The whirlwind of product announcements and general craziness that accompanies the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now in our rear-view mirror, and unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to stop by Silverstone's booth. Fortunately, Silverstone essentially brought its booth to us, toting several products to San Francisco that were previously on display at the convention, including a small form facor case that only costs $50. When's the last time you could say that about a Silverstone chassis?
Zalman is planning to launch a pair of CPU coolers in the second quarter of 2013, one of them a closed-loop liquid cooler unlike any you've ever seen before, the company told us at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). It's called the CI Water Cooler, which is an updated version of the company's CNPS LQ Series of self-contained liquid coolers. The other is a fanless block.
Xi3 generated a lot of buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) over its Piston PC, a pint size computer that's based on the company's X7A system (both pictured in the thumbnail image), an honest-to-goodness modular computer. The form factor made a splash at last year's CES, and this time around, the question on everyone's mind is whether or not the Piston is Valve's Steam Box.
Cooler Master came prepared with plenty of products to show off.
The folks at Cooler Master made the most of their suite at the Consumer Electronics Show by cramming it full of computer cases, air and liquid coolers, power supplies, and gaming accessories, including several unreleased products. Master of cool and Maximum PC Online Editor Jimmy Thang captured nearly 20 minutes of video touring Cooler Master's hardware, along with its CM Storm division.
Nvidia's booth tour leaves us jonesing for a SHIELD handheld gaming device.
As busy as the last few days have been, one company that really stood out was Nvidia. The GPU maker came to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) prepared and ready to dazzle with its spin on mobile gaming, and folks, we're officially excited about what's in store for 2013. Join us as we tour the Nvidia booth and take a close up look at Project Shield and the GeForce Grid.
Feast your eyes on a quad-display setup running 4K Ultra HD.
Gigabyte earlier this week announced that it's dual-Thunderbolt boards are the first to implement the Intel Collage display technology. With a BIOS update and special driver, Intel Collage allows compatible boards to drive a 4K Ultra HD picture across four standard 1080p monitors. Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung stopped by Gigabyte's booth to see this technology first hand, and now you can too.
Surprise, surprise -- PCIe 3.0 was baked into AMD's 990FX chipset all along.
Our CES video coverage continues with a tour of Asus' booth, where Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung captured on camera the company's E2KM1-L Deluxe mini-ITX motherboard (shown in thumbnail image). It's a replacement for the old E45 Brazos 2.0 boards, the big difference being a soldered on dual-core Trinity CPU. But the real surprise was still to come.
Thinner motherboards translate into slimmer all-in-one desktops.
Sultan of Star Trek knowledge and Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung had an opportunity to see a pair of thin motherboards at Gigabyte's suite at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Gigabyte's GA-H77TN and GA-B75TN are built around Intel's new thin mini-ITX form factor, and as you'll see in the video, they're much slimmer than standard motherboards.
Just how good is Intel's integrated graphics on Haswell (codenamed GT3), the successor to Ivy Bridge? In due time, we'll answer that question with some numbers and a hands-on evaluation, but in the meantime, we've put together a little challenge for our readers. Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung captured on video a pair of systems running DiRT Showdown. One was equipped with a Haswell part running integrated GT3 graphics, and the other was rocking an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor paired with a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU. Let's see if you can tell the difference.
A Touch Pen accessory from Targus allows for touch input on non-touch panels.
Microsoft can squawk all it wants about Windows 8 being equally well suited for non-touch desktops as it is for touch-capable notebooks and tablets, but we know better. The user interface is clearly intended for users to poke and swipe, and that's great if you own a Windows 8 tablet or a fancy new touch-capable laptop PC, but it's not so groovy for existing systems. Should you scrap your system and buy a new laptop? Well, that's certainly an option, though it's not a very cost effective one. Targus demonstrated for us another solution using its Touch Pen device, which transforms ordinary laptops into touch-sensitive devices.