Release roundup: SSDs, IPS displays, and efficient power


— 4:29 PM on September 16, 2011

This week in our look at recent product release announcements, we bring tidings from the folks at Adata, Enermax, HP, Kingston, OCZ, and Raidmax:

  • Adata doubles down on SATA III. We're used to seeing SSD makers announce whole batches of SSDs all at once, but Adata's latest launch involves just one drive: the 120GB S510, which the company describes as a "mid-range version of the . . . flagship S511." Mid-range as it might be, this drive has a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface, a SandForce SF-2200 controller, and top transfer speeds of 550MB/s for reads and 510MB/s for writes. The 120GB S511 currently sells for $204.99 at Newegg, so I'd expect the S510 to cost a little less.

  • Enermax announces Platimax power supplies. Enermax's new Platimax PSUs all possess 80 Plus Platinum certifications, which is probably where they got their name. The certification means they should be able to achieve efficiencies in the 89-92% range depending on load. (Enermax actually quotes top efficiency of 94%, which is beyond even that standard.) Platimax PSUs are rolling out in 600W, 750W, 850W, 1000W, and 1200W flavors, with prices ranging from $179 to $329.99. They have modular cabling and 140-mm Twister Bearing fans.

  • HP expands award-winning display portfolio. Is it me, or is IPS panel technology becoming increasingly popular? Earlier this week, HP announced four new ZR-series displays all featuring IPS panels and LED backlights. The displays have panel sizes of 20", 21.5", 24", and 27", with resolutions ranging from 1600x900 to 2560x1600. sRGB color gamuts are standard across the board, and HP quotes contrast ratios of 2,000,000:1 for the ZR2240w and ZR2440w. Prices start at just $189 for the ZR2040w if you order from HP's online store.

  • Kingston Digital launches first SandForce-based business-equipped SSD. Kingston's new SSDNow KC100 business-friendly SSDs have 6Gbps Serial ATA interfaces and use SandForce's DuraClass functionality to "deliver world-class data integrity protection." S.M.A.R.T. monitoring capabilities are on the menu, too, as are transfer speeds of up to 555MB/s during reads and 510MB/s during writes. These aren't cheap, though. The 120GB model will set you back $337, and the top-of-the-line 480GB offering costs $1270. (Kingston also sells KC100 SSDs as part of upgrade kits, which cost a little more than the bare drives.)

  • OCZ SSDs provide true "instant-on" access for LG premium ultra-thin P220 notebooks. OCZ has concocted an Indilinx-based solid-state drive with a 2.5" form factor that's two millimeters thinner than typical 2.5" drives—just 7.5 mm. That reduced thickness allows it to slip into the LG P220 ultra-thin notebook, which is only 0.82" thick. LG P220 laptops with OCZ solid-state drives inside started shipping in Korea in August, OCZ says, but they'll be available "into select global markets shortly." Here's hoping we'll see them here in North America.
  • Raidmax announces new Viper case. This latest enclosures should please enthusiasts and gamers who like their PCs to have a splash of color—and not to break the bank. Priced at only $59.99, the Raidmax Viper features tool-less drive bays, cable routing behind the motherboard tray, a bottom-mounted power-supply emplacement, a trio of fans, and USB 3.0 front ports. Look for this bad boy in U.S. and Canadian stores next month.

Those HP displays look rather nice. I'm still using the ZR24w as my primary display, but it has an old-school CCFL backlight. Maybe it's time to upgrade. Hmm...

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