Release roundup: Gaming cases, silent PSUs, and more
We've got a loaded release roundup for you folks this week. Let's start with a couple of announcements from Cooler Master and Thermaltake:
- Silent Pro Hybrid power supply series: the new standard. This new Cooler Master PSU series sports rated efficiencies in excess of 90%, modular cabling, and a bundled 5.25" fan controller. The fan controller has one dial for the unit's 135-mm hydraulic bearing fan and another dial for up to three system fans. The PSU supports a "silent" cooling mode that switches off the fan entirely until power output reaches 200W. Look for this unit in 850W, 1050W, and 1300W variants priced at $199.99, $249.99, and $299.99, respectively.
- The aesthetic Thermaltake V3 BlacX Edition chassis. As its name suggests, Thermaltake's latest enclosure is a version of the V3 Black Edition chassis with a built-in BlacX hard-drive docking station. The dock is mounted at the top, can accommodate 3.5" drives, and hooks up to the system via Serial ATA. Aside from that, the enclosure has a mid-tower layout with three 5.25" bays, four internal 3.5" bay, one 2.5" bay, a bottom-mounted power supply emplacement, USB 3.0 connectivity, and cut-outs in the motherboard tray. Thermaltake ships the case with a 120-mm exhaust fan, and users can mount additional fans at the front, top, and bottom.
We also have a handful of announcements from Corsair, has been busy these last few days:
- Corsair announces availability of $139 gaming PC case. We first encountered the Carbide Series 500R at Computex this spring, and it's now out in the wild—Amazon has graphite grey and white versions of it in stock for $119.99, or $109.99 after a $10 mail-in rebate. Internally, this bad boy could be mistaken for one of Corsair's pricier Graphite or Obsidian designs. Perks include horizontally mounted tool-less hard-drive bays, rubber-lined cut-outs in the motherboard tray, a 200-mm fan for "additional GPU cooling," and room for graphics cards as long as 17.8" (if you remove drive cages). As icing on the cake, Corsair implements USB 3.0 connectivity via dedicated headers, so you don't need to have an ugly pass-through cable poking out the back.
- Corsair announces major advance in high-capacity SSDs. The title of the announcement doesn't tell you much, so here's the skinny: Corsair has rolled out 180GB and 480GB Force Series 3 solid-state drives as well as a 480GB Force Series GT SSD. Their respective prices are $249, $799, and $999. All three drives are based on SandForce's SF-2280 controller, feature 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity, and can purportedly push 85K random write IOps. The GT drives use ONFI synchronous flash and can hit 555 MB/s read and 525 MB/s write speeds, while the Force Series 3 offerings use asynchornous flash memory and are supposed to be 5MB/s slower with both reads and writes.
- Corsair announces new liquid CPU coolers. Rounding out this flurry of announcements are Corsair's new Hydro Series H40 and Hydro Series H70 Core liquid coolers, which both have self-contained, closed-loop designs similar to that of the H50 we reviewed a couple years back. The H40 is an entry-level offering priced at just $59; it ships with a 120-mm fan, has an aluminum radiator and cold plate, and supports virtually all recent AMD and Intel sockets—including Sandy Bridge-E's LGA2011. The Hydro Series H70 Core, meanwhile, is a bring-your-own-fan version of the seemingly discontinued H70 model. It has a copper cold plate and sells for $89.99.
I've gotta say, that Carbide 500R enclosure seems like a pretty solid deal for $120. It looks rather decent, too, although I'm more partial to the strictly rectangular look of the pricier Obsidian Series 650D.