If you were with us last year you'll remember our trip to i40 where we spent a fair amount of time upgrading peoples rigs, staring at booth babes and drinking more than is possibly healthy.
As those are all things that we find enjoyable we're back again to i43 to take in the sights and sounds and hopefully give you a little taster. Our trip was made possible by those fine folks at CM Storm, who have a seriously cool stand with plenty of things to do and see.
One of the very cool things we spotted on the CM Storm stand are the prototypes of their forthcoming keyboard. The word is that you can kit it out with almost any switches you like depending upon your preference for firm and clicky or soft and quiet. If this makes it through to the retail version we can't wait to review it.
Also you'll spot the Sirus headset which is now in the production version and has fixed the few issues that we spotted when we reviewed the prototype version a couple of months ago.
Of course it isn't only CM Storm at the show. There is plenty more. Click on brave reader.
i43 Part Deux
It wouldn't be a show if we weren't there to help bring some attendees PCs up to spec, and courtesy of QuietPC, the name in taming the shouty hardware you have, it's what we're doing over the course of this weekend.
Who doesn't love a little bit of Noctua goodness? Also, because the Noctua is so good and reference GPUs so noisy, we're installing Gelid Vision coolers too. Twin 92mm UV reactive fans and serious heatpipes will keep anything tame, from a GTX580 to a HD6970.
If you've been around a while you're remember when Zalman was the pre-eminent name in quiet computing solutions. Catching our eye and potentially catapulting Zalman back to the top of the pile is this monster CPU Cooler. It's absolutely stunning. We've seen similar styled coolers before but this is in another league. We almost can't contain our levels of want.
On we go again....
Also appearing are Zotac with a case that seems designed to grab my attention with its black and orange colour-scheme.
There is plenty for anyone going along to see and do. The stage is one of the most impressive things. Last year it seemed the kind of thing you'd see village fete prize-giving on. This year they've gone balls-out with an absolute monster. When you find out that tomorrow (Sunday) they'll be demonstrating Battlefield 3, you can understand the need for so many seats.
If it wasn't for the booth babes it would be a sausage-fest worthy of Munich. All that modelling for the merchandise photos seems to have gone to Mr Logan's head. It was a brave man who pressed the shutter.
Of course if you do fancy coming along it might be wise to check your beverage. Dye-bombs have an awkward habit of suddenly appearing in your beer and making Mr Strawberry consider a name change :)
Hope to meet you all there during the course of the weekend. Keep an eye on the forums.