So it's that time of year again when all the technology companies get together to show off their wares. As we're all enthusiasts here at OC3D we partnered up with Be Quiet, many thanks to them, and spent the weekend photographing everything that was worth seeing. There is a lot to get through, and some of it is seriously jaw-dropping. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we've got oodles of pics, so less preamble and on with the show.
One of the cool things about Be Quiet is the near endless blackness of their range of products. If you love that stealthy look, what better to fill your case with?
You'll recognise this from when Tom reviewed it a little while ago.
The main new product was the Dark Wings fans. Don't they look gorgeous. Available in all shapes and sizes to suit any task. I'm sure you can already think of somewhere to put them...
A Little Sub-Zero Action
YoYo Tech were there with a huge amount of LN2 managing to wow the crowd with some pretty insane overclocking on a Gigabyte Sniper 2 and 990FX motherboard.
Considering that this is just a demonstration, on a stage, 8.3GHz and 16700 P-Score on 3D Mark 11. Stunning. Although not exactly the kind of set up that you'd take photos of for their beauty. You can have it fast, or you can have it pretty. Not both.
The Scan 3XS Swordfish
So you're wandering around and spot a fairly cool looking desk. Not bad you think. A bit Star Trek, but not bad. Then you spot the Swordfish logo and an on button. Then..
The screens rise up from the back and you realise that this is the very latest PC from those mad boffins at Scan's 3XS Systems(sorry Pete!). We are so overwhelmed and awe-struck by this we almost can't speak. Just. Look. At. It! Yes that is two 360MM radiators you can see hidden away.
An EVGA SR2, of course, is at the heart of this behemoth. Some RAID0 SSDs provide the speed and 3TB of Western Digital supply the storage. We don't know 100% what graphics cards lurk within but we would put our money on a pair of GTX590s for Quad-SLI craziness.
Not only is this almost guaranteed to win PC of the Year, but we can't think of another one on the planet that we want as much. It's stunning. Staggering. Breath-taking. Amazing. We want one. Find a bank to rob, we MUST have one. Star of the show? We think so.
Also on display was the awesome VRX iMotion Gaming Simulator we had a word with website friend Ben from www.tripplewidescreen.co.uk all about this epic bit of kit.
Bundles and Sleepytime
There was a full-on array of desirable things at the show, from some pre-overclocked bundles courtesy of Scan; many of them featuring the award winning coolers from BeQuiet.
via an array of rigs in all shapes and sizes.
Some seriously lush Cooler Master products. Keep it here for some forthcoming reviews of the Evo upgrades to their 'Hyper' range of coolers.
to the largest pillows in the world. After Friday night we definitely wanted to spend the day here, but there we're glad we didn't because what we saw elsewhere blew our mind. And we know it will blow yours.
Powerful Laptops and Giant Screens
I know what you're thinking, "A laptop, how exciting". Oh ye of little faith. This is the MSI GX780R with its backlit SteelSeries keyboard!
Go on, look at that spec list. Look at it!! Now tell me it's just a laptop. The UK version is rumored to have a GTX570M in it!
As if that wasn't impressive enough, AMD were truly playing a game of one-upmanship with their six screen setup. WANT!
If six is too many, three screens is immersive enough and had a serious crowd around it all the time.
If it was possible to fold this mega Samsung up and steal it, we'd have been out the door faster than you can say "oi".
There was no shortage of budding DJs willing to prove that even on a small-screen you can still do big things.
Whilst the 3XS Swordfish is obviously the star in "bigness" terms, back down to low earth orbit we spot an equally intriguing system which you might recognise if you follow the Dream PC awards. If you don't then you'll be amazed at the concept, and if you do you'll still be amazed at the hardware.
A completely fanless, mineral cooled, fully submerged system. Not only is this definite proof that the concept we first saw about three years ago works so well that it can take vastly superior hardware than the prototype did, but there is still something truly eye-popping about seeing the coolant run out like a waterfall.
The hardware inside is probably more impressive. Hex-Core Sandy Bridge-E processor running on the Intel X79 chipset. Twin GTX580s. No fans. It speaks volumes when a brand new Intel processor and a brand new chipset almost play second fiddle to the Armari XCP. Although that's probably because we'll get to review the former, never the latter.
Whilst we are taking a small meander down 'Famous custom computers we've known and desired' road. One stealthy, one extrovert, both gorgeous.
Before we get too deeply into the PC side of things, there were some seriously awesome cars on display, fully kitted with JBL ICE. We know Tom is as much a whore for white as I am for orange, so I'm amazed they didn't have to sponge the floor down after he'd taken these pictures.
Do my subs look big in this?
This Focus RS has more power in the boot than the front. Gorgeous.
My personal favourite has to be the V Dub though. Seriously sorted and with a boot full of neon-bathed ear-bleeding equipment. What's not to like.
Odds and Ends
Be Quiet were there demonstrating their new range of Gold certified PSUs, with 130mm fans to really make their PSUs live up to their company name. People often forget about how loud their PSU can be, but Be Quiet certainly ensure any noise isn't coming from the beast at the base of your tower.
A race-seat with a Logitech G27. Probably the only time it was ever empty. I want one of these more than nearly anything else at the show.
Probably the most hyped game on the planet right now, BattleField 3.
Razer were there in force giving people a chance to play. Standing room only.
SteelSeries Siberia headsets, now available in 'that green crayon nobody ever used'.
Although we're grateful that headsets were available as Queen these people most certainly weren't. Although they have a female singer, which is always good for record sales.
Everywhere you turned there was yet another seriously custom rig running. This time a Gigabyte number.
As always we leave you with that picture Tom always takes. You know, where he's pretending to photograph something in the foreground but secretly is going after the scantily clad people on the stands...
See you next year. You can discuss your thoughts of the event in our forums.