Release roundup: RAM, cases, and power supplies
We've got a trio of announcements to cover this week: one from Corsair, one from Cooler Master, and a third from the folks at Sharkoon over in Germany.
- Corsair announces availability of 2000MHz Vengeance DDR3 kits. If you enjoy having obscene amounts of memory bandwidth at your disposal, then Corsair's new DDR3-2000 kits might float your boat. The company offers them in 4GB dual-channel, 6GB triple-channel, and 12GB triple-channel kits, the latter being made up of three 4GB modules. All the kits look to be rated for 2000MHz operation at 1.5V, too, so you won't need to apply any extra juice.
- Cooler Master announces GX 450W power supply. This isn't a terribly exciting product—few budget power supplies are—but still, it has all of the right ingredients: a single 12V rail, an "intelligent" 120-mm fan, and 80 Plus certification. The logo on the box is a nice shade of fuchsia, too. What more do you need for $49.99?
- Sharkoon announces two affordable aluminum towers. Sharkoon is probably better known in Europe, although some of its products have made their way across the Atlantic. Perhaps these latest two cases will, as well. The Sharkoon AL4 has a full-ATX design with tool-less hard-drive bays and a 120-mm front LED fan, while the smaller AL2 accommodates microATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, has only one internal 3.5" bay, and includes a smaller 92-mm LED fan. Sharkoon quotes prices of €59.90 ($85) and €49.90 ($71) for the AL4 and AL2, respectively.
I must say, it's nice to see enthusiast hardware makers aren't forgetting about folks who don't necessarily need or want the latest $200 kilowatt power supply. Sometimes, a low-wattage unit with a quiet fan is all you need.