CES 2010, Day 3: Thermaltake, Gigabyte, MSI, And Shuttle

It’s Friday at CES in Las Vegas, and most of the day was spent at the Venetian, with a side trip to the Wynn hotel. There were motherboards galore, an attempt to create a more flexible laptop market for small builders, souped-up graphics cards, some cases, and a system that was a high performance PC and an Xbox 360 in a single chassis. So let’s cut right to the chase.

Thermaltake In The Morning

I showed up bright and early (well, if you call 9AM early) for a meeting with Thermaltake. The case and PSU manufacturer had some interesting new designs, including an upcoming 80 PLUS Gold-certified power supply.

The ToughPower Grand will offer a different skin, more matte gray than shiny metal. Two power delivery points will be offered: 650W and 750W. What’s really great about these PSUs is that they’ll be 80 PLUS Gold certified and Thermaltake will be marketing them as 90% efficient or better. The company doesn’t believe there’s a need for 90% PSUs rated for more than 750W, believing that a robust 750W unit can still drive an overclocked CPU and quad-card graphics configuration without overheating. This is a claim we'll have to put to the test, since companies like ATI and Nvidia recommend more headroom for complex graphics subsystems.

Thermaltake is also shipping two cases, the Element V and Element V Nvidia edition, both aimed squarely at the hearts and minds of high-end gamers. The Nvidia edition offers additional cooling in the form of a duct plus side-mounted fan over the expansion slots. Ramsom Koay of Thermaltake noted that the Nvidia edition is the first case certified by Nvidia to offer cooling for multi-Fermi GPU systems.

I also took a look at the new BlacX Duet dual-hard drive docking station. The unit is now updated to support USB 3.0, but will still include an eSATA interface.

Also being offered is a new CPU cooler, which Koay noted will yield high-end overclocking performance at a roughly $50 price point. Called the Frio, it’s designed to fit into environments where high chipset heat sinks surrounding the CPU socket.

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  • sabot00
    Really, now they need separate cases for multi Fermi?
    The card must be so hot & sexy.

    Btw, First!
  • DearSX
    Frio is spanish for cold.
  • liquidsnake718
    Thermaltake has an Nvidia "FERMI" certified case... Hmm... I wonder if they know the actual size and more importantly SPECS of these gpu's. Seems like Nvidia is going all out on marketing Fermi and making up for their loss to ATi.
  • falchard
    I guess when you make something as cool as the SpinQ, Xaser VI, xPressar, and Spedo you are going to have a following year of mundane offerings.
  • micky_lund
    ahhh...every one loves the Xaser VI
  • ubernoobie
    Holy cra.. msi 890 chipset, so many pci-e
  • Pei-chen
    That Nvidia case is sexy.

    BTW, all the Tom's rumor about hot Fermi. All it needs is an additional 92/120mm fan.
  • wiinippongamer
    wow, hexa crossfire already, imagine 6x5870s in there
  • rwpritchett
    The LeMans racing stripes (à la Shelby Cobras) on the P55-UD7 chipset heatsink is totally sweeeeeeet.
  • rambo117
    what?! mixing a console and a PC together is BLASPHEMY!
  • christop
    nice products
  • Gin Fushicho
    How much CFM does that Frio push? and can I still use All of my RAM slots?
  • alextheblue
    pei-chenThat Nvidia case is sexy.BTW, all the Tom's rumor about hot Fermi. All it needs is an additional 92/120mm fan.
    Yeah, and if the latest AMD cards needed an additional 92+ mm side mounted case fan to stay cool, I'm sure a ton of Nvidia fanboys would jump all over them. Anyway, all I can say is that the stock fans for the high end Fermi better not bring back memories of the 5800 Ultra Hoover Edition. :P
  • Gin Fushicho
    How the hell did I and many MANY other commenters get a Minus 1? wtf?
  • JohnnyLucky
    Interesting that Thermaltake is limiting Gold certified power supplies to 750 watts.
  • rambo117
    Gin FushichoHow the hell did I and many MANY other commenters get a Minus 1? wtf?

    Trolls, why else?
  • muncher
    If cases are Fermi certified based on their cooling capacity, as suggested by the text, then heat must be an issue.
  • tacoslave
    Should have been a ps3 and a pc the bluray drive and psn would have been a welcomed addition. But for the 360 most of its titles come out on pc anyways and the exclusives arent must haves for most of us. Plus imagine being able to harvest the power from the cell?
  • keefasuz
    Chris, thanks for the Ed's note on the Gigabyte section re: P35 and P45 boards from this maker qualifying as perf. boards. I run a P35-DS3R and don't feel it to be awkward, clunky, or ho-hum. I did have a Gigabyte board for Socket 462 back in the day that was all of those things; but, their stuff lately has been pretty cool.
  • Onus
    JohnnyLuckyInteresting that Thermaltake is limiting Gold certified power supplies to 750 watts.

    I'd say this is a positive step toward being less wasteful. I hope it's good, and reasonably priced. I'd really like to see a 500W 80+ gold PSU; that's all that would be needed for a single HD5870; what can't that run well (not counting Crysis, even though it would)? Do your house lights really need to flicker just because you turned on your PC?