Release roundup: microATX cases, mobile memory, and more
Each week, we gather miscellaneous announcements from our inbox and whip them up into our release roundup. This time, we've got news from G.Skill, Gigabyte, Lian Li, NZXT, and X2.
- G.Skill announces Ripjaws series high performance DDR3 SO-DIMM memory. Snazzy enthusiast RAM is commonplace in desktops, but we don't see it much in the mobile world. G.Skill's new Ripjaws SO-DIMMs are a happy exception to the rule. They're launching in various assortments of 4GB and 8GB modules, and they're rated for DDR3-1600 speeds with 9-9-9-28 timings or DDR3-1866 at 10-10-10-32. A signal voltage of only 1.35V is required in either case. Oh, and G.Skill claims these SO-DIMMs are "highly selected" and "100% validated with . . . rigorous burn-in tests"—so, you know, they shouldn't catch on fire if you try to run 'em at the rated speed.
- Gigabyte announces A88X series motherboards. We already told you all about Gigabyte's new G1.Sniper A88X motherboard. Well, that board is part of a whole lineup of mobos with AMD 8-series chipsets and FM2+ sockets primed for next-gen Kaveri APUs. Features of those motherboards include dual UEFI ROMs, digital power delivery, and triple-display support via the processor's integrated graphics. You can find out more here.
- Lian Li announces the PC-V360 M-ATX chassis. The PC-V360 is a small-form-factor case designed to accommodate microATX mobos. Nevertheless, it has room for some serious gear. There are five 3.5" bays, three 2.5" bays, and space for one 5.25" optical drive. The case can also accommodate a 240-mm side-mounted radiator, graphics cards as long as 12.2", and power supplies up to 11". Other features include tool-less side panels and dual USB 3.0 ports at the front. Not bad for $140. According to Lian Li, the PC-V360 will premiere exclusively at Micro Center on September 15. You can find out more by watching this video.
- NZXT intros Phantom 630 Windowed Edition. The regular version of the Phantom 630 has been out for a while, and it already has a window—albeit a small one that sits just over a 200-mm fan vent. The Phantom 630 Windowed Edition expands the window's dimensions and apparently does away with the side-mounted fan, offering a better view of your (now slightly warmer) hardware. The Phantom 630 Windowed Edition costs $179.99, the same price as the vanilla model, and NZXT also offers the windowed side panel as a standalone add-on for $29.99.
- X2 presents the Aurel audio headphones. I don't recall hearing from X2 before, but the Dutch company's new Aurel gaming headphones look nice enough. They've got a detachable cable with an in-line mic and "play/pause button," and they apparently have aluminum hinges and "twistable ear-cups" that let you fold the headset flat. Asking price: $69.95.
That Lian Li case looks pretty nifty. I've made no secret of my appreciation for the microATX form factor's efficiency, and I expect to build my next PC in a case very much like that one. It's a shame Lian Li didn't do away with 5.25" storage entirely, but given the sheer number of other drive bays, that's easy enough to forgive.