We've already had a lot of coverage from this year's CES, with most of that focusing on the true consumer portion of the show. That's a broad market, which covers just about every conceivable electronics device, but so far, we haven't focused a lot on the computer enthusiast segment. With our wrap-up coverage of CES, we have some information from many of the more familiar names in the computing industry, along with a few miscellaneous tidbits that we haven't mentioned so far.

Memory & Cooling


Corsair was showing their first water cooling solution at last year's CES, and this year's offering incorporates what Corsair has learned in the past year about water cooling.

The Nautilus is a standalone self-contained water-cooling appliance powered by the 12V line in a 4-pin Molex connector from the motherboard. You definitely do not need an external plug and setup is said to be a fast 10 minutes or less. The Nautilus gives new users a fast, easy choice for efficient overclocking of the CPU and the added advantage of almost silent water cooling. One of the best features is the price - Corsair expects the Nautilus to sell for about $150.


Flash Memory seems to shrink in size with every new announcement, and Kingston launched their Micro SD memory at CES.

The tiny Micro SD (lower right) joins Kingston's extensive line of mobile phone flash memory designed for ultra-low power consumption and a small size that makes transfer between phones an easy task. Kingston Micro SD is available as a 256MB card weighing just over a gram - targeted for use in the new smart phones.

Kingston also was promoting its own 15-in-1 flash reader that will retail for $19.95. With so many cheap readers around, you might wonder why Kingston decided to enter the market. They tell us that many readers are extremely slow and make high-speed flash perform very poorly in read operations when attached to a computer. The Kingston unit was designed to read at high-speed with no performance compromises. A fast, low-cost, flexible reader from a company like Kingston is certainly a welcome choice in today's market.

Memory & Cooling (con't)


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  • semo - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    am i the only one annoyed of the fact that the graphics card is almost always ignored when it comes to exotic cooling.

    why no phase change cooling option for you graphics card? and not just the gpu i'm talking about the memory aswell. pc ram may not get very hot but gddr does.
  • Puddleglum - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    Check this image: http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/tradeshows/200...">http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/tra...ows/2006... Reply
  • Turin39789 - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    Now that just needs to drop to $299 and we'll be all set Reply
  • Turin39789 - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    This was the problem I saw with the ocz phase change setup. It seemed very nice for extreme cpu speeds, but it would be nice if they offered an expanded system that had cooling for other system components Reply
  • Jynx980 - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    Can you imagine being the one responsible for getting that $50,000 Brightside TV to the show and then f-cking it up?!

    "Oooooh, sorry guys, my bad."
  • JustAnAverageGuy - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link


    Unfortunately, the effect was marred by the fact that the Brightside display had been damaged in transit to the show: the bottom of the LCD panel had been shattered and there were vertical streaks as well.


    The prototype designs are extremely expensive right now, costing close to $50,000

    OUCH! That's gotta suck.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    Supposedly was the shipping company. That's a hefty insurance bill, I'd wager. It was pretty awesome to see true black from such a crisp LCD, though. They had Doom 3 shots and some other stuff running, and it was all very impressive looking. Hopefully, we can see something get into the market like this in the next year! Reply
  • DigitalDivine - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    i like the tiny dualcor computer. if it has a vga out and usb in, this will be a winner and i would get one as fast as i can. Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    According to the Specifications, the DualCor has 3 USB 2.0 ports (2 type A and 1 type B), a mini VGA port, and a compact Flash slot. It also has both 1GB of DDR2 Memory and 1GB of Flash Memory. It looks like your wishes are all there. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - link

    They had it hooked to an LCD, but I don't know if it can run non-native resolutions or not. (Probably a driver update will be required, as at the show it was only outputting 800x480.) It looks like the unit is in early Beta to me, but it's still pretty interesting. Getting 40GB of easily accessible storage for your PDA is nice. Reply

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