Old-school gamers might appreciate a very traditional product more than any 3D HDTV at this year's CES 2011. Borrowing an idea from a ThinkGeek.
Laptops & Desktops
John Morris and Sean Portnoy deliver straight talk about notebook and desktop computers.
John Morris is a former executive editor at CNET Networks and senior editor at PC Magazine.
Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.
While Nvidia and AMD have released newer and faster single-GPU graphics cards over the last few months, the biggest beast is still the AMD Radeon HD 5970, which packed a pair of Radeon HD 5870 GPUs onto a single piece of hardware. AMD is long rumored to be preparing the Radeon HD 6990 (code-named Antilles) as a sequel to the 5970, but Nvidia may have beaten it to the punch again.
Computer companies aren't quite sure what to make of Windows on tablets at this stage. One of the clearest signs of this confusion is the sheer variety of concepts on display at CES this week.
Alienware's M11x has been viewed as a gaming netbook, but Razer has something a little different in mind with its Switchblade concept. The company says it's been working on the device for the past two years after secretly acquiring an engineering team from an undisclosed mobile handset company.
Yesterday, I posted about Alienware systems that were being fitted with Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, but Dell didn't forget about its mainstream products as well. It's introduced a refreshed version of its XPS 17 laptop as well as offering the new Dell XPS 8300 desktop.
The Windows-based ultra-portable competitors to the MacBook Air keep on coming, and the newest challenger from Samsung definitely has the chic look down.Under 3 pounds and just 0.
CES 2011: Alienware updates Aurora gaming desktop, M17x gaming laptop with latest hardware, 3D support
As part of its CES press event, Dell announced refreshes of two Alienware lines that include new hardware from Intel and Nvidia and 3D capabilities.The latest member of the Aurora family of gaming desktops, the first in a MicroATX form factor, will feature new Intel Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors that will be overclocked and liquid-cooled and can support dual graphics cards (whether in AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI flavor).
After debuting with a wild orange-metallic design with its first gaming desktop, the Acer Aspire Predator line has become more demure in style and cheaper in price. Now Acer is launching a new Predator that is even more understated and affordable.
Sony has finally taken the plunge into the world of 3D laptops, introducing the new Vaio F Series 3D notebook at its CES press event last night.The new addition to the Vaio F series features a new Intel Core i7 quad-core Sandy Bridge, along with the brand-new Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics card with 1GB of dedicated RAM.
CES 2011: Maingear, Origin PC add Intel Core i7-2600K CPU overclocked to 5GHz to their gaming desktops
It didn't take long for boutique PC companies to take advantage of the overclocking potential in Intel's fastest Sandy Bridge processor, the Core i7-2600K. (The "K" standing for an unlocked multiplier, which eases user overclocking.