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Tesoro showcases new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 8:08 am

CES 2017 - Tesoro today announced that its new Tuned In-Ear Pro headphones will join the company's fleet of gaming hardware and peripherals.



Tesoro's latest In-Ear Pro headphones are made to combine portability with performance, offering 9.2mm dynamic drivers for impressive sound capabilities across iOS, Android, and PC devices. A steel frame ensures the headphones are protected, and the outer edges are magnetic for easy storage. A tangle-free cord ensures you don't spend time fighting knots while on-the-go, and the 3.5mm headphone jack plugs into most devices on the market.


The headphones will be available for $34.99, but no release info was announced. Check below for a breakdown of available features and full specifications.

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ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 1080 Mini, a super-small beast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 7:28 am

CES 2017 - ZOTAC has their new GeForce GTX 1080 Mini on display at CES 2017, showing off the super-small, but very powerful graphics card in all its glory.




ZOTAC has used a custom PCB for the GTX 1080 Mini, their awesome cooling technology as always, and a single 8-pin PCIe power connector.




The backplate has small holes that will let some of the heat out and away from the PCB, and the heat sink itself runs off the end of the card - and still, it's small.

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NVIDIA reveals 4K 144Hz gaming displays, available soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 6:28 am

CES 2017 - One of the most exciting reveals at CES for me would have to be NVIDIA's tease of 4K gaming displays rocking the deliciously smooth 144Hz refresh rate - and G-Sync, of course.




There are two new models, the first from ASUS in the form of the ROG Swift PG27UQ, while the other is from Acer and their upcoming Predator XB272-HDR. Both of these new 4K 144Hz displays will be released in Q2 2017, with no pricing just yet - but we can be sure they're going to be expensive - and require some beefy GPUs to drive 4K at 144FPS.




Both displays rock the new Quantum Dot technology, with HDR10 support, DP1.4/HDMI 2.0 connectivity, and more. You can be sure that the second these bad boys launch, we'll have them in-house for some serious testing.

NVIDIA announces world's first HDR gaming monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:50 am

CES 2017 - NVIDIA has had quite the CES this year, announcing the world's first HDR gaming displays with G-Sync HDR technology, something it worked with AU Optronics on.




The new G-Sync HDR gaming displays were designed from the ground up for the ultimate in gaming displays, with NVIDIA teasing: "stunning image quality, tear-free and stutter-free G-SYNC smoothness, minimal motion blur, and near-zero input latency, compared to the 22-41ms of latency added by recommended HDR TVs".


Not just that, but the new G-Sync HDR monitors will use Quantum Dot technology, and a full array 384-zone backlight that uses "384 individually-controllable LED backlight zones, light will only be shown when and where it is required, enabling G-SYNC HDR displays to simultaneously produce bright bold colors and deep blacks, reminiscent of the very best plasma displays. Monitors with fewer backlight zones, edge-lit backlight zones, or with only a single global backlight are incapable of matching the contrast and image quality of the new 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors, and with 384 controllable zones we have unparalleled control over the picture, producing the best images you've ever seen on an LCD gaming display".


NVIDIA is also including HDR10 support, which is the HDR format that is being used for PC gaming.

AVADirect is making the 'most advanced' custom gaming PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 5:25 am

CES 2017 - AVADirect is aiming at the gaming PC market in a big way this year, continuing their efforts from 2016 - where they pushed into VR gaming PCs and so much more - but now they're teaming with GIGABYTE on a new gaming PC that they're calling the "most advanced" custom gaming PC.




Inside of the new AVA Z270 Scorpio is GIGABYTE's feature-packed Aorus GA-Z270X-GAMING 7 motherboard, which takes the new Kaby Lake family of CPUs - with the Z270 Scorpio system powered by the Core i7-7700K processor. We also have GIGABYTE's on-board TURBO B-Clock Tuning IC that lets you tune clock rates for performance, stability, and more.


AVADirect will let you customize the AVA Z270 Scorpio with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and a slew of storage options. The components are placed into the system with a "showroom quality appearance", which is clearly visible from the images you can see here.

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Sony entering OLED display market once again

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 3:45 am

While Sony released the very first OLED TV back in 2008; an 11 inch display which sold for $2,500USD, the company abandoned the field to rivals such as LG who went on to solve some of the large scale manufacturing issues. But at CES this week, Sony have announced they're back - and in a big way.




Branded under the Bravia TV line, the A1E series will be available in 55, 65 and 77 inch sizes and will feature 4K resolution, Dolby Vision and base HDR-10 standard, multiple HDMI 2.1 ports and Android TV built in. While Sony aren't producing the panel themselves, the unit will benefit from Sony's experience in image processing and will be built on what they're calling the '4K HDR processor X1™ Extreme'.


Sony's OLED models are expected to roll out sometime mid-year.

Razer's new gaming laptop has 3 x 17-inch displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 1:09 am

CES 2017 - It's not CES without Razer teasing something incredible, and that's what has happened yet again with something they're calling Project Valerie.



Razer's new laptop prototype a lot thicker than we're used to, but it features 3 freakin' displays - yes, not 1 - but 3 displays. Project Valerie has a standard 17-inch display flanked by two more displays, with Razer able to tout Project Valerie is "the world's first portable laptop with three built-in monitors".


The two additional 17-inch displays pop out from the main display, with something that Razer calls "an automated deployment mechanism", where they snap into place without much hassle.


Inside, Razer has used NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, with all 3 displays featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Project Valerie is 1.5 inches thick and weighs a huge 12 pounds, and other than that - the company hasn't teased pricing or availability. I'd expect that we won't see it for months yet, and the price - I don't even want to think about it.

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NVIDIA's new Shield supports 4K HDR, Google Assistant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 6, 2017 12:44 am

CES 2017 - NVIDIA has unveiled the next step in their living room take over with the new Shield, with 4K streaming capabilities, HDR support, and even Google Assistant built-in.



Right now, Google Assistant isn't everywhere - but I use it on my Google Pixel smartphone and it's awesome. On top of that,the new Shield can access 4K content from the likes of Netflix, Google Play Movies, and Vudu. There's also support for Amazon Video in 4K HDR, which isn't widespread on Android TV devices. Better yet, NVIDIA said that the current-gen Shield devices will receive these features later this month.


As for the Google Assistant side of the Shield TV, NVIDIA has unveiled NVIDIA Spot - a new Amazon Echo/Google Home-like device that can be placed anywhere, and is capable of voice commands. It requires Shield TV to work, with NVIDIA throwing in integration into the SmartThings smart home hub, which allows you to control various smart home appliances.


Now, what price are we looking at? NVIDIA has priced the new Shield at $199, but there will be a "fully-featured" Shield Pro package, with the controller, remote with a headphone jack, 500GB of internal storage, and more - which will be available later this month.

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Samsung reveals its first gaming laptop, the Odyssey

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 2:24 pm

CES 2017 - Samsung is entering the battlefield of gaming notebooks with its first-ever performance laptop lineup, the Odyssey.




Samsung's Odyssey line consists of two models that are strikingly similar to the other gaming laptops we've seen unveiled at CES--a model with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, and a premium version with a 17.3-inch FHD display. Much like the fleet of new gaming laptops, Samsung's Odyssey notebooks are customizable as far as specs, and leverage various grades of hardware including up to an Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series video cards, 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, dual storage including a 512GB PCIe SSD and a 1TB HDD.


Also like other OEM lineups, the 15.6-inch Samsung Odyssey will be limited in specs and other features. In fact, the 15.6-inch model features an on board NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 series GPU (2GB GDDR5 VRAM by default, upgradable to 4GB). The premium Odyssey's GPU has yet to be confirmed, but trends indicate it could rock a GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The 17.3-inch model also rocks up to 64GB of DDR4-2400MHz RAM (4 SODIMMs) versus the 15.6-inch's 32GB DDR4-2400 max (2 SODIMMs), and features a USB Type-C port and full RGB keys and 0.5mm volcano keycaps, whereas the 15.6-inch variant features 0.3 crater keycaps.

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Western Digital announces new WD Black NVMe M.2 SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2017 1:35 pm

CES 2017 - Western Digital today announced its new line of PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe SSDs, the WD Black series.




The WD Black SSDs are built on the PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 2280 socket and use the NVMe spec to hit high-end transfers of up to 8Gb/s and keep the actual storage footprint at a minimum. WD Black SSDs come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, and feature enhanced reliability with a Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) rating of 1.75M hours.


As far as performance, the 512GB WD Black SSD trumps the lower model with 2,050 MB/sec read and 800 MB/sec write speeds, whereas the 256GB flavor features 2,050 MB/sec reads and 700 MB/sec write speeds. The series' 4KB random read speeds are rated at 170K IOPS, with the 4KB random writes hit 130 IOPS (256GB) and 134K (512GB).

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