Release roundup: Cooling, mice, and high-density memory


— 6:00 AM on October 14, 2011

We've got a trio of announcements from Cooler Master, Corsair, and Scythe for you in this week's release roundup.

  • CM Storm Xornet - a pure gaming experience. Cooler Master's latest gaming mouse packs a 2000-DPI sensor and 8KB of onboard memory for storing "button assignments, advanced macros, and other mouse customizations." Users can switch between four DPI presets on the fly, and Cooler Master touts other niceties, such as side rubber grips, Omron micro-switches good for 5,000,000 clicks, and an "Anti-drift Control Sensor" that "maintains flawless control when lifts and drops occur." The Storm Xornet should be available this month for $29.99.
  • Corsair announces world's first high-performance quad channel 32GB memory kit. This bad boy is primed for Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors—which, to my knowledge, will be the first and only desktop CPUs with quad-channel memory controllers. Corsair's 32GB quad-channel kit is made up of four 8GB DDR3 DIMMs, which are rated for operation at 1866MHz with 9-10-9-27 timings and a 1.5V vDIMM setting. The modules are adorned with DHX+ heatsinks, too—and as you might expect, they don't come cheap. Corsair quotes a $999 MSRP for the whole kit.

  • Scythe announcing successor of Big Shuriken. Scythe's latest cooler ought to please folks building high-powered rigs inside tight cases. Despite featuring a 120-mm fan, five copper heatpipes, a nickel-plated copper base, and two layers of aluminum fins, this contraption is only 2.3" (58 mm) tall. It even supports all of the latest AMD and Intel sockets, and the PWM fan ought to play nice with motherboard fan controllers. Scythe doesn't quote U.S. pricing, but it says the cooler will cost 30 Euros on the other side of the pond. That works out to around $41.

A thousand bucks is a lot to spend on RAM, especially when 8GB kits can be had for well under $50. I suppose a matched set of 8GB modules with the kinds of specs Corsair touts is something else entirely, though.

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