Release roundup: Tiny mobos, stylish PSUs, and more


— 1:14 PM on May 2, 2014

In this week's release roundup, we have news from Biostar, BitFenix, Nvidia, Sapphire, and Silicon Power.

  • "Biostar's J1900NH2 motherboard: small, Intel-packed performance." Desktop Bay Trail motherboards are multiplying. We saw a couple of new ASRock models earlier this month, and now, Biostar has just unveiled another one. The J1900NH2 conforms to the Mini-ITX form factor and features a Celeron J1900 processor, two DDR3L SO-DIMM memory slots, and a PCIe x1 slot. Connectivity includes HDMI out, Gigabit Ethernet, and a single USB 3.0 port. The board is passively cooled and comes equipped with high-quality capacitors, Biostar says.

  • "Introducing BitFenix Fury PSU series." BitFenix says the Fury is the "first PC power supply that's designed to enhance the look of your system." I'm not sure that's accurate—I've seen some pretty stylish PSUs from other vendors over the years. Either way, though, the Fury looks like a solid product. It has 80 Plus Gold certification, modular cabling (with braided cords), a 135-mm fluid-dynamic-bearing fan, Japanese capacitors, and a five-year warranty. Look for the Fury in stores later this month in 500W, 650W, and 750W flavors. Or watch it in action in the cheaply produced video below!

  • "Jetson TK1, the first mobile embedded supercomputer, now shipping." I don't believe any mobile devices based on Nvidia's new Tegra K1 system-on-a-chip have come out yet. Soon, however, developers and hobbyists will be able to buy a 5" x 5" motherboard featuring the new silicon. The Jetson TK1 board features a Tegra K1 SoC with "4+1" ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 192 stream processors. Nvidia also throws in 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC flash storage, a half Mini PCIe slot, a Serial ATA port, GigE, HDMI, and USB 3.0. You can pre-order this thing for $192 at Newegg, ahead of the May 16 release. Oh, and Nvidia's documentation can be perused here.

  • "Sapphire adds R9 290X OC to new Vapor-X line-up." Remember that Vapor-X Radeon R9 290 Sapphire introduced earlier this month? Well, the company has made a similar version of the faster Radeon R9 290X. This bad boy runs at 1080MHz with a 5.64 GT/s memory speed, up from 1000MHz and 5 GT/s for the vanilla 290X, and it has the same humongous triple-fan cooler as its R9 290 sibling. Sapphire says the new card is already shipping and should be available from the usual retailers and e-tailers.

  • "SP/Silicon power unveils the latest OTG USB flash drive—Mobile X20." The Mobile X20 would be more exciting if it had a USB 3.0 interface, but Silicon Power makes up for that shortcoming by equipping this thumb drive with both USB type A and micro-USB connectors. That means you should be able to plug it into tablets and phones as well as PCs. The drive is water and vibration proof and comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities.

Well, that Sapphire card certainly looks meaty. If our first hands-on look at custom-cooled R9 290Xs is any indication, that cooler probably does a better job than the stock AMD one, too.

   
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