Release roundup: 3D displays, new coolers, and more
We've got a little bit of everything in this week's roundup of miscellaneous product launches and announcements: new coolers, a 3D display, some RAM, and a high-end motherboard.
- Cooler Master unveils Hyper 612 PWM CPU cooler. This tower-style heatsink is an impressive specimen, with its six copper heat pipes, copper base, and array of aluminum fins tipping the scales at 1.78 lbs (806 g) all put together. Add another quarter pound or so for the 120-mm PWM sleeve-bearing fan, and you've got one chunky cooler. Chunky and quiet, that is—Cooler Master quotes a minimum noise level of 9 dBA for the fan's lowest rotational speed of 600 RPM.
- Corsair announces availability of White Vengeance LP DDR3 memory. No, this isn't a throwback to American History X. The title of Corsair's press release actually refers to "Special Edition Arctic White" memory, which brings together high density, low voltage, and limited height. The kit includes two 4GB DIMMs rated for operation at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-24 timings and a 1.35V voltage setting. The modules are only 1.03" tall, so they should play nice with some of the beefier CPU coolers out there.
- MSI Launches the World’s first PCI Express Gen 3 Mainboard. MSI's Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard isn't strictly a new product, since it launched last month. MSI claims it's the "world's first" motherboard to feature third-generation PCI Express connectivity, and it has a fairly generous set of features to top it off, from dual Gigabit Ethernet to triple PCIe x16 slots and a completely revamped UEFI interface called ClickBIOS II. And as icing on the cake, MSI tells us this board now comes with five years of warranty coverage.
- ViewSonic drives display innovation with new 3D Vision LED monitor. ViewSonic's new 3D display has a 24" panel with a 1080p resolution, LED backlighting, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 2-ms response time, and 300 cd/m² brightness. The company also chucks in a pair of 2W SRS Premium Sound speakers and an Nvidia 3D Vision kit, which includes the wireless station and active-shutter glasses. Total price: $499.
- Zotac unveils water-cooling solutions. Zotac has actually announced two products this week. One of those is the Omni liquid cooler, pictured below, which is self-contained and supports Zotac's GeForce GTX 580, 570, and 480 graphics cards. The other is the GeForce GTX 580 Infinity Edition, which comes with an Omni cooler pre-installed and features a core clock speed of 815MHz and a memory speed of 4100MT/s. Check out Zotac's website for more details.
Considering the price of standalone 3D Vision kits, I suppose $499 for one of those plus a 24" 1080p display isn't a bad deal. That said, I'd still personally rather go with an IPS display—perhaps Dell's $399 UltraSharp U2412M—and plain-jane 2D graphics.