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Lian Li @ CES 2013

Lian Li was at CES once again this year and they brought a few interesting chassis to the show.  By interesting, I mean a beast, a thermal guru and a train.  Let's start with the beast.  The PC-D8000.  This case supposts the largest motherboards possible and complies to the HPTX standard.  Even with a motherboard as large as 15" x 13.6", you still will have room for 20 (that's right, twenty) 3.5" HDDs.  In addition to that, it has four USB 3.0 ports on the front and all of the other awesome features we've come to expect from the all-aluminum case manufacturer, Lian Li.

PC-D8000 Big Front

 

The PC-V850 is a case that is coming in the near future (hopefully) and it offers the standard Lian Li quality with a bit of a different way to manage thermal issues.  Once the side panel is on, the air intake comes from the rear and the deflector ensures that you are not sucking in hot air from the rear exhaust.  The chassis is sectioned off into several areas that are compartmentalized so that different components don't heat up each other.

 

The last and oddest thing that we've seen from Lian Li is the train PC case.  We've seen some pretty odd cases, that included sea shells, horses and a yeti, but we've never seen a moving train PC.  There is not much else to be said about this.

Lian Li Train

Please check out the gallery for more pictures from the Lian Li booth.

Samsung Galaxy S4

So the big news of the week is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 on Thursday. The Galaxy lineup of phones has been the most popular Android-based devices around so naturally there was quite a bit of speculation surrounding this launch. Overall I think most of the rumors were correct and there weren't too many big surprises at the launch.

For a overview of the S4 from Samsung you can head over to their website for more pictures and information on all the new accessories they announced.

 

If you would like more information from around the internet, as well as some quick hands on reviews, here is a collection of articles:

The Verge takes a look at the S4

Gizmodo puts the S4 up against the S3

The Verge has pictures from a Chinese site that has already ripped the S4 apart

AllthingsD ask the question "is better enough?"

HTC's CMO doesn't like the S4, says it's just "more of the same" and other trash talk @ Engadget

Pepcom Highlights from CES 2014

We stopped by Pepcom this year and saw a few nifty things from Piston, drooled over the Lenovo 4K display and checked out a "fair" way to cheat at gaming. The Red Dot is not a cheat - it's just a fancy way to hipfire accurately - and it's awesome. Check it out!

 

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

 

The EU scraps roaming fees

The European Parliament has passed a bill that scraps roaming fees for mobile phones that will allow you to place a call anywhere in Europe for the same price it would cost you at home. All I can say about this is, it's about time! Hopefully North American greed providers someday soon follow suit. The BBC has the story.

The European Parliament has voted to scrap the roaming fees charged for using a mobile phone while abroad.

Under the wide-ranging telecoms reforms, the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in another EU country will be the same as at home.

The change is due to take effect from 15 December next year. It still requires approval from EU governments.

AMD Launches Radeon R9 295X2 Card

AMD doesn't want to let NVIDIA take all of the limelight with their recent Titan-Z launch so they've gone ahead and rushed out the Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. This is basically a single-PCB card that houses a pair of Radeon 290X cards in Crossfire. The "good" news is that this combo is available for a mere $1,500 - half price of the competitions Titan-Z.

What makes the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 somewhat sui generis in the world of GPUs is the use of an Asetek closed-loop water cooling system with 120mm radiator and fan for its cooling configuration. There are integrated pumps that sit atop each GPU using micro channel cold plates. The tubes are sealed and heat is exchanged to the 120mm radiator with fan. No assembly is required and it is maintenance free like most AIO CPU coolers you are likely familiar with.

Source(s): HardOCP, Neowin

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