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ASUS and MSI at CES 2011
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 4:34P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a press conference held well before the official CES launch, ASUS unveiled four new Eee models, all of which are touch-enabled and can be considered "tablets". These include the feature-rich and powerful "Eee Slate" 12.1-inch, the Eee Pad Transformer (a personal favorite), the super small Eee Pad MeMo and also the Eee Pad Slider.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

CES 2011: CES UNVEILED Roundup
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 4:33P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The CES 2011 Trade chow produced by CEA will be the largest show held in Vegas since the inception of CES. CES Unveiled the first of press event of CES kicked off at the Venetian on Tuesday January 4th. Over 60 different companies comprised the sneak-peak event held a couple of days before the main trade show begins at the Las Vegas Convention Center this Thursday. Join us as we highlight some of this years exhibition products…
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card in Crossfire
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our second HD 6970 arrived and it was from no one other than AMD themselves. We knew that there was only one thing to do, though, and that was to Crossfire this bad boy. In October we saw the HD 6800s launch and when we tested them in Crossfire we were amazed at the awesome scaling the series was offering. While we probably should've done the HD 6950 first, the bottom line was that I was just too excited to see what the HD 6970 could do, so I threw that to the top of the pile. I had my fingers crossed that the scaling we saw in the HD 6800 series was also going to show with the HD 6900s series. There was only one way to find out, though, and that was to test them."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Thermaltake Toughpower XT 875W Power Supply
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 4:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Thermaltake is well known for their quality power supplies and the examples we have seen here at TweakTown are certainly no exception. The last time we took a look at Thermaltake PSU, it performed almost flawlessly. This time around we are taking a look at something that appeals to more than just the hardcore enthusiast crowd. The Toughpower XT 875W power supply is beefy enough to support dual GPU's and still offers plenty of connectors for other peripherals inside the computer. Keep reading on to find out all about it and how well it fairs against our gauntlet of tests."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

GIGABYTE Aivia K8100 Gaming Keyboard
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 4:01P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"GIGABYTE is making waves in a whole lot of computer component segments. Mostly known for their motherboards and video cards, the company has been branching out into a ton of new sectors lately. The gaming centered peripherals market is one of those areas as their mouse line-up has gotten positive reviews from a lot of places. GIGABYTE is now building on that positive momentum and bringing on their first keyboard aimed specifically at gamers with the introduction of their Aivia series K8100 gaming keyboards. Available in black, red, or yellow, these keyboards are designed to turn heads with their flashy design and look, but as we all know, flash is nothing without performance. Aivia stands for advanced, intuitive, and versatile interface archetype, so let's dig in and see if the K8100 holds to the standards that GIGABYTE has set."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I can honestly say I wasn't 100% sure we would see this day, this year. Twelve months ago it was all about the GTX 480 which at this stage was already delayed by a month. Jump forward twelve months and the HD 6900 series which was due to come out this time last month wasn't here. Little information on the model on all levels didn't help increase confidence levels, but fortunately it doesn't matter now; the card did make it this year, and we know that stock has been shipped to suppliers and it seems shipped in decent quantity, too. AMD has managed to scrape in just before the holidays and the question on everyone's mind is, was it worth the wait? And do I buy this over one of the NVIDIA offerings?"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Seagate Introduces GoFlex for Mac External Drives
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 1:47P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2011 International CES — Addressing the personal preferences of the Mac community, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) today introduced a new collection of GoFlex™ for Mac external drives designed to make it easy for those who use Mac OS X and Time Machine to backup, shuttle, or share their digital content.

These new portable and desktop solutions are HFS+ formatted out-of-the-box, making them fully compatible with Apple Time Machine® backup software, while maintaining the ability to work across both Microsoft® Windows® and Mac OS X computers. A truly unique feature, GoFlex for Mac drives can also be used with computers running Windows by simply downloading an HFS+ driver for Windows from Seagate.com, which will provide full read-write access to the drive from a Windows computer.

Each GoFlex for Mac product comes bundled with FireWire® 800 and USB 2.0 adapters and cables—the most popular interfaces for Apple computers — but also delivers the flexibility to change the drive’s interface to USB 3.0 or powered eSATA for use with Windows computers. The GoFlex™ interface cables help deliver the speed, performance and connectivity people need, as well as to help safe guard their investments against changing technology. To deliver a fresh look that fits seamlessly with today’s Apple product line, each 2.5-inch, ultra-portable drive in the family features a durable, soft-touch, metallic finish, which is also designed to withstand scratches, fingerprints or other marks incurred from travel.

The new line-up of GoFlex™ for Mac external drives include:

  • GoFlexTM for Mac ultra-portable drive — This 2.5-inch portable drive is now designed specifically for use with Apple’s Time Machine right out-of-the-box, easily go back in time to access changes or file updates were before they were made. MSRP $199.99 for 1TB, and $249.99 for 1.5TB.
  • GoFlexTM for Mac Limited Edition ultra-portable drive — The GoFlex™ for Mac Limited Edition ultra-portable drive packs 1TB of storage into the standardized 2.5-inch form factor, making it the slimmest high-cap drive available on the market today. With a depth of 12.5mm and shorter in length than an iPhone, the GoFlexTM for Mac Limited Edition is perfect for use with GoFlex TV or GoFlex Net. MSRP $199.95 for 1TB.
  • GoFlexTM Pro for Mac ultra portable — This 7200RPM, 2.5-inch drive delivers advanced performance for those professionals who place high demands on their storage, such as graphic artists, musicians, videographers or photographers. Using the included FireWire 800 cable to achieve transfer speeds up to three times faster than USB 2.0. MSRP $149.99 for 500GB; $179.99 for 750GB.
  • GoFlexTM Desk for Mac drive — This 3.5-inch high-capacity external drive includes a flexible design that can sit horizontally or vertically to fit your workspace. Back up files using Apple’s Time Machine. Optional software displays the drive’s real-time capacity with lights on the dock and includes other useful tools. MSRP $219.99 for 2TB; $279.99 for 3TB.
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSWIRE

 
Micron Unveils Bigger, Faster C400 SSD - Hands On
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 1:25P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier today, before the onslaught of consumer tech goodness that is CES 2011, our man Mat Miranda had a chance to catch up with Micron representatives at the Storage Vision 2011 conference that is taking place before CES 2011 opens in sunny Las Vegas. Micron it appears is readying their next generation of SSDs to follow-up their very successful RealSSD C300 line-up. The new top-end range of the family will be named, you guessed it, C400 and in the event you were feeling really clairvoyant, you might also guess that Micron is rolling out SSDs that are bigger and faster versus the previous generation…
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Lenovo CES 2011 Launch Coverage
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:55P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Lenovo are hitting CES hard and fast this year and up to about a month before CES the company has been briefing us on some of the exciting new products that will be making an appearance. There are three main areas; the new ThinkPad Edge Laptops, IdeaPad Notebooks and IdeaCenter All in One unit. Lenovo really do have some sweet devices coming out over the coming months and hopefully we'll get a chance to take a look at some of them in more detail. The stand outs for me personally would have to be the B520 IdeaCentre with support for 3D Vision and in the laptop department the V series with some added color and the Y570d with 3D Vision support which includes 3D Glasses."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

ASUS CES 2011 Press Conference
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:40P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CES 2011 could probably be dubbed "The Tablet Show" thanks to the amount of tablets that are going to be announced and shown off during this year's show. ASUS is hoping to become one of the major players in the tablet market and focused a good majority of their press conference on their new line of Eee tablets. . .
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 Review
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So you're looking to build an entry level Sandy Bridge computer; which H67 board will win?
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D

CES 2011: Four New Tablets Coming From Asus
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:10P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At the annual Asus press conference held a couple of days before CES, Jonney Shih gave us a sneak peek of the company's tablet lineup. We’ve got pics, specs, and information regarding the upcoming Asus Eee Pad Slider, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad MeMO, and the long awaited Eee Slate EP 121...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Asus Crosshair IV Extreme Review: Lucid HydraLogix inside
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, we reviewed a handful of budget AM3 motherboards and were surprised at the quality offered by sub-$100 products. Since AMD owns the entry-level CPU market, it only makes sense that there are plenty of affordable motherboards, but with the Phenom II X6 range gaining popularity, users are once again looking to invest big in the AM3 platform. The Asus Crosshair IV Extreme is set to sell for $300, easily making it the most expensive AM3 product around and costing considerably more than the already opulent Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7. With most high-end AM3 motherboards priced below $200, you have to wonder what is so special about Asus' offering. Without beating around the bush, what separates the Crosshair IV Extreme apart from the pack is Asus' CrossLinx 3 technology. This allows users to mix and match multiple graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia, including models of different GPU generations. CrossLinx 3 uses the Lucid HydraLogix engine, which bridges various graphics cards to enable their simultaneous usage.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

ASUS ENGTX580 Voltage Tweak - SLI
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When the GTX 580 launched, most manufactures were not able to come out with their own overclocked versions of the GTX 580. ASUS was one of the few manufacturers to have factory overclocked cards with the launch: the ASUS ENGTX580 Voltage Tweak. It is a bit ridiculous that the core speed on this card has only been raised from 772MHz to 782MHz, but ASUS claims it produces about 50% more speed, higher performance, and greater satisfaction. We'll put that statement to the test in our overclocking section, and we'll also have some numbers for certain benchmarks.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked Video Card Review
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Rage3D reviews the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked edition, and tries out Nvidia Surround for the first time. Join us for GTX 580 SLI head to head against Quad Crossfire, in the form of overclocked HD 5970s and Crossfire HD 5870 2GB cards, all in glorious HD and 6 megapixel triple display resolution! "
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D

ASUS Xonar Xense 7.1 Premium Gaming Audio Set
     Wed, Jan 05 2011 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS hasn't been in the PC audio market for all that long but in a short amount of time, they have gained the respect of many hard to please audio aficionados. Their latest creation is the Xense 7.1; an all-in-one solution that incorporates a sound card and a set of specially modified Sennheiser headphones. The goal of the Xense is to provide the perfect soundscape for gamers who want to dabble in all forms of auditory fields but will this make it a jack of all trades but master of none?
  FULL STORY @ PREMIUM

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