CES: Low power LED TVs on the rise
One of the new trends on television land that is picking up real fast is the rise of LED TV's. We've seen huge numbers of them here at CES and the Full HD / Full 3D screens absolutely look amazing. What is interesting though is that manufactures absolute start to think about power consumption. Lowe power consumption now is a good selling point. For example in one of the photo's below you can see an LG screen that was 55" I believe, yet peaks at only a power consumption of roughly 150 Watt maximum (TDP). Now when yours truly bought his first HD Ready Pioneer 42" HD screen that was already drawing like 300 Watts with a bright broadcast.
It really is absolutely amazing to see the crisp image quality, rich detail and sharpness of these new generation screens that are so thing yet average only at 100 ~ 150 Watt power consumption. Nice ... very nice. If you look at the photo with the LG screen (most left photo) you can actually see the power consumption displayed below on the photo's. That's an LE8500 with Full LED slim design, a THX certified screen (yeah it's a new THX screening procedure), comes with netcast, HD wireless and has a 55" screen size.
CES: ATI brings Eyefinity to laptops
Of course ATI has a booth at CES as well. Not much going on there really, but one thing certainly caught my attention. Do you guys remember the XGP laptop, which stands for eXternal Graphics Platform we recently reviewed ? Well, based on that very same concept (Amilo GraphicsBooster).
Right here on CES ATI is demonstrating a new laptop from Acer with an XGP connector. The Acer Ferrari One is something in-between a netbook and a notebook. With an XGP connector, this laptop is connected to a Broadway XGP box. The box has one DVI port, three DisplayPorts, an HDMI port, and two USB ports. Inside the box is an ATI Mobility Radeon 5870 graphics card form which we do not know the precise specs. But based on the series 5000 technology you can have a lot of fun as it supports three high-resolution monitors. Agreed, a little extreme .. but nice for a professional presentation on multiple monitors alright. Check out the photo's we took.
CES: Vegas literally is electrifying
CES certainly can be a bit of a strange place. And sure, writing as a Dutch / EU journalist we understand the differences in opinion and culture in regards to weapons and protection (they are not allowed in the EU). Tasers -- to see a company demonstrating and testing their tasers live on CES with people from the audienc, is that considered normal ? Surely that must raise some eye browses right ? Anyway, check this marine out. Getting some juice from a taser .. ooh and look at the way too smug look on the presenters face, apparantly that's sheriff John Bunnell from COPs and World's Wildest Police Videos. Hehe, classic.
Electronics Electrics Show .. .
CES: PowerColor LCS 5970
Power Color did not have an extensive amount of products on display. One of the products that always catches my eyes is of course already available in retail (I think), but none the less definitely with a picture. Check out this water-cooled dual-GPU based Radeon HD 5970. The cards is in fact the LCS (Liquid Cooling System) card and that block used is the Koolance VID-AR5970.
Users will find the GPU clocked from a stock 850MHz to 875MHz, whilst the 1GB of GDDR5 memory jumps from 4,800MHz to an effective 5,000MHz and it comes with a 400 EUR to 550~600 USD pricetag.
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 ..