Release roundup: a 7-series mobo and more


— 5:29 PM on April 12, 2012

This week in our look at miscellaneous product launches and announcements, we've got news from Biostar, iBuypower, and StarTech.

  • Biostar launches TZ77XE3. Biostar has hopped on the Z77 bandwagon with a new enthusiast offering. The TZ77XE3 looks well-furnished, with three physical PCI Express x16 slots (with SLI and CrossFIre supports), a trio of display outputs (DVI, VGA, and HDMI), support for Lucid's Virtu MVP technology, 13-phase CPU power regulation, and all-solid-state capacitors. Biostar has added a few little enthusiast-friendly perks, too, like onboard shut-down and reset buttons, and a debug LED display.
  • iBuypower partners with Best Buy North America to sell gaming PCs. No new products to see here—just a friendly heads-up from the folks at iBuypower, who say their systems are now available from Best Buy's website in the U.S. and Canada. A quick look at Best Buy's U.S. website shows a couple dozen systems listed with price tags ranging from $489.99 to $1429.99. All of them seem to come without displays and with discrete GPUs of varying potency.
  • StarTech.com's new USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE HDD docking station. I don't know if there's anything all that exceptional about StarTech's latest drive dock, but the company nevertheless boasts about the product's upright design, dual drive bays, and support for both Serial ATA and IDE hard drives. This looks like a solid offering either way, though, especially considering the quoted $74 street price. Both of the docking bays accommodate 3.5" and 2.5" drives, and the device ships with power and ribbon cables for IDE drives. Also, of course, its USB 3.0 interface is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 ports.

I doubt I'll ever buy a pre-built gaming desktop myself—putting them together is too much fun—but it's nice to see gaming PCs get a little more mainstream representation. Kudos to Best Buy.

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