CES 2009 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2009
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One new and upcoming company that was more than interesting to show us their goods is called PureSi. PureSi is a new company that deals in SSD's based on flash memory technology. Two of their products that were available are the Nitro and the Renegade SSD. These drives are built in a 2.5 inch form and offer sizes up to 1TB. Yes you read that right a 2.5 inch SSD with a 1TB capacity. The Renegade series is built with a rugged design in mind and offers hardware based full drive encryption. The Nitro having such large capacities is geared towards servers and enthusiasts wanting fast and huge storage.
One of the most well known memory companies, Crucial, also made an appearance at CES this year. Today they were showcasing their new memory, the Ballistix DDR3 kit and their newer solid state disks. The Ballistix memory, which comes in three different colors, has a new twist on an idea that has been around for a while. What Crucial has done is take a row of LEDs across the top of the heat spreader and made it so when you access the memory, the lights travel down the stick. This means that when all you are doing is writing a paper in Word, the lights move very slowly, but when you are throwing down with your friends in Left 4 Dead, the lights move really quickly. Adding this to memory that is already a great performer is awesome. On the SSD side of things, they had both the stick format (like the type you would find in an EeePC) and the 2.5" format. The stick versions came in 32Gb and 16Gb sizes while the 2.5" versions came in at 64Gb and 32Gb. It's really exciting to see these as they become more and more impressive.
Thermaltake is one of the larger companies that comes to mind when you are thinking about cooling your processor. This is probably due to the fact that they have been around for quite some time along with always producing quality products that generally work well.
The first cooling products that we looked at were the air cooling solutions, the first is one of their newest, the BigTyp 14Pro. The BigTyp 14Pro features a large 14cm fan installed on the top that has three blue LEDs installed for cosmetic looks. There is also six copper heatpipes that stretch all the way from the base to the fins under the fan. The next cooler that we looked at was the TMG IA1, this cooler is designed for the LGA775 and the popular AM/AM2/939/754 sockets, that has four copper heatpipes installed on it. The SpinQ is the last air cooler that I looked at, this one is designed not only for the other chips, but the i7 sockets as well. The SpinQ is a very interesting looking cooler as it has 360° cooling.
The next few things that we took a look at were the more extreme cooling solutions that Thermaltake is involved in, the first being water cooling products. They had the P600 pump on display, this pump is the upgraded pump that is included in the PW850i water cooling loop. The next few things are the reservoir, the SR100 and the SR200, the two reservoir are exactly the same except for the fact that the SR200 has the P600 pre-installed on it to make your upgrade easier to purchase and configure. The final thing that we were able to take a look at was Thermaltakes Phase Change cooler, this cooler was able to keep the Quad core processor overclocked and running on full load around 26°C, which is quite impressive.
Of course in addition to everything else there are the Thermaltake cases. This year they showcased cases from old to new. Keep an eye out for the next few months on what is in store including cases that have 2.5 inch hard drive mounts for the new fast SSD's and more. We can't forget their power supplies for the new cases including a new series that wants you before failures with different colored LED's projecting into the case.