CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011, GIGABYTE gives a sneak peak at a new overclocking board. During the launch of the G1-Killer line of motherboards Tim Handly gave the audience a glimpse of a new board built just for overclocking. The new and unnamed board has been designed by Hi Cookie himself. Tim teased the crowd with very few (almost none) details and a 5 second look at the board ona slide.
ccording to what we have been able to tell the board has been stripped of everything you do not need to overclock. The removal of these "useless" peripherals you have a very simplified trace layout, power managemet scheme and you can tune for performance much easier than a board that is loaded up (even one that alows you to diable those items). Tim also noted that this baord is being designed by Hi Cookie himself so you know it is going to be good.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011 GIGABYTE launched thier new series of gaming motherboards; the G1-Killer series. In what was setup to look like a paramilitary rally GIGABYTE launched three new motherboards designed for gaming. These new boards are aimed straight at the gamer with many features that will appeal to even the most deamanding of customers. These boards are part of GIGABYTE's war on gaming. Each is deisgned like the perfect soldier. GIGABYTE calls these parts Super Sight, Super Speed, Super Hearing and Super Shield.
Wow - rumors are coming in thick and fast for this! Rumor is that the next Call of Duty title might be a prequel to the super-awesome Modern Warfare. According to the rumor, this new game will explore the backstory of the "Ghost" character and explain how he was recruited into Task Force 141.
Included in the rumor is the game will run on the Modern Warfare 2 engine, rather than new tech. The biggest bit of this rumor is that Raven Software may be taking the helm in this new title. There has recently been a job advert for a lead FX person mentioning that it requires driving the development of stunning visual effects for "an established console-based, realistic, first-person military shooter".
It's only been a week since fail0verflow revealed a hack to the PS3's near-impenetrable security. Another hacker who goes by the name "KaKaRoToKS" has gone a step further by delivering tools that will let you convert your standard PS3 firmware into some swish custom firmware.
This custom firmware is not about piracy though, with "KaKaRoToKS" saying "Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Valve co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell, took the stage at CES and has called Intel's Sandy Bridge processor "a game changer".
Intel's Sandy Bridge family puts a much larger emphasis on visual performance, thanks to it's integrated 32nm GPU. With laptops becoming a much bigger bit of the pie in sales, this is a win for Valve - higher end graphic performance on laptops could potentially help Valve's scalable Source engine.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA have announced their new notebook GPU's in the form of the GeForce 500M GPU range. The new GPU's include the GT 540M, GT 550M and the GT 555M.
All of them are promising at least four times the performance of current integrated solutions and two times the DirectX 11 performance of competing GPU's. The 520M and 525M are mainstream parts, with all three GPU's supporting Optimus technology which provides better battery life by switching between integrated GPU and discrete GPU.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Fujitsu has unveiled its smallest portable scanner ever called the ScanSnap S1100. This scanner is aimed at the business users that travels a lot and needs to be able to scan documents and all sorts of other stuff into the computer on the go. You can scan documents, cards, and anything else that you can feed into its maw without having to wait until you get home or back to the office.
The S1100 is the smallest ScanSnap in the world measuring in at 10.74" x 1.87" x 1.33" and weighing 12.3 ounces. It is fast despite the small size and can scan a full size sheet of paper in only 7.5 seconds. It can also scan documents directly to cloud storage like Evernote and Google Docs.
Continuous document feeding makes it fast and easy to scan multiple-page documents into a single PDF for easy archiving and other uses. The scanner also supports plastic cards, thick paper stock and other material that would jam a normal scanner. Another cool feature is that the user can mark a page with highlighter or pen and the scanner will use the marks as keywords to enable searching. The S110 is available now for $199.
ThinkGeek has some really cool products and accessories for all sorts of gadgets and gear in their line. The company is also famous for making things as jokes that have enough cool to them to be appealing and enough realism to fool people. If I had laid eyes on the Joystick-It a few months from now around April I would have called BS on this thing, it looks too cool to be a real product.
It's a shiny chrome joystick that claims to stick to your iPad screen and allow you to control games that use a virtual joystick with a real joystick in your hand. The thing has a thin stalk and a big ball on top that reminds me more than a bit of the arcade sticks I grew up playing at the arcade.
The Joystick-It has a patent pending and needs no batteries. It is shown with the iPad, but it will work with any capacitive touchscreen device. ThinkGeek will sell the controller for $24.95 with limited quantities available at the end of January.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Corsair has unveiled a new computer chassis at CES 2011 along with lots of other gear for computer fans. The new chassis fits into the Obsidian series that Corsair has been peddling for a while now. Corsair says that it built the case to last an enthusiast through years of hardware upgrades and still look good.
The case is made from steel with matte black on the inside and outside of the case and a brushed aluminum faceplate for good looks. The front of the case has a dust filtered 200mm fan and shoots the hot air out the top and back for efficient cooling with a 200mm fan on top of the case and a 120mm fan on the rear of the case. The dust filters of the case are easy to access to clean and the side panels are quick release. The chassis also has an integrated fan controller.
The case has a CPU back plate that is cutout for easy installation of a CPU cooler and it has a routing system for internal cables to keep things clean. The drive cages are removable and can be located in different areas. The case also has room for long power supplies and video cards inside. The case will sell for $199.99 and will ship in April.
Quirky is infamous for offering up gear that really lives up to the company name. Most of the gear isn't stuff you can just order and have show up at your house in a few days. Typically, stuff from Quirky is in the concept stage and the company takes pre-orders until the interest is high enough that the product gets built. The most recent of the products from the company is called the Perch.
The Perch is a docking station for charging your iPhone or other gadgets that also has an integrated wireless speaker. The speaker has Bluetooth connectivity for wirelessly streaming music from any compatible device. The base of the speaker has an alarm clock and can charge just about any USB device there is.
The Perch will work with the iPhone, Android devices, and anything else. The speaker even has a mic built-in to allow for hands free calls. You can pre-order the Perch right now for $179.99 and before the thing goes into production 1600 of them have to sell. So far, only 12 have been spoken for so it may be a long time coming.