CES 2012: Gigabyte 01-31-2012|
Gigabyte has quite a good reputation among PC hardware and gaming enthusiasts. I had the pleasure of seeing some of their solutions in their demo suite at the Venetian. Gigabyte displayed a plethora of graphics cards and motherboards, including a few motherboard engineering samples for Intel's next-generation platform due out in a few months. Samples spanned all budgets, including the GA-B75M-D3H, GA-Z77X-UD3H, GA-Z77X-UD5H, G1.Sniper 3, and G1.Sniper M3.
CES 2012: MSI 01-29-2012|
MSI is jumping on the Intel Thunderbolt bandwagon with a new product called GUS II. GUS II is an external graphics card enclosure designed to house a single card with a power draw no higher than 150 watts, ideally targeted at notebook gamers. The device operates over the Thunderbolt interface on one end with a PCIe X16 slot for cards inside the enclosure.
CES 2012: Thermaltake 01-26-2012|
We stopped by Thermaltake to visit with them at their suite in the Palazzo hotel. Here Thermaltake showed us their new Level 10 GTS mid-tower chassis. The GTS features USB 3.0, EasySwap storage bays, an HDD storage system and a nice cable management system. The chassis is constructed from steel although there wasnít a net weight listed. A 200mm LED fan comes pre-installed in the front for intake and thereís a 120mm rear exhaust fan.
CES 2012: OCZ Technology 01-23-2012|
We stopped by OCZ's suite at Aria to check out what they had on tap for 2012. The highlight of our time with OCZ was their next-generation Everest 2 NAND flash controller platform. Set for release next June, the SATA 6Gb/s interface boasts preliminary numbers of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write with up to 90,000 4K random write IOPS. These IOPS are a good bit higher than SandForce 2000 series controllers are capable of.
CES 2012: Cooler Master 01-21-2012|
We visited with Cooler Master at the Bellagio after they hosted one heck of a party the night before. Cooler Master is celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a plethora of new products for 2012. The PR team first showed us their upcoming heatsink known as the TPC-812 which utilizes a new technology called Vertical Vapor Chamber. We were told that Cooler Master is one of only two companies in the world that are capable of producing this technology.
CES 2012: Roccat 01-19-2012|
Roccat kicked off our meeting on the show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center by showing us their Kone+ gaming mouse. The follow-up to the original Kone includes a 6000 DPI sensor and up to 20 grams of adjustable weights. Thereís a 1000Hz polling rate, Teflon coated pads and support for up to 500 macro actions.
CES 2012: SilverStone 01-19-2012|
We headed over to the LVH (Las Vegas Hilton) for our meeting with enthusiast case manufacturer SilverStone where we stumbled upon perhaps the most interesting chassis of the week. Their new Mini-ITX FT03-Mini is nearly identical externally to the original FT03 except that it supports a smaller form factor and the optical drive is mounted vertically which looks a bit odd on the silver version. The SilverStone rep described it as the SG05 turned vertically which we can totally relate to.
CES 2012: Kingston 01-18-2012|
Kingston was celebrating their HyperX brandís 10 year anniversary at CES and to kick things off, we were shown their new HyperX Red limited edition RAM modules. The Reds are available in dual channel kits at 1333 (1.5v) or 1600 (1.65v) MHz variants and are Intel XMP ready. Kingston illustrated how the red heat spreaders complement motherboards with red accents like the Asus Rampage IV Extreme.
CES 2012: ioSafe 01-18-2012|
ioSafe invited us to the tennis pavilion at the Las Vegas Country Club to demonstrate their new Rugged Portable Thunderbolt drive. Playing on the Thunderbolt theme, ioSafe set up the most convincing demo I have witnessed in the four years that I have attended CES.
CES 2012: Zotac 01-17-2012|
We stopped by the Mirage to visit with Zotac, a company known for their small form factor motherboards, graphics cards and all-in-one Zboxes. Our marketing specialist Cherry first showed us Zotac's latest ITX solutions including the A75-ITX WiFi with the AMD A75 chipset and Radeon HD 6000 graphics. The H67ITX-D-E, sporting an Intel H67 chipset and GeForce GT 520 graphics, will be on sale in mid February for $149.99 while the D2700-ITU WiFi Supreme (just launched at CES) with its Intel Atom 2.13GHz dual-core processor will be available around the same time for $180.