Wow with all of the CES coverage going on I did not time to write this article up, but now since the show is over I have some time. 2009 was a great year for ThinkComputers! Probably the biggest thing, at least for me was moving the site over to wordpress and getting the new design made. Pretty much a straight 2 weeks of doing nothing but work on the new design went into it and we are very happy with the results. ThinkComputers grew as a site in 2009 and we hope in 2010 we grow even more! So what were the highlights in 2009?
Taiwanese power supply and accessory manufacturer Topower has been around since 1986. Its original core design was the ability to switch power modes. Topower expanded through the world, specifically into the North American market, and ships its PSUs to ODMs, OEMs, and distributors throughout. This year at CES, Topower showed off several new items, including a 2000W power supply, new cases, and a fan.
Today we have the opportunity to check out the Antec Two Hundred Mid Tower Case. Antec promotes the Two Hundred as a best bang for your buck case. According to Antec it’s also their most affordable case yet. It includes ten drive bays, one of which is hot swap, CPU cooler cutout, two fans with fan controllers and many other features. How will it stand up against other budget cases? Read on further to see what we think.
A few months ago, ATI released their new 5000 series of gaming cards. On January 14, 2010, they released the first of the mainstream cards of that series, the Radeon HD 5670, sporting the 40nm process, with 400 streaming processors and a 775mHz clock. Sapphire has built three versions of the HD 5670, a 1GB model and two 512MB models. Today I will be looking at the top of the line HD 5670, which has a full gig of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1000mHz. Read on to check out the Sapphire Radeon HD 5670!
Some point during your childhood, there’s a high probability you dreamed of having a game room. Usually the game room included your favorite games, your best friends and nonstopped gaming. Microsoft wants to turn this dream into reality. Game Room (launching early 2010) will allow you to assemble your favorite arcade games in multiple rooms across three floors, invite your best friends to play over Xbox Live and nonstopped gaming can ensue.
Lunch at Piero’s is always a great event during CES that we always try to attend. Piero’s Italian Restaurant is located within walking distance from the Convention Center and each year they have a 2 day luncheon for media. During this luncheon they invite companies to show off new products and technologies. We really like this event because we get a 1 on 1 with companies in a more relaxed atmosphere. Let’s see some of the cool things we saw this year at Lunch at Piero’s.
Here at ThinkComputers we mainly know Razer for gaming mice and their Mako speaker system. I really never thought of them as a console peripheral maker, but this year at CES most of what they were announcing was all made for consoles, particularly Xbox 360. If you are a console gamer then you are definitely going to like what Razer has in store for you in 2010.
Skullcandy is a purveyor of consumer, audiophile, and DJ-quality headphones. The company healthily mixes style with substance to create headphones which not only sound amazing, but exercise the user’s freedom of expression. Skullycandy showed off three of its four newly announced products: Mixmaster Mike and Aviator headphones, and 50/50 and Heavy Metal earbuds.
QNAP Systems is well-liked around these ThinkComputers parts. We loved its TS-109 Pro, TS-209 Pro II, TS-409U, TS-439U, and TS-809 Pro. This year at CES, QNAP showed off two major new series of products: the NMP-1000 network media player and the TS-x59 series of consumer-oriented home NAS devices.
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Thermaltake TR2 RX 750 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 DirectX 11 Video Card Review @ Hi Tech Legion
HIS Radeon HD 5670 IceQ 512 MB @ techPowerUp
Sapphire HD 5670 1GB Review @ OCC
ATI Radeon 5670 Videocard @ Rbmods
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 512MB / 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
Sapphire Radeon 5670 1GB @ PureOverclock
ATI Radeon HD5670 HDMI Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 Video Card @ TweakTown