Release roundup: Fast DRAM, mini SSDs, and a big tower
Every week, we gather press releases that slipped through the net of our daily coverage, and we post them in the release roundup. This week, we've got news from Adata, Crucial, and Lian Li:
- Adata introduces XPG Gaming v2.0 Series DDR3 2400G. Adata says it's started shipping some rather speedy 8GB memory kits. The kits are made up of two modules rated for operation at a blistering 2400MHz with 10-12-12-31 timings and a signal voltage of 1.65V. According to Adata, these are "designed and engineered to bring optimum performance" to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors and Z77 platform. That means, among other things, XMP 1.3 memory profiles. The company also boasts that the modules have two ounces of copper in their circuit boards and feature a "screw-lock mechanism [that] improves cooling efficiency for long-term use." You'll find these bad boys selling through "selected channels" in the U.S. and Canada for $89.99 per 8GB kit.
- Crucial m4 mSATA SSD for ultrathin laptops now available. Ultrabooks are great... unless you need to poke around inside. If you're lucky enough to open the things up, you may be confronted with cramped internals and soldered-on components—and definitely no room for a full-sized SSD. Luckily, Crucial has announced shrunken versions of its m4 solid-state drives targeted specifically at ultra-slim laptops. The new drives have mSATA connectors and are, the company claims, just "one eighth the size" of their 2.5" counterparts. They purportedly have the same "award-winning performance and reliability," however, including sequential read speeds as high as 500MB/s. Crucial is offering 32GGB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models with prices of $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively.
- Lian Li announces a tall, slim EATX chassis with three internal compartments. Say hello to Lian Li's PC-X2000FN. At 27.3", this aluminum chassis is probably too tall to fit under your desk. It's so tall because Lian Li has designed it with three stacked compartments, the middle of which is big enough to accommodate an Extended ATX motherboard. The bottom compartment holds the power supply and three 3.5" drive bays, while the top can accommodate four 3.5" hard drives, two 5.25" optical drives, and another three 2.5" SSDs via a special drive cage. Note that the optical drive bays are rotated 90 degrees, so they face the side of the case, which keeps the front slick and featureless. A trio of front-mounted 140-mm fans draws in air through vents along the sides. Price tag: $499.
That's certainly very... vertical. I assume power and data cable extensions are in order if you want to use all those drive bays.