Items tagged with CES2014

We got a sneak peak at Gigabyte’s new Brix Gaming PC when we toured the company’s booth at CES, and now the tiny machine with discrete graphics is official. Other Gigabyte Brix PCs we’ve been privy to rely on integrated graphics--which, considering that some of those IGPs are Intel’s Iris Pro Graphics isn’t anything to sneeze at--but the new Brix Gaming model offers a discrete AMD Radeon R9 M275X GPU (2GB), along with an AMD A8-5557M APU. The system is sold as a DIY kit (with a preinstalled WiFi Mini PCIe module), so you can choose your own SO-DIMMs (there are two... Read more...
Sure, 3D printing portends a future of distributed manufacturing that could blow up industry as we know it, give birth to a host of associated industries and businesses, and contribute to improved medical treatments and solutions, but it can also create delightful treats. At CES, 3D Systems unveiled its ChefJet and full-color ChefJet Pro 3D printers that can print confections, and now the company is in cahoots with Hershey to create branded edibles. With a multiyear agreement in place, the two will develop 3D-printed chocolate (and non-chocolate) products and work to commercialize a “new... Read more...
We’ve mentioned the Steam Controller a lot this month, primarily because it will be shipping with all the many Steam Machines that various companies are developing, but it’s time the device got some coverage of its own, because Valve has redesigned it and unveiled a photo of the new look at Steam Dev days. Credit: @TheIneQuation via @SteamDB (Twitter) For a little comparison, here’s the old controller design: Original Steam Controller As you can see, there are big differences with the new controller, including the absence of the touchscreen and the four buttons around it, as well... Read more...
Ouya has yet another competitor in the micro-console category. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, Chinese hardware maker Huawei had on display Tron, a tiny console that resembles a shrunken Mac Pro that's powered by NVIDA's Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC). Though small in stature, Tron is supposedly capable of playing PlayStation 3 games. That's according to various reports in Chinese media, where the Ouya competitor is receiving its share of hype. In addition to PS3 games, overseas reports claim Tron is capable of playing PC and Nintendo DS games. It's not clear how... Read more...
Remember when NVIDIA was primarily a company that cranked out new GPUs for hardcore gamers? Honestly, that feels like an age ago, as the company has evolved into one that's producing its own gaming handheld (SHIELD) and has outfitted a number of tablets with the silicon necessary to run the latest operating systems from the world's software leaders. Now, as CES winds down and Q1-Q2 roadmaps become clearer, rumors are flying that NVIDIA's handiwork may power the third iteration of Microsoft's Surface. Of course, Surface has had a pretty tough time in the market thus far, but it's still a young product.... Read more...
In November last year, we gave you a first look at LSI's forthcoming SandForce SF3700 PCI Express SSD Flash controller. It's an impressive silicon integration of both a native PCI Express x4 interface and SandForce's excellent SSD controller technologies, along with some refinements and advancements baked in.  At the time, LSI mentioned a few OEM partners they were aligning with for manufacturing of their various reference designs and form-factors and Kingston, as well as ADATA and AVANT were on that short list.  At CES 2014 last week, however, it was Kingston that stepped out with the... Read more...
Big TVs are a staple of the annual Consumer Electronics Show and this year was no exception, with Samsung and LG announcing 105-inch curved-glass 4K Ultra HDTVs. LG gave us a tour of its displays, including the 105-inch behemoth, as well as 98-inch, 79-inch, and 65-inch curved panels. LG's 105-inch curved UHDTV is pretty impressive. Flank it with 65-inch curved TVs, and you get a real sense of the curvature. We also had a chance to see the new flexible curved OLED TVs in action. Press a button on the TV’s remote control, and it quickly moves from the curved position (best for an audience... Read more...
 Intel made a few major announcements during various events at CES, including its RealSense technology and the uber-tiny Quark Edison we covered here. In a posh suite at the Palazzo Hotel, however, Intel also setup an assortment of interesting demos showcasing a number of their existing technologies. Along with a monstrous 24-core Xeon-powered beast, Intel had low-power Avoton and Quark servers on display, in addition to numerous Bay Trail and Haswell-based mobile devices.   Dell and Lenovo Bay Trail-Based Tablets Of all of the Bay Trail-based tablets on hand, Dell’s Venue... Read more...
At CES 2014, Dell assumed a much lower profile than they had in previous years for the show. We've seen Dell occupy entire top levels of swank, high-end hotels and invite artists and entertainers to show off their wares. No longer beholden to stockholders and analysts, since Michael Dell took the company back private last year, Dell was setup efficiently in a conference block area of the Venetian at CES this year. However, Dell still managed to make a splash with a couple of products that the HotHardware team unanimously felt were some of the "best of show" in our humble, expert opinions. The first... Read more...
CyberPowerPC is one of the boutique gaming PC builders that brought many interesting offerings to CES this year, and we got an up-close-and-in-person look at the bounty in the company’s hotel suite earlier this week. CyberPower's compact Zeus Mini gaming rigs aren’t perhaps as aesthetically sizzling at first glance as some other systems they showed, with a simple black rectangular box, some lights and colorful grills that pop a little bit, but CyberPowerPC looks to have done a good job laying out the guts of the machines--which is no small task with small form factor chassis. L: Zeus... Read more...
What’s faster than Visiontek’s new Radeon R9 290? Not the 290X, according to the graphics card maker. VisionTek used CES to formally launch the CryoVenom, a liquid-cooled R9 290 that can be user-overclocked for a speed boost of (according to VisionTek), up to 24%. The card’s one-year warranty covers the overclocking, provided you stay within the speeds VisionTek rates it for, of course. VisionTek says its CryoVenom R9 290, which retails for $550, has a GPU speed of 1175MHz and memory speed of 1450MHz, all while keeping temps low (125 degrees Fahrenheit in VistionTek’s tests).... Read more...
One of the tricky parts about CES is that while everything is eye candy, some things you see are exciting new products that you can buy immediately while others are merely half-baked, or simply an intriguing prototype, or (the big let-down)--a design concept. That’s what ZTE did to everyone with its Eco-Mobius modular smartphone concept phone, which looks amazing but is still just a shell. However, the Eco-Mobius does point to the future of mobile devices, and although at another point in time this design idea might have warranted little more than a passing nod of interest (which is all it... Read more...
If Intel wanted to, it could maintain its status quo and churn out loads of processors for most of the desktops and laptops (and many mobile devices) in the world, raking in money hand over fist for years to come, but the company, under the leadership of new CEO Brian Krzanich, is demonstrating that it wants to maintain that innovative edge with two new unconventional technologies. One is the tiny Edison development board, and the other is a futuristic way to interact with computers called RealSense. Intel Edison development board Simply put, the Intel Edison Development Board is an SD card-sized... Read more...
My, how the gaming notebooks have trimmed down as of late. Razer’s Blade and MSI’s GS70 proved that you can have a solid portable gaming machine that’s as thin as any notebook, and newcomer Aorus has its own tricked-out slimmy, too, with the upcoming X7. Aorus is a new player in the space, and the flagship device, the Aorus X7, is a 17.3-inch gaming notebook that boasts a dual-SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (4GB) setup wrapped in a chassis that measures just 0.9 inches. The machines also weighs only 6.39lbs, which isn’t bad for a gaming notebook. The 1920x1080... Read more...
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