Although we’ve previously posted about Rosewill’s new Armor Evolution series case and the THRONE and mechanical Helios keyboard, but as of tonight we’ve finally gotten some hands-on time with the company’s new gaming equipment. We were joined by Buu Ly, Product Marketing at Rosewill, and Chinny Chuang, owner of awesome name and Marketing Manager at Rosewill, to get an extensive hands-on with the new gaming offerings.
With nearly all the major case manufacturers under belt at this point—specifically Corsair, NZXT, and Rosewill, Cooler Master, Zalman, and Lian Li (all four are pending publication)—it only made sense that we check in with SilverStone, who’ve maintained a reputation for quality since the company’s inception.
From the very same company that brought us their Phantom 820, Respire and Kraken coolers, and numerous mid-range cases, we now have the Phantom 630 coming out. At CES 2013, we were able to catch up with NZXT’s PSU Product Manager (Joey Cheng), Asst. Case Product Manager (Rob Teller), and our PR contact (Tuan Mai), who filled us in on all of their upcoming releases for the show. A few GTX 680s later, we had seen just about everything in the upcoming Phantom 630 case – here’s what we know so far.
Corsair’s newest-announced line of products, wirelessly accessible portable storage, will take shape in the form of the Voyager Air, their first USB3.0 portable storage drive that also doubles as a NAS. As we did with the 900D, we had the chance to get some hands-on preview time with the Corsair Voyager Air – below is what we thought.
During the madness of the pre-show CES 2013 events, we were able to get a preview of all of Corsair’s upcoming products – Wireless NAS/Storage devices, new Dominator overclocking memory, gaming peripherals, and the behemoth Corsair 900D enthusiast case. Several of you have asked us for more info on the case, and I’m happy to say that we can oblige: Our hands-on preview of Corsair’s 900D at CES 2013 left us impressed, if a bit overwhelmed, and excited for the enthusiast hardware market.
Let’s start with some specs.
Kingston Digital has just claimed the title of world’s largest flash drive for their DataTraveler HyperX Predator USB3.0 drive. The drive is currently available in 512GB, though they plan to have a 1TB model for sale later this quarter—that’s as large as the HDD I’m using now.
Although the size is the main feature, there are some other specs to look at:
Late last night, nVidia kicked off CES with a press conference discussing numerous graphics computing topics and advancements, but took everyone by surprise with its own handheld gaming system.
NVidia's Project Shield aims to fuse the computational power and programmatic freedom of Android devices with traditional gaming controlsets, offering a gaming alternative for Android users. The device is fitted with a TEGRA 4 single chip processor, which has four A15 CPU cores, 72 GeForce GPU cores, and Icera LTE i500 (a soft modem with low active power consumption that's capable of 3 LTE @ 100Mbps down, later 4 LTE). The controller resembles a standard console controller, but is fitted with a 5" retinal flip-up display, outputting 1280x720 resolution at 294 DPI.
Rosewill's back in action with their gaming peripherals and enclosures; with their upcoming Thor V2 successor (the Throne full tower case), impressive Armor Evolution, Line Glow budget mid-tower case, 1600W PSU, backlit mechanical keyboards, and other devices, the company has a big showing for this week's show. Rosewill will be showing off all this new gaming hardware at CES 2013, originally unveiled at Computex 2012, but we've got a preview of the Throne and Helios, both due for a CES release:
As all the major retailers attempt to dump their (alleged) holiday overstock, we've seen some pretty solid deals pop-up for excellent gaming PC upgrade options: Video cards, SSDs, lighting, PSUs, and general goods have all been appealing to our post-holiday consumerism binge. If you've been holding off on upgrading to closed-loop liquid cooling or have been waiting for a deal on SSDs / GPU upgrades, this is one of the best times to consider making the jump.
We're hardware and gaming enthusiasts ourselves, so these types of articles are just as much for our own fun as they are for editorial purposes. We've included only items that we personally recommend and are interested in for our own systems, so if you have a specific need we haven't addressed and need advice, ask in the comments below!
As all the digital distributors try to finish off the year with a high-yield sale, we're seeing fierce competition between competing game distribution outlets. Contrary to popular belief, Steam is not the only digital distributor -- there are several other excellent game download services (Good Old Games, Amazon, and Desura, to name a few), so we've done the hard work and rounded up all the different sales on different sites. It's up to you to decide from whom you buy your games, but this should help eliminate some of the footwork.
This holiday game sale round-up covers some of the best Christmas / Holiday game sales out there. Let's start with some old games.
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