Release roundup: Cases, cooling, SDKs, and more
This week in our release roundup, we have news from AMD, Antec, iBuypower, and Lian Li.
- AMD releases ATI Stream SDK v2.2 with OpenCL 1.1. We open this week's roundup with some news for programmers: a new version of the AMD Stream developer toolkit is available. The updated SDK adds support for the freshly ratified OpenCL 1.1 standard, the Ubuntu 10.04 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 operating systems, CPUs with SSE2.x or newer instructions, and "OpenCL and DirectX 10 interoperability," among other things. You can grab the toolkit on this page.
- Antec launches brand new high-performance CPU cooler line. Although likely best known for its cases and power supplies, Antec makes coolers, too. The company has expanded its processor cooling line with the Kühler series, which encompasses Box, Shelf, and Flow designs (pictured above in that order). All three offerings have "whisper-quiet" 120-mm pulse-width-modulation fans and copper heat pipes. Antec says the Kühler Box in particular can blow "as much as 68.2 CFM or operating as quiet as 11.35 dBA."
- iBuypower to offer USB 3.0 on all desktops at no additional charge. This is pretty much what it sounds like; iBuypower desktops should now all have USB 3.0 ports, even ones with motherboards that don't have built-in support for the new I/O standard. Hey, if you're going to buy a pre-built gaming rig, some next-gen connectivity can't hurt.
- Lian Li launches new mini tower. The new Mini Q Series PC-V354 might look small in that picture, but don't be fooled. Lian Li has pulled all the stops here, with support for microATX, Mini-ITX, and Mini-DTX motherboard form factors, room for seven 3.5" hard drives, and beefy cooling thanks to two 120-mm intake fans at the front and one 140-mm fan at the top. This puppy even has a pair of USB 3.0 ports.
Am I the only one thinking that Lian Li case would make a nice foundation for a future system guide build? Hmm.