CES 2010 Highlight Wrap-Up In Pictures and Video - HotHardware

CES 2010 Highlight Wrap-Up In Pictures and Video

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Asus used to be known only for their motherboards, but now the company seems to make just about everything tech-related, reaching even beyond notebook, netbooks and components. We got a chance to stop by the booth and checked out a few products that were on display. Here's the scoop...



  
Asus Rampage III Extreme X58 Motherboard

A refresh to the Republic of Gamer's line up is coming soon. The Rampage III Extreme will be the new flagship X58 motherboard from Asus and caters directly to extreme enthusiasts. Besides looking remarkably sexy and having the ability to house four dual slot video cards, we were told that it was designed for LN2 overclocking and no holds barred benchmarking. We definitely like what we see and can't wait to get this baby on our test bench. 



 
Asus Eee Keyboard

The Eee Keyboard has been making the rounds since CES '09 and we saw it once again this year. With a 5 inch touchscreen, 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, 1GB memory, and either a 16GB or 32GB SSD, the Eee Keyboard gives us a glimpse of the future and looks to be ready for prime time, finally.  It was also transmitting its video signal to a high def TV next to it over UWB (ultra-wideband wireless HDMI).  Expect to see the keyboard available as early as February 2010.

 
Asus WiCast EW2000

We've been raving about Intel's WiDi technology lately but Asus has its own similar technology coming in the form of the WiCast EW2000 (also UWB technology). On paper, this product seems to be the superior choice in that it has very little latency (<1ms) and will be capable of transmitting in full HD 1080p (the demo unit could only do 720p), whereas Intel's WiDi revealed detectable latency and supported a maximum of 720p. To Intel's credit, we witnessed WiDi demos in the flesh along with several laptops with it installed and ready to go, while we have yet to see the EW2000 in action. Of course, we're anxious to put WiCast and WiDi to the test to see how they stack up against one another in the real world. 


Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe and M4A89GTD Pro Motherboards

For HTPC enthusiasts, Asus displayed its new AT3IONT-I Deluxe motherboard. This Intel dual-core Atom based product features the NVIDIA MCP7A ION chipset and rather large passive cooling solution that covers most of the board. AMD users also have a new board to look forward to. The M4A89GTD Pro motherboard features the upcoming 890FX chipset, USB 3.0, and SATA 6G capability. Besides sporting 128MB of Sideport memory, details were very limited on the board.      

  
Asus Notebooks

Asus proudly displayed their upcoming notebook line up at their booth as well. We covered these laptops in detail with our CES Showcase coverage of Asus' launched event last week. Check it out for more information on these hot new machines.

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CES 2010 was the reason I couldn't get a good deal at the Wynn Las Vegas during the first week of January...

where did you guys end up staying?

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I'm most looking forward to the Dell's Multi-touch Studio 17 Notebook.

BTW, did I read that correctly the new Qosmio features "either a Core i5 or Core i7 under the hood and up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M for your gaming pleasure."

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The Dell has that GPU to, looks like that will be common fare this year if two of the big boys are ruuning that setup, The reason  I say this is because the components for a laptop setup are quite minimized compared. The whole time I was watching that video I was waiting for Trent Reznor to start singing.

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And I love this NiN song, Gibbs, though it's so very wrong... heh. We definitely had to go with the instrumental version!

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Yeah it is strong , but I know it by heart to so everytime it reached the crescendo where he starts singing I was expecting it. I would imagine you would also get sued if you did not use the instrumental.

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yep, you read that right Gibbs!

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Thanks, I feel like I missed out on a ton these past couple of weeks!

Here's more info on the GTS 360M from Nvidia's page for those interested:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gts_360m_us.html


Oh wait, found this in an article from last week:

"None of the seven new GeForce 300M GPUs are based on the upcoming Fermi architecture, it’s kinda embarrassing for NVIDIA that these chips are still limited to DirectX 10 while ATI will soon unveil the first notebook GPUs with DirectX 11 support."

And then this:

"There wasn't any fanfare accompanying the release of Nvidia's first GeForce 300M series graphics processors this week, and there's good reason for that. The flagship GPU in the new 300M series -- the GTS 360M -- sports the same number of cores (96), same bus width (128-bit) and same memory clock (2GHz) as the GTS 260M, although the 360M is capable of processing slightly more gigaflops (413 versus 396)."

It seems Nvidia just rebranded the 260M... What's the point of getting a laptop with the 300M series, when ATI mobile 5000 supports DirectX 11? The ATI Mobile 5650 offers 572 Gflops of performance vs the GTS 360M's 413.


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they rebrand all the time

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You're right, but with the release of ATI's own mobile cards, I don't know if this will pan out.

That said, Qosmio and Dell have signed up to receive the 360M so I guess it has worked in Nvidia's favor to some extent.

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Oh yeah I am not really cutting down nvidia. Usually one of the rebrands is done because they scaled down the NM or memory, changed power thresholds and or multiple things. They just still run the same core. Either way the performance line generally goes up sometimes quite a bit.

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