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
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.