Release roundup: 9-series mobos, fan controllers, and mouse pads


— 5:07 PM on May 9, 2014

In this week's edition of the release roundup, we have news from Biostar, Gigabyte, Scythe, and Thermaltake:

  • "Biostar brings out Hi-Fi Z97WE mainboard, with Intel Smart Technologies." 9-series motherboards are popping up left and right lately. Among the latest arrivals is Biostar's Hi-Fi Z97WE, which features dual Gigabit Ethernet, an M.2 slot, and Biostar's Hi-Fi mojo, which uses high-quality audio components and isolates the audio circuitry in order to enhance sound quality.

  • "Scythe presents Kaze Master Flat II fan-controller with many functions." This 5.25" fan controller from Scythe features four fan channels and four temperature monitoring channels. Both three- and four-pin PWM fans are supported, and each one can draw a maximum of 36W. Monitoring is done via the controller's vacuum-fluorescent display, and the controls comprise four touch-sensitive buttons placed in each corner of the front panel. Asking price: €26, which works out to $36 after a straight-up currency conversion.

  • "Draconem aluminum mouse pad, tough enough for the hardest of battles." Woo, fancy mouse pads! This new specimen from Thermaltake measures 14.2" x 11.8" and has a choice of two surfaces: low-friction on one side and "high-control" on the other. The rubber pads straddle the corners to make flipping painless. The Draconem also comes with a mouse bungee, for those of us with wired mice. Price tag: $39.99.

Stay tuned for more reviews of 9-series motherboards. For now, you can check out Geoff's review of the Asus Z97-A.

   
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