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What's new with Swiftech at CES? One of the most awesome AIO water coolers ever

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:42 am

CES 2013 - Unless you live under a rock, it is very likely you already want to get your hands on this sweet little AIO system from Swiftech. The H220 has to be the epitome of what users have cried out for in all the years that Asetek and CoolIT have been dropping the ball and pushing virtually the same products for years with only slight adjustments to their designs, but no matter what, once the seal on an average AIO is broken in any fashion, or you attempt to mod them, you surely throw away the warranty for your efforts.

 

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Swiftech is turning the AIO community on its ear as they display the H220 in its CES suite. I have seen a lot of the press information prior to CES, but that means nothing compared to a hands on view of the product. I know this system is mod-able under warranty, but the amount of fine detail, craftsmanship, and the fact that the unit comes completely assembled, even with the fans on it, so that users can take fan screws and slap it inside of the chassis with very little effort, is just fantastic.

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A look at Thermaltake's new air and water cooling products at CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:34 am

CES 2013 - Thermaltake is all about trying new things in cooling, and just letting the ball land where it may, and this year is no different. Where last year we were looking at the Frio Extreme, one of Tt's largest air coolers, there must have been some backlash to inspire the new Nic series of air cooling. If these four new air coolers weren't enough, the Water 2.0 series has been revised, and now Thermaltake has gone to version 3.0.

 

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With the new Nic series of coolers, the Nic stands for non-interference cooler, the main goal here is to get as much cooling potential as possible to allow users a great TDP range of coolers that do not impede on the DIMM slots, nor do they run into any of the power delivery heat sinks found on most motherboards today.

 

The lineup consists of the F3, F4, C4, and C5, with TDP ratings of 180W, 200W, 220W and 230W respectively. Also in this line, you can opt for something smaller and cooled with a single 120mm fan, or go for the gusto with coolers that have shrouds to contain the air flow, or go with a pair of 120mm fans to allow you the best performance of both flavors of the Nic series.

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SAPPHIRE shows off new EDGE SFF PC, powered by AMD APU

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 9:05 am

CES 2013 - At SAPPHIRE's suite, they were showing off an extremely small form factor PC based upon the AMD APU. The system was about as small as your average router, which means it is smaller than most set-top boxes. The system actually looks very much like a router and would be perfect as an HTPC.

 

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SAPPHIRE bills the system as being good for at home, an engineer, retail, business, gaming, and digital signage. It features either an AMD A4 dual-core or an AMD A8 quad-core, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an either a 320GB HDD or 500GB HDD, depending on the model. The thing really is tiny and full-featured.

NVIDIA plays catch up on GPU rebadging, wave hello to the GeForce GT 730M and GeForce 710M parts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 8:36 am

I'm not a fan of rebadging GPUs, as you can see here with our AMD Radeon HD 8000M Series news, but it looks like NVIDIA have also pulled out their huge green rubber rebadging stamp, too. Le sigh.

 

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NVIDIA are pushing new parts out to OEMs, with two being unveiled thus far: The GeForce GT 730M and GeForce 710M, there aren't many details on them at all, but AnandTech have used their magic powers to try and figure out what we should expect, as the picture above shows.

 

The 730M looks like a GK107-like rebadge, which we have now as the 640M, which supports Kepler-based tech such as TXAA, PCIe 3.0 and DisplayPort 1.2. This could end up being a 650M rebadge, but we won't know for a little while yet. The other part listed is the GeForce 710M which should be a GF117 rebadge, and should end up being a rehashed 620M. This chip doesn't support Kepler features such as PCIe 3.0, TXAA or resolutions above 2560x1600.

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ASUS coming out with ROG SSD PCI-e card called RAIDR, will show up around Q2, shows off at CES 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 8:00 am

CES 2013 - ASUS was showing off a new SSD PCI-e card that they are planning on bringing out in Q2 of this year. The details are slim and ASUS isn't talking. ASUS wouldn't give any details about the controller, NAND, or really anything else, including the interface. They did say that it was in development for around 10 months.

 

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Thermaltake rehashes Chaser MK1 cases and introduces the Urban series at CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:51 am

CES 2013 - The chassis selection from Thermaltake was a bit more limited this year at CES, and there weren't any signs of modded chassis' like the Mayan Mod that attracted so much attention last year, but that isn't to say that they had nothing to offer. In fact, while on one hand the Chaser series got a pair of new color choices, there was a quartet of chassis from a whole new line to also bring the techies to the yard.

 

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Thermaltake had a table with many more Chaser chassis' that we have already seen in black, with many various configurations of cooling mounted inside of them to show off the room and capability of handling both the AIO coolers and tower coolers, at the one end of that table was a pair of Chaser cases in new flavors. As you can see there is now a light blue version and a white version with light blue trim to add to this well know fleet of cases.

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RockDoc and Pitbull launch new portable speaker line through VisionTek

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:37 am

RockDoc have teamed up with quite the international music superstar, Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull - you know, Mr Worldwide. They've both teamed up to develop a "revolutionary portable speaker line" which is based on their Proprietary Weave Technology.

 

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VisionTek have stepped in to bring the line-up of RockDoc-branded products to the North American market this holiday season. RockDoc's series of Pitbull speakers will "change the way you listen to music, at a price that will not slow you down". RockDoc and VisionTek will make the new line of products available through GameStop, BestBuy, Fry's Electronics, CDW, Dell, Costco and other retailers and partners.

 

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The new products from include the RockDoc POWER which sports 4GB of on-board memory, 1-reflex floating portable speaker that features two Pitbull songs and comes with an MSRP of $39.99. The RockDoc BOOM also sports 4GB of internal memory, a 2-way portable speaker and includes two Pitbull songs and an MSRP of $49.99. Lastly, there's the RockDoc Bluetooth 2-way portable speaker with an MSRP of $59.99.

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Netflix announces 'Super HD', as well as 3D streaming for certain ISPs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:35 am

Netflix have used the cover, or not, of CES to announce some new enhanced streaming options for users on certain ISPs, these new options have confirmed the often rumored availability of 'Super HD" streaming.

 

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Super HD streaming is Netflix's name for streaming 1080p content, as well as 3D. Both services are available right now, as long as you're a Netflix subscriber with Cablevision or Google Fiber. Oh. For those lucky enough to jump on Super HD, you'll have the option of using a slew of devices: Nintendo's Wii U, compatible Roku players, Apple TV, Windows 8-based PCs, and certain Smart TVs and Blu-ray players.

Thermaltake at CES 2013 offer some old and new, but nothing borrowed, or blue

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:23 am

CES 2013 - I started my morning with a trip to the Thermaltake suite, and since it is very much a part of my segment, I was immediately attracted to the new peripherals setting against a couple of walls in the room. While it is always good to see a good product that has already made a great name for itself gets revised, it is much better to see something new. Two of the products you are about to see are slight rehashes of older products, but one new peripheral is a mix of Thermaltake and an Xbox controller!

 

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Starting off whit the White Ra inspired design, the Saphira optical sensor based mice are getting new clothes. As you can see, this is a product that has been around for a bit, but now is dressed in seven new colors. So while you may not have enjoyed the look of the original design, Thermaltake is now delivering the Saphira in anything from olive drab and digital camouflage to five solid colors that should allow for users to buy mice to match system colorations.

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CoolerMaster's new cooling discovered during CES 2013

By: Chad Sebring | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 9, 2013 7:04 am

CES 2013 - As I toured the CoolerMaster suite to see what is new this year the first thing I was drawn to at a table was covering all of the new cooling solutions that they plan to bring out this year. They have a couple of takes on products that we have seen and one of which I am currently awaiting my sample of.

 

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If you have paid attention, you are likely already aware of the Eisberg customizable water kits. CoolerMaster has seen some action and much interest in this design. In fact, they have actually started at this point offering the Eisberg Solo. Essentially this is the workhorse of all of the Eisberg systems, but now CoolerMaster is offering the head unit with the built in pump and reservoir for the completely custom cooling desires of many builders. This way you get the compact, AIO style of the head unit, but with the ability to now use your own tubing, fittings, and radiators to get exactly what you want from the Eisberg without having the spend for all the extras that you really had no desire to use in some instances anyways.

 

The depressing part of this is that there wasn't a set price that I am aware of, and there was no discussion of an actual date of availability. Since the Eisberg kits are already in retail markets, the availability really isn't in question, but the pricing will make a big decision for those interested in using the Solo for their own custom water cooling loops.

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