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AVADirect is making the 'most advanced' custom gaming PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:25 am

CES 2017 - AVADirect is aiming at the gaming PC market in a big way this year, continuing their efforts from 2016 - where they pushed into VR gaming PCs and so much more - but now they're teaming with GIGABYTE on a new gaming PC that they're calling the "most advanced" custom gaming PC.

 

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Inside of the new AVA Z270 Scorpio is GIGABYTE's feature-packed Aorus GA-Z270X-GAMING 7 motherboard, which takes the new Kaby Lake family of CPUs - with the Z270 Scorpio system powered by the Core i7-7700K processor. We also have GIGABYTE's on-board TURBO B-Clock Tuning IC that lets you tune clock rates for performance, stability, and more.

 

AVADirect will let you customize the AVA Z270 Scorpio with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a slew of storage options. The components are placed into the system with a "showroom quality appearance", which is clearly visible from the images you can see here.

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Sony entering OLED display market once again

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 3:45 am

While Sony released the very first OLED TV back in 2008; an 11 inch display which sold for $2,500USD, the company abandoned the field to rivals such as LG who went on to solve some of the large scale manufacturing issues. But at CES this week, Sony have announced they're back - and in a big way.

 

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Branded under the Bravia TV line, the A1E series will be available in 55, 65 and 77 inch sizes and will feature 4K resolution, Dolby Vision and base HDR-10 standard, multiple HDMI 2.1 ports and Android TV built in. While Sony aren't producing the panel themselves, the unit will benefit from Sony's experience in image processing and will be built on what they're calling the '4K HDR processor X1™ Extreme'.

 

Sony's OLED models are expected to roll out sometime mid-year.

Razer's new gaming laptop has 3 x 17-inch displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 1:09 am

CES 2017 - It's not CES without Razer teasing something incredible, and that's what has happened yet again with something they're calling Project Valerie.

 

 

Razer's new laptop prototype a lot thicker than we're used to, but it features 3 freakin' displays - yes, not 1 - but 3 displays. Project Valerie has a standard 17-inch display flanked by two more displays, with Razer able to tout Project Valerie is "the world's first portable laptop with three built-in monitors".

 

The two additional 17-inch displays pop out from the main display, with something that Razer calls "an automated deployment mechanism", where they snap into place without much hassle.

 

Inside, Razer has used NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, with all 3 displays featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Project Valerie is 1.5 inches thick and weighs a huge 12 pounds, and other than that - the company hasn't teased pricing or availability. I'd expect that we won't see it for months yet, and the price - I don't even want to think about it.

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NVIDIA's new Shield supports 4K HDR, Google Assistant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:44 am

CES 2017 - NVIDIA has unveiled the next step in their living room take over with the new Shield, with 4K streaming capabilities, HDR support, and even Google Assistant built-in.

 

 

Right now, Google Assistant isn't everywhere - but I use it on my Google Pixel smartphone and it's awesome. On top of that,the new Shield can access 4K content from the likes of Netflix, Google Play Movies, and Vudu. There's also support for Amazon Video in 4K HDR, which isn't widespread on Android TV devices. Better yet, NVIDIA said that the current-gen Shield devices will receive these features later this month.

 

As for the Google Assistant side of the Shield TV, NVIDIA has unveiled NVIDIA Spot - a new Amazon Echo/Google Home-like device that can be placed anywhere, and is capable of voice commands. It requires Shield TV to work, with NVIDIA throwing in integration into the SmartThings smart home hub, which allows you to control various smart home appliances.

 

Now, what price are we looking at? NVIDIA has priced the new Shield at $199, but there will be a "fully-featured" Shield Pro package, with the controller, remote with a headphone jack, 500GB of internal storage, and more - which will be available later this month.

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Samsung reveals its first gaming laptop, the Odyssey

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 2:24 pm

CES 2017 - Samsung is entering the battlefield of gaming notebooks with its first-ever performance laptop lineup, the Odyssey.

 

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Samsung's Odyssey line consists of two models that are strikingly similar to the other gaming laptops we've seen unveiled at CES--a model with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, and a premium version with a 17.3-inch FHD display. Much like the fleet of new gaming laptops, Samsung's Odyssey notebooks are customizable as far as specs, and leverage various grades of hardware including up to an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series video cards, 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, dual storage including a 512GB PCIe SSD and a 1TB HDD.

 

Also like other OEM lineups, the 15.6-inch Samsung Odyssey will be limited in specs and other features. In fact, the 15.6-inch model features an on board NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 series GPU (2GB GDDR5 VRAM by default, upgradable to 4GB). The premium Odyssey's GPU has yet to be confirmed, but trends indicate it could rock a GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The 17.3-inch model also rocks up to 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM (4 SODIMMs) versus the 15.6-inch's 32GB DDR4-2400 max (2 SODIMMs), and features a USB Type-C port and full RGB keys and 0.5mm volcano keycaps, whereas the 15.6-inch variant features 0.3 crater keycaps.

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Western Digital announces new WD Black NVMe M.2 SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 1:35 pm

CES 2017 - Western Digital today announced its new line of PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe SSDs, the WD Black series.

 

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The WD Black SSDs are built on the PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 2280 socket and use the NVMe spec to hit high-end transfers of up to 8Gb/s and keep the actual storage footprint at a minimum. WD Black SSDs come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, and feature enhanced reliability with a Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) rating of 1.75M hours.

 

As far as performance, the 512GB WD Black SSD trumps the lower model with 2,050 MB/sec read and 800 MB/sec write speeds, whereas the 256GB flavor features 2,050 MB/sec reads and 700 MB/sec write speeds. The series' 4KB random read speeds are rated at 170K IOPS, with the 4KB random writes hit 130 IOPS (256GB) and 134K (512GB).

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Deepcool's Quadstellar case looks like a Portal cube

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 12:34 pm

CES 2017 - PC cases are all about utility, of course, but it always helps to have some eye-catching style in a rig (and we're not talking about just adding tons of glowing RGBs to every component). That's where Deepcool's latest Quadstellar chassis comes into play.

 

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The Deepcool Quadstellar is an upgrade to the company's Tristellar ITX case, and features a whole extra cell to house more components. The chassis puts that extra space to good use, featuring a full ATX motherboard and room for four dual-slot video cards. You can also pack in up to nine 3.5-inch HDDs, or twelve 2.5 HDDs along with a cooling solution.

 

But what about cooling? You'd think case's design--which resembles a Portal cube or even IGN's official symbol--would constrain your cooling setup. Never fear: the Quadstellar can sport a radiator up to 360mm in length at the front, and a 240mm radiator at the bottom. The front intake also opens up automatically once the internal case temps hit a certain threshold, thereby pulling in fresh cool air.

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New Zelda will reportedly be Nintendo Switch launch game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 11:24 am

Nintendo has apparently had a change of heart, realizing that its new handheld and console Switch hybrid needs the strongest possible launch game lineup. As such the Japanese console-maker has chosen to accelerate its game plan for the new Zelda adventure on the Switch platform.

 

 

Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a Nintendo Switch day one launch game in North America and Japan when the system releases in March 2017, sources at Nintendo have told Eurogamer. We originally reported that the new Zelda game wouldn't meet the Switch's March 2017 launch due to Nintendo needing extra time to optimize the game on yesteryear Wii U consoles.

 

Although the game is expected to release alongside the Switch's march debut, there's a chance that Zelda: Breath of the Wild could be delayed on the Switch in Europe. I'm also curious whether or not Breath of the Wild will launch on Wii U simultaneously in JP and NA, or if that version will be delayed along with the European Switch version.

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Thermaltake reveals new View 31 TG mid-tower chassis

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 10:22 am

CES 2017 - Thermaltake has showcased its latest duo of tempered glass mid-tower PC cases, the View 31 TG and View 31 TG RGB.

 

 

The View 31 TG Series cases are built for performance gamers, featuring ample room for AIO liquid cooling setups and optimum cooling with tons of fan options. Both cases are specifically built for dual GPU placement, and even supports vertical video card placement with dual PCIe slots, as well as an optional GPU bracket to prevent sagging on longer cards. Dual 4mm tempered glass panels turn your gaming rig into a spectacle, especially if you opt for colorful coolants.

 

Both models have ample space for solutions to cool high-end builds, with lots of custom fan size flexibility. As far as radiator space goes, the cases can fit radiators up to 360mm in length in the front and top. The View 31 TG comes with two pre-installed 140mm Riing 14 LED fans, whereas the View 31 TG RGB rocks three 140mm Riing 14 RGB fans.

 

Check below for a fan and radiator compatibility schematic, as well as specifications for each case.

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LG's 2017 OLED TVs support Dolby Vision and Atmos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 9:20 am

CES 2017 - LG and Dolby today announced that LG's upcoming OLED lineup will be the first TVs to support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for combined high-performance visual and sound experiences.

 

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LG's entire fleet of 2017 OLED TVs will support the new Dolby Atmos 3D audio and Dolby Vision HDR specs, including the following models: 77/65W7, 77/65G7, 65/55E7, 65/55C7, and 65/55B7. If you own a current LG Super UHD 4KTV, don't worry: those models will continue supporting Dobly Vision throughout 2017, including the LG 2017 SJ9500, SJ8500, and JS800 Super UHD TVs.

 

Dolby further announced that major studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures will roll out Dolby Vision enhanced content, and that consumers will soon be able to buy 4K UHD Blu-rays with built-in Dolby Vision HDR support.

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