Release roundup: SD cards, PSUs, workstation GPUs, and a gaming headset


— 5:34 PM on March 7, 2013

This week in the roundup, we've got fresh fodder from Adata, Enermax, Nvidia, and Thermaltake.

  • Adata launches Premier UHS-I SDHC/SDXC and microSDHC/SDXC memory cards. Granted, SD cards aren't the most exciting products in the world—but we all use them. The new Premier series from Adata complies with the UHS-I U1 speed class, which means they're quite fast. Adata quotes peak read and write speeds of 50MB/s and 33MB/s, respectively, for the 64GB variant, which is "coming soon." Other models are available in full-size and microSD formats with 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. Prices range from $9.99 to $29.99 for the microSDHC models and from $12.99 to $26.99 for the vanilla SDHC ones.

  • Enermax launches brand new NAXN ADV series. These new Enermax power supplies are relatively pedestrian offerings, with soldered-in cables and output capacities of 550W and 650W. (Prices are $89.99 and $99.99, respectively.) Enermax nevertheless offers amenities like 80 Plus certification, high-quality capacitors, double-ball-bearing fans, and a "100% flexible flat cable design" that's supposed to "[facilitate] system installation, reduces cable clutter, and enhances internal airflow." Most PSU cables are thick and round, which often makes them difficult to route behind the motherboard tray in cases that allow that sort of thing. Flat cables sound like a grand idea; too bad the NAXN ADV units aren't modular.

  • Nvidia sets new standard for workstation performance and reliability. Say hello to Nvidia's latest Quadro graphics cards, which are based on the company's Kepler architecture. The Quadro K4000 is a high-end, single-slot offering with 3GB of memory and stereo-3D capabilities. The Quadro K2000 packs 2GB of RAM and is also available as a K2000D variant with a pair of dual-link DVI outputs. (Nvidia says those outputs allow the card to work with "ultra-high-resolution medical imaging displays.) At the low end of the series, the Quadro K600 is a low-profile offering with a one-gig frame buffer. You can peruse the full specs for these cards here.

  • Thermaltake previews Level 10 M headset. We've already been treated to Level 10 cases—two of them—and Level 10 mice. Now, Thermaltake and BMW DesignworksUSA have teamed up again to produce a Level 10 M headset, which was on display at the CeBit trade show in Hanover this week. Thermaltake doesn't say much about the headset's features, other than some hyperbolic copy about how it "inherits the expressive design spirit, with outstanding acoustic engineering as the frequency and the pitch of the sound driver are tuned specifically to meet most game genres' environment, ensuring the gamers to receive the most immersive, rich acoustic experience." Okay, I guess! The Level 10 M headset is due out in the March-April time frame; it will be available in black and white.

That's not a bad-looking headset, but I'm worried about those thick, metallic-looking panels on the sides. Headphones are more comfortable the lighter they are; weighing them down to make a fashion statement may not be the best idea. I suppose I'll have to see how they feel in person, though.

   
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