Release roundup: Fresh PSUs, cases, and propeller blades
In stark contrast to last week, when the Chinese New Year slowed the flow of news from hardware makers to a slow drip, we've gotten a real deluge of release announcements since Monday. Enermax, Eurocom, Ecomaster, MSI, Thermaltake, and XFX all have fresh news to share.
- Enermax announces Hoplite mid-tower case. Here's a new enthusiast enclosure from Enermax. The Hoplite features room for up to six fans, a hot-swap docking station at the top, two 3.5" hot-swap drive bays at the bottom, space for an additional four hard drives, and a front fan door. Not too shabby for $99.
- Eurocom unveils enterprise all-in-one PC. While probably not terribly appealing to enthusiasts, Eurocom's latest machine is interesting nonetheless. This is no bulky enterprise laptop. Rather, the Eurocom Uno 2.0 combines a 19" 1440x900 display (which has optional multi-touch input support) with mobile Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 2TB of storage capacity via two physical drives. And there's even a VESA mount. The product page quotes a starting price of $964.
- Ecomaster announces Lepa G series power supplies. I haven't heard the name Ecomaster too many times, but from the looks of things, it's the parent company behind the Enermax brand. In any case, Ecomaster has introduced a family of 80 Plus Gold-certified power supplies under the new Lepa brand. These G-series units include 500W, 700W, and 900W models priced at $119, $159, and $189, respectively. All have modular cabling, and the PSUs can purportedly achieve efficiency as high as 93%.
- MSI unleashes the R6870 Hawk with Propeller Blade technology. Here we have a new take on AMD's Radeon HD 6870 GPU, this time with MSI's Twin Frozr III dual-fan cooler, which purportedly enables "20% more airflow and up to 21°C lower temperatures" (compared to the stock cooler). The card also features an "8+2 phase PWM design to provide the GPU with 2 times the power supply, along with triple overvoltage functions"—additions that are sure to make overclockers happy.
- Thermaltake adds new Toughpower Grand PSUs. Say hello to Thermaltake's 850W, 1050W, and 1200W ToughPower Grand units, which all carry 80 Plus Gold certification with "more than 93% efficiency at 50% load." Other perks include "massive" 12V rails and flower-shaped 140-mm fans that keep spinning for up to 30 seconds after the system is shut off, allegedly to increase PSU longevity.
- XFX Pro Series PSUs become available. Announced last October, these PSUs are now available at Newegg in 650W, 750W, and 850W flavors priced at a respective $89.99, $109.99, and $129.99. We're seeing the units listed at TigerDirect and NCIX, too. All three models have 80 Plus Bronze badges, 135-mm ball-bearing fans, SLI and CrossFireX certification, and beefy 12V rails.
My, that's a lot of PSUs. It looks like 80 Plus Gold certification is becoming a popular feature, though, and prices for certified units are becoming pretty reasonable. That $119 Lepa unit looks particularly interesting, especially if it's as efficient as Ecomaster claims.