For the first time since 2019, Computex returned in person and it was absolutely packed for each of the days that we were there. We worked the booths nonstop to find out the latest and greatest offerings from each of the manufacturers which should also lead to more coverage of all of these brands in the future.
Let’s get right to it in alphabetical order!
ADATA brought a working example of its upcoming 1600W power supply that is based on a fully digital platform. They showed it running four (4!) RTX 4090 graphics cards under full load. Being a fully digital supply, ADATA has software that you can run to monitor and control the supply from your machine as well as monitor your current power usage.
On the cooling front, the LEVANTE PRO X 360 was shown off which is positioned as an upgrade from the XPG LEVANTE 360 that we reviewed last year. We should see this out in the coming months and will hopefully bring you a review of it once it lands.
On the NVME storage front, ADATA brought two different Gen5 drives. on the more mainstream end, the LEGEND 970 which should be available now (or shortly) boasted 10,000 MB/s read/write speeds compliments of the Phison E26 controller. To one up that, later ths year, the Project NeoStorm will launch on Silicon Motion’s SM2508 controller and will deliver 14,000 MB/s of read performance and 12,000 MB/s of write performance.
ASUS had their ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 on display featuring a 360mm AIO and a slick looking water block. We’re glad to see some more variety in the RTX 4090 AIO space and this is a much different configuration than the MSI RTX 4090 SUPRIM Liquid X that we have previously reviewed.
ASUS was also displaying their Ryujin III 360 ARGB AIO cooler that comes complete with a larger than the last generation’s LCD screen perched atop the waterblock. It is based on the Asetek 8th generation pump but has unfortunately seen its socket compatibility reduced to just LGA 1700/1200/115x and AM4/AM5.
We spotted a concept demo of (what we assume will be out as soon as ASUS gets it working well) of the Hyper M.2 PCIE Gen5 card. Like its Gen3 and Gen4 predecessors, this card should allow you to stack four M.2 PCIE Gen5 (or below) cards into it and plug into a x16 Gen5 slot on your motherboard to flex your storage muscles. Like its predecessors, we assume that you’ll need to have PCIe bifurcation as a motherboard capability here.
AZZA brought a bunch of its new cases that are entering mass production over the next few months and will be available soon. They have been continuing to innovate with new and unique looks that set them apart from the competition.
Cooler Master pulled out all the stops and encouraged folks to head out to its headquarters where they had simply all the things on display. For many of these things, we covered them in our write up from CES 2023 where we had fun saying they had jumped the shark. Here goes all the net new and updated things that we saw.
We weren’t supposed to talk about this in our CES coverage, but now that we’re closer to launch and the hardware is in a more final configuration, we got to take a look at the MasterHUB. The best way to describe it is a modular Stream Deck on steroids that is configurable depending on how you want it to work for you.
Specifically, at launch, there will be an 8″ backing board that you can attach a variety of items to – like LCD touch screens, knobs, dials, sliders, LCD displayed buttons, etc. It will come in three different default “packs” depending on the functional use case that you want to use. You’ll also be able to buy different modules and going into next year, we’ll see different size backing boards (one smaller and one larger). From a pricing perspective, we’re anticipating the starter kits to run in the low to mid $300 range.
To hold the MasterHUB together along with Cooler Master’s other disparate software platforms, they will be launching their precious MasterControl software platform on July 15th. This platform will be the brains behind operating the MasterHUB as well as where all of their other devices will be controlled from. They are aiming to make it an open ecosystem for folks to develop their own integrations over time.
On the AIO cooling front, the MASTERLIQUID 360 ION was introduced that features an LCD screen on top of the pump. We’re expecting this to be Cooler Master’s flagship AIO going forward. Next up, the MASTERLIQUID 360 ATMOS is an eco friendly design that uses a lot of recycled materials in each of its components. Finally, we saw the MASTERLIQUID 360L/240L series AIOs which is a refresh on the entry model tier of the AIOs.
Since everyone loves collaborations, Cooler Master has teamed up with PNY to prototype a 4.5 (!) slot cooler for a GeForce RTX 4090. If this beast does end up shipping, it’Since everyone loves collaborations, Cooler Master has teamed up with PNY to prototype a 4.5 (!) slot cooler for a GeForce RTX 4090. If this beast does end up shipping, it’ll be much later this year as they’re barely out of the prototype phase.
Finally, we got a behind the scenes glance of the Cooler Master MA824 that has a special coating on it to show the heat dissipation as Cinebench R23 runs in the background. Of course, they declined to offer this special coating for my own uses, so I made due with a few shots of it while it was running. We’ve got the MA824 in our review queue, so be on the look out for that review soon.
The coolest thing (Ed: Knock it off) at the Cougar booth was one of their upcoming chairs that will launch in the next few months. The highlight is a 200mm fan that is in the seat back to help keep you ventilated. It is powered by a rechargeable battery pack around the back end. I sat for a bit to chill and was surprised to learn we’d likely see about a $300 price point on it.
Cougar also brought a handful of new case designs along including the Panzer 800 (an ARGB full tower – first picture in the gallery above). The second photo is of the MX600 (Ed: Is that a mouse) which is a step smaller than the Panzer. Finally, the third new case is the Duoface PRO RGB (pictures 3 and 4) which includes both a glass and mesh front that you can swap out to match your outfit of the day.
Cougar was also featuring a heavily modded Cratus open frame case that would give you a full arsenal if you combined it with a Panzer 800.
EK was hanging out on the backside of the InWin booth showing off an early revision of their collaboration case, the 977EK Concept Case. The case focuses on a near continuous aluminum frame going all the way around and has a reversible motherboard tray as well. It’s compatible with the EK Matrix 7 fittings (of course) and they’re hoping that the next revision will be the one that enters production.
Enermax has jumped back in with a refresh of their AIO units and are focusing on delivering a high quality product at a very fair price. They are calling it the LIQUIMAXFLO and are offering it in a few different configurations. Two different radiator thicknesses will be offered – if you see a “SR” after the name (middle picture above on the left), then you’ll know that’s the thin one.
Of course, we like the better performing ones like the one to the right in the middle picture above. A couple of unique features that we’ll see is a 60mm fan mounted on top of the waterblock which is there to improve airflow around the VRMs to improve cooling performance. Secondly, you’ll see that there are a couple of different cover grates (hood ornaments?) that you can swap out that are attached by magnets. Enermax will also offer the files to allow you 3D print your own hood ornament to put on your waterblock.
Finally, they’re also going after the LCD market by using the same magnetic mechanism to put a LCD screen on it. Unlike some that we’ve reviewed, this will not be a configurable experience – it’ll plug into your motherboard’s USB header and pull a couple of current stats and pair that with the coolant temperature. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to deliver a rickroll via this AIO. Enermax is trying to target about the $150 price point this AIO (with the LCD screen) and closer to $100-$110 for the model without.
We’re looking forward to reviewing these to see how well Enermax can deliver cooling performance at this price point.
Enermax is also upgrading its entire power supply line to be compatible with the new ATX 3.0 standard. The Revolution DF gains an X to become the Revolution DFX which will be available in flavors from 850W up to 1200W. They also had the PLATIMAX units on display which are 80PLUS Platinum certified (compared to the Revolution at 80PLUS Gold). These were shown at 1200W and 1500W flavors.
They also brought along the MAXREVO 2000 (Ed: The year 2000?) which boasts 2000W of power simply because it can.
FSP was showing off its new cases including the CUT593 that you see above. They are going with the glass panel on both sides approach so they can show off the wire management goodness that they have devised for routing power cables up to your motherboard without it looking like Spider-Man’s web shooters exploded. The case has room to setup a push/pull 6 fan combination along the top for your AIO should you need the extra juice.
FSP was also showing off its entry into the cooling world with its new AIOs and air cooler. On the AIO front, the AP24, AP36 and AP42 sport a 240mm, 360mm and 420mm radiator respectively. They are using a dual chamber pump design and a wiring channel is available along the radiator to hide all of those pesky power and ARGB cables.
On the air cooling front, the MX09 is a dual tower cooler that is designed for you to be able to install it without pulling the middle fan out. FSP will provide the tool that you see and left a large enough gap between the fan and the tower to make it an easy addition to your rig.
Finally, FSP fired shots with its new 2500W Cannon PRO power supply. Of course, this is a bit more fun than the average user will need (along with the need for a 220V power source), however, they are targeting the high end workstations that sport four RTX 4090s and a couple of CPUs with this so you won’t have to chain together a few power supplies to make it work.
FSP is also refreshing its power supply line mostly by adding the word PRO to the model name to indicate that it now supports the ATX 3.0 standard.
GIGABYTE was showing off the performance of its new Gen5 NVME SSD along with the really tall heatsink that it will come with.
On the video card front, we couldn’t resist taking a picture of their watercooled RTX 4090 16GB XTREME WATERFORCE that sports a massive 360mm radiator. We also saw that GIGABYTE is readying a round of refreshed Z790 series motherboards that will add support for WiFi 7 and some other refinements. For the most part, they’ll gain an extra X added to the end of their model numbers and will show up at some point in Q3.
We were finally able to chill with Iceberg thermal to learn about new products coming to market as it has been a couple of years since we looked at their debut IceSLEET series of air coolers.
They brought along a trio of IceFLOE Oasis coolers that should be available in the next quarter sporting 240mm, 360mm and 420mm radiators. The ones on display are early versions that could see a few changes – one of which being swapping out the Asetek pump for something that they will custom design on their own.
Iceberg Thermal is also entering the case business with a pair of options, namely the Invisible 415 (left picture) and Airflow 430 (right picture). They’re also still in the prototype phase but quickly coming together to add to their line up.
Finally, the IceFLOE Aurora should arrive in time to make it on your Christmas list. It’s designed to keep your beverage a chilly 6 degrees Celsius so it doesn’t get too warm for you. They did some serious market research to select the temperature point for it. It is expected to go on sale for $39.99 when it hits the market.
InWin typically does not disappoint from the perspective of innovation at each of the shows that we’ve seen them at. This time, they had their MOD FREE case hanging in front of their booth in what I initially thought was just four of their cases zip tied together. In reality, they have created a modular case system that lets users snap together the different frames and modules to make the case into something customized just from them. You can see in the third picture the variety of modules that can be assembled.
InWin also brought along their new F5 (dare we say, refresh?) that you can see in the first picture and their flat packed POC case that lets you assemble a case like IKEA lets you assemble furniture (though, you can customize a bit more as you go).
On the cooling front, InWin introduced its MR and TR series of CPU AIO coolers. The MR series will be offered in 240mm and 360mm flavors and offer good entry level performance. On the “extreme cooling performance” tier, the TR series will be offered at the 240mm, 360mm, 280mm and 420mm sizes.
Klevv is a relatively new name for us here, but they are making a big push into the US market on the SSD and DRAM front. We should see Klevv products arriving in etail for us over the coming months. They had a couple of awesome looking case mods to showcase their kit, the first being a steampunk based mod and the latter being a sanitization looking contraption.
On the memory front, Klevv showcased their CRAS V, CRAS XR5 and BOLT V DDR5 memory in their showcase. The CRAS sticks will be available in speeds ranging from 6000 MT/s up to 8000 MT/s in both 16G x2 and 24G x2 flavors while the BOLT speeds will only range from 6000 MT/s to 6800 MT/s. All modules will use Hynix memory.
Klevv was also showing off a pair of their 24GB sticks running at a blazing 8600 MT/s at 1.5v (sorry, good luck zooming on that shot). They’re certainly pushing the upper limits of what memory can do and we’ll keep an eye on them to see if they make it onto our shortlist over time.
Klevv also had their Gen5 NVME drive, the CRAS C950, on display sporting two different types of heatsinks. It’s leveraging the Phison E26 controller and will be available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB flavors with quoted transfer rates of up to 12,000 MB/s on the read side and 11,000 MB/s on the write side. We’ll hopefully get these in to test soon, but in the meantime, Brent is working on a Klevv Gen4 NVME review as I type this.
The first thing that I had to see at the Lian Li booth was the DK-07 prototype which is the next PC case desk that they will be launching later this year. As the owner and user of a DK-05FX for the past three years, I was quite interested to see the improvements that they were planning to make.
The DK-07 seems to be more a successor to the DK-04 as it is a single PC desk as opposed to a dual desk like the DK-05. However, from a sizing perspective, it’s closer to the DK-05 as they are adding some non-glass desk space that house a compartment for various desk trinkets and a can cooler/warmer and a USB orb on the other side.
A few other nips and tucks have been made to make it a better overall user experience, but I still get the sense that the monitor mount may not be strong enough for my CRG9 still. Of course, this is an early version of it, so there could be many more changes made before it comes to market.
Moving on to cases, Lian Li was showcasing a variety of upgraded O11 series cases ranging from plain all the way to XL. Some of the key changes made include the elimination of the frame column in the corner where the two glass panels meet and pushing the PSU out the back of the case by a little bit to give a bit more room on the inside.
From a new case perspective, they were showing off the SUP-01 (Ed: You mean updog?). This small case, as shown in the last picture above, uses mesh across the board and vertically mounts the GPU in the front of the case (up to a 4 slot card will fit). It’s an interesting configuration to pack more into a smaller amount of space.
Lian Li also brought along their updated Galahad cooling models (as noted by the V2 added to the model name). Notable changes include using their UNI Fans and providing options for appearance – at the base level, you’ll get a diffused lighting component or an infinity mirror, but if you’re a high roller, you can get the one with the LCD screen.
One of the initiatives that Lian Li has underway is the development of a software suite to control all of their products. They’re also working on a unifying controller that can control all of their fans, their respective RGB and give users that one ring to rule them all.
Montech brought a truckload of their new cases with them. We’re going to let the pictures speak for themselves, but for model numbers, you’re looking at them in the following order: SKY TWO GX, AIR 3000 MAX, AIR 300 MAX, X4, AIR 903 MAX, SKY 3, Open Frame Chassis, SKY TWO GD and KING 95.
The first key highlight from MSI was a change that they’re making for one of their newest power supplies by changing the color of the PCIe 5 connector to include some yellow, which will make it plainly obvious if you have not fully connected it to either end. MSI said that if the market likes this approach that they will consider changing all of their cables over to use the yellow indicator.
We took a look at the rear side of MSI’s effort at making a rear facing connector setup. They have a compatible motherboard and case that will help hide the wires and as a plus (compared to GIGABYTE) they will be selling the components individually which will give you the opportunity to switch up the case if you can find one that you like better.
On the SSD front, MSI brought along their Gen5 NVME Spatium drives – the FROZR and FROZR+. The former features a big-A heatsink with a fan included on it whereas the latter is a passive solution that is still a big-A heatsink.
For entertainment, MSI put a couple of the Gen5 drives in a RAID 0 setup and smashed through the ridiculous 22,000 MB/s read/write speed barrier.
Wrapping up at MSI, we ran into a celebrity citing – Jensen himself rolled into the booth causing quite the scene. Unfortunately, we only got close enough to take a picture of everyone taking a picture of him presumably wearing his leather jacket.
Noctua brought along a prototype of the new version of their vaunted D15 cooler. They have increased the number of heatpipes from 6 up to 8 and have mounted their next generation fan that they’ve been working on for the past 8 years. Based on the demonstration with a static heat load, the new D15 is running over 4.5 degrees Celsius cooler than the current version.
Noctua also had their TR5 solutions up to look at which further confirms the likelihood that we’ll see a Zen 4 based Threadripper at some point in the near future.
Patriot was displaying two new major items – the first being their Gen5 NVME SSD which they are targeting to be one of the smallest on the market with the assistance of a custom designed very tiny fan that they are embedding in it. While it will run at a stupid high RPM, we were assured that it would not be audible.
Patriot was also showing off its new entry into the world of cooling with their VIPER tower cooler that is capable of handling TDPs up to 200W. It sports 6 heat pipes and a fan that will spin between 800 and 1800 RPMs.
We dropped by PNY’s booth to find them displaying their RTX 40 series cards, but found a couple of unique things. First off, it appears that Jensen also came by and autographed one of their 4090’s and secondly, they had a plugged in and running version of their RTX 4090 collaboration using Cooler Master’s cooler.
Sapphire had a number of its recent AMD GPUs on display and above you can see their RX 7600 based offering. Rick is currently working on our review of that which we should publish at some point next week for your reading pleasure.
We also caught wind of a few things that Sapphire is doing in the China market which include cases, power supplies and motherboards – while they’re not currently planning on jumping into the US market with those, we’d love to see some additional competition.
Silverstone started the bidding with their refreshed line of IceMyst ARGB CPU AIO coolers that will be available in 240mm, 280mm, 360mm and 420mm flavors. They have taken a unique approach by adding stackable 60mm RGB fans that you can put on top of the waterblock to increase airflow around the CPU socket. In theory, you’ll only be limited by the height of your case with how many you can stack on there.
Silverstone brought no shortage of cases along for the ride that will be offered at a variety of price points. Most notably, in the final two pictures, the ALTA F2 and ALTA D1. The F2 is designed to provide ultimate workstation cooling with room for a pair of 560mm radiators allowing air to flow straight up from the bottom and out the top. The D1 is oriented towards people who want a lot of drives. There’s a modular setup inside the front panel that will allow you to drop in a combination of things you need including a ridiculous number of 3.5″ drives.
Silverstone was also showing off its TR5 socket cooler that sports a 360mm radiator and integrated pump. What we’re most excited about is seeing what the Zen 4 based Threadripper will do when it finally hits the market, but it’s great to see products being shown off for it.
Teamgroup is best known for their memory products and they bought along some of their new to pend modules inthe form of the T-FORCE XTREEM DDR5 memory that will be available in both plain and RGB flavors. The memory will be offered at speeds from 7000 MT/s up to 8266 MT/s in capacities ranging from 16GB to 96GB.
On the SSD front, the T-FORCE CARDEA Z5 Gen5 NVME SSDs were on display sporting two different performance numbers. The version shipping now/in the near future is running on the Phison E26 controller at a rated 12000 MB/s read and 11000 MB/s writes, but in the background they’re working on an update to the InnoGrit controller to push the read speeds up to 14000 MB/s.
Teamgroup was also showing off their SIREN Series of AIO coolers that are based on Asetek’s platform. They’ve done some customization on the looks of the water block to give a bit more variety in looks for your rig.
To combine our last two topics, Teamgroup brought along an entourage of memory cooling equipment for both DRAM and NVME drives. The most unique thing that they were offering was a 120mm AIO cooler that is just for your Gen5 NVME drive. They will also offer this along with their SIREN series kits to allow you have a full AIO loop that includes both your CPU and NVME drive from a single box.
Last in our line up (thanks to the alphabet), we droppd by ZOTAC’s booth to catch a glimpse at all of their recently launched graphics cards from NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 40 series as well as their Spider-Man themed cards that Peter wrote about the other day.
They were also showing off some of their custom systems, most notably (left picture) their MAGNUS ONE ERP 74070C machine which sports an ITX motherboard, an Intel i7 13700 an RTX 4070 and a 500w power supply which happens to be a lot of performance in such a small box. They were also showing off their PICO PI430AJ platform which has their patented AirJet solid-state active-cooling. included in this smaller than a deck of cards box is an Intel Core i3-N300, 8GB of memory, a 2280 sized NVME slot and as much USB connectivity as they could squeeze in.