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Snapdragon 835 Announced with Windows 10 and VR support

Qualcomm has been in the mobile processor market for a long time and there isn't a lot of competition in this space. This can often make a company a bit lazy, but Qualcomm has kept on pushing the envelope, making each processor significantly better than the last. The same is true with their just announced Snapdragon 835 as it supports VR, AR, better battery life and the ability to run full Windows 10. More details at the link below.

Along with the new 10nm design, these multi-pronged, harmonized computing solutions bring unprecedented energy improvements. They include: 1+ day of talk time, 5+ days of music playback, and 7+ hours of 4K video streaming. Should your phone need more power, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 provides five hours of battery life for five minutes of charging.

Source: TwitLonger

The Worst Ideas from CES 2017

As we are still working on wrapping up our CES coverage, we've talked about the interesting things that we saw. Not all of them were interesting because they are great - or even good ideas. Some of the products on display were simply lies, or future failures. I know that we may be considered haters by some of the companies, but the truth is the world will never be ready for a shower that stops before you're ready. Check the link below for a few of the worst ideas from CES 2017.

The Tinder VR headset is essentially two pairs of goggles connected in the middle. When you strap one side of the device to your head and a stranger straps the other side of the device to theirs, you're forced to gaze into each other's eyes and suss out the contents of their soul.

 

 

Source: WindowsCentral

Pricing Speculation on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Switch is supposed to be coming this quarter and there is no solid word on pricing just yet. However, current pricing in Japan is set to be about 25,000 Yen, which should put it at $214 with current exchange rate. Once you factor in shipping and taxes, it looks like it a price point of $250 USD is pretty much expected. For that price, I believe it will do quite well, as long as there are a few great new titles (not rewarmed to work on the Switch) at launch. Time will tell, but this is probably the most I've been excited about any console since the Xbox 360's initial launch.

In terms of how a price like that would look in stores alongside rival systems, at present Xbox One S bundles at a major retailer in the US (GameStop) are currently between $299.99 and $349.99, with the newer PS4 Slim (plus a game) also typically costing $299.99. In these cases at least one game is normally included, and of course various deals and bundles can be found around the web. As baseline prices at a major retailer, though, they give an idea of where a $250 Switch would stand.

Source: NintendoLife

Edge at CES 2017

Edge is a new company to us here at BCCHardware, but they've been around for quite a few years actually. They are a subsidiary of Avant Technology (as is Mushkin), but Edge products are geared more toward business users and high-reliability operations. While the DRAM chips, basic design and controllers are often identical between Mushkin products and Edge products, Edge focuses their firmware and power regulation toward higher reliability rather than raw performance. Don't get me wrong, their performance is still excellent, but with power-fail capacitors on board as well as better provisioning and wear leveling algorithms, Edge certainly is geared toward the business user.


Edge PFX3

 

At CES, Edge showed off their new PFX3 drive that includes power failure protection and still offers capacities up to 1TB. Not only do these drives offer 256-bit AES encryption, they also come backed with a 5-year warranty - not many SSDs offer that long of a guaranteed service life. On the 3D-NAND side of the 2.5-inch form-factor coin are the eMerge 3D SSDs. They have two different versions of this drive with the eMerge 3D-V using 3D TLC NAND flash while the non-V version using 3D MLC NAND. The non-V drive also has a slightly slower speed, but a longer warranty.

eMerge

 

Their "NextGen" M.2 PCIe SSD is a beast. It uses 3D MLC NAND flash and an external DRAM module for buffering. It's a full double-sided 2280 module that uses 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes to make things happen rather quickly. While other companies have a very similar drive for their enthusiast systems, Edge caters once again to their business customers and offers a few of their features to keep the product more reliable. Still, the drive is rated at a mere 2.5GB/sec read speed with a 1.1GB/sec write speed. Keep in mind that this drive supports ECC functions, StaticDataRefresh and is also backed with Edge's 5-year warranty. 

NextGen

 

If you want to check out more images from our Day 3 coverage at CES 2017, please be sure to check out the gallery here, as well as our entire coverage of CES 2017 right here.

Also, you can check out Edge Memory's site here.

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.

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