XFX may be looking to expand beyond graphics cards and power supplies.
CeBIT, the world's leading high-tech event, officially kicked off today in Hanover, Germany, and we're already seeing some interesting developments emerge from the convention. One of them is an aluminum computer case from none other than XFX Force, a company most people associate with graphics cards, power supplies, and an assortment of accessories. Lo and behold, it looks like XFX is interested in adding case design to its resume.
The highly contagious ultrabook virus has claimed yet another victim, with Gigabyte becoming the latest company to announce an ultrabook. The Taiwanese company has announced two 14-inch ultrabooks at the ongoing CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. Hit the jump for more.
Japanese vendor Fujitsu has shown no urgency whatsoever in joining the ultrabook fray. In fact, it remained mum on its ultrabook plans until it published its product roadmap for 2012 last month. The roadmap lists two ultrabook models, both scheduled for May. We now have a few details about one of its upcoming ultrabooks.
Motherboard makers are just as anxious for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge launch as the rest of us are, and some of them have already begun rolling out slabs of silicon built around the Z77 chipset. Such is the case with Biostar, which unveiled its TZ77XE4 motherboard at CeBIT 2012. The TZ77XE4 is a socket 1155 part with native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
OCZ has been so busy pumping out SSDs as of late, it's easy to forget the company also churns out power supplies. OCZ hasn't forgotten, and coming soon, the company will add to its PSU lineup with a new Fatal1ty 750W unit.
Currently being shown at the CeBIT exhibition, the Fatal1ty sports an all new modular design fitted with low-profile modular cables. It also boasts a single +12V rail, a staple of PC Power & Cooling units, now a subsidiary of OCZ.
Other features include all Japanese made solid-state primary capacitors, a double ball bearing 135mm red LED fan, and 80+ Bronze certification with 85 percent efficiency.
CeBIT is just around the corner, and given the current trend, you can expect a boatload of tablet announcements. Archos will be there to show off its Archos 7 tablet, but according to CarryPad.com, that won't be the only one Archos has on display.
Apparently Archos' German PR company has put the word out that Archos will introduce two new Android-powered tablets, both of which will represent a "good value" and are "specially designed for use in the home," CarryPad.com says.
What that could mean is anyone's guess. One of those we know is the Archos 7, which is basically a bigger version of the Archos 5. It seems likely that the second model might be another 9-inch unit. Archos already sells the Archos 9 PC Tablet with Windows 7, but if the company's shooting for a more value-oriented product, putting Android on a 9-inch tablet could help drop the price.
Along with introducing a myriad of new notebooks to the public this year, Asus is looking to update their gaming notebook, the G71, at CeBIT as well.
The G71Gx, Asus’ update on an old favorite, has been upgraded to hold an Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M graphics card (the fastest available), an Intel Centrino 2 processor, up to 12GB of DDR2, and 1TB of storage.
There’s no word yet on pricing or availability for this new beastie, but we can expect that it will cost a pretty penny.
If you're not yet ready to make the the jump to DDR3 memory but are itching to upgrade nonetheless, MSI has you covered, and it doesn't matter if you're an AMD or Intel fan. The motherboard maker has released a pair of hybrid motherboards, one for each camp, supporting both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM.
On the AMD side, MSI's AM3-based 790GX-8D supports both DDR2-1066 and DDR3-1333 memory when paired with an AM3 processor, and also works with AM2+ CPUs with DDR2 memory. Four slots of each are crammed onto the PCB, however you can't use both memory technologies at the same time. Moving away from the memory, the board also comes with two PCI-E x16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, and a single standard PCI slot. Using the onboard graphics, gamers can also set up a CrossFireX hybrid configuration.
Switching gears to Intel, MSI's P45-8D sports four each DDR2 and DDR3 slots as well, though it remains a generation behind as an LGA775 board with support for Intel's Core 2 processors. On the expansion front, the P45-8D comes outfitted with a one PCI-E x16 slot, one PCI-E x1 slots, and three standard PCI slots.
The P45-8D is available now for around $170 street. No word yet on price or availability for the 790GX-8D.
Earlier this week at CeBIT MSI displayed their new Wind Box nettop without making much of a splash.
The modest machine, which will feature a 2GHz Celeron M processor, an Nvidia GeForce 9400M GPU, 2GB DDR2, a 160GB HDD, 802.11 WiFi and a Blue-ray player, has yet to be shown with any pricing or availability information, but we can expect that MSI will keep their handiwork nice and cheap – just the way this economy likes it.