Launch roundup: Corsair, MSI, Shuttle, Toshiba

Despite our best efforts, we don’t always have the time or energy to cover every new product launch in depth. But that doesn’t mean items that fall through the cracks aren’t interesting or noteworthy. Launch roundups like this solve that problem, allowing us to maintain our rigorous benchmarking and review-writing regimen while broadening our news coverage. We’re hoping to turn these into a weekly feature.

This week, our inbox has collected press releases from Corsair, MSI, Shuttle, and Toshiba:

  • Shuttle officially releases new J3 5800G gaming PC at E3 2010. The J3 5800G is a small-form-factor gaming rig that can accommodate some of the fastest components out there, including Intel’s Core i7-980X Extreme and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 480. Pricing at Shuttle’s online store starts at $1,899, but that’s with much tamer components—an i7-920 and a GeForce 9500 GT. Stepping up to the aforementioned kicks up the price to almost $4,000.
  • MSI introduces the Big Bang – XPower X58 motherboard. The market is pretty saturated with X58 motherboards of all shapes and sizes. (Mostly ATX ones, though.) MSI says this latest offering stands apart because of its "military-grade" components, which purportedly comply with "temperature requirements of the US department of defense . . . as used on NASA’s satellites and spacecraft for mission critical objects." If that’s not enough to make you swoon, MSI supports CPU power draw of up to 480W via two 8-pin power connectors.
  • Toshiba Satellite A665 3D-ready laptop brings new dimension to entertainment. We saw several 3D-enabled notebooks at Computex, but a big, mainstream player like Toshiba getting onto that bandwagon gives the concept a lot of credibility. The Satellite A665 has a 15.6" 120Hz display, a Core i7-740QM quad-core processor, and GeForce GTS 350M graphics. I doubt that GPU has the chops to run graphically intensive titles in full 3D; it should, however, have no trouble serving up Blu-ray 3D movies via the A665’s built-in Blu-ray burner.

Check back next week for another product launch roundup!

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    • Duck
    • 9 years ago

    l[

    • BooTs
    • 9 years ago

    So the shuttle thing only ships with nvidia video cards? Disappointed.

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Good idea… I personally hate how Guru3D have to post press release for every product one by one… especially about gpu since there’s plenty of AIB… making it a round up is better since I wont be spammed by press releases about the same product in my RSS reader…

    Launch roundup sounds a bit too serious for TR.. hehe..

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    So apart from a 120Hz panel, this is in no different to any other laptop?

    You can slap the moniker “3D-ready” on any old junk with an nvidia GPU, a USB port and a 100+Hz display. It’s a bit like those “Vista Ready” stickers that meant jack a few years back.

    I’ll stop mocking 3D-ready branding when it actually becomes a proper solution and not just awkwared, cabled accessories that anyone could carelessly throw into a box and slap a sticker onto.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      l[

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      /[<"I'll stop mocking 3D-ready branding"<]/ They should recall those "3-D" films from the 1950's! 3D has always been awkwardg{<.<}g

      • ew
      • 9 years ago

      I had an old ASUS Geforce 256 DDR and a CRT that were 3D ready. In fact it wasn’t just ready it actually had special drivers and LCD shutter glasses to make it work! Everything old is new again.

    • cegras
    • 10 years ago

    Since when did Cyril start referring to himself in first person and being all smarmy-seen-it-all-sarcastic with tech news?!

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t know, last week I was in the middle of reading a report of something “News” on cnet’s site when the author suddenly started gushing about what he was writing about halfway through. That I can’t even recall what it was for–tells me I closed the tab at the proper timeg{<.<}g

    • axeman
    • 10 years ago

    1900 bucks for a system with “i7-920 and a GeForce 9500 GT”? O_o

      • Ushio01
      • 9 years ago

      I’m more amused with the memory options either 2x2GB or 4x2GB in a triple channel X58 system.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 9 years ago

        I would guess that it only has four slots. It’s in a Shuttle SFF case, after all.

          • LawrenceofArabia
          • 9 years ago

          But does bloomfield even support dual channel? (in addition to triple channel assumedly)

            • Farting Bob
            • 9 years ago

            Yep it supportsd it just fine, it just wont get the benefit that triple channel provides.

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Awesome idea Cyril, et. al. But these should not be posted and kept with news. These should be considered feature articles, IMO, even if they are kept to an extremely short length. Just an opinion, because I think this is a very fun idea. Edit, well, maybe as written, it really is more of a news post than a short article, so nevermind. Spoke too soon. Still a really cool feature though.

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