Release roundup: Tiny PCs, slim SSDs, quiet cases, and low-profile graphics


— 5:01 PM on March 28, 2013

The biggest hardware launches of the past week or so were undoubtedly AMD's Radeon HD 7790 and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. Other hardware makers also had new products up their sleeves, however. We've compiled some of those offerings in this week's roundup.

  • Adata solid state drives get slimmer. This isn't so much a new product as a change of direction for Adata, which says it's going to use a slimmer, 7-mm form factor across its "entire SSD lineup." (Most 2.5" Serial ATA solid-state drives are 9.5-mm thick, but many notebooks require 7-mm drives nowadays.) The drives will ship with a 7-mm-to-9.5-mm adapter so they can fit snugly in either kind of drive bay.

  • Diamond intros BizView BV750 low-profile Radeon HD 7750. Got one of those little half-width towers from Dell or HP? Diamond has you covered with its BizView BV750 card, which is basically a low-profile version of AMD's Radeon HD 7750. The card runs at the reference 800MHz clock speed, and it has a gig of GDDR5 RAM pushing bits at 4500MT/s. Connectivity includes two dual-link DVI ports (via a splitter) and one Mini DisplayPort output. Asking price: $119.99 at Amazon.

  • Giada shipping D300 barebones system. Measuring just 9.3" x 7.2" x 2.0", this sober-looking barebones PC features an Intel HM77 chipset and is designed to accommodate 35W Intel Ivy Bridge processors. Other notable specs include dual SO-DIMM slots, dual Mini PCI Express slots, dual Gigabit Ethernet jacks, and dual USB 3.0 ports. There's also 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity and room for a 2.5" Serial ATA hard drive or SSD. Oh, and you can bolt the system to the back of your LCD monitor using a VESA mount.

  • Thermaltake releases Urban S41 enclosure. Earlier this month, Thermaltake introduced the Urban S21. The new Urban S41 is a roomier offering with a similar aluminum front panel and subdued design. The S41 has space for four optical drives and five hard drives internally, plus one extra 2.5" or 3.5" drive via a docking station at the top. Cooling is provided by dual 120-mm fans (one at the front, one at the rear) plus a 200-mm spinner situated at the top. Thermaltake offers two versions of the case: a windowed model and a "classic" variant, whose side panels are lined with noise-dampening foam. See below.

That's a pretty slick-looking case. I like the new direction Thermaltake is taking; the company's previous enclosures were a little too flashy for my tastes, but the Urban series looks just right.

   
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