The Hottest Products of CES 2011
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.
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
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.
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.