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Computex 2010 Coverage



It may surprise you to learn that many of your favorite technology companies are headquartered in Taiwan. Though these companies may not come close to big name companies based out of the United States or Japan in terms of revenue, the impact these companies have on the global IT market is tremendous. If you're a frequent visitor to OverclockersClub, you've probably heard of several of them - companies like A-DATA, Acer, AOpen, ASUS, BenQ, Biostar, D-Link, ECS, Foxconn, G.Skill, Gigabyte, IOGear, JMicron, Kingmax, Leadtek, Lian Li, MSI, QNAP, Realtek, Shuttle, SiS, SilverStone, Thermaltake, TITAN Technology, Transcend, VIA Technologies, and many, many more. Odds are there is at least one part in your current PC that was manufactured by one of these companies.

It's no wonder then, that Taiwan is the perfect spot for a computer expo. COMPUTEX TAIPEI, also known as the Taipei International Information Technology Show, is the second biggest computer expo in the world, trailing only CeBIT, and had nearly 120,000 visitors in 2009. Further stats from the 2009 show can be found here.

The last time OverclockersClub got to attend Computex was 2008. I, Andrew "ClayMeow" Resnick, am honored to be representing OCC at Computex this year and will do my best to provide you with a wealth of information. I have attended CES the past two years, so I do have experience with trade shows, but this is going to be an entirely different experience. I'm here on my own - no large group like we have at CES each year. It will certainly be a challenge, but one that I am very ready to conquer.


The Flight

For anyone residing in North or South America, the worst part about any trip to Asia is getting there. My trip started at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, with a scheduled departure of 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, May 29th, heading to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It was the one leg of my trip that I did not have a pre-assigned seat, and thus, of course, I was stuck with a middle seat - one of only two remaining at the time. Though I did the self check-in, there was an attendant standing by helping me, and he asked me if I'd rather have the other seat, as it was an exit row and thus had more leg room - I declined. Why am I mentioning this? Because one should never underestimate even the most minute decisions we make in our life. By some stroke of good fortune, it so happened that there was a couple split up, the guy having the window seat by me, while the girl had an aisle seat a few rows back. The girl asked if I would be willing to switch. Sure, it was further back in the plane, but giving up a middle seat for an aisle? No brainer!

So the trip started out rather good, but quickly turned frustrating. The flight was completely booked, and while a flight attendant was playing musical chairs, we were informed that a connecting flight from Kiev was first arriving, and thus we had to wait for roughly ten people. Thankfully, as you're probably aware, the airlines seem to account for delays, so we still arrived at LAX on time, at 10:50 PM PT.

At that point, I now had to exit the terminal I arrived in to head to Tom Bradley International Terminal. This involved me actually having to exit completely, and walk up a sidewalk to an entirely new building, which of course meant going through security all over again. My next flight wasn't scheduled to leave until 1:15 AM PT, however, so I had plenty of time. After getting through security, I made my way to Gate 123A, which was literally the very last gate on the right.

After standing around for a little while, someone from China Airlines made an announcement that our gate was changed to 101. Yes, you guessed it - the farthest possible gate from where we were. So I, along with a hundred other people, made our way past gate after gate to the other side of the terminal. Me being a New Yorker, I quickly emerged as the leader of the pack, and by the time we were just halfway there, was well ahead of everyone else.

While walking the long trek from the northern end of the terminal to the southern end, I hear an announcement - our gate was now changed to 104. I arrive at Gate 104, well ahead of anyone else, and ask woman at the desk if this is the flight to Taipei - she says yes, asks for my boarding pass, and issues me a new one. Unfortunately, because of the gate change, our departure time was pushed back to 2:15 AM PT. Remember, I'm from New York, so to me, it felt like 5:15 AM, and I had to fight really hard not to fall asleep in the gate - really, really hard.

By the time I was in my seat (again, an aisle seat), I was ready to pass out - indeed, that's what I did. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that we would be served dinner - I thought it was just a breakfast flight. So an hour into the flight, I'm woken up for dinner, which essentially means I had a power nap. The whole plan, going into the flight, was that I'd sleep through it so that I would be wide awake for my arrival in Taipei, early Monday morning. However, after the power nap, it was rather difficult to sleep. I took a combination of pills that are supposed to cause drowsiness, but it didn't entirely help. Still, I fought the urge to just watch a movie and instead kept my eyes closed throughout most of the flight - until breakfast.

Again, despite the hour delay on leaving LAX, my flight arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) at the scheduled time of 6:15 AM local time on Monday, May 31st, which is a full twelve hours ahead of New York. After clearing customs and acquiring my one checked suitcase, I made my way to the exit where there was a driver waiting to take me to my hotel. Not only is English taught in schools, but it's mandatory, so I was rather surprised when my driver didn't speak English. Thankfully, he was already aware of my destination, so the language barrier wasn't much of an issue.



After a roughly 20-minute drive, I arrived at my hotel, the Golden Palace Hotel. Despite it being just after 7 AM, I had no problem checking in and receiving my room key. Because it was early, I was also able to attend the continental breakfast, which in my opinion is a hell of a lot nicer than the ones in the U.S. Typically speaking, continental breakfasts in the U.S. are cheap, consisting of some breads, cereals and drinks (coffee and juice). Here, we had all that, along with salad, eggs, fish, soup, and a variety of other local delicacies. As for the room itself, I must say it's quite nice. Not only is it very spacious and eloquently designed, but being a business hotel, it offers free wireless and wired broadband connections - perfect for doing Computex coverage over the next several days!




  1. Introduction & The Flight
  2. Computex Day 1 Part 1: TITAN Cooler
  3. Computex Day 1 Part 2: OCZ Technology
  4. Computex Day 1 Part 3: NZXT
  5. Computex Day 1 Part 4: ECS
  6. Computex Day 1 Part 5: ECS (Continued)
  7. Computex Day 1 Part 6: ECS (Continued)
  8. Computex Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  9. Computex Day 1 Part 8: Bigfoot Networks
  10. Computex Day 1 Part 9: Zalman
  11. Computex Day 1 Part 10: Zalman (Continued)
  12. Computex Day 1 Part 11: Enermax
  13. Computex Day 1 Part 12: Biostar
  14. Computex Day 1 Part 13: GeIL
  15. Computex Day 1 Part 14: PNY
  16. Computex Day 1 Part 15: MSi
  17. Computex Day 1 Part 16: Patriot Memory
  18. Computex Day 1 Part 17: KINGMAX Technology
  19. Computex Day 1 Part 18: COUGAR
  20. Computex Day 1 Part 19: Ozone Gaming Gear
  21. Computex Day 1 Part 20: SilverStone Technology
  22. Digital Plaza & Shilin Night Market
  23. Computex Day 2 Part 1: Antec
  24. Computex Day 2 Part 2: Antec (Continued)
  25. Computex Day 2 Part 3: Thermaltake
  26. Computex Day 2 Part 4: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake
  27. Computex Day 2 Part 5: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  28. Computex Day 2 Part 6: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  29. Computex Day 2 Part 7: QNAP Systems
  30. Computex Day 2 Part 8: ARCTIC
  31. Computex Day 2 Part 9: ARCTIC (Continued)
  32. Computex Day 2 Part 10: ARCTIC (Continued)
  33. Computex Day 2 Part 11: ARCTIC (Continued)
  34. Computex Day 2 Part 12: Lian Li
  35. Computex Day 2 Part 13: Lian Li (Continued)
  36. Computex Day 2 Part 14: TACENS
  37. Computex Day 2 Part 15: TACENS (Continued)
  38. Computex Day 2 Part 16: Aerocool
  39. Computex Day 2 Part 17: PowerColor
  40. Computex Day 2 Part 18: ADATA
  41. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 1
  42. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 2
  43. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 3
  44. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 4
  45. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 5
  46. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 1
  47. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 2
  48. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 3
  49. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 4
  50. Computex Day 5 Part 1: GIGABYTE
  51. Computex Day 5 Part 2: GIGABYTE (Continued)
  52. Computex Day 5 Part 3: ASUS
  53. Computex Day 5 Part 4: ASUS (Continued)
  54. ECS Night: Photos
  55. ECS Night: Videos
  56. Computex Booth Babes Part 1: Intro & AMD
  57. Computex Booth Babes Part 2: ADATA
  58. Computex Booth Babes Part 3: Coolmax
  59. Computex Booth Babes Part 4: Silicon Power
  60. Computex Booth Babes Part 5: Tt eSPORTS
  61. Computex Booth Babes Part 6: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  62. Computex Booth Babes Part 7: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  63. Computex Booth Babes Part 8: Apacer
  64. Computex Booth Babes Part 9: Apogee
  65. Computex Booth Babes Part 10: ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS
  66. Computex Booth Babes Part 11: Hitachi, Patriot Memory
  67. Computex Booth Babes Part 12: Global Mobile Corp.
  68. Computex Booth Babes Part 13: AVC, PQI, QNO Technology, Tyan
  69. Computex Booth Babes Part 14: NVIDIA, MSi, Ozone Gaming Gear, PNY, Corsair, THX, Mio, VMAX
  70. Computex Final Thoughts
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