[ad#article106-top]I spent an afternoon at the Sands this year, something which I was unable to do last year. The Sands exhibitors’ are comprised of primarily foreign exhibitors. Many are Taiwanese; in fact, there’s an entire section of the floor dedicated to Taiwanese companies. There are a few from China, a few from Japan, a few from Canada, and a few from Europe. I visited the boothes of CoolIT, Lian Li, QNAP, Seventeam, Super Talent, and Zotac.
CoolIT’s Domino self-contained water cooling heatsink system was an all-CES honoree for innovation this year. It quite literally is a water cooling system without the hassle of tubes, reservoirs, and such. Think of it as water cooling for folks who are terrified of the proverbial "drip of death." It is available now for $79. The display shows various pump speeds and the temperature of the block.
"The target market is the enthusiast who would not normally use water cooling because of the difficulty of installing and maintaining such a system," said my representative.
CoolIT also showed off its new pumps, as well as last year’s Boreas water cooling system.
Super Talent continues to make its excellent line of rubber theme Flash drives, but recently released the Godfather series of Flash drives. This series in a variety of sizes and styles comes with images and information from Mario Puzo’s Godfather movie series.
The Luxio and Pico series continue to push the speed up while maintaining excellent exterior appearances. The Luxio series is up to 64 GB with 30 Mbps read and 20 Mbps write. It also has hardware AES 256-bit encryption.
The new SSD UltraDrive series will ship in one to two weeks, with its high-end SLC version performing at 230 Mbps read and 170 Mbps write. Super Talent also showed its 6 GB and 12 GB tri-channel RAM kits. The DDR3 DIMMS in these kits are rated 800 to 1600 MHz, but could reach 2000 MHz soon.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.