CES 2010 Highlight Wrap-Up In Pictures and Video

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas gets the year going in the right direction for everyone in the high tech industry. It allows manufacturers to showcase their current products to thousands of media outlets, as well as give a sneak peak at impending launches all the while creating buzz and excitement among consumers.  And yeah, It's not bad for a few thousand press folks like us as well.

Although we already showed you several noteworthy products in our various CES Showcase, there's still a bit more to cover. Companies tend to go all-in during CES and show us more exciting hardware than we can analyze in just one or two articles. Here's a wrap up to our CES 2010 coverage that includes spotlights on Intel, Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, Dell, OCZ, CyberPower, Toshiba, Sony and more.   

First we'll tee up a little video reel for you, then you can browse the still shots and color commentary at your leisure...



Intel's super-cool Internet content visualizer in 3D, or something like that anyway. 


Intel's Booth featuring Light Peak and petite Clarkdale Core i5 goodness

Back in September, we wondered out loud if Intel would productize expansion boards that featured their Light Peak technology or if we would have to wait a bit longer to actually see it in the flesh. We apparently found our answer during our meeting with Intel. They showed us a prototype PCIe board that featured USB-like ports  (mechanically only and not actually wired over USB of course) on each side. For the uninformed, Light Peak is an optical, high speed interconnect technology announced at IDF '09 and provides data rates of 10 Gigabits and beyond. It allows the use of multiple protocols on a single fiber-optic cable, provides higher bandwidth than current technologies, and integrates smaller connectors with longer cable lengths possible versus standard copper.  Intel claims, though it is very early, that it could very well replace every peripheral connection port on the PC, consolidating all IO communications over a single cable.

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gibbersome 4 years ago

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?

gibbersome 4 years ago

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."

rapid1 4 years ago

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.

Dave_HH 4 years ago

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

rapid1 4 years ago

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.

Dave_HH 4 years ago

yep, you read that right Gibbs!

gibbersome 4 years ago

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.


rapid1 4 years ago

they rebrand all the time

gibbersome 4 years ago

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.

rapid1 4 years ago

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.

gibbersome 4 years ago

Yeah, I just got really excited when I read Nvidia 360M. Anyway, it seems Nvidia's reserving the 380M for Fermi and DirectX 11 so that's something to hold on to.

EnigmaCypher7 4 years ago

Wish I could get out to one of the CES conventions, or an E3 for that matter. Maybe if we all ask real nice the Hot Hardware guys could make a contest and score the lucky winner some tickets for next years. =D

rapid1 4 years ago

Yeah EnigmaCypher7 that would be a nice contest. I would definitely like to go to CES next year. I wonder if there going to the big one in Germany in the spring. It is usually the largest convention even over CES.

gibbersome 4 years ago

But having such a convention in Las Vegas, wow, what a scene it must have been. I remember calling the Wynn in November asking them about their room rates in January and I got the response that due to an "engineering" convention, they're mostly sold out. I figured out later that they were talking about CES 2010.

I wonder if I could have seen a lot of the booths and just grab someone else's badge at the entrance like in the movie, "Up in the Air".

 

Dave_HH 4 years ago

Hmm... interesting idea.

EnigmaCypher7 4 years ago

You know you want to.....(=P)

rapid1 4 years ago

That huge 3D touch screen is really cool thats what they should use in subway stations malls and in big downtown areas shilded for weather where needed of course.

Soupstyle 4 years ago

I totally want that Republic of Gamers PC, so awesome looking. Can anyone tell me what that Cooler Master cooling unit was?

Soupstyle 4 years ago

Also that huge multi-touch display is awesome. I wish I had the resources to be able to run those Eyefinity displays too, so cool!

gibbersome 4 years ago

So what is this fascination with girls with animal paint?

Soupstyle 4 years ago

@gibber's animal girls

wtf? lol that is messed up.

gibbersome 4 years ago

I was wondering about that too.

Also, is the Asus Eee a computer in a keyboard?

rapid1 4 years ago

I think it's a netbook but they use the Eee for several things I believe

gibbersome 4 years ago

Yeah, they're using the same designation for their Asus Eee Keyboard.

It has a 5 inch touchscreen, 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1GB memory, and a 16 GB SSD drive. It also has WiDi to send your display out to a TV screen or other monitor. Essentially it's like a keyboad-all-in-one, lol. It's a really cool idea and given more powerful hardware, I can see it becoming a mainstay in some media centers.

Just imagine coming home from work and sitting on your recliner and instead of going for the remote you reach for your keyboard instead!

rapid1 4 years ago

yeah that sounds pretty accurate gibber like everything else at CES it does more faster with more interaction on tap. The moveme!nt of technology in general is at an incredibly fast pace. I am currently reading an article in Popular Mechanic about robots. They say we will have them for general usage (Humanized Robots) in 5 years. Can you believe that 5 years !

gibbersome 4 years ago

"But one of the products that caught our eye was the Big Bang Fuzion motherboard which features Lucid's Hydra chip and supports the combination of ATI and NVIDIA videocards."

 

I was wondering what became of Lucid's Hydra chip...so this is absolutely awesome! Yes folks, this is MSI's motherboard which will offer cross-vendor GPU support (you can insert any combination of Nvidia or ATI into the motherboard). The motherboard will have the LGA1156 socket, capable of supporting Intel’s Core i3/i5/i7 processors, anduses the Intel P55 chipset, has 3 PCI Express x16 slots, and supports SLI and ATI Crossfire configs!! I don't know if it will support USB 3.0 though.

Also, it's already on retail in Japan for ~$400. For a starting point, that's not bad all. It will continue to drop as more and more motherboard support the technology. The other great thing about Lucid Hydra was that SLI and Crossfire are supposed to scale a lot better with it. This would be a bigger advantage for ATI as their Crossfire has usually trailed SLI in performance.

[View:http://images.tweaktown.com/news/1/4/14024_06.jpg]

 

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/14024/msi_s_lucid_hydra_equipped_big_bang_fuzion_spotted_on_sale_in_japan/

 

rapid1 4 years ago

Yeah the hydra chip is going to change some things for sure. Think about running a 295 and a 5970 together with a 5850 or 285 physics card. I actually find it quite funny with my 5850 I can generally just crank everything up all the way and still get great frame rates. The software market really needs to step up and give us something that can make use of the current hardware. Not to mention Nvidia will be dropping a new video card sometime this quarter, and ATI may to (either this quarter or next). So we are at a period where the graphics market is really beyond the requirements of the software. I have not seen it like this in quite a few years.

gibbersome 4 years ago

Yeah, it's very exciting. And the scaling is remarkable. HotHardware did a review of them back in November, look at this graph and the performance of the HD 4890/GT 260 combination. It's right in between Dual 260 and Dual 4890's!

Link to the rest of the review: http://hothardware.com/Articles/Lucid-Hydra-200-MultiGPU-Performance-Revealed/?page=1

Soupstyle 4 years ago

My next build will be whenever Lucid gets a motherboard mfgr to release an AMD board with the Hybrid chip on it (I think I'll have enough money by them).

gibbersome 4 years ago

Hehe, I think I'd just wait till the motherboard price comes down to below $200-250. It's a terrific tech that'll only get better. Plus, not enthusiast gamers won't have to worry about switching between ATI and Nvidia when they purchase the latest cards every 6 months.

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