CES 2011, Las Vegas - I haven't reviewed a motherboard in several years but I use them daily and build new systems every couple weeks. In 2010 I praised Gigabyte quite a bit for their USB 3.0 work and even used their X58A-UD7 for most of the year for testing storage products on. While running through the CES show floor today the new G1 Killer caught my eye and I had to stop to take a peek.
Here we see the new G1 Killer next to the new P67A-UD7. The G1 is a serious motherboard that will require a new case for most users. Gigabyte told me that only 12 cases on the market will work with the new G1 but many more are on the way.
The P67A-UD7 is no slouch either and it's ten USB 3.0 ports are certainly worthy of high praise. Gigabyte was able to reach this high number by using two NEC USB 3.0 chips and a pair of VIA hubs. The USB 3.0 bandwidth is shared at that point but how many USB 3.0 devices do you plan on running this year? The fun really starts though when you think about the power delivery system since all ten USB 3.0 ports are capable of charging power hungry devices like Apple's Ipad.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - One of Corsair's big announcements at CES this year is the introduction of their very first PC speakers.
You may know Corsair has a newish audio group within its company that has a range of headsets and now Corsair continues its long lasting transition from being just a memory company, to one who I reckon wants to eventually buildup a big enough product portfolio that it can make its own high-end gaming PC systems from its own parts. Alright, so I might be getting ahead of myself here, but this is happening bit by bit.
Back on track, we hooked up with Dylan who is in charge of Corsair audio and he gave us a look at the SP2500 2.1 speaker system. It comes with plenty of neat features I won't begin to pretend I know about, but if you are an audio enthusiast and want a solid set of new PC speakers for your desk, it seems like Corsair is right on the money here.
Dylan from Corsair told us we couldn't turn up the volume, but after just getting done telling us that even at 100% volume there is little to no distortion, he didn't need much arm twisting when we told him we had to crank it up. It sure did get the attention of everyone in the hall. Watch above.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Marvell has another design win in the consumer SSD market. We met with Corsair earlier today and learned Corsair has named their soon to be released Marvell SATA 6G controlled drive P3.The new P3 will feature SATA 6G and very aggressive garbage collection. Since we still don't have TRIM support while using RAID the new Corsair P3 sounds like it will be a very good candidate for ultra high performance RAID arrays.
The new Corsair P3 should be available in the next two to three weeks. At the time of writing it's sounding like SandForce will not have a SATA 6G controller ready in Q1 at all. We are meeting with SandForce in a few hours so just sit tight on the SF timeline.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - During Lunch at Piero's yesterday, the place to go during CES for top quality Italian food, VIA was once again at the event to showcase its newest wares. This year the big thing for VIA Tech is it's new 40nm dual-core CPU called the Nano X2 clocked at 1.4GHz.
Stu from VIA was kind enough to give us a rundown on the product and some of its capabilities in the demo system that was on display. What is impressive is VIA managed to add in a second core, but keep around the same TDP as the single core part.
Watch the video above to get a quick look at it.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - There are a couple real interesting nuggets of information from what we are about to tell you here from our second product look at the Sapphire earlier on yesterday in crazy town Vegas.
Where shall we start with this one? Sapphire has been a big AMD supporter for as long as I can remember, they bust out Radeon after Radeon and see some of the best sales results on the market.
When Bill from Sapphire showed us their new "Mini PC" as it is known for now since it is not yet fully completed, I could have sworn he said ION. But then he said it again and he even said NVIDIA. So, yes folks, Sapphire is mixing things up and getting ready some NVIDIA based products which is real interesting and getting its nose into what they are calling "lifestyle products".
In the video below you get a look at the upcoming "Sapphire Mini PC with some numbers behind it" product and just how small it is, yet how capable it is as a computer.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Earlier on yesterday during the madness that is CES our first meeting was with Bill from Sapphire.
Bill is usually the guy to tell us about their latest and great graphics card, but as you might know, Sapphire is and has been in the process of expanding its line-up of products to cover more than just its core business of VGA.
Our first product look from their suite was their newly released PURE APU Mini-ITX motherboard. For the size of the motherboard, it comes packed with a large amount of features including three display outputs, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth and more. Within the same video above, we also get a look at Sapphire Xtend TV which allows you to easily stream free-to-air TV from your home to wherever you are. Bill was streaming UK TV from his home without any issues at all in the demo we saw.
More coming up from Sapphire in just a bit! Just to end this, Sapphire is working on some real exciting stuff, but during our meeting we hit pen to paper and now our mouths need to be sealed for just a bit longer.
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The latest happenings from around the web - January 7th, 2010
CES 2011 Coverage
- CES 2011: GIGABYTE's G1 Killer Motherboards @ Hardware Canucks
- CES Press Day - Trendnet Coverage @ BCCHardware
- Microsoft Keynote @ CES 2011 @ BCCHardware
- CES 2011: Gigabyte OC Orange Motherboard Sneak Peak @ Hardware Canucks
- CES 2011: Corsair Press Event @ ThinkComputers
- CES 2011: Lucid's Virtu combines Sandy Bridge and discrete graphics features @ PC Perspective
- CES Roundup - Jan 5th, 2011 @ PC Perspective
- CES 2011: NVIDIA Tegra 2 and LG Dual-Core Super Phone @ LegitReviews
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA partner EVGA has shown off some dual-Fermi GPU based goodness. The dual-GPU will be based off of two GTX500 series GPU's, which exact GPU's is unknown at the moment.
The card has 3 DVI outputs, which would lead us to believe it's Surround Vision-capable from the single PCIe product. The card requires dual 8-pin PCIe power, so you'll need some a decent PSU to run this beast. The card also includes SLI which should be capable of attaching another dual-GPU based card and going for 4-way action.