CES: MSI P55 GD85 motherboard
Over at the Wynn suites MSI had a private section for some members of the press showing some items you could not find on the convention center grounds. Check it out, below is yet another motherboard based on the P55-GD80, the photo you see below is in fact the GD85. The cool thing about it is that is has the exact same features but now come with SATA3 (6gbps) and USB 3.0. This board will be making retail quite soon already, it's nice to see SATA3 and USB 3.0 finally getting some attention from the manufacturers.
Other than that all the standard features including a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board controls for clock-speeds, clear-CMOS, OC-Genie, a DIP switch to control voltages, and voltage-sensing points that make measuring voltages convenient.
Not exactly a brilliant photo -- but it'll have to do.
CES: New Zalman graphics card coolers
Zalman has a suite in the Palazzo hotel here in Vegas. And imagine getting into the suite and seeing all Zalman staff pack up the gear. Kinda weird, apparently Zalman rented a suit where they did not have permission to display products to guests. If they wanted to do that, they have to rent and even more expensive presidential suite. Crazy stuff is going on here in Vegas alright. We did get to see a thing or two though, zalman was displaying a new 3D Monitor that have in the works. In combo with stereoscopic glasses and the upcoming 120Hz FullHD screen the new series should be launched in Q3.
Next to that Zalman was showing a new chassis, the Z7 series. It is the first Zalman chassis series designed for general gamers that presents Zalman quality with a reasonable price. The Z7 features a 120mm back fan, front HDD fan with Blue LED and a side fan with a controller connected to a LED light that changes from bright to light depending on the fan speed. Few of many other features include front side steel mesh bays with anti-dust filters, option for additional side fan and support for CPU Coolers up to 162mm.
Next to that the 10X series coolers flashed by and of course Zalman is also working on two new VGA coolers, one for the NVIDIA and one for the ATI segment of the market. It is the VF3000 series VGA cooler. The VF3000 series will come in two different versions; one for the ATI graphics card and the other for the NVIDIA graphics card. The high-capacity 92mm dual fan will keep the graphics card cool and the switch noise-free will keep the cooler to a minimum noise level. Have a peek.
CES: Razer entering console controller market
Though the product we are showing here will work fine on a PC as well, Razer has entered the console market. One of the products that stood out is this new controller, the other is a headset.
The controller is a wired controller, this controller is said to use
CES: ECS AMD 890 motherboard spotted
At CES the good people from ECS also had a suite available. Of course there are many H55/57 motherboard on display everywhere, but for some reason every now and then an upcoming AMD 890 chipset based motherboard (that is still under NDA) pops out of nowhere. I can tell you this, the AMD 890 chipsets based motherboards seem to ooze with value and features.
Below you can see the upcoming A890GXM-A. This board comes with a PCI slot, 3 PCIe full length slots for Crossfire. There are 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3-1800 (OC). There are 5 SATA II ports with the 6th as eSATA at the back panel. The board also features Hybrid CrossFire, so the chipset on board is a AMD 890GX thus comes with integrated graphics.
The design looks very nice, check it out.
CES: MSI starts Hawx series graphics cards
I have one more MSI post for you guys. MSI as you know has the high-end series Lightning graphics cards. For the more mainstream products they however are going to introduce the HAWX series. It boils down to a high quality custom build graphics card with the best components and good overclockability.
The first HAWX series product will be ATI Radeon 5770 based, which is a lovely product for money. The card will come with the 'Military class' component selection that MSI markets so well and also you'll spot a custom PCB and the Twin Frozr thermal design cooling. This card will also have voltage checkpoints so you can check GPU and memory voltages with the help of a multi-meter.
I was able to snag a photo of the prototype. So keep in mind that this is not the finished product. Click on the thumbnail.
CES: ADATA doing Sandforce as well
Looks like Sandforce controller based SSDs will be the hottest topic for SSD vendors this year. ADATA will be releasing an SSD based on Sandforce aas well. Read performance is apparantly 270 MB/sec yikes ! We hope to review the bugger soon ! This is the S599 ... sexy !
CES: Loads of 3D Television going on
You know, as we head on towards day two here at CES in Las Vegas we had some more time to visit the North LVCC booth. Over there are names like Sony, Panasonic, LG and what not. What is abundantly clear is that 3D movies are up and coming. Over the past year or so we definitely have seen a trend pickup on this and it now definitely shows. The combination of a Full HD screen with a 3D Blu-ray movie and some shutter glasses seem to be a grand experience. And sure, after checking out a couple of things we where impressed as well. For example Avatar in 3D definitely convinces.
Over at the AMD stand they where demonstrating support for 3D movies as well as NVIDIA has on their stands (in combo with 3D Vision), I dunno but it feels like this is a trend that will soon be heading towards Europe as well.
CES: eVGA Dual Xeon mobo caught on our camera
Considering you'll need SMP support the dual-socket motherboard will have to support the Xeon 5500 series and the 6-core Xeon Westmere's. As the picture reveals you'll spot the two LGA-1366 sockets, each powered by an 8-phase digital PWM circuit. Each socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots supporting triple-channel memory for that socket. The board has 7 PCIe slots and to feed them the motherboard is equipped with two NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chips to add additional PCIe lanes. We took a couple of photo's, check em out.
CES: Razer shows off Wii like PC Controller - Sixense
Razer is working really hard on a new Wii like controller set for the PC pending a release in Q3 this year. The PC motion controller from Razer is called the Sixense. By means of a an electromagnetic field sent out from a transmitter, the two-controller set up is able to create a precise replication of on-screen movements. Furthermore, the technology can also support gesture-based commands, and more remarkably can detect position in space along six axes.
This motion controller is developed in cooperation with Valve, and in fact L4D was used to demonstrate the really funky controller. We tried it out, and though weird .. I can tell you .. it is reeally immersive.
HIS Radeon HD 5750 ICEQ+ review
HIS Radeon HD 5750 ICEQ+ review
One of the cheapest mainstream Radeon series you money can get you is the Radeon HD 5750. It oozes with bang for buck really. HIS took the Radeon HD 5750 and decided to make a more exclusive deal for you out of it. They launched an ICEQ+ version that comes with customized silent cooling, they have thrown in DiRT 2 (the full PC game) for free and added a little more bringing value to what is supposed to be a mainstream product.
The result is a really affordable, silent graphics card upgrade with plenty of kick and punch for modern age gaming.
Check out the Guru3D review right here.
CES: MSI paves the way with R5870 Lightning!
Of course there isn't a single person here at Guru3D.com who is not into graphics cards. The biggest buff prolly is yours truly and as you guys probably read, I really dig the Lightning series graphics cards from MSI. We tested their GeForce GTX 265 and 275. But as it seems MSI is making a move towards the Radeon series now as well. Here's a photo of the up and coming R5870 Lightning. All quality and made for extensive overclocking.
The cards clocks I'm not yet sure of, but I'll be certain to ask later today when we actually meet with MSI. Here's a photo though:
CES: MSI shows AMD 890FX GD70 mobo
The MSI booth is showing some interesting items, probably not as interesting as the items we are about to see in an appointment at a private suite though. But this one caught my eyes. We all know that AMD is working on a new chipset, and as it seems MSI has one already in final stages, yes of course based on the 890FX chipset.
Some of the key features of this board will be USB 3.0 and SATA3 (yay!), other then that check out the cool layout and sure, we again see superpipe technology (excellent passive cooling) and all the hotty features we are accustomed to with the latest high-end hardware motherboards from MSI lately. But just check out the number of PCIe slots ... dang !
CES: Promise launches ZERO
In the meantime, Promise have just released the NS4600 SR1 which they are showing off at the booth as well. That stands for Service Release 1, by the way, which means better performance and lots of new features. We will have a NS4600 review up in the upcoming weeks though as a unit already arrived in our office last week. Here's a photo of the ZERO.
CES: Patriot to release new NAS
After the first attempt of creating a NAS unit with the Corza, Patriot now is working on a massively improved NAS unit. Support for four drives, silent, much faster and great performance are keywords here. The new NAS unit will be called stronghold and comes with an Intel Atom processor. All wide ranges of RAID up-to 10 are supported and well overall the device is slowly starting to look more like Promise's and QNAP product. Check it out, should be interesting though as Patriot product nearly always are affordable.
Patriot is also working on a new 2-bay model called Valkyrie ..
CES: Coolit shows some great kit !
At the South 4 booth of CooliT at CES the fine gentlemen are showing of some new cooling kits that will head out to the market somewhere in February. Based off the Domino ALC CooliT is about to release the Vantage ALC and ECO ALS units. Both address either the mainstream of performance markets of all-in-one easy to use liquid cooling. The new kits look amazing with totally configurable RPMs and a lot of flexibility. More on the topic of these coolers in a review of course.
Also worthy noting are new OMNI VGA Liquid coolers. The OMNI design is slim and incredibly sexy alright. They will mount on several VGA cards as the plates are interchangeable. What exact cards are support we do not know just yet, but CoolIT promised a wide range of high end cards including dual-gpu products. Check out some photo's.
CES: ASUS shows off P6X58D Premium
AT the CES LVCC convention center in Las Vegas ASUS is showing a board that definiatly attracks a lot of attention, check out the P6X58D Premium motherboard. It's obviously Socket 1366 based and comes with some nice nice features like USB3.0 and SATA 3 support. the baord iss also ready for 32nm based hexacore processor which will be launched in Q1 hopefully. It's aan X58 chipset coupled with ICH10R southbridge btw. Check out the photo.
Plastic Logic Introduces Que Reader
The market for electronic book readers like Amazon's Kindle or Sony's various eReaders is booming as the sales figures of last year's Christmas season impressively showed. For the first time ever, Amazon said, "sales at its electronic book store quickly overtook orders for physical books. Its own e-reader, the Kindle, is now the most popular gift in Amazon's history."
And the eReader market seems to be getting even bigger and bigger. In a press release, published on their web site, Plastic Logic today unveiled the QUE - what they call the world's first proReader:
"More than an eReader, QUE is designed specifically to provide a premium reading experience and access to content anywhere anytime, while simplifying the multi-faceted lifestyle of business professionals
Project Natal Coming in Fall 2010
Already announced early summer last year, Microsoft now offiically set an approximate release date for its upcoming Project Natal.
Steve Ballmer gave the first keynote talk at the currently ongoing CES 2010 in Las Vegas and "closed the keynote with a video about Project Natal, a hardware and software system that recognizes the body's movements without any device touching the body, making for fully controller-less gaming. The company says Natal will be available in late 2010."
Besides that, "Microsoft also showed off Game Room for Xbox 360, a new Live application that will allow players to essentially build their own arcades, complete with real, playable 70