Held at the Ibis on Bencoolen Hotel on a Friday night, Taiwanese computer hardware and electronics company Asus held a special gathering for the local gaming community to share with its latest graphic cards based on the nVidia chipset and also to introduce its latest non reference GPU cooler, the Direct CU II Cooler.
Starting off with a rather simple but satisfying dinner (especially the dessert), the event kicked off with representatives from the Santa Clara company nVidia, sharing about their latest 28nm Kelper chipset and the game enhancing technologies that gamers can expect from using it.
Next up was a representative from local distributor Ban Leong (who does Asus PC Hardware such as motherboards and graphic cards) who shared with everyone about the overclocking software from Asus, the GPU Tweak. For those familiar with overclocking in the past few years, you will immediately notice that it looks like a variant of the very popular rivatuner with another popular GPU information software, GPUZ.
Being a hardware enthusiast myself, I had a go at it even though I have then switched to the AMD graphic card series for better colour. Either the program was programmed to be intuitive or the old overclocker in me was at work as I went through all the options. Sadly the machine I had access to was running a 650GTX which failed to boot after a few runs of rather extreme overclocking and the latest 3D Mark 11 benchmark software. Guess my expectations were too high.
The event ended of with a little chat with the audience about what they liked and disliked about nVidia graphics (which I do hope the nVidia reps will relay back to their main office) and the anticipated lucky draw. Sponsored by Ban Leong (its been too long since I saw them at the quarterly HWZ BBQ though), fortunate event goers got to win nice gaming stuff from Coolermaster wit the top prize being a really cool OCZ SSD.
Overall it was a nice little event that could do with a few improvements here and there like better sound system and more engaging speakers but I also gotta give it to the people from Asus for taking the effort to organise the event as well.
by Kenneth Wong
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