Here are some of the highlights of day 1 one at CES. Make sure you check out Part 2 for some case action.
Thunderbolt. WD showed off their 6T x 4 (24T) Thunderbolt setup. Each box is configured in a RAID 0, and all 4 boxes are RAIDED via Thunderbolt. Check out the benchmarks. Video editors take note. The product is not out yet out but should be out shortly. Pricing is not yet released. Initially it will only be for MACs but will be firmware upgradeable for PCs once MFG release PC host controllers.
New Synology 8 bay unit, removable fans and a new version of their Disk Station program. They are claiming this unit will saturate a gigabit connection. MSRP is $999.
Zotac video card self contained water cooling systems for the nVidia cards. (GTX 580)
Gamers take note. The ultimate addition to your gaming PC.
USB Dual Controller. This is available in different configurations. PC or MAC versions and either a 4 port controller with 4 external ports or 2 external ports and one internal header. What makes this unique is that every port has a dedicated controller and is capable of 10 gig/s of performance.
SSD Caching for RAID! Stay tuned for this one. Mix and match spindle and SSDs in any configuration you want. How about 1 SSD and 3 spindle drives in a RAID 5, or how about 2 SSD in a RAID 0 caching 2 spindle drives in a RAID 0/1. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. This has real potential for increased performance. We where promised a review unit so stay tuned.