Computex is an absolutely massive technology expo that takes place in Taipei around June each year, it's often compared to E3 and CES due to its size, but the focus is all about PC, with component creating masters from ASUS, AMD, Intel, Gigabyte AORUS, Cooler Master, NZXT, G.Skill, HyperX and MSi (+ many many more) creating incredible, one-of-a-kind systems to showcase what they are working towards for future product releases.
Want to have a go in a mechanical 360-degree rotating spaceship simulator? Yep, they had that at a Computex. Feeling the need to try out new full-body VR tracking in shooters, boxing or a spot of fishing? Yeah, I did that at a Computex too. Would you like to be amongst the first to try out something I can't even describe because no-one has ever done it before? Computex 2019 is where you should go.
Much of what you'll see within the main hall at Computex is technology without a budget, cutting edge gear being showcased in a sea of prototypes, not concepts though, it's important to note this stuff actually works, but generally speaking, it isn't quite ready for mass manufacture yet.
Top tech brands also use this as an opportunity to show off, inviting the very best in case modders to attend, bending glass like magicians and often breaking world performance records, as the EVGA and G.Skill teams do just about every year. There are competitions ongoing all the time, both casual walk up and play, and the hardcore invite-only kind which you can spectate at your leisure.
We're very excited here at PB Tech for the opportunity to check in with all the brands and people we work with to create our custom Gaming PC, Laptop and PC Parts ranges - with a few surprise bargains often popping up in the factory halls in which manufacturers showcase things we can get right away!
Computex kicked itself off today with a big presentation from the AMD CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, and it was extremely impressive stuff!
Technology enthusiasts from around the world gathered in Taipei, with expectations for the much anticipated 3rd Gen Ryzen, X570 series Motherboards, and the new Navi too - it turned out to be all that and so much more!
It started out with observations on the component market, it's complications and strengths, with Microsoft joining AMD on the stage, it swayed through security, cloud and even consoles with an underlining theme of collaboration and cooperation. Then a massive range of new modern devices was shown from partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Samsung - all with Ryzen integrated into their laptops at every price point, power level and size.
Joe Hsieh from Asus joined Lisa on the stage next, and the presentation that followed unveiled a host of existing AMD feature focused products (monitors included) then jumped right into the new X570 series Asus motherboard range. I'm pretty sure I misheard the next bit, but if I heard right the new X570 mobo range is set to feature 30 different designs, with some beautiful showings from the Prime and ROG series stealing my attention.
Next, Jerry Kao from Acer took to the stage and joined in on the fun, talking about the popular Predator Helios 500 Laptop then jumping straight into details about the Acer Nitro 5 with Ryzen inside, finishing up with more on the Acer/AMD range which includes both Ryzen processors and Radeon RX graphics, thin laptops for education, Chromebooks and other mainstream business machines. This concluded with a surprise mention of Acer machines using Navi!
At this point it became all about AMD again, with a little discussion about the first and second gen for Ryzen, and how AMD really wanted to improve it going forward with the new 7nm Zen 2 core(s) and the worlds first PCIe 4.0 PC platform. This part of the event got very detailed, with the specification shown below.
- 3rd Gen Ryzen 3700X
- 8 Core / 16 Thread
- 3.6GHz Base / 4.4GHz Boost
- 32 MB Total Cache
- 65W TDP
The fun continued with a straight up comparison of the incoming Ryzen 7 3700X to the Intel i7-9700K in a Cinebench (for those that want to know the performance in a 3D rendering) with the Intel scoring 3726 and the Ryzen scoring 4806. The presentation rolled on, with more AMD Ryzen CPU models and details being revealed much to the enjoyment of an excited crowd.
With the opening keynote event now over, we made our way towards the Computex 2019 main hall in Nangang, stopping first to visit the Cooler Master stand at which we were treated to what can only be described as the best range of components at the show, covering everything from the latest in Watercooling, Power Supplies and PC Cases, right through Gaming Keyboards, Mice and Headsets with full setups designed for those wanting to work or play. Joined by Josh from the CM the team we dived into a guided tour of what's just about the release, and what CM has in development right now!