CES 2009 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2009
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Transcend also had a booth at CES, showing off many different types of memory, including their value RAM modules, overclocking RAM modules, flash cards, and SSDs. A unique thing we saw here was the express card SSD. Most people don't ever use their express card slot, but now they can add storage capacity to their laptops very easily by purchasing a small add on card. Also, they were selling IDE SSDs so if you haven't yet upgraded to SATA, you can still take advantage of SSD technology.
The RAM modules Transcend were showing off were rated up to speeds as fast as 2000MHz with timings of 9-9-9-27. They said that they overclock very well at a 1.9V bus. Their aXe series RAM shows promise and it will be interesting to see if enthusiasts come to the same conclusion.
This year at CES, SanDisk was showing off some new SDXC (Secure Digital Extreme Capacity) technology. SDXC is the successor to SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and should be coming on the market sometime this year. While SDHC cards will allow for capacities between four and 32GB, SDXC will allow for 64GB all the way up to a massive 2TB in an SD card format. SanDisk said that SDXC cards would not be compatible with devices that only support SD or SDHC, but that normal SD or SDHC cards would work in SDXC devices. SanDisk also had their SSDs on display, showing off their 240GB model in a 2.5" form factor and a 120GB model in a 1.8" form factor.
Another company that we saw at CES this year was EverCool. EverCool is a company that makes cooling devices and other hardware peripherals. This year they were mainly showing off their Transformer 6 and Transformer 8. These two coolers are for Intel LGA775 and AMD K8 CPUs and make use of a four heatpipe design. A 120mm blue LED fan is used to push air over the aluminum fins to provide cooling to the CPU and surrounding devices. It looks like this cooler has promise and it will be interesting to see how it performs in testing.