This week in our look at miscellaneous product releases, we bring tidings from Enermax, LaCie, Lian Li, Thermaltake, and Zotac:
Enermax introduces a new down flow CPU cooler. Tower-style coolers seem awfully fashionable today, but they're not the only way to keep a CPU nice and chilly. Enermax's new ETD-T60 series coolers have a "down flow" design, with a set of six heat pipes connecting the CPU to an array of fins that sits parallel to the motherboard. Those fins are ventilated by a 120-mm, Twister-bearing, pulse-width modulation fan. Enermax has implemented a patented Auto-Adjustable-Pressure mounting system, which purportedly supports "various CPU sockets and gives perfect contact force (18~28kgw) in between CPU and cooler." Expect to pay $59 for the vanilla ETD-T60-TB and $69 for the ETD-T60-VD, which has red and blue LEDs.
LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series now available. With its latest product family, LaCie is bringing Thunderbolt connectivity to the world of external storage... for a price. The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt series includes 1TB 7,200-RPM and 2TB 5,400-RPM mechanical options priced at—wait for it—$399 and $499, respectively. While LaCie boasts about "shocking 10Gb/s speeds," the spec sheet reveals that the hard drives inside the Thunderbolt enclosures have 6Gbps SATA interfaces and peak transfer speeds of 180-190MB/s. A solid-state option is also available, but that'll only get you speeds as high as 480MB/s, nowhere near Thunderbolt's 10Gbps (1.25GB/s) peak. LaCie sells the drives without Thunderbolt cables and only covers them with a three-year warranty, too. Yikes.
Lian Li announces the latest PC-TU200. Lian Li's new baby isn't cheap, either, at $199. However, it has some nice perks that should please LAN partygoers: a carrying handle, a rather small chassis that accommodates Mini-ITX and Mini-DTX motherboards, aluminum contruction with a "base weight" of only 2.8 lbs, a 140-mm front intake fan, support for graphics cards as long as 11.8", and both external Serial ATA and USB 3.0 ports on the front panel. The PC-TU200 is due to arrive at "local distributors" at the end of this month.
Thermaltake introduces Overseer RX-I e-sports chassis. This latest addition to Thermaltake's gaming mid-tower case repertoire is certainly a showy one, but it appears to tick most of the right boxes. You've got a hard-drive dock at the top, two USB 3.0 ports at the front, support for graphics cards as long as 12.5", a bottom-mounted power supply emplacement, and five internal 3.5" drive bays. Stock cooling also seems generous, with a pair of 200-mm fans supplemented by a 120-mm spinner. Users can chuck in another three fans if they so choose.
Zotac announces A75-ITX WiFi. Zotac's latest Mini-ITX board features an FM1 socket and an AMD A75 chipset, making it ripe for use with A8-, A6-, A4-, and E2-series Llano APUs. Other features include two DDR3 DIMM slots, a trio of display outputs (DVI, HDMI, and VGA), a PCI Express x16 slot, four SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 ports (plus two via a header on the board), dual Gigabit Ethernet, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, and onboard audio with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio certifications. Not bad for such a tiny motherboard.
I have to say, I like the look of that Lian Li case. $199 is a little rich for my blood, though, especially for an enclosure that can't house a full-sized machine.