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Gigabyte continues flood of product previews at CES with P8600 gaming mouse

By Don Lynn | Peripherals | Jan 8, 2011 11:49 am CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Gigabyte's been awfully busy with their big announcements like the G1 Killer motherboards and laptops. Peripheral fans also have something to look forward to from Gigabyte as we got a quick look at their upcoming P8600 Aivia gaming mouse.

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Boasting wired or wireless function, swappable rechargeable batteries, ambidextrous grip, and an up to 3500 dpi sensor, Gigabyte is looking to make this a mouse for just about anyone. No official word on launch date or price quite yet.

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Xigmatek hits U.S. shores at CES

By Don Lynn | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 8, 2011 11:28 am CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - While the European market has already had their opportunity to get their hands on Xigmatek's latest chassis, the Pantheon has been unavailable to their fans in the United States. This is getting ready to change as Xigmatek brought their newest midtower to CES and let us have a sneak preview before it hita American retail outlets.

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With a nearly completely tool-less setup, dual 120mm fans cooling the hard drive bays, and watercooling extras like the ability to stealthfully install a dual radiator setup in the top, the Pantheon looks to be one of Xigmatek's most versatile midtowers yet. The huge motherboard cutout accommodates 99.9% of motherboard cooler setups to avoid removing your motherboard for cooler swap.

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GIGABYTE enters the US note/netbook market

By Sean Kalinich | Laptops | Jan 7, 2011 09:12 pm CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas January 7, 2011. GIGABYTE today showed use a trio of mobile computing systems that will be the first GIGABYTE mobile products to be sold in the US. We had the chance to head by the GIGABYTE suite and see these new products.

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When we first saw these we thought they were going to be the usual "Asia/Europe Only" devices. We were soon smiling very widely as we found out they would be available for sale in the US beginning in February.

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MSI AMD 990FX motherboard just sitting around at Vegas look-out (video)

By Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Jan 7, 2011 08:26 pm CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - It's funny the things you find when taking a minute out of your busy CES schedule to admire some of the fantastic views that Las Vegas has to offer.

During our visit to the MSI suite at the lovely Aria hotel today, we spotted an upcoming MSI motherboard called the Big Bang Conqueror just sitting around which we believe is based around the AMD 990FX chipset. This chipset will support future AM3+ processors from AMD and it will be AMD's top dog for overclockers and gamers.

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While we didn't get too many details on the chipset itself, from looking at the board itself we could make quite a few assumptions. The first and third blue PCI-E graphics slots will operate at 16 lanes for full speed AMD Crossfire support and the memory setup uses a standard dual-channel DDR3 configuration. As far as the MSI specific details go, we see the addition of the new Military Class II, OC Genie, SATA 6G, USB 3.0 and more.

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Watch the video above here to get a real close look at it.

OCZ Launches Three New Enterprise SSDs

By Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Jan 7, 2011 08:17 pm CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - OCZ has a trio of new SandForce drives for the enterprise market. The new Vertex 3 EX, Vertex 3 Pro and Z-Drive R3 all made an appearance at their suite.

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The new Z-Drive R3 is a bootable PCIe SSD similar to a RevoDrive but designed for the enterprise market.

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The spec sheet shows the Z-Drive R3 being able to read at up to 1,000MB/s and writing data at 950MB/s.

Check out the full length post for the Vertex 3 EX and Vertex 3 Pro details.

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MSI's Master Overclocking Arena 2011

By Sean Kalinich | Motherboards | Jan 7, 2011 08:06 pm CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 6, 2011 MSI held their Master Overclocking Arena event for the 2011 year. Held at the Pole Position raceway the event was military themed to match MSI's "Military Grade" component that they put on their motherboards. The competition was setup for teams to compete instead of the more traditional single last-man-standing style event that others use. MSI also live streamed the event.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 launching on January 25

By Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Jan 7, 2011 06:31 pm CST

NVIDIA isn't lying still. Their GeForce GTX460 represented some serious bang for buck performance and their upgrade on it is not looking too shabby at all.

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The GTX460 had a truck load of overclocking ability, which MSI and various other companies took advantage of in the form of overclocked models like the famous HAWK cards. Now the GTX560 is ready to use some of this saved up performance and put another dent in the market.

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HomeSeer unveils tiny and green Linux home automation gateway

By Shane McGlaun | Software | Jan 7, 2011 02:02 pm CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Home Automation is really cool and one day I will automate my entire home. I have looked into it before and the thing that kept me away was having to put another computer in my home to run the software and the fact that most of the gateways at the time were almost $1000. A company called HomeSeer has unveiled a new and very small home automation gateway called the HomeTroller-Mini at CES. The device is a tiny gateway that allows people to control their home automation gear using the iPhone or iPad.

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The HomeSeer device itself has a 1GHz processor on board and runs a version of Linux. It will work with most home automation brands on the market and supports formats like Z-Wave and a lot more. It can send you reminders about things via text, email, or voice messages. The device will also work to monitor home energy usage as well.

The HomeSeer HomeTroller-mini will work with gear from major players in the home automation market like Cooper, Schlage, Kwikset, Lutron, Leviton, Russound, Microsoft, Centralite, DSC, Aprilaire, ACT, RCS, and others. I works with Z-Wave as I said before and UPB and Insteon protocols are supported too. It will ship in Q2 2011 for under $300.

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