Release roundup: Efficient power, USB 3.0 thumb drives, and more


— 4:07 PM on September 9, 2011

This week, in our look at product releases that didn't make it into our regularly scheduled coverage, we have word of fresh goodies from Corsair, MSI, and Thermaltake.

  • Corsair announces availability of $99 gaming PC case. Remember the Corsair Carbide Series 400R we told you all about this spring? Well, Corsair says the $99 enclosure is now available at last. Indeed, Newegg already has the thing in stock. Despite its low price, this case ships with three fans, has room for as many as 10 fans in total, and features built-in USB 3.0 ports, a flipped internal layout with tool-less hard drive bays, and a motherboard tray with cut-outs for cable routing and access to the back of the CPU socket. Not a bad value proposition for $99.

  • Corsair announces new high-speed USB 3.0 flash drives. As blue USB 3.0 ports continue to crop up in more and more places, Corsair has announced the release of USB 3.0 variants of its Flash Voyager, Flash Voyager GT, and Flash Survivor thumb drives. These SuperSpeed models start at just $17 for the 8GB Voyager and range up to $129 for the 64GB Voyager GT. Not content with enabling higher performance, Corsair has redesigned the vanilla Voyager line with a smaller body that's shorter and narrower than the USB 2.0 variety.

  • MSI fortifies arsenal of G Series gaming laptops with GeForce GTX 570M. The title of this press announcement pretty much says it all—MSI's 17.3" GT780DXR and 15.6" GT683DXR gaming laptops are now available with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570M graphics processor, which launched just over two months ago. The GPU has 336 stream processors, a 256-bit memory interface, and theoretical peak fill rate and memory bandwidth figures not far from those of the desktop GeForce GTX 460 1GB.

  • Thermaltake rolls out high-wattage, high-efficiency PSUs. You probably won't be sticking Thermaltake's new Toughpower XT power supplies in your next budget build, but enthusiasts with power-hungry machines may feel differently. These new units have 1275W, 1375W, and 1475W power output ratings, and they've received impressive 80 Plus certifications—Platinum for the 1275W model and Gold for the other two. All three PSUs are modular, have dual 12V rails, and feature seven years of warranty coverage.

It's nice to see USB 3.0 slowly creeping into the mainstream. At those prices, I might be tempted to pick up a USB 3.0 thumb drive myself.

   
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