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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.
TweakTown CES 2011 Media Party LIVE STREAM!
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011, GIGABYTE gives a sneak peak at a new overclocking board. During the launch of the G1-Killer line of motherboards Tim Handly gave the audience a glimpse of a new board built just for overclocking. The new and unnamed board has been designed by Hi Cookie himself. Tim teased the crowd with very few (almost none) details and a 5 second look at the board ona slide.
ccording to what we have been able to tell the board has been stripped of everything you do not need to overclock. The removal of these "useless" peripherals you have a very simplified trace layout, power managemet scheme and you can tune for performance much easier than a board that is loaded up (even one that alows you to diable those items). Tim also noted that this baord is being designed by Hi Cookie himself so you know it is going to be good.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011 GIGABYTE launched thier new series of gaming motherboards; the G1-Killer series. In what was setup to look like a paramilitary rally GIGABYTE launched three new motherboards designed for gaming. These new boards are aimed straight at the gamer with many features that will appeal to even the most deamanding of customers. These boards are part of GIGABYTE's war on gaming. Each is deisgned like the perfect soldier. GIGABYTE calls these parts Super Sight, Super Speed, Super Hearing and Super Shield.
Wow - rumors are coming in thick and fast for this! Rumor is that the next Call of Duty title might be a prequel to the super-awesome Modern Warfare. According to the rumor, this new game will explore the backstory of the "Ghost" character and explain how he was recruited into Task Force 141.
Included in the rumor is the game will run on the Modern Warfare 2 engine, rather than new tech. The biggest bit of this rumor is that Raven Software may be taking the helm in this new title. There has recently been a job advert for a lead FX person mentioning that it requires driving the development of stunning visual effects for "an established console-based, realistic, first-person military shooter".
It's only been a week since fail0verflow revealed a hack to the PS3's near-impenetrable security. Another hacker who goes by the name "KaKaRoToKS" has gone a step further by delivering tools that will let you convert your standard PS3 firmware into some swish custom firmware.
This custom firmware is not about piracy though, with "KaKaRoToKS" saying "Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Valve co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell, took the stage at CES and has called Intel's Sandy Bridge processor "a game changer".
Intel's Sandy Bridge family puts a much larger emphasis on visual performance, thanks to it's integrated 32nm GPU. With laptops becoming a much bigger bit of the pie in sales, this is a win for Valve - higher end graphic performance on laptops could potentially help Valve's scalable Source engine.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA have announced their new notebook GPU's in the form of the GeForce 500M GPU range. The new GPU's include the GT 540M, GT 550M and the GT 555M.
All of them are promising at least four times the performance of current integrated solutions and two times the DirectX 11 performance of competing GPU's. The 520M and 525M are mainstream parts, with all three GPU's supporting Optimus technology which provides better battery life by switching between integrated GPU and discrete GPU.