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NZXT has just taken the covers off its latest gaming case, Khaos.
Just when you thought the computer industry was already flooded with cases, we get another one to add into the mix. NZXT's Khaos was introduced today and it looks like yet another one to add to the potential list for your new box.
It is decked out with loads of great featuring including dual front 12cm fans with LEDs for the bling factor, very cool flappable motherboard tray for easy access and installation, triple 12cm fan bracket to cool hard drives at the front of the case, heatsink style setup at the top if 14cm to dissipate heat through the top of the case, dual PSU support and it comes on wheels for ease of transport - not that this beast would be moving around too much.
It definitely screams "Khaos" and you'll be able to get your piece of the action for $399 USD around the middle of this month.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 There are many companies displaying SSD's at Computex this year and one such example is from Kingmax.
While the products they had were probably just dummy's (they should get some booth staff that can speak English), it would have been nice to see them actually up and running. All these companies claim they have SSD products but unless they are up and running, it doesn't mean much.
Anyway, here are a couple shots of the Kingmax 2.5-inch 64GB SATA-II drive that features a rather stylish looking metal casing with reflective sticker, that made taking photos a joy... NOT!
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Memory company Corsair has helped Dell take their XPS systems to a new level by including 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 DOMINATOR modules in the high performing Dell XPS 730; increasing the optimal memory amount for a gaming-oriented PC by an extra 2GB.
Fremont, CA, June 3, 2008 - Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today that 4GB of overclocked DDR3 memory is now officially ready for prime time. Using Corsair's DOMINATOR memory modules, Dell's XPS 730 gaming desktop runs with rock-solid stability at the overclocked memory frequency of 1600 MHz.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 OCZ is first and foremost a memory maker but these days the company is much more.
We are pushed for time at this moment after a crazy Day 0 but OCZ will soon push out anew line of gaming peripheral products including three keyboards, one mouse and a mouse pad. We're not sure if the mouse pad will be sold separately but it will be bundled with OCZ's range of new high-end upcoming gaming notebooks that we'll get a look at a little later - they use DDR3 memory, so we are limited in what can be said at the moment.
For now, feast your eyes over the following shots - OCZ has taken aim for companies like Logitech and SteelSeries with these products and from what we saw from our brief time with the products, they should do rather well. We'll reserve our full judgments for when we get them in for testing.
More from OCZ a bit later!
GIGABYTE made the next headlines recently regarding its upcoming GK-K8000 which claims to be the world's first mechanical gaming keyboard.
It is mechanical in the sense that it uses non-click Cherry MX-linear keys which is said to guarantee a life cycle of up to 60 million keystrokes. Do the math on that!
It marks the first entrant for GIGABYTE into the PC gaming peripherals market and has indeed sparked some attention. It has a truck load of features which we will cover in our exclusive review soon but to summarize some of the features - it has 10 programmable gaming hotkeys that supports up to 103 customizable profiles. These profiles are also able to be setup and changed with the included 512KB onboard memory through the GHOST Engine software suite.
If that is not enough for you, the GK-K8000 even includes the C-Media 6300 single audio chip for USB stereo audio for microphone in & earphone out.
We got an updating on when the keyboard will hit store shelves and the date we were told was at the end of April.
We've just found out that Gigabyte has released information about it's up and coming retail branded PC's and one of the first models will be the Eagles, which is a high-end gaming system which will ship with a watercooling setup as standard. The black tower case with a full-length door doesn't look like any of Gigabyte's own brand cases and even things like the motherboard model name doesn't look familiar.
We're not sure if it's a good idea on Gigabyte's behalf to start competing with what inadvertently are their customers for many of their other product ranges. None the less, looking at the specifications of the Eagles system, this could possibly prove to be a successful venture for Gigabyte.
We're talking X38 chipset, support for either DDR2 or DDR3 memory, a choice of Intel Core 2 Quad and Duo processors, a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card and an 800W PSU as part of the package. It should also come with a multi-format DVD writer, a Western Digital Raptor hard drive if we're reading the specs right and onboard Intel Gigabit Ethernet.
There's a lot of information missing, such as when and where it will be available and how much it'll cost. We're going to get in touch with Gigabyte and see if we can't manage to find out some more information for you, but no promises this time.
You can find the product spec page here
It seems like there's no end of new gaming keyboards this week and the latest one comes from another traditional mouse mat manufacturer, Everglide. Their new gaming keyboard goes under the name of the Everglide DKTboard and it's sold in a bundle with a DKTmat.
Apparently the DKTboard has been designed and engineered with help from Razer. The keyboard features a slim key-cap structure that is meant to deliver faster response and a more tactile comfort. It also comes housed in an aluminium casing to add to the ruggedness.
The keys are backlit, but this can be turned on or off and there are eight hotkeys for quick access to applications. The DKTboard comes in either silver or black and retails for US$69.99 which is quite affordable compared to the new 7G from SteelSeries.
You can find the product page here
Although information about the OLED equipped DGL-4500 gaming router from D-Link has already leaked out onto the web, the company has finally launched it and it looks like it might be worth it for serious gamers. Not only does it have four Gigabit LAN ports, but even the WAN port supports Gigabit speeds, which is great if you happen to have a really fast internet connection unlike most.
It also features Draft-N Wi-Fi and it has three removable antennas and D-Link has added an extra twist by allowing it to work on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band with speeds of up to 300Mbit. There's a USB port on the back as well, but sadly this is not for external storage, nor will it function as a print server, as this is simply for Windows Connect Now profiles to be copied onto a USB flash drive.
The OLED display is mostly just for looks and the brag factor, but it does display a few useful feature such as up and download speeds and router settings and it will also double up as a clock and calendar. We're sold anyhow, as it makes a fairly mundane piece of hardware look cool.
Finally we have D-Link's Gamefuel setting, which prioritises game packets over other network traffic to give you the lowest possible ping times and enough bandwidth so you don't lag out when it really counts. It also features more standard router features such as an SPI firewall, WEP and WPA encryption, NAT and VPN pass-trough.
The only downside as we can see it is the retail price of US$239.99 which is quite steep for a router. You can find the product page here
Now we usually leave the gaming stuff to TweakTown Games, but the "new" 40GB PS3 announcement made us a little bit upset to say the least. Whereas in Europe the "new" lesser PS3 will set you back AU$625, it will cost you $699 in Australia, uhm why? As if this wasn't bad enough, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is dropping the price of the 60GB starter pack to the equivalent of AU$782 while SCE Australia has figured there's no need to drop the $999 price tag according to Kotaku
The "new" lesser PS3 has as you've most likely already guessed a 40GB hard drive, but this in itself isn't what makes it so much cheaper, as Sony has removed a few more features just in case to try to spend as little cash as possible on its new entry level model. The multi-slot card reader is gone and so is a pair of USB ports, so you're left with only two on the "new" version.
Of a bigger concern is the fact that SCE has completely removed all backwards compatibility with the PS2, which means you can play all of around 65 games in time for the Christmas holidays. Sure, it will still play Blu-ray movies, but there are even some suggestions that there is a new optical drive in it that won't read DVD's. However, there's always the possibility that Sony is working on a full software emulation solution for PS2 games.
This is what Michael Ephraim, the boss of SCE Australia had to say "The introduction of the new PS3 has been the result of extensive research into the entertainment needs and preferences of the next generation of PS3 owners. It has allowed us to deliver an extremely advanced, yet incredibly affordable High Definition gaming and entertainment system, configured to the needs of the next generation of PS3 owners."
For US$30 more you can have the Xbox 360 Elite if you're that way inclined, or you could just not worry about it for now and pick up a second hand PS3 online after the holidays, since we're sure a lot of people will be selling their pressies, at least if they get one of these...
You can have a look at Sony Australia's Playstation site here
HP has launched a dedicated site for its upcoming Blackbird 002 high-end gaming PC and it looks like one sweet machine. A lot of the technology in the Blackbird 002 comes from HP's Voodoo PC purchase and the brains of Rahul Sood. The Blackbird 002 even features a Voodoo DNA logo inside the chassis to show that this system is something special.
Not only is it gorgeously designed, but it's also really tidy inside, something we can't say about some HP PC's we've seen in the past. It's possibly the cleanest build we've ever seen. It's also got a lot of interesting design features such as watercooling by Danish Asetek, a special airflow system and a unique stand that the whole case rests on.
But a good design is nothing if the hardware inside it doesn't back it up and the Blackbird 002 has enough grunt in it to please even the most demanding of users. You have a choice of Core 2 Duo/Quad/Extreme CPUs as well as the AMD Athlon X2 6000+ and this can be combined with a selection of DDR2 memory with the top of the range option being from Corsair.
The motherboard in the Intel rig is an Asus Republic of Gamer Striker Extreme based on the Nvidia 680i SLI chipset. Graphics card options range from dual 8800 GTX cards (oddly enough the Ultra doesn't seem to be on offer) to 8800 GTS and 8600 GTS if you want Nvidia and Radeon HD 2900 XT with 512MB or 1GB or the Radeon HD 2600 XT if you want AMD.
Other options include an Ageia PhysX card, although HP is listing it as a PCI Express card, something we didn't know was available from Ageia currently. There are five hard drive bays and HP offers a wide range of drive options here from a 150GB 10,000 rpm WD Raptor to a RAID array with drives ranging from 320 to 750GB. The optical drive bays are quite odd, as the Blackbird 002 features a single 5.25in drive bas as well as two slim drive bays for slot loading laptop style drives.
It's also got a very neat popup panel at the top that houses a multi format card reader, a FireWire port, two USB 2.0 ports and a headphone and mic jack. HP also offers the Blackbird 002 with two different X-Fi cards as an option over the onboard HD audio of the Asus motherboard. The PSU is a massive 1,100W and should have plenty of juice to power the machine.
The price you're asking? Well, it doesn't seem like the Blackbird 002 will come with a monitor or any speakers or other accessories at that, which make this one of the most expensive base units ever. The starting price is US$2,500, but this is for the standard version, the LC and LCi models are even more expensive and the top of the range model is currently listed at US$7,100 which is a shed load of cash to spend on a computer, no matter how good it is.
You can check out some more pictures and information here