In wanting back eventually week’s Computex, the event appeared to be a great one general. At first, issues appeared slower than regular, however they shortly kicked into gear. Even the convention corridor seemed less packed than it has been in regular years, however because the week went on, that was shortly corrected. We’re unsure on attendance numbers, but all issues thought-about, this Computex appeared to be as busy as ever.
We revealed a number of content during Computex week, and will use this article as a strategy to rehash most of it to ensure you didn’t miss something necessary. We posted numerous pictures to Facebook and Twitter, so when you don’t comply with us there, you’ve undoubtedly missed out on some cool stuff (comply with hyperlinks might be discovered to the correct).
Once we’re at any occasion that seemingly has every company we work with current, we first make certain we cowl the “Big Four”. In our case, we’re speaking concerning the semiconductor corporations we cope with on an almost day by day basis: AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm. However in fact, Computex doesn’t revolve around solely them, even if they do play an enormous position. Thankfully, we had other conferences as nicely, and spent numerous time roaming the present flooring. So let’s stop beating around the bush and get proper to it:
Forward of Computex, it felt like AMD was going to have the “biggest” displaying of another firm there, and truthfully, it really did really feel like the corporate “won” Computex in some ways. It’s not simply us who thought that; all of our tech press associates informed us the identical thing.
At the beginning, Lisa Su gave an incredible keynote highlighting the whole lot actually essential that’s coming down the pipe, including the Radeon Navi GPU collection, and naturally, the Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000-series of CPUs. Each are constructed on 7nm, and promise to ship a ton of value for their price-points.
In fact, we’re no strangers to Ryzen’s strengths around these elements, as we’ve pit them towards many workstation workloads prior to now, so we’re tremendously wanting ahead to getting our grubby arms on these latest chips and take them for a spin.
The decision continues to be out on how Navi goes to compete, but for CPUs, and based mostly on what we all know of the previous-generation Ryzen and the new one, it seems inevitable that Intel has an enormous struggle forward of it. We’ve already seen Intel counter AMD’s moves a number of alternative ways, and with AMD not letting up in any respect, the future of desktop (and enterprise) CPUs from both corporations is going to be fun to observe.
In assembly with motherboard partners at Computex, we felt some critically good vibes from our contacts there. GIGABYTE particularly is extraordinarily excited concerning the launch, as it feels the newest crop of boards is the most effective it’s ever had, and it provides many options to prove that – together with true power phases developed via a partnership with Infineon.
Last Computex, Intel had quite a bit to point out off for fanatics, as its second-gen Core X-series processors have been just around the nook. Those chips nonetheless remain the highest of the pops for now, but this Computex gave us our first taste of the 10th-gen chips, dubbed Ice Lake. The first model goes to help up to four cores and eight-threads, with all SKUs dedicated to notebooks for now.
Whereas we’d like to see greater enthusiast chips from the get-go, what Ice Lake brings to the table is spectacular. As tackled in our in-depth look, a new graphics structure has been rolled out to offer an enormous increase to performance. Intel says the Gen11 Iris chip will ship 1080p gaming with out being held back an excessive amount of – something we’d love to check hands-on. Gen11 won’t examine to a discrete graphics chip, however in these ultra-thin notebooks? You wouldn’t ever anticipate the extent of gaming that Intel is promising right here.
As a group that revolves our lives round benchmark outcomes, we will’t assist but really need to check Ice Lake for a number of totally different causes. At the forefront, the promise of doubled HEVC encode performance and the introduction of a SHA instruction set really makes us need to dig into our digital toolbox and generate some outcomes. Wi-Fi 6 can also be a notable addition, coming to us earlier than 802.11ax routers hit the market in any vital approach.
Except for Ice Lake, Undertaking Athena additionally acquired an enormous mention. This is Intel’s foray into creating a pocket book platform that focuses on real indicators of how we use our PCs. Benchmark results only tell a few of the story typically, however it’s really all concerning the expertise that issues. As soon as merchandise hit the market, Intel guarantees all-day, always-connected notebooks that ship greater than enough performance to let you get your work finished all through the day. This is one thing Qualcomm has been engaged on for a few years, and it’s about to launch its third-gen Snapdragon ACPC platform in just a few months.
One other thing value stating is that on the second Odyssey occasion, Intel made it clear that it pays attention to feedback. It introduced a graph of commonest requests from users on the /r/hardware and /r/intel subreddits, and based mostly on that, we will confidently say that Rob’s suggestion for some Linux love was counted in here.
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— Techgage (@Techgage) Might 29, 2019
We’ve seen corporations speak about consumer feedback before, but not so brazenly like this, the place the popularity of each request is damaged down by every bullet-point. It’s really nice to see, and it’s a transparent instance of how Intel’s group relations have changed for the higher.
Final, however not least, Intel also introduced a brand new Core i9-9900KS SKU, which takes after the unique 9900Okay however improves the all-core Turbo from four.7GHz to a fair 5GHz. Unfortunately, this chip isn’t set to launch until the fall, but when it does, it should possible be unbeatable by those that need the quickest out-of-the-box 8 cores on the planet.
Compared to earlier Computex occasions, NVIDIA’s showings at this one could possibly be thought-about tepid, although there was still fairly a bit to glean from its announcements. While the one desktop hardware shown-off related to G-SYNC, it’s essential to remember that E3 is true around the corner, and that’s where the corporate is predicted to unveil new GPUs tying into its “SUPER” teaser it released two weeks ago.
Back in March, NVIDIA released its first Creator Ready driver, one that would include the newest workstation-esque optimizations as they come out, in the identical method the Recreation Prepared driver all the time helps the newest recreation releases. Properly, despite that being a reasonably swank identify, NVIDIA’s gone ahead and chosen one other identify to switch it: Studio. It could possibly be that NVIDIA feels the drivers might be taken more significantly if they symbolize the room individuals get their work achieved in.
Nothing modifications with the premise of Creator Prepared drivers with the conversion to Studio Prepared. These drivers nonetheless embrace the newest optimizations, however are aptly-named for the brand new “RTX Studio” notebooks, of which many graced the Computex present flooring.
There are a couple of new cellular GPUs to talk of as nicely, including the new Quadro RTX 5000, which features a 16GB framebuffer identical to the desktop counterpart. Finally, NVIDIA needs individuals to do good work whereas on-the-go, and based mostly on our first impressions with the most recent Razer Blade 15, there’s rather a lot to like. We reviewed that pocket book ahead of the RTX Studio announcement, however it’s the truth is an official RTX Studio notebook.
On the topic of RTX, it excited us that despite it being 2019, NVIDIA had proven off Quake II RTX at Computex. This is in fact the unique recreation overhauled by NVIDIA’s group to infuse it with ray tracing, and the outcome seems to be quite beautiful for a recreation that initially got here out in 1997. Bonus: it’s for Windows and Linux.
Nostalgia is one hell of a drug, so we’ll be diving into this recreation as quickly as time allows. Admittedly, now that we see Quake II RTX, we will’t assist however actually need to see the same being achieved to the unique. It may need been software rendered, however the unique Quake used lighting nicely, and will undoubtedly have one thing added to it with RTX help.
As mentioned earlier than, NVIDIA talked G-SYNC at Computex, unveiling some new screens that boast drool-worthy specs, like ultrawide 200Hz with a shiny 1000 nits panel and HDR help. As we’ve been utilizing a 100Hz G-SYNC ultrawide in our testing for a while, we will truthfully say these new crop of screens look great. 200Hz is unimaginable, and HDR just rounds every part out nicely.
At its second Tech Summit in Maui in 2017, Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 835-based notebooks, dubbed ACPC for “always-connected PC”. The launch models have been respectable sufficient, however bugs plagued the primary yr of the release, with Home windows itself inflicting some complications (even if Qualcomm doesn’t say it). Since then, the ecosystem has improved vastly, and by the point the 850-based notebooks have been unveiled at Computex 2018, the state of affairs has gotten quite a bit higher.
We’ve been utilizing a Snapdragon 850 pocket book for the previous half-year, and it’s confirmed to be very helpful to our on-the-go computing. For regular use, we don’t find slowdown to plague the gadget too much, however it’s apparent Intel techniques do have benefits some places, as you’d anticipate, since Windows and the myriad software program out there wasn’t designed with Arm in thoughts.
At this yr’s Computex, the third era ACPCs have been unveiled, sporting a Snapdragon 8cx beneath their hood. This SoC is going to be supply a lot better performance from each the CPU and GPU, and of course, fashions shall be obtainable that embrace 5G. The 5G rollout is taking longer than anybody would really like, however by this time next yr, availability can be vastly improved.
The very fact Qualcomm introduced UL to Computex to talk PCMark 10 is a bit telling, because it really exhibits that the company is assured with the place it stands on performance. Even when 8cx can’t outright beat Intel in all instances, the fact that it may well keep up on this benchmark is impressive. We look ahead to seeing how all of this interprets to real hands-on testing.
Exploring The Flooring
At previous Computex events, PC hardware-loving peeps like us have usually been positive to stick to the Nangang convention middle for the majority of corporations value assembly with, whereas the Grand Hyatt lodge stored the rest.
This yr, things modified up barely, with a second corridor at Nangang being opened up – one which we didn’t end up testing as a consequence of time. Hall 1 had every firm we might think of meeting with, or “meeting” may be a nasty strategy to put it, since we didn’t even have a single one on the show flooring itself. As an alternative, we merely needed to discover. We don’t precisely evaluation many things like chassis, PSU, cooling, and gamer chairs, and Hall 1 was affected by them.
Let’s begin with Corsair, which by no means ceases to lay off on RGB:
As fun as it’s to poke enjoyable at RGB obsession, we admit that it’s nonetheless so eye-catching (in a great way). Corsair had a PC built up with two methods put in, together with so much liquid cooling, we all know whoever put it collectively spent a whole lot of time on it. The top end result is definitely beautiful, regardless that it’s a little bit of a deliberately absurd build (typically that’s the most effective variety).
Corsair was selling its Hydro X collection virtually solely, with an exception being that Elgato has a brand new Stream Deck en route, together with many more buttons on your use:
Since PNY occurred to be on the identical lodge flooring as Corsair, we decided to crash its social gathering earlier than escaping the building to return to the Humidity Metropolis Taipei streets. Apparently, PNY wasn’t displaying off GPUs a lot because it was displaying off storage products, including a new USB 3 SSD that will probably be made obtainable at up to 2TB densities.
It was a bit odd seeing HP branding all over PNY’s display, however it is sensible when you understand that PNY is dealing with the company’s storage products. The company clearly would not earn as a lot income off of these suckers as it might if they have been PNY-branded, however alas, that is the character of business typically. Maybe we have to get some PNY storage in and see how it fares.
The corporate was one among many that had PCIe 4.0 examples on display, including an NVMe drive promising four.8GB/s read and 4GB/s writes. That’s an enormous achieve over current SSDs, though we’re unsure regular customers would notice an inherent difference between it and a totally capable 3.0 drive. We’ll have to wait to see what the IOPS efficiency goes to be like. Either approach, quicker is all the time appreciated, and if we run into some extent of diminishing returns, it’s no less than better than making an attempt to continually chase quicker efficiency.
Talking of quicker efficiency, we have been lucky sufficient to satisfy legendary overclocker 8Pack at Computex, who showed us off some new liquid-cooled package that’s coming down the pipe. This isn’t just some commonplace fare package together with his identify on it, however a totally rethought out design that optimizes every little thing to eke as a lot cooling potential out as attainable. The block, for example, could have separate streams based mostly on which CPU it’s going for use with, aiming to instantly hit each core area slightly than the complete IHS to expedite its cooling. That is simply scratching the floor, so if you want to study extra, we’d recommend testing this Players Nexus video tackling it in-depth.
It’s sure that you simply’re going to bump into quite a lot of fascinating wanting PCs at Computex, and this yr was no exception. We didn’t exit of our option to photograph the perfect mods (although perhaps we should always have), however did seize a couple of we thought the place fascinating in a method or another. Take this Enermax group:
The bike PC mod seems to be excellent, but we’re not fairly positive concerning the company’s own particular version PCs. The lion graffiti artwork seems great general, however the gold on black leaves a bit to be desired. The Equilence seems good on its own, and undoubtedly doesn’t need any bling.
We talked about gamer chairs earlier, and truthfully, there are so many of them at Computex, it’s arduous to maintain rely. However the only booth to catch our eye was noblechairs, which had many wonderful designs on display. That included a wonderful Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport design that may thrill any fan of the dominating Formulation 1 workforce.
Many gamer chairs appear to be direct knock-offs of others, however noblechairs appears to have satisfaction in its designs, adding as many customized elements as attainable, which in this case consists of the wheel base and in addition the lever to lean again and ahead.
There’s more we might share here, but that is the bulk of the fascinating stuff. You possibly can all the time discover more at our Fb page, or our Twitter page if that’s more your type, to keep in tune with what we’re as much as.
General, this yr’s Computex was great. We didn’t really feel that means quite at first, however that was earlier than the week actually took off, and the bulletins started hitting quicker and faster. Both AMD’s and Intel’s keynotes have been good, as was Qualcomm’s, albeit at a much smaller venue. We missed NVIDIA’s on account of a scheduling conflict, but we do know Jensen wasn’t there. Perhaps he’ll show up at E3 when NVIDIA’s teased “SUPER” launches?