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BenQ launches XL2420T and XL2420TX gaming screens in North America

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 9:24 am

CES 2012: BenQ's two XL Series Gaming Monitors have been teased previously, but have now been announced to launch in North America at CES. The XL Series comes in a bunch of sizes, 17-, 19-, 21.5-, 22-, 23- and 24-inch, with pricing at of the XL2420T and XL2420TX at $549 and $649, respectively.

 

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The XL2420T and XL2420TX were engineered in conjunction with ZOWIE GEAR, who are a manufacturer of high-end professional gaming gear and R&D partner to BenQ. President of BenQ America Corp., Lars Yoder, says:

 

The new XL Series models prove that 'gaming is in the details,' building on the technology of our popular XL2410T monitors, which were featured at huge gaming events such as DreamHack Summer 2011, Global Starcraft II League, and GamesCon 2011, ESEA. Offering a 120-Hz refresh rate, 2-ms GTG response time, and 12M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the XL2420T and XL2420TX not only provide the fundamentals essential to mastering FPS gaming, but also possess exclusive features meticulously constructed to provide FPS gamers with the ultimate sense of ease and control.

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The near future in Thermaltake chassis development

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 9:13 am

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CES 2012 - Does anyone remember the Thermaltake Armor Series cases? Well it is making a comeback! Thermaltake took styling cues from the original Armor chassis with the aluminum wings on the front of the chassis, but the left side panel is a newer design. As with most of the top end chassis from Thermaltake, this chassis comes in both black and a Snow Edition you see here.

 

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Since Thermaltake had such a great response to the Chaser Mk 1, and the airflow that that chassis provided, along with the feature rich design, with the new Armor chassis, it uses a direct copy of the Mk 1 interior too. This now gives you even more aesthetic options to the Chaser for those who didn't feel that design, but still liked what it had to offer.

 

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Along with all the higher end chassis Thermaltake is offering in our near future, there is also a pair of budget friendly chassis in line to be released for the gamers who don't want to pay high end prices to get a satisfactory chassis t build in without breaking the bank. To fill this segment Thermaltake is going to offer the Commander MS-II with a chunky front bezel, and the Commander MS-III with the smoother front bezel sitting behind it.

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Thermaltake Takes 1275w to Platinum Levels

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 8:39 am

CES 2012 - Thermaltake is in several markets and generally when that happens it's difficult to make new innovations that lead an industry. Thermaltake's multi-headed dragon isn't like most others and they seem to be able to innovate quite well.

 

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Thermaltake was showing some really nice power supplies today in their suite.

 

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A good example of that innovation is shown here with the world's first 1275w platinum rated PSU.

 

Click the link to see more.

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Intel's x86 CPUs inside smartphones, arriving in Q2 of this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 8:27 am

CES 2012: Intel and mobiles have never really gone together like... peanut butter and jelly (for you Americans) and vegemite on toast (for you Australians), but this year, marks a very big change for the chip developer. During Intel's keynote presentation at CES, Liu Jun, president of Lenovo's mobile Internet division, announced the Lenovo K800 smartphone built on Intel's "Medfield" Atom platform.

 

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The K800 sports a 4.5-inch 720p screen, HSPA+ support, runs Android 4.0 and will be available in China in Q2 of 2012. Inside, the processor is the Intel Atom Z2460 with 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity on the China Unicom network from Intel's XMM 6260 chipset. Lenovo also showed off its IdeaPad K2110, a 10-inch Android 4.0-based tablet, powered again, by Intel's Medfield.

 

The Medfield goodness didn't stop though, Motorola Mobility CEO, Sanjay Jha announced that Motorola and Intel had entered into a "multiyear, multidevice strategic partnership," with Motorola's first Atom-powered phones to ship in the second half of this year.

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NZXT offers some new fans and cases that may peak your interest!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:47 am

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CES 2012 - We all know the Phantom chassis NZXT delivered a while ago, and readers of my reviews will soon be reading about the all red version of the Phantom 410. Here we have a trio of what was explained to me as the customer choice versions of the Phantom 410. The blue on white, white on black, and orange on black are all striking choices to buy. There is also an all gun metal grey version, but that chassis did not make it to CES.

 

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After taking the last image I looked up, and behind it on another table was a new chassis that has yet to release that was modded to honor the Los Angeles Police with a futuristic, almost Judge Dred looking Switch 810 chassis. Not only was this chassis sort of wore torn in the design, it offers custom grills and etchings on the window to deliver the full effect of the mod.

 

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On the right side of the Switch 810, there is a futuristic mural of what looked to be a police vehicle in a downtown cityscape. Once again I showed this variant of the Switch 810, as I know you all like the modded chassis as much as I do!

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Thermaltake has a plethora of coolers about to hit the market after CES 2012

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:42 am

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CES 2012 - The first cooler I want to discuss is another AIO water cooler making it to the scene. Here we have an image of the Water 2.0 Pro which is made to replace the older Big Water solutions. Thermaltake has joined with Asetek to deliver this thick radiator version with dual fans on it, but there is a slimmer radiator version also with dual fans, and the third of the group is a dual 120mm radiator version, and again ships with two fans.

 

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I apologize up front, as I wasn't able to get a look at the new Frio Extreme as well as Cameron did in his video the other night. This is a direct competitor to the D-14 and all other variants of the dual tower concept, but is also rumored to outperform all of those in this category. Another thing noteworthy is the control module in this hardware kit that allows PWM or forced 12V to both fans on the cooler with the flick of a switch. Time will tell as these samples arrive to my door, and I get to do my own testing and see just how well it performs.

 

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Next in line is a new addition to the Contact line of coolers. The Contact 39 is a single tower cooler boasting three 8mm heat pipes that make direct contact to the processors IHS. Along with this tall stack of aluminum Thermaltake is maximizing the potential of the Contact 39

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Dan McGrath met the Thermaltake Level 10 GT and got a bit Mayan with it!

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:37 am

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CES 2012 - As I walked the room with Shannon Robb at my side pointing out all the new goodies at the NZXT meeting I just had with them earlier today, I was led to this awesomely amazing customization of the Level 10 GT. I was told this has been a project that was in the works for over six months, and with use of something called Balsa foam, Dan delivers the most amazing Level 10 on the planet!

 

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This is really the case mod that keeps on giving. Every bit was hand carves and offers details that you might miss at first glance, and you can actually sit here for hours looking at all the fine detail and leaving you to find all of the hidden treasures. For instance, there is the pyramid window which is more obvious, but things like the little god under the headphone rack, he is actually gripping an Xbox controller. Also on top of all the fine work done to the chassis, there is an artificial moss applied here and there to make the chassis appear as if it has been sitting out in the forest and was just discovered next to a Mayan temple.

 

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Even on the back of the chassis the brickwork is top notch and the Mayan calendar with the Tt logo in the center inspired me to ask the question is this chassis designed to self destruct on 12/21/12, but Shannon jokingly answered "no, but there is the coolest BSOD that will happen on that date." Of course he was just kidding, there is nothing really going to happen then!

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Corsair Link control system finally makes its debut

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:29 am

CES 2012 - Since the release of the Hydro Series H80 cooler I tested some time back, there was a special connection that was in the head unit of this AIO cooling solution. After the H80, I was also finding this connection of the H100, and even the Dynamic LED display for the Dominator GT memory. These odd connectors have been rumored to have a controller module on the way that with the use of software as you see in the image above, will allow full control over potentially every cooling device with a 3-pin or 4-pin fan header. That isn't all though! As you can also see in that image this unit is completely software controlled. So with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can choose any Corsair chassis image to back the temperature readings, and even upload other case images into the software if you plan to add this to a non-Corsair solution.

 

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This device is very modular and allows you to take the main module (denoted with an arrow) that fits in a 3.5" drive bay making installation super simple. Not only can you control the fan speeds, pump speeds, set fan speed profiles or choose one already provided, you can also hook LED light strips to the Link. This even goes further than you think. Most assume you are going to get on/off control, or possibly dimming of the lighting, but on top of that, there are sliders to give you full access to the RGB spectrum...

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New Obsidian Series chassis makes it to market with 550D from Corsair

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:26 am

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CES 2012 - Corsair has taken the Obsidian Series of chassis design in a slightly different direction. While the original 800D was a show stopper, and the 650D was no slouch either, the 550D takes on a whole new idea in what the Obsidian Series can deliver. This time around silence is the key with the 550D, but also has a few hidden surprises in store.

 

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Part of the surprise with the 550D is that Corsair knows not everyone wants silence, and even then the 550D can be your perfect solution for a mid-tower choice in cases. On the door panel, the plate that was in place here is removable, and is also backed with a plastic duct filter that is magnetically applied to the chassis for easy of cleaning and of course opening up the side of the chassis for some forced air induction if you want to forgo the silence and cool the chassis to the best of your ability.

 

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Even the top of the chassis offers the same solution to once again allow users to get what they want out of the chassis. It was also mentioned in the press meeting that this chassis is fully compatible with the H100, so the removal of this panel is a must in that situation, but again, you can add a pair of fans here if you aren't filling it with water cooling...

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HTC Titan II, 16-megapixel camera, 4.7-inch screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 11, 2012 7:22 am

CES 2012: America's first 16-megapixel cameraphone is here, folks. HTC's Titan II is a heavyweight against other phones, sporting a 4.7-inch screen and 1.5GHz processor. The 16-megapixel camera is capable of taking 4640x3840 (!) photos, as well as built-in support for AT&T's 4G LTE network.

 

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It measures in at 5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4-inches, is a little shorter, and wider, than Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. The downside to this phone is its somewhat low resolution screen: just 800x480. Titan II sports Microsoft's Windows Phone Mango OS, and processor wise, while it may be a 1.5GHz chip, it's only a single-core. The chip is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S2.

 

It seems all of the work went into its camera, and LTE capabilities. PC Mag had some hands-on time with the Titan II and said while the phone has a 16-megapixel camera, it doesn't mean the pictures are all high quality. Filling out the specs is HSPA+ back up to its LTE connection, the standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 16GB storage (no memory card slot!), and a 1730 mAh battery. AT&T and HTC did not announce a price or release date for the 16-megapixel-packing Titan II.

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