CES 2007 CoverageBosco - January 6, 2007
The traffic today was nowhere near as bad as it has been the past two days. On the way to CES, we got a pretty cool bus driver that was driving like a mad man and was a blast. He kept referring to Raven as “the good looking one” but I’m not sure what he was looking at. The mirror must have been dirty. LOL
We started off the day with the Fox News interview. It didn't look too good when I viewed it, but I had to laugh when I watched it because I kept talking over Paul. Oh well, it’s not like we had a chance to prepare, but overall I think it was OK. I personally enjoyed the experience even though I may have looked like a fool. Of course, shortly after I had no problem looking like a fool, I bumped into a guy because I was too busy watching John Cena from the WWE walk by. Man, the arms on that guy are tree trunks.
Anyway, now on to today’s events.
Paul, Max and myself sat down with Intel to talk about where the company is going in the future. First, they showed off their 8 Core Xeon V8 system. Man, is this thing impressive. 3dmark06 CPU Score 6089, Cinebench 2003 Score 2364, loaded in 11 seconds, HL2 particle benchmark 123.
Intel is planning on releasing a new chipset in the 3rd or 4th quarter with DDR3 support running at 1333MHz.
They also gave us something special, but you will have to keep checking back for the review. Should be in the next few weeks or so.
We happened to check out a free style rapper who was actually pretty good. Never saw him make a mistake once and he went on for about 5 - 10 minutes. From what I understand, he holds the world record for free styling, something like 9 hours straight. Sheesh, I can barely stay awake for that long.
I finally got to try out Trimersion's 360 degree wireless Virtual headset. Like I said before, they were having issues with wireless because of all the booths using wireless. They decided to hardwire it so that people could see it how it should be. I got to try out a few games with it and I was very impressed. I had no issues with the unit whatsoever. It takes a bit getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you will have a blast. The option of being able to turn around 360 degrees is just amazing. Talk about getting owned in a game. They are looking to launch around March or April with a retail price just under $400, so it shall be interesting to say the least. The company is working on some other things, but they cannot tell me what they are at this time.
1000 and 1200 watt power supplies will be out at the end of the month, 1500 watts will be out sometime around June or so.
They have a 5 1/4” drive that holds all of the water-cooling components. All you have to do is click the connectors to everything and you are good to go. From what I have seen, I would guess an install time of maybe 20 - 30 minutes, if that.
They showed off some water-cooled memory modules (never thought I would see the day). On that note, they then showed off the Liquid Cooled hard drive enclosure as well. A system in a prototype case with all of these running was very impressive.
Thermaltake has produced a ton of new CPU Coolers and Case fans that look pretty sweet.
They showed off a few new cases that are either coming out soon or just came out.
We were also showed a Home Theater Case with an iPod connector built into it. Talk about convenient. They also had a few other HTPC cases on display.
XFX is getting ready to launch a XXX series 8800 with the fastest Pre-OC at 650MHz on the GPU and 2000MHz on the memory. Wow!! The card will consist of active cooling and they are trying to keep the cost near that of a normal 8800 series card.
Tomorrow is the last day of the show. I do believe that it will end early with it being the last day and all. We have finished seeing everyone that we either came to see or were invited to meet with. We are going to try to see some people last minute, if possible and then tomorrow afternoon I hope to do some sight seeing.
I cannot explain how much of a fun and enjoyable experience this has been. It was just incredible to be here and be a part of it. I encourage anyone who ever has the chance to come to this event to do it.
Well thats about it for me.
Dave aka "Bosco"
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