Release roundup: Multi-display madness and LGA2011 brackets
Beside what we've featured in our regular coverage, this week hasn't been particularly eventful. A few announcements from Shuttle, Silicon Power, and Thermaltake still slipped through the cracks, though:
- Shuttle launches Matrox-powered Mini PC to support larger multi-display configurations. This new Shuttle system must be a sight to behold. Despite measuring only 12.8" x 8.2" x 7.7", it comes outfitted with Core i7-900-series processors, 8-16GB of RAM, and optional Matrox M-series graphics cards. Those graphics cards can drive as many as eight DisplayPort panels—each with a resolution of "up to 2560x1600." I think that works out to just over 626 megapixels. Yeah.
- Silicon Power launches super mini USB flash drive. Diminutive USB 2.0 thumb drives aren't exactly a groundbreaking innovation, but they're always nice to have on a keyring. Silicon Power's new Touch T01 offering features a "dust-proof, vibration-proof and waterproof" metallic casing and a size of only 0.97" x 0.54" x 0.18". Silicon Power offers 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities and covers the drive with a lifetime warranty.
- Thermaltake offers free LGA 2011 upgrade kits. This is more of a public service announcement than a product release, but it should make some folks happy regardless. If you purchased one of Thermaltake's Frio OCK, Frio, Cotac 30, or BigWater 760 Plus coolers before October 2011, Thermaltake says you can ask your "local distributor" about getting a free LGA2011 upgrade package. The upgrade package will let you strap those coolers onto Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors, which the rumor mill says are due out later this month.
I've had a 2GB OCZ Diesel USB thumb drive serving as my keychain for the past few years, and I might have to start looking for a higher-capacity replacement with a similarly sturdy metal exterior. If only Silicon Power had added USB 3.0 to the mix with its Touch T01 drives.