Friday, April 07, 2006

ASUS center launch

Today I dropped in at the newly opened ASUS center and checked out some of the coolest hardware around. They had, what they proclaimed "The fastest desktop in this region", that was powered by a dual-core AMD 64bit processor and two very powerful ATI graphic adaptors, each having 512MB of video RAM linked together for a combined 1GB + 2 GPUs.
All this was placed inside a glass like transparent casing to reveal the beauty inside.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera, and was too excited to even remember to take a (crappy) photo or two from my phone camera. Oh well, I've never been a press person (but I did go with an X-press person. Oh Hasmin, how could you forget?).

asus_barebone
Photo by: Chamil. Check out more photos by him

Other than that there were some really crazy-sexy-cool notebooks and a few nice LCD TFT displays. The die-hard gaming barebones were also a killer to look at.

Anyway I'm grateful for Larry Adams, the COO (the koo!, how cool is that?), for inviting the LKLUGers to come and enjoy the opening. He was also kind enough to gift me with an awesome Xitepad(joypad with force feedback) and told me -- "You'll need this". What did he mean? Could it be a hint that he was going to help us beat the .NET guys at the Unreal Tournament challenge?

And so we left with a note -- "We will be back", with a couple of GNU/Linux LiveCDs and really put these machines to the test. After all, there really is no point running an inferior OS, when you've claimed to have the fastest desktops in the region.

3 comments:

Janapathi said...

How many applications use 64 bit processing and do you really need them now? This is similar to making a Pencil Box that can withstand a drop-off from 25th floor of a building. What’s the point?

Bud said...

If your using GNU/Linux (I am), then there are over 10,000 applications that can be compiled to run on 64bit.

I have an AMD 64 at home and run both 32bit and 64bit OSes and I can say 64bit is much much faster.

The future is multi-core & 64bits

Chamil said...

I payed them a visit on Saturday and got some really cool pics. You cacn have a look at http://www.itambalama.com/viewstory.php?a=155. These are resized to about 2Mp though :-).