Launch roundup: Cooler Master, Crucial, Shuttle, Western Digital

Welcome to the second iteration of our weekly launch roundup feature. This time, we bring you news of a Cooler Master heatsink, a Crucial SSD, a Shuttle barebones PC, and a mobile hard drive from WD.

In case you missed the first roundup, here's the deal: as hard as we try, 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. Thanks to these roundups, we can maintain our rigorous benchmarking and review-writing regimen while broadening our news coverage.

  • Shuttle X350 slim PC pushes performance limits. This little nettop features a dual-core Atom D510 processor and second-generation Nvidia Ion graphics, all in a cool-looking, 1.5"-thick enclosure with a slot-loading DVD drive. Neat! We got to see a pre-release model at Computex, but Shuttle says the final version will actually become available this week.
  • Western Digital's Scorpio Black 500GB. The 2.5" Scorpio Black hard drive family lacked a 500GB offering for a long time, but no longer. The 500GB Scorpio Black has dual 250GB platters, a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, 16MB of cache, a five-year warranty, and a $99.99 price tag.
  • All-New 2010 V6 CPU Heatsink from Cooler Master. We're actually seeing two announcements from Cooler Master: one about the V6, which we've linked here, and the other about the V6 GT, which hit our inbox earlier today. Both of these coolers look similar—with heat pipes, a shrouded tower-style heatsink with slightly angled fins, and room for dual 120-mm fans. As far as we can tell, the only difference is that the V6 has a regular copper base, while the V6 GT has an "electroplated" copper base.

That's all, folks. See you next week with more new product releases.

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