Release roundup: Cases, memory, and power
This week in our rundown of miscellaneous release announcements, we're looking at new gear from Cooler Master, G.Skill, and Rosewill:
- Cooler Master unveils Extreme II Series power supply. This freshly launched PSU series spans four models: 475W, 525W, 625W, and 725W, with price tags ranging from $49.99 to $94.99. All four offerings have dual 12V rails and, according to Cooler Master, "higher quality components" than than the original Extreme PSU family. Cooler Master also touts "world-class" over-power protection features and durable capacitors that can run as hot as 105°C. Warranty coverage is three years.
- G.Skill announces TridentX DDR3 memory kit for 3rd generation Intel Core processors. G.Skill serves up these enthusiast memory modules in 4GB and 8GB densities as part of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB memory kits. Nothing extraordinary there, but the top rated speeds of 2400-2800MHz might turn a few heads. What's more, G.Skill says it managed to overclock its TridentX 2800MHz 16GB kit to a whopping 3320MHz using liquid nitrogen. Oh, and those tall heatspreader fins can be detached to make way for large CPU coolers.
- Cooler Master intros HAF XM mid-tower. Cooler Master says this case "contains a virtual hurricane's force worth of airflow within its walls." This thing has room for a total of four 200-mm fans (two at the top, one at the front, and one on the side) in addition to a 140-mm exhaust fan, so the hyperbole may very well be justified. The HAF XM also has a rotated side panel, which swings down when opened, and a pair of drive docking bays. You can even mount an SSD on the back of the motherboard tray. Not too shabby for $129.99.
That Rosewill case looks like a no-frills offering for the most part, but I dig the subdued industrial design. The Cooler Master looks a little chunky by comparison.