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Graphics Card Vendors Upbeat about Cryptocurrency

Just when games don't really push graphics cards and lowers demand for the latest upgrade, along comes cyptocurrency mining. As such, the demand for graphics cards has never been higher. Recently, Bitcoin reached an incredible $6,100USD and that has obviously kept the demand on these cards high. It's too bad for gamers that need an upgrade as it's pretty hard to find anything in stock. It's very good for vendors though.

Because of the quickly subsided cryptocurrency mining hype in 2013, some graphics card players were originally conservative about the development in 2017. Despite both China and Russia governments having expressed opposition on the trading of cryptocurrencies, their values continue increasing after a short-term relapse.

Source: DigiTimes

Nintendo Expects Switch Will Outsell Wii U in a Year

The Nintendo Switch is doing very well. How well? Nintendo expects that it will beat out the lifetime sales of the Wii U - and do it in less than a year. That is great news for Nintendo and it shows just how dismal sales of the Wii U actually were. All that said, Nintendo does very well with their own IP as they have the top 5 rated games in the world.

According to a Reuters report, the company is now endeavoring to meet customer demand -- it's still not easy to buy a Switch in stores. "We've boosted Switch production in order to meet strong demand from our customers as it was difficult for customers to buy the consoles at retail stores," said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Galaxy: Growing Up

Samsung and Apple have never really gotten along and it must kill Apple to have to rely on Samsung for screens for their devices. The following commercial shows that Samsung has actually lead the way through most of the Smartphone "War" and Apple has won the battle at marketing.

 

Tesla Semi Truck Details Emerge

Tesla has had a few wins this year to go along with their big loss on their production numbers. Speaking of things that will never be popular, more details have just rolled out regarding their Tesla Semi Truck. They are having plenty of problems getting the Model 3 out the door and the semi reveal has been postponed from September to October and now November. I'm thinking that they should just stick to a couple of models and figure out how to produce them in volume first. The demand is there - and they need to fill it. Semi trucks, while incredibly popular need incredible range and power - something that electric vehicles delivery half of.

Still, Tesla claims to have had the ear of the trucking industry and that industry experts consulted in the product planning process for the semi. “We’re getting them closely involved in the design process, so the biggest customers of the heavy duty Tesla semi are helping ensure that it is specified to their needs, so it’s not a mystery,” Musk said at a June conference call. “They already know that it’s going to meet their needs, because they’ve told us what those needs are. So it’ll really just be a question of scaling volume to make as many as we can.”

Source: TheVerge

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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