Release roundup: Gaming gear and a monster laptop


— 5:52 PM on February 2, 2012

With Chinese New Year celebrations at an end, hardware makers in the Far East have started announcing fresh products again. This week, our inbox collected press releases from Cooler Master, Genius, Eurocom, and MSI.

  • CM Storm Trooper gets limited-time pricing offer. Cooler Master wants to "thank its various stakeholders for 20 years of loyalty," and to do that, the company has lowered the price of its Storm Trooper enclosure to $149.99 in the U.S. and Canada. According to Newegg's listing, the enclosure normally sells for $189.99, so Cooler Master's discount works out to $40. Sounds like a pretty solid deal.
  • Genius' DeathTaker professional MMO & RTS mouse is available in North America. That headline ought to be pretty self-explanatory. The DeathTaker (not to be confused with the Soultaker) has nine buttons, a 5,700-DPI sensor with separate X- and Y-axis adjustments, a system of removable weights, a multi-colored backlight, and "Scorpion" software that lets you assign buttons and set up macros. (Settings are stored in the mouse's internal memory.) Genius says the DeathTaker has a suggested retail price of $79.
  • Eurocom announces Leopard 2.0 dual-GPU multimedia workstation. Eurocom's latest monster of a laptop is impressive, with an 18.4" 1080p display and room for an almost disturbing amount of high-end hardware. You can outfit this machine with a Core i7-2960XM processor, 24GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, and four storage devices—either four hard drives or three hard drives and an optical drive (options include a Blu-ray burner). The system also accommodates GeForce GTX 560M or Radeon HD 6970M GPUs, either in single- or dual-GPU configurations. You can opt for a Quadro, too, if professional graphics and CAD are your thing. Eurocom is taking orders for the system here. Pricing starts at $1,545 for a much tamer configuration.
  • MSI intros R7950 Twin Frozr III with "exclusive GPU and memory overvoltage". MSI's top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7950 looks pretty pimped out. It has a custom Twin Frozr III cooler, which purportedly achieves 10°C lower temperatures and 13.7dB lower noise levels than the stock design under load. The GPU comes clocked at 880MHz with 5200 MT/s memory (up from the default 800/5000), and MSI touts "37.5% overclockability" via its Afterburner tool. Also, the card is outfitted with high-c capacitors, "super ferrite" chokes, and solid-state capacitors.

There's a wealth of different Radeon HD 7950 cards available, as our recent availability check demonstrates, but tricked-out models with higher-than-normal clock speeds seem to be less common.

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