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
CES: NVIDIA shows Fermi
Over at the NVIDIA booth at CES NVIDIA mostly is showing off 3D Vision related gear, a lot of Tegra and ION items. But if you look a little closer, then you'll spot a nice screen with three monitors running 3D Vision. What's empowering that setup is in fact a Fermi based setup. So yea, it's abundantly clear that Fermi finally is closing in on a release. Now there where some rumor that the Fermi cards would be on display, and this is not the case. The cards you mostly see photographed at other sites are in fact not Fermi, but GTX 285 cards -- yes yes.
Anyway, this is all we can show your Fermi wise. Mind you that the three monitor 'Eyefinity like' support will become available with a driver very soon for not only Fermi, but also all GT200 based cards like GTX 260,275,280, 285 and GTX 295. Not bad we like that.
CES: Cooler Master CM690 II spotted
Just announced and spotted at the Cooler Master CES suite in the Aria hotel in Las Vegas is of course the new CM690 II. I can tell you, looking closer at it, it really is pretty cool chassis. A review unit will head our way soon. D\For now two photo's showing the chassis and that incredibly handy HDD docking bay on top of the chassis. The chassis pretty much it will be a makeover of the CM 690. The new design looks a little more sturdy and comes in an all black design, which definitely is a trend these days.
Check out the outer right photo, totally handy that HDD port for quick access to say a backup or something.
CES: OCZ demos USB 3.0 External SSD
One of the more funky gadget to have and see I guess. This little bugger is a USB 3.0 ready SSD. Not just that, it's an external device hence the USB connection. Now I'm sure that by 2011 we'll all finally have broader USB 3.0 implementations on mainstream motherboards but the bandwith certainly does look good. Check out the thumbnails for a photo and performance screenshot.
Check the thumbnails. To the most right you can see performance of the external USB 3.0 SSD reaching like 200 MB/sec on this prototype.
CES: OCZ shows 2300 MHz Reaper memory
With all the SSD technology going on lately you'd nearly forget that OCZ is primarily selling memory of course. Over at the CES suite they have a demo system, running all new 2300 MHz Reaper DDR3 DIMMs. We are not quite sure anymore, but I think it was CAS9 though. The photo is kinda cool, but yeah that memory is covered all the way alright. Soweeh !
Click the thumbnail for a photo (with that memory covered unfortunately).
CES: OCZ preps new Silencer
Here over at CES in the ARIA hotel OCZ technology has a suite demonstrating some of their new products. Among others we spotted a pending release of a new PC Power & Cooling PSU. Check it out, this baby is 950 Watts, much bigger and likely silent fan and it's now marked as the new MK II model. Of course there again one massive phat single 12v rail plus this model will be up-to 88% efficient. Nice stuff for the high-end freaks -- um yeah that's us ;) Check out the photo we took.
CES: Patriot has Sandforce based SSDs planned
Much like OCZ just announced, Patriot memory will be releasing Sandforce based controllers as well. The random IO of these drives is really good, interestingly enough the these SSDs do not have big fat cache memories like the Indilinx 64MB caches that are tied to most common SSDs. More interestingly, the Sandforce drives performance with small files should be as good as Indillinx with cache memory. Peak transfer speeds will hover at 250 MB/sec read and 220 MB write.
Anyway, here are two models soon to be released by Patriot.
ASUS announces H55 and H57 motherboards
ASUS issued a press release to announce a new series of motherboards based on the Intel H55 and H57 chipsets. The ASUS P7H57D-V EVO, P7H55D-M EVO, and P7H55-M PRO motherboards will be available at leading online retailers starting on January 7th 2010.
The ASUS P7H57D/P7H55 Series supports the new Intel
MSI Big bang Fuzion (Lucid Hydra) review
MSI Big bang Fuzion (Lucid Hydra) review
The big deal about the Big Bang mainboard is that the board has that Lucid Hydra 200 chip that allows it to support multiple video cards of different brands and models at once. This in theory would allow you get the extra performance from your old video card and you new card even if one is NVIDIA and the other is ATI, The Hydra 200 is a real-time distributed processing engine that acts as an intelligent graphics load balancer.
Check out Guru3D's full review here.
Silicon Power Xpower DDR3 memory
Silicon Power announces the new Xpower DDR3 overclocking series memory module. Complete with dual (2GBx2) and tri-channel (2GBx3) packs, it is available in DDR3-1600, 1800, 2000, 2133 MHz variants.
Completely compatible with Intel quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 platforms, Xpower DDR3 modules use ?goblique groove manufacturing process?h and pure aluminum heat sink to resolve heat dissipation issues. In addition, Xpower DDR3 applies 1.65V to maintain high speed and stability to meet the needs of enthusiasts and gamers.
The oblique groove heat sink design of Silicon Power?fs Xpower DDR3 overclocking series increases the heat dissipation area of the heat sink and can provide up to twice the heat dissipation ability over standard heat sinks. In addition, the Xpower DDR3 series use 8-layered PCBs and new fly-by topology design for more efficient commands, addresses, control signals, and clocks signals. It also supports On-DIE Termination (ODT) to dramatically reduce unwanted reflection signals and maximize speed. Silicon Power insists on using original memory modules and FBGA packaging for better heat dissipation and accurate data transfer.
- Memory module type: Xpower DDR3 Memory
- Pins: 240Pin Long-DIMM
- Frequency: DDR3-1600MHz / 1800MHz / 2000MHz / 2133MHz
- ECC function: Unbuffer Non-ECC Memory
- Capacity: 4GB(2GBx2) / 6GB(2GBx3)
- Flash module spec.: 128Mx8 (bit) (single module capacity)
- Operating voltage: 1.65 V
- Cas Latency: 8 (1600MHz) / 9 (1800/2000/2133MHz)
- Warranty: Lifetime warranty
New generation of heat sink featuring ultra efficient heat dissipation
- Oblique groove heatsink to increase surface areas on top and bottom
- All aluminum heatsink for maximum heat dissipation. It effectively reduces up to 6~10 degrees under load. Fashionable gold alloy look for futuristic looks
Status / temperature
Windows XP in idle mode
CES: Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/07/2010 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Iomega will announce at CES their latest ScreenPlay device - the ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player. This feature-rich HD media player makes it a snap to browse through your home network for content that can be viewed on the TV, while incorporating the Roxio CinemaNow entertainment platform that allows consumers to buy or rent movies and access other premium entertainment right off the Internet in the comfort of your living room (or wherever else you decide to place the TV).
Featuring full 1080p high definition playback at 24fps and up to 1TB of storage space for your media files, the DivX Home Theatre-certified ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player also supports a range of the most popular codecs and file typs including H.264, WMV and MKV among others. Working with both PC and Mac platforms, the ScreenPlay Director is DLNA compatible and Wi-Fi ready as well. Interested? It will be out in the US later this month for $249.
WD worls on next-gen VelociRaptor to counter SSDs
By Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/07/2010 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s) ]
Now it certainly is getting more serious ! DailyTech reports Western Digital is working on a next-generation VelociRaptor hard disk that will compete against solid state disks on capacity and price. WDC has decided that it is time for a refresh in order to push its capacity advantage further, and is currently developing its fifth generation Raptor.
It will also be a 10k RPM drive, but will utilize advances in areal density to achieve a 600GB capacity with two platters. The new drive will also have "a significantly larger cache", but our source won't specify whether it was 32MB or 64MB. The best part will be the pricing, as it will launch at close to the original launch price of the 300GB VelociRaptor. A new single platter 300GB version will follow later on.
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