The Hottest Products of CES 2011

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GIGABYTE G1-Killer Motherboards:
GIGABYTE showed off an array of high-end motherboards targeted squarely at hardcore gamers at CES. GIGABYTE’s G1-Killer line of motherboards as they are known sport a number of features and aesthetic touches that not only set them apart from more generic boards, but address specific wants of many gamers.

The G1 Killer line of boards will initially consist of three X58-Express based products for Socket 1366 Intel Core i7 processors. The boards sport a black and green color scheme meant to conjure images of military equipment, with heatsinks that are designed to look like the clip and barrel of an assault rifle. In addition to the unique aesthetics, integrated Creative Labs X-Fi 20k2 audio processors (except for the G1.Guerilla) provide high-end integrated audio. And integrated Killer 2100 network controllers provide better ping times and throughput than other el-cheapo integrated NICs.


The GIGABYTE G1.Assassin, G1.Sniper, and G1.Guerrilla. And Mat With A Gaggle of Hotties.

Other accoutrements include a ton of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, amplified front panel audio outputs, and easy 1-touch overclocking controls, among numerous other features. All of the G1.Killer boards also sport GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 technology, which means they're outfitted with Japanese Solid Capacitors, 2x Copper PCBs, and Ferrite core chokes with higher energy efficiency compared to more common iron core chokes and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs for reduced power consumption and heat output. We should also note that the audio channels use Nichicon MUSE ES series and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors on each channel--Nichicon MUSE caps are typically reserved for high-end audio components.

Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System:
Corsair had an excellent set of PC speakers on display at their booth that is sure to be a hit with enthusiasts that don’t have the room for a true multi-channel speaker setup. The Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System offers exceptional sound quality and sports a number of features that help set them apart from basic, amplified PC speakers.

Let’s start with the satellites. Each satellite speaker features a 3” midrange driver and a custom-designed 1” ferrofluid-cooled, silk dome tweeter. And each driver in the satellites is paired to its own Class-D amplifier. In addition, the system uses dynamic digital crossovers, so the midrange driver and tweeter are fed only the frequencies they are designed to reproduce, at power levels they are designed to handle. The combination of dedicated amplifiers with digital crossovers results in excellent reproduction and virtually any volume level.

Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System

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Moving on to the subwoofer, the relatively large sub enclosure uses a fourth-order closed bandpass design with a tuned port and an 8” driver. The design limits frequency response somewhat, but helps minimize distortion. In the less-than-optimal environment of the show, the bass coming from the Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 system was impressive.

The Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 speakers also include a control pod with a small color LCD. In addition to altering the volume (obviously), the control pod can dynamically adjust the DSP programs and EQ curves for late night listening, environment simulation, and optimal enjoyment of games and movies, etc.

Total output of the system is rated at 232 watts, measured via the FTC “RMS” method. Corsair states the wattages are the result of sine wave continuous average power output measurements and not “peak” or maximum power output, which can sometimes be misleading.

EVGA's Unnamed Dual-GeForce GPU Powered Graphics Card:
EVGA had a very interesting video card tucked away in a remote corner of their suite at the Wynn Hotel; a dual-GeForce GPU powered behemoth that’s mostly likely being prepped to do battle with AMD’s upcoming “Antilles” product, otherwise known as the Radeon HD 6990.

Details were scarce regarding this dual-GPU powerhouse, and a couple of reps from NVIDIA wouldn’t even acknowledge its existence, but there are some details we can glean just by checking out the pics.

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The card you see pictured here will most likely be a new member of the GeForce GTX 500 series, but exactly which GPUs are used on the card was not disclosed. Considering the fact that there are only two 8-pin power connectors on the card and that only four memory chips per GPU are visible on the PCB, it suggests a 256-bit memory interface and power requirements far lower than pair of GeForce GTX 570s. There are also far fewer surface mounted components behind each GPU than a typical GF110-based card, so we’re going to guess that this card features an as-yet-unreleased GPU in the GeForce 500 series that will likely replace the GF104 currently used by the GeForce GTX 460. If you remember, the GF104 used on the GTX460 doesn’t have its full complement of shaders enabled, so it’s likely NVIDIA is prepping a revision of the chip that can reach its full potential—as the company did with the GF110, which was basically a revamped GF100.

The card features a custom designed 3-fan cooler and its output configuration can accommodate up to four displays. And since this is essentially SLI on a single-card, NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround implementations should be possible. So when can we expect to see it hit the streets? The EVGA contact told us it would be available before March. We’re hoping to have more details on this puppy in the coming weeks.

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3vi1 3 years ago

Great rundown.

That ATRIX phone looks verrrrry tempting to this person who claims to dislike all mobile phones.

Inspector 3 years ago

Neat table asus has there. I would love to use that wallpaper for my desktop :). It will just always be bubbling :P

Aww i was going to order the Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 once i saw it there lol, too bad its $250 :(

That dual GPU looks "Long" :)

LOL"XL" price tag for that XL p67 :D

Everyone has red eyes in the HH and OCZ picture :O

rrplay 3 years ago

Nice spot lite of the show & I really liked the segment featuring the OCZ Z-Drive R3 drives.

Was looking to catch a glimpse of Dave or Marco on the MOA 2011 live stream but couldn't spot you they did announce you guys Too bad they didn't get you guys on cam and comment.

anyhow looking forward to seeing some of these products [XL p67] and other mobos on HH and finding out a lot more about them .

Did not really notice the red-eyes ..come to think of it a lot of folks are exhausted after trip to Vegas.

dodgers2213 3 years ago

really excited for new SSDs in 2011 at affordable prices

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="dodgers2213"]really excited for new SSDs in 2011 at affordable prices[/quote]

Hope you're right about the prices.

I really liked the Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 speaker system but if it's over 200 bucks it will have to go on the forever wish-list.

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

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Hey ,my first comment is "Awaiting Moderation" dont know why, I didnt save it on Wordpad to re-post,,  someone please look into that, then I'll erase this one.


SmogHog 3 years ago

My smartphone is good for a while yet and my PCs are current.

The thing that's at the top of my buy list is the TRENDnet 450mb/s concurrent duel band wireless router.

The Ultimate N 6300 in my laptops and my excellent Internet service can use it.

In this city and my apartment building complex there's a lot of interferrence on the 2.4ghz band.

The 5ghz band on this router operating concurrently with other tasks on 2.4ghz should be great.

BTW How's the progress with removing the unnecessary and unwanted automatic page refreshing on the site?

Der Meister 3 years ago

I want to go next year if I can. Can we get an HH section? 

Dave_HH 3 years ago

Hog, are you still seeing the refresh issue? Should be inconsequential now.

realneil 3 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]are you still seeing the refresh issue? Should be inconsequential now.[/quote]

It's not doing it for to me anymore,....


rapid1 3 years ago

I am not seeing it anymore, but I grabbed Textarea cache anyway so even if I do see it on any page on any forum on the internet it does not matter anymore. I can just open Textarea cache and every letter down to the last character I typed is in the cache. I think it was 3vi1 that told me to get it the last time I said anything about any auto refresh loss. It has saved me a couple times the last time we had the issue here as well as on several other post's elsewhere even on Facebook and the like., GREAT lil program/addon!

coolice 3 years ago
I'm a big fan of the pictures in the end. Having never been to CES (someday), i like to see the people, other than reporters/ journalists, involved and how they get to make the event possible. For example, the "alleged" 6990 card from EVGA. I'm amazed that someone from RnD most likely conjured up this card, tested it for some time, it went from hand to hand, and finally some manager decided, HEY... lets take this and put it on our CES booth to see what people think. Best aprt, we wont tell them what it is, but let them guess. I find that fascinating. Good the see the pics of the OCZ crew as well.
InfinityzeN1 3 years ago

That G1-Killer mobo is looking really nice.  Think I might have to snatch one of those up when I do an upgrade.  Damn it, I just bought a $1k cpu only a few months ago.

rapid1 3 years ago

I must say I was most impressed with the Benchmarks of Dave and Marco et al eating dinner with people, LOL! No really quite a few nice devices at CES this year. I would have loved to see the Motorola tab as well as your impressions of it. I also love the Big Bang Marshal, as well as those Gigabyte beauties with the Nica.. audio processors, and killer 2100's as well as amplifiers on board that is impressive. While almost everything I saw from CES was awesome in general as well (Of course I followed it as much as possible from the day prior to full coverage starting). I will say one thing, I personally bet that in 5 years we will be in an entirely new place as far as technology goes, as is indicated by many things here especially mobile hardware.

amdcrankitup 3 years ago

There is just to much to choose from left me slobbering, with envy!  Great rundown!

omegadraco 3 years ago

CES and PAX are both very cool events too bad I never have the vacation time or the need for work to go.

rapid1 3 years ago

I for one would love to go even if just for the novelty of saying I had been once. Not to mention all the great stuff I would be able to see and interact with.

Inspector 3 years ago

don't forget the free stuff you can get :). I would love to go. most likely will when i can drive my self there and i can take off from school...

rapid1 3 years ago

Thats very true as well as another reason I would love to go at least once. Who knows maybe next year if this business ends up making money. I could probably write it off to because the business is involved with PC hardware primarily.

DScheive 3 years ago

cant wait to get my hands on the PCIe SSD's... they got to be ungodly fast if going through a PCIe port :) 3 second operating system boot ime im talking about :D

rapid1 3 years ago

Very true with the available bandwidth on a PCIe port the operating speed has to be crazy fast. Then with an SSD with would be able to use all of its speed at least seemingly.

realneil 3 years ago

Some PC platforms are saddled with limited PCI-E bandwidth. (think P55) So a SATA SSD is a better fit for some systems.

rapid1 3 years ago

That seem true of course realneil for now. It would seem that the SATA3/6 drives would willingly remedy performance issues, but there not really available yet, although I am positive that very shortly will be remedied.

realneil 3 years ago

You can already Crossfire or SLI across two, three, or even four PCI-E slots with video cards using the right platform.

Now,........just imagine the performance you would see if you could RAID your PCI-E drives the same way? 3 or 4 together would be smokin' fast, Eh? What kind of performance would we see then?


It's a very compelling idea,.......

rapid1 3 years ago

I am pretty sure you can RAID 2 PCI-E SSD's, but if they were just SATA3 you can do considerably more. Personally in raid flavors RAID 5 is my favorite. You get the performance and the reliability. I know RAID 10 etc are cool, but with raid 5 you can still relatively control the cost to a point.

DScheive 3 years ago

that is a NICE motherboard!!! what i would do for it... what i'd do :)

AKnudson 3 years ago

i think it is really interesting to look back at what we were thinking when we first saw these products. it has been a little more than one year since the transformer debuted and already the transformer prime has been released. asus is at the top of the game. granted the slider was a bit of a bust.

rapid1 3 years ago

That is true as well AKnudson and is a good point to make.

rapid1 3 years ago

As far as my last comment goes we are about to have another CES as far as it goes as well.

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