hyatt hotel I go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECS Tour:

Being that I was in Taiwan, I was given the chance to visit ECS headquarters with a bunch of other media from around the world. When we arrived we had the the chance to take some pics inside and outside. Well it wasn't raining when we started, but before we started the tour man did it come down wow!. In the lobby we located an award wall. I found four of OCC's awards on it. Nothing current, this was old award board from years ago. Still nice to see our awards on the other side of the world :). The first stop on the tour was a quick look at their lunch area. I don't think finding a seat will be a problem :). Most of the floors have some sort of viewing area which is nice. Gives the employees a chance to go outside for some fresh air once in a while. ECS has a large conference room setup with a stage and mic which reminds me of a large movie theater. The next floors we got to see were their support rooms. This is where they test, fix and upgrade products. We also had a presentation from one of ECS's RD guys. He showed us how everything is done from the ground up. They start with the Schematic Diagram Design followed by Printed Circuit Board, Samples, Testing and Debugging, and Mass Production. Their main building factory is in China so most of everything else is done in Taiwan. As you can see by the pics, people's desks are very full. Hopefully the building doesn't get shaken or the resulting mess in there would be a pain to clean. You could tell how hard these guys work just by how focused they were. A few of them stopped to talk to us or answer anyone's questions so thanks to them for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Going up in floors, you find the entertainment rooms. Here you will find relaxing chairs, weight room, air hockey, fooseball, Wii, pingpong, yoga room, pool tables, and a nice deck to walk outside and enjoy the view. Heading back to the show, we met with VP of Sales and Marketing David Chien who talked to us about ECS as a whole and how they are doing overall in the market. Mr Chien feels that ECS will continue to grow like they have been and that they will adapt to the market as they need to. ECS's focus is what they showed in their booth: motherboards; notebooks; tablets and E-Readers. Mr. Chien seems very excited about the growth of ECS and feels that they will continue to do so while following and watching the market closely. They also have been focusing on improving their support division to make the company stronger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferris Wheel:

So after the show, James, Victor and I decided to tackle the massive ferris wheel. If I remember correctly, it was nine stories up and it takes 17 mins to go all the way around. They had different types of cars you can go into, including one that has a plexiglass floor. We decided to opt for the solid floor just to be on the safe side haha. It was a little awkward going up at first but once you are up there it wasn't too bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan Tour:

So the next day we headed off to the Howard Beach Resort. We took a bus to the train station to head off for Kenting located in Southern Taiwan. Getting to ride on a High Speed Train was something I was looking forward to. The train was different, never been on one before, top speed is somewhere around 300kph so we were told. The pressure on the ears was like being on a plane but without the popping. For the most part it was pretty smooth not too bumpy. A little loud in the tunnels but pretty enjoyable. As for the pics, you can see some were taken on the train and others were taken on the bus that picked us up after we arrived in the south. I tried to take as many as I could to give you guys a feel of what it's like there. The humidity there is something else wow, five mins outside and I was sweating lol. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Howard Beach:

So finally we arrived at the hotel. The hotel was nice but the rooms were a lot different than the one I had in Taipai that's for sure. But, the view made up for it big time. First thing we did when we arrived was head for the pool. Once we were cooled off, Ian from Anandtech and I went bowling, miniature golfing, played basketball then headed for the beach. Once we had done that, we enjoyed some dinner then headed for the night market and finally heading back to the hotel to sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenting Park:

So the next morning after breakfast we hopped on the bus for the National Forest for a 45 min hike. We started around 10:00am or so, and man it was hot, so we had to have a Heineken just to get our butts in gear haha. We were told about 500 years ago everything we have seen in this area used to be under water. With some of the odd shaped rocks and little caves and such I could clearly see it being under water at some point. As you can see by the pics we saw some lizards, thankfully nothing was maneating. I really enjoyed this part of the trip. Stuff like this I don't get to see back home so this was a treat to see but did I say it was hot? Lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Girls:

Well out and about I decided to take as many pics as I could of girls that I spotted. Some didn't turn out too well because sometimes I had my camera off and I couldn't switch settings fast enough. But I included the best ones I had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Night Market:

Taiwan is famous for their night markets. They shut down certain streets to vehicles and all the vendors come out to sell things. Stuff that is sold is mostly clothes and food but you can find some other odds and ends. Some of the food that was sold was rather suprising and it caught me off guard. Some of the clothing was really cheap so I was able to buy some stuff for my family at really good prices. But the people wow, sometimes it was bumper to bumper other times it was not too bad, did I mention it was hot? Lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WTF:

Of course what show or trip wouldn't be complete without some WTF pics. I think most of them explain themselves and need no narrating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan Pics:

Random pics of my trip through Taiwan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Booth Babes:

Of course what would a show be without booth babes, so of course here they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conclusion:

So being that this was my first time in Asia and the first time personally attending Computex, what are my thoughts on the experience? Well first off, it's very different. The different types of food were OK but there were some that made me take a second look lol. The city itself is what I expected however outside the city was different then I figured it would be. The people in Taiwan were very friendly, even the ones that didn't have a clue what I was saying. The humidity was something else wow!!!! It didn't mattter if it was day or night, it was still pretty hot. It was shorts everywhere I went. But near the end, I think to some degree I was starting to get used to it. But weather like that can have its advantages I guess, as even when it was raining it was still very warm. There is a lot of honor and tradition in the country and I loved that I was given a chance to see some of it.

Taiwan wasn't a place I ever would have thought to go on vacation but now that I have been there, I think I have changed my mind. Taipei itself would be OK for a day or two but I think given more time to spend around the Howard Beach Resort would be great for a family. Taipei 101 is something that was an honor to see. The amount of work and effort that went into the buildings is amazing and it's something I will remember for the rest of my life. As for the show itself, I thought it was lacking in that some companies were not there. Of course I missed a few that were in other hotels and such just due to time limits. Editor's note, take less pics of bums lol. However, the way it was setup and organized I thought it kicked CES's butt litterly. It's easier to find everything, you don't have booths overlapping other booths and since a big part of the booths are contained to just two floors, it made it that much better. The problem with CES is that it covers so much more products, so in a sense I can understand why CES is the way it is. As for the products displayed that I saw, I didn't expect anything earth shattering to be shown. We got a big taste of stuff at CES, so coming into Computex I wasn't expecting to be wow'd too much. Don't get me wrong, I saw a few things that were impressive, just not like CES was.

I had a great time with the group that ECS put me with and like I said earlier, I got to meet some old friends but I also met some new ones. I spent a lot of time with James at ECS who helped make the trip go that much smoother. Ian from Anandtech is from the UK, and our UK guys at OCC are a hoot to hang with and Ian was no different. He made me laugh so hard sometimes and I know I made him laugh as well. S,o all in all, a friendship was born. Victor, I spent a lot of time with in the first couple of days and he is a pretty cool dude as well. Felipe and Jacson were really cool guys as well, they had me laughing the whole trip. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to go with. Even some of the other media that we met at the Tour and the Resort were fun to hang out with. I thought the idea of the Night Market was pretty fantastic. You can pretty much find anything you want there, but the best deals seem to be on clothes. I wish that I was able to spend more time there because there is a lot to choose from. But of course on a trip like this you only have so much time. I enjoyed the ECS tour as well. It's always nice to see how companies that we do the reviews for operates. The one thing that I have learned over the years is every company is different on how they operate. But it's nice to be given the opportunity to check it out first hand. I attended the Tweaktown party, thanks Cameron. I even won a Corsair case, thanks to Corsair for not bringing the case for me to lug home haha. The only bad events that I had on the trip, was I lost my iPhone (my own fault) and I did get sick after a meal. Thankfully it was not to serious and I was back up and running in about eight hours.

So in closing, I would like to thank the following people. Thank you to all of the companies that took the time to meet with me and answer my questions. Robert and George from Corsair for our night out, I still say the meal was alive :), Ian, Victor, Felipe, and Jacson. A huge thank you to James and the whole ECS team for everything you guys did for us. You guys made the trip that much more special with all of your help so thank you for that :). So, I hope you guys enjoyed the coverage, I was surprised on how much I was able to cover with just me being there, but what's no sleep for a few days right? If you guys have any questions about Taiwan or whatever feel free to ask, but I for one say if you are thinking about going there, do it! For me it was worth it now that I sit back and write about it. I wouldn't trade this trip for anything and I would do it all over again.

See you guys in the forums

Dave Rattray "Bosco"