CES 2011, Las Vegas - It's funny the things you find when taking a minute out of your busy CES schedule to admire some of the fantastic views that Las Vegas has to offer.
During our visit to the MSI suite at the lovely Aria hotel today, we spotted an upcoming MSI motherboard called the Big Bang Conqueror just sitting around which we believe is based around the AMD 990FX chipset. This chipset will support future AM3+ processors from AMD and it will be AMD's top dog for overclockers and gamers.
While we didn't get too many details on the chipset itself, from looking at the board itself we could make quite a few assumptions. The first and third blue PCI-E graphics slots will operate at 16 lanes for full speed AMD Crossfire support and the memory setup uses a standard dual-channel DDR3 configuration. As far as the MSI specific details go, we see the addition of the new Military Class II, OC Genie, SATA 6G, USB 3.0 and more.
Watch the video above here to get a real close look at it.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - OCZ has a trio of new SandForce drives for the enterprise market. The new Vertex 3 EX, Vertex 3 Pro and Z-Drive R3 all made an appearance at their suite.
The new Z-Drive R3 is a bootable PCIe SSD similar to a RevoDrive but designed for the enterprise market.
The spec sheet shows the Z-Drive R3 being able to read at up to 1,000MB/s and writing data at 950MB/s.
Check out the full length post for the Vertex 3 EX and Vertex 3 Pro details.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 6, 2011 MSI held their Master Overclocking Arena event for the 2011 year. Held at the Pole Position raceway the event was military themed to match MSI's "Military Grade" component that they put on their motherboards. The competition was setup for teams to compete instead of the more traditional single last-man-standing style event that others use. MSI also live streamed the event.
NVIDIA isn't lying still. Their GeForce GTX460 represented some serious bang for buck performance and their upgrade on it is not looking too shabby at all.
The GTX460 had a truck load of overclocking ability, which MSI and various other companies took advantage of in the form of overclocked models like the famous HAWK cards. Now the GTX560 is ready to use some of this saved up performance and put another dent in the market.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Home Automation is really cool and one day I will automate my entire home. I have looked into it before and the thing that kept me away was having to put another computer in my home to run the software and the fact that most of the gateways at the time were almost $1000. A company called HomeSeer has unveiled a new and very small home automation gateway called the HomeTroller-Mini at CES. The device is a tiny gateway that allows people to control their home automation gear using the iPhone or iPad.
The HomeSeer device itself has a 1GHz processor on board and runs a version of Linux. It will work with most home automation brands on the market and supports formats like Z-Wave and a lot more. It can send you reminders about things via text, email, or voice messages. The device will also work to monitor home energy usage as well.
The HomeSeer HomeTroller-mini will work with gear from major players in the home automation market like Cooper, Schlage, Kwikset, Lutron, Leviton, Russound, Microsoft, Centralite, DSC, Aprilaire, ACT, RCS, and others. I works with Z-Wave as I said before and UPB and Insteon protocols are supported too. It will ship in Q2 2011 for under $300.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - JVC has unveiled several new camcorders at CES, but the coolest of them all is certainly the new GS-TD1. The TD1 is the world's first consumer video camera that can record in full 1080p HD in 3D. The camera has dual lenses and each lens gets its own 3.32MP CMOS senor for making the 3D images just like the human eyes do.
Each of those images can be grabbed in 1920 x 1080 resolution and the camera can shoot in LR independent format and can shoot in side-by-side format as well. The camera only has 5x optical zoom. You have to give up some of the zoom you typically get in a camcorder today for the 3D capability.
The camera also has an optical image stabilization system and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD on the side for controlling the camera. The screen can show the 3D video and stills that you shoot with the camera without needing glasses of any sort. It also supports 3D time-lapse recording and it has 64GB of internal storage. Storage can be expanded with SD cards and the camera will sell for $1999.95 when it ships in March.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - When it comes to DJ gear that we see from some companies like Hercules and Pioneer the gear can get to be very expensive. The gear is also very complicated making entry into the world of spinning your own tunes costly in time and money. Hercules has unveiled a new DJ device for the home user that is cheap and promises to be easy for the user to pick up in a few hours rather than days.
The device is called the DJ 4set and it has a pair of large backlit 12cm jog wheels that can be used to scratch and for other things. The backlighting can be changed between green or red depending on what you want. The buttons are backlit as well.
The device has 4-channels including two for mixing and a stereo headphone output for previewing tracks. The four virtual decks allow loops and all sorts of other features. The device has 60-controls in dual deck mode and 112 controls in 4-deck mode. It comes with VirtualDJ LE DJC Edition software. The DJ 4Set will ship in April for $249.99.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - SteelSeries wasn't finished when they announced the Siberia neckband. They've also got a wireless gaming headset on the horizon. Take a look at the upcoming SteelSeries 7XB. This headset is geared towards both the PC and Xbox 360 gamer with its 360-friendly wireless controller plugin.
This wireless headset has a ton of bells and whistles, including 50mm drivers, exchangeable earcups, intelligent wireless which automatically switches frequencies if it detects too much interference, and a sleep mode which automatically shuts down the headset if you lay it down too long. There are three different settings depending on your game: Performance, which focuses on things like gunfire and steps for FPS fans, Immersion for background music, and Entertainment for use during things like TV and movie watching.
The headset takes two AAA batteries that last about 20 hours. Expect it in Q2 of 2011 for $149.99
CES 2011, Las Vegas - SteelSeries has some really cool gaming peripherals and accessories that include speakers and headphones as well as mice and keyboards. The company makes quality gear that gamers around the world use on a daily basis. SteelSeries has added a new headset to its line at CES called the Siberia Neckband that will work with any 3.5mm input device.
The Siberia Neckband is designed to fit behind the user's neck rather than over the head for comfort. If you hate getting your hair smashed, this might be the perfect headset for you. The headphones are aimed directly at Apple users with support for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The inline controller gives control over the track and volume of your music and phone calls.
A retractable mic on one side of the headset allows the user to make and receive phone calls as well. The headset is adjustable to fit a wide range of users and the sound is optimized for bass that is deep and balanced according to SteelSeries. The headset will sell for $79.99 and availability is unknown at this time.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Cooler Master has big plans for their expanding Choiix mobile device accessory line in the next few months, and they were nice enough to invite us to their suite at CES to take a look at the upcoming lineup. Here are just a few products they've got on tap for 2011:
The Choiix BoomBoom portable speakers are getting an upgrade when Choiix releases the BoomBoom 3D. It's not a whole lot different to look at, but there's a noticeable difference in sound quality; especially when you switch it from "Stereo" to "3D" mode, which gives a 2.1 sound effect.
Check out more Choiix goodies in the full link below...