Date: January 7th, 2009
Writers on Show Floor:
Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
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Consumers can also look forward to several new model lines of power supplies from entry level units all the way up to major enthusiast boxes in the 1200W range. We got to take a look at some examples of the newest models and were very encouraged by the look and feel of the products. The company's business model for this year seems to rely on top quality products at very aggressive price points; good news for consumers in 2010. Look for upcoming Tweaknews reviews of Xigmatek's PSU offerings as well as their CPU coolers and other products.
Xigmatek showed us a 1.8” portable hard drive with a 60GB capacity. This energy efficient “green” drive comes ready to use out of the box. It can be easily carried in a pocket or purse and is also available in pink or black colors. You may be wondering what the advantages of a drive like this are when compared to a 64 GB flash drive and the answer is simple – cost. This drive can be had for a fraction of what a USB flash drive currently costs. Stay tuned for more, because Tweaknews will be reviewing this product shortly.
Next we were off to check out MSI's Big Bang suite where they were displaying their new videocards and Big Bang motherboards for 2010.
MSI had their videocards separated into three distinct categories which targeted certain segments of the retail market. Their "Lightning" model targeted the enthusiast gamer which featured the afterburner software package for tweaking everything from the memory speeds to the voltages as well. They also are built using only the best capacitors and components on their own specific PCB design. Next you have the "Hawk" series which is their mainstream line which still is built with the highest quality components, but has some features stripped away to make it more affordable. At the bottom is their "Cyclone" line which still sports an excellent heatpipe cooler, but again has more features stripped away that the buyer doesn't want at this price point.
MSI is aggressively trying to get back into the motherboard market in North America by better marketing and bringing a motherboard to the market for pretty well every consumer application. With most models using their OC Genie automatic overclocking feature which is situated right on the motherboard, MSI is aiming to be a strong motherboard contender in 2010.
Day One of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Two of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Three of our Coverage can be found HERE
Post your thoughts on Day Four HERE.