Release roundup: USB 3.0 drives, power supplies, and a 3D display


— 5:22 PM on October 20, 2011

The pickings are a little slimmer than usual this week, but a handful of product release announcements still lined our inbox today. Here they are:

  • Adata USB 3.0 goes full swing, breaks through performance limits. Behind this dramatically titled announcement headline lie three new lines of USB 3.0 thumb drives. At the high end, the N005 Pro is launching in capacities from 8 to 64GB and purportedly hits peak read and write speeds of 180 and 90MB/s, respectively. The S102 Pro family tops out at 32GB with 100MB/s peak read and 50MB/s peak write speeds. Finally, the C013 comes in just 8GB and 16GB capacities, and it'll only do 90MB/s reads and 10MB/s writes. Adata hasn't announced pricing just yet, at least from what I can tell.

  • OCZ Technology unveils the modular ZT power supply series. It's nice to see some new high-efficiency, modular power supplies that don't break the bank. OCZ's ZT series units fits in that category, with 100% modular cable management, peak efficiencies of 85% "under typical load environments" (which purportedly earned 80 Plus Bronze certification), temperature-controlled 140-mm fans, five-year warranties, and prices that start at an eminently reasonable $99.99 for the 550W model. OCZ also offers 650W and 750W ZT-series power supplies priced at $109.99 and $119.99, respectively.

  • ViewSonic introduces new ultra-fast 3D LED display. This new 3D monitor is a little unusual, because it doesn't seem to belong to the growing family of 120Hz 3D monitors tuned for active-shutter goggles. Instead, the display ships with simple polarized 3D glasses (and a set of polarized clip-ons, for us four-eyed users) and presumably relies on a different 3D technology. In any case, the monitor has a 23" 1080p panel, 2-ms response time, an LED backlight with a 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, SRS Premium Sound speakers, and a set of VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI 1.4a inputs. ViewSonic says it'll set you back just $349 and work happily with Blu-ray 3D players, the PlayStation 3, and "over 500 PC-based video games in amazing 3D quality." I'm not seeing the screen on AMD's supported hardware list for HD3D, though—at least not yet.

Those OCZ power supplies look like solid deals, especially considering the prices and five-year warranty coverage. I have a hard time understanding the point of modular ATX and CPU power cords, though, since those need to be plugged in anyway.

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