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Written by David Ramsey   
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
2010 CES: Computer Technology Highlights
2010 CES: NVIDIA
2010 CES: ASUS
2010 CES: EVGA
2010 CES: MSI
2010 CES: Thermaltake
Television: 3D, OLED, and 4K
iPhone cases, therapeutic robots, etc
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

2010 CES: Thermaltake

Ah, the exquisite Level 10 chassis! This was the first opportunity I'd had to see one in person. It's much larger than I expected just from the photos, and is comprised of thick aluminum. It's the most "solid" feeling case I've ever seen with the possible exception of the HP Blackbird. The BMW-designed chassis hangs separate compartments for the power supply, motherboard, optical drives, and hard drives off a central "spine". It's an innovative, striking, and very expensive case.

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Despite its high price (online retailers who have it charge between $800 and $850), the demand for the case has been very high. I was told the original plan was to produce 1,000 cases over the course of a year, that being the best the production facility could do given the size and complexity of the case. Well, they now have backorders for 6,000 cases and have ramped production up to 1,800 cases per year. If the demand holds out, it might become very difficult to get one of these cases, although as of the time of this writing, Newegg will be happy to sell you one for only $849.99. Oh, see that little hardback book at the bottom right of the photo? That's the brochure for the case. It'll probably be a collector's item some day; I managed to get one to salivate over.

Another interesting case on display was this unnamed and unannounced item designed for multiple Fermi cards:

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Notice the fan/wind tunnel contraption behind the lower 5.25" bays. This is designed to maintain a high air flow directly into the intakes of a pair of Fermis...which might be a hint about the power requirements and heat production of these cards.

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Even more fans and ventilation could be seen on this Thermaltake Challenger gaming keyboard. You can plug in one or two of the tiny fans (one is visible near the Escape key) to keep your sweaty hands dry during those intense gaming sessions. If that's not enough, you could add the pair of larger fans seen in front of the keyboard.

But CES isn't just about computer hardware. In the next sectionI'll show you some of the more interesting non-computer technologies that were on display.



 

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