10 Coolest Things We Saw at CES 2014

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wbialik

Buy a PC, get the best of everything.

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vrmlbasic

Graphics on par with the PS3? Sure, it's only 5W of power (about half of what those still-wasteful LED and CCFL bulbs use) but why not have the capability to do more, so that when you need more performance and have more power you can get it?

This new GPU might have features that the PS3 doesn't (eg:DX11) but if it struggles to perform even at 1024*720 (a resolution even yesteryear's cell phones exceed), as does the PS3, then what's the point?

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Hey.That_Dude

Still wasteful LEDs? You obviously don't have a clue. Lets start with power generator efficiency. That's 45% max. Then lets add on transmission line losses. Brings us down to 40%, give or take a few percent. Now lets take that and compare to the three light sources we use. 2% for incandescents. 40% for phosphors (crts and ccfls). 79-86% for LEDS.
Still think they're all that wasteful? Light is a fairly high energy wave. Don't just belittle it because it's so common to us.

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LatiosXT

Let's take a device that does match, more or less, the quality of a PS3 - the PS Vita (there are a few screenshot comparisons and there are few quality differences). Battery capacity is 2210mAH@3.7V or 8.177WH. If the battery life is expected to be 3 hours on the low end, then the device is only consuming 2.7W on average. Sure the Vita is running at 960x544 or something, but that's not far off from 640p that some PS3 titles run at.

Since it was using last generation's tech (a PowerVR SGX543MP4+), I have every reason to believe the Tegra K1 can live up to NVIDIA's claims on current mobile resolutions

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Bdiddytampa

Struggles to perform at 720? Lenovo had it running a 3840x2160 panel... It by far outperforms any other mobile SoC on the market and you ask what's the point? ...

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vrmlbasic

If it truly has the "power of the PS3" when it comes to graphics then it will indeed struggle when trying to display anything remotely stressful at 720, and it's obvious that this is intended to be used for some stressful graphical tasks as the graphical "prowess" of this device is being hyped.

On LEDs being wasteful, they are. The ones I have lighting my workspace right now (btw, Cree bulbs suck in ceiling fan fixtures) may only use their rated 9 watts but their heat dissipation ring still gets hot enough to burn skin after a short time. That much heat = waste.

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Hey.That_Dude

Lolz. It's 9 Watts. That's the rated power dissipation. It will be hot. The incandescent that makes that much light would ACTUALLY burn you if you touched it. I'm sorry you wanted a 100% translation of electricity into light. I thought my examples of just how bad conversions are would make it obvious but I guess I have to say it out right: "Conversions SUCK POWER!"

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vrmlbasic

It is wasteful, that was my point. I'm glad that you agree.

These LED bulbs also suck in terms of illumination and if I were to hold my hand to the heat spreader on these things then they would indeed burn me.

Since these bulbs have been forced upon us I am justified in expecting them to not suck and to be immune from any and all flaws ;)

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Hey.That_Dude

I'm done... CRI is lost on you. Buy a Green LED Light Bulb. Be amazed at how much light there is(since that's the "brightest" light wavelength you can see). I just fixed all your woes. Now go my young padawan.

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John Pombrio

I have seen too many "modular" systems fail over the past 25 years that I expect Razer's box will never come to market.

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Arthur Dent

I'm just pleased that mineral oil cooling is being adopted by a mainstream PC manufacturer in a consumer level product

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jimmthang

It's definitely going to be an uphill battle, but as someone who likes to see innovation and competition I'm hoping there is a market for it.

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John Pombrio

The PC marketplace is so fragmented, filled with many vendors, and changes constantly that I have doubts that it will fly. Razor has not even committed to manufacturing yet, saying only at the show that were "testing the waters" and "enjoyed the great response" so no lock in on actual production.
Now how "modular" will it be? Could I buy an AMD CPU and RAM module and later switch to Intel? Could I add more memory to the CPU and RAM module myself or would I flood my workbench with mineral oil? Totally basic modular ideas but I bet no one at the show could answer such simple questions.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

You sound like a troublemaker

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John Pombrio

Troublemaker? Oh, certainly that, at least online. at least I am a known troublemaker and I dare use my real name and photo. But I really do remember other modular schemes. NVidia when they were young had an external graphics card module so you no longer needed to open the box to upgrade. That was before they were power hogs and heat monsters tho. Then I remember the stacking boxes modular concept where three or 4 boxes would communicate via connectors on the top and bottom, again no real means to get rid of heat. Now there is this, which has a backplane AND a way to dissipate heat (how well is another matter) but locks in their own modules and ONLY their own modules, making it a proprietary build. Good for Razor, bad for consumers. there is a long history of attempts at modularity and so far they have all been abject failures.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Sorry
I was referring to Jimmy Thang

"as someone who likes to see innovation and competition I'm hoping there is a market for it"
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Well, as someone who likes to see innovation and competition I'm hoping there is no market for it

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leetNightshade

I don't think you're a troublemaker, at least in these matters. I may not see eye-to-eye with you, especially in regards to your views and comments on the XBox-One, but I think you raise valid concerns with Razer's modular platform. I haven't even been around long enough to know all of the modular systems that have come up in the past, but I agree with you.

The PC market is EXTREMELY "fragmented", in that one PC manufacturer isn't by far the dominant one in the market, each has their own delicious slice of the pie. And Razer's is even smaller. They've only recently gone into the PC hardware market with their overpriced laptops. They hardly have a user-base that will eat this new modular piece up. This is new territory for them, one that they will probably struggle with.