#Computex2019: All big announcements from ASUS, Intel, AMD, and others
Computex 2019, aka the festival of PC nerds, has kicked off in Taipei, Taiwan. The trade show has long served as a treat for tech enthusiasts, and this year, it's gracing us with amazing product announcements from AMD, NVIDIA, ASUS, and many other giants. The show will continue till June 1, but here's all the big stuff from Day 1. Let's take a look.
AMD announces new CPUs, graphic cards
AMD opened Computex by announcing CPUs and GPUs aimed at taking on Intel and NVIDIA. The company first showcased the third generation of Ryzen processors, starting from the 6-core Ryzen 5 3600 to an immensely powerful 12-core Ryzen 9 3900x priced at $499. Then, AMD debuted next-gen Radeon 5700 GPU built on Navi architecture and promising up to 50 percent higher performance-per-watt.
Intel unveils 10th gen Core processors
Intel has unveiled the 10th generation of Core processors, built on 10nm manufacturing process technology, new 'Sunny Cove' core architecture, and Gen 11 graphics engine. The processors (from Core i3 to i7) will come with Intel Deep Learning for 2.5 times faster AI processing. They have started shipping and will upgrade laptops with 2 times better graphics and 3 times faster wireless speeds.
New gaming processor, more details on Project Athena
Intel also debuted 9th Gen Core i9-9900KS special edition for gaming enthusiasts. The chip has been fine-tuned with an all-core turbo of 5GHz, making up the fastest desktop gaming processor. Additionally, Intel detailed the targeted specifications for Project Athena, an effort to boost laptop computing.
Qualcomm showcased new chip in action
While AMD and Intel debuted powerful hardware, Qualcomm showcased the capabilities of something it had unveiled a few months back - Snapdragon 8cx processor for laptops. The chip was pitted against Intel's Core i5 8250U and was able to match its performance in the standard application benchmark test. Meanwhile, in terms of graphics performance, 8cx outperformed Intel's offering; it also promises double battery life.
NVIDIA didn't unveil new hardware
Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA didn't unveil new hardware on day one of Computex. However, the company did introduce a new RTX Studio certification program, an effort aimed to standardize the computers designed for creators. The project notes minimum specifications for a laptop designed for creative work- NVIDIA RTX 2060/NVIDIA RTX Quadro 5000, Intel Core i7 H-series, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and 1080p display.
ASUS unveiled a slew of products, including dual-display laptops
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, ASUS unveiled a lot of stuff at Computex, including a couple of laptops with dual displays, Zenfone 6 Edition 30, Zenbook Edition 30, ZenBook 13, 14, 15, and new ROG series' gaming laptops. The dual-screen laptops, dubbed Zenbook Duo and Pro Duo, were undoubtedly the biggest highlight, thanks to the second screen they offered above the keyboard for added functionality.