Release roundup: Two enclosures, two storage drives
This week's release roundup is all about enclosures and storage. We have announcements from Cooler Master, LaCie, Lian Li, and Super Talent:
- Cooler Master announces HAF 912 gaming chassis. The HAF 912 has a $59.99 suggested retail price, which is much less than you might have guessed after looking at the photos or the specs list. This enclosure has loads of neat, enthusiast-friendly features like an extra-wide design to ease cable management, a 3.5" hard drive bay that can be rotated 90 degrees, a special 2.5" bay for SSDs, liquid cooling support, and room for up to six fans (although it only ships with 120-mm front and 120-mm rear fans).
- LaCie introduces the world's smallest mobile and desktop USB 3.0 hard drives. Creepy lemur-type creature aside, the pint-sized Minimus and even smaller Rikiki don't look like half-way bad deals... at least not for external USB 3.0 hard drives with slick aluminum enclosures. LaCie is offering the Minimus in 1TB and 2TB capacities starting at $129.99; the Rikiki starts at $99.99 for the 500GB flavor, and a 1TB variant is also available.
- Two new Lian Li Mini-Q series Mini-ITX chassis – PC-Q09 & PC-Q09F. Behold the PC-Q09 and PC-Q09F, Lian Li's latest Mini-ITX enclosures. Both will take a 2.5" hard drive and a slim 5.25" optical drive. The cases also have single 80-mm exhaust fans, dual USB 3.0 ports, and optional VESA mounts for strapping behind a monitor. The difference between the two? The PC-Q09 has an external 110W PSU and costs $169, while the PC-Q09F has an internal 150W PSU, a slightly thicker chassis, and a $129 price tag. (Those prices are for the silver and black variants, by the way; you'll have to pay more if you want white or red.)
- The four fastest USB 3.0 flash drives, now shipping from Super Talent. Although Super Talent has taken the opportunity to pimp its existing USB 3.0 Express Drives, this latest announcement is about the Express RAM Cache Drive, which uses a 32MB DRAM cache to "boost small block random performance by up to 300%." The Express RAM Cache Drive is available in two flavors: 32GB of capacity for $129, and 64GB for $209.
I'm not overly excited about the Cooler Master case's looks, but I've gotta say, that's a lot of case for 60 bucks.