Launch roundup: Slim Core i5 laptops, 80 Plus Gold PSUs, and more

There’s no lack of meat in our stew of product announcements this week. We’ve got news from Eurocom, MSI, and NZXT:

  • Eurocom introduces line of gamer-friendly notebooks with switchable graphics. The 15-inch B5100M FOX and 17-inch B7110 laptops from Eurocom both couple Core 2010 processors from Intel with switchable GeForce GT 330M graphics from Nvidia. (If you’re not familiar with Optimus, we suggest you check our review.) The 330M GPU does sound a tad underpowered for "gamer-friendly" systems, but the B5100M does start at a pretty reasonable $908, and it has a decent mix of other components.

  • MSI announces North American availability of the thin P600/S6000 notebooks. These MSI notebooks might not be gamer-friendly, but they do pack a decent punch into slim form factors—and they seem pretty affordable. The P600 is already available at Newegg for $729.99, which ain’t bad for a 15.6" laptop with a Core i5 processor, four gigs of RAM, a slim DVD drive, an eight-cell battery, and Windows 7 x64. The S6000 isn’t listed at Newegg yet, but it’s similar apart from a smaller, four-cell battery and a lighter weight.
  • NZXT unleashes HALE90 power supplies. Here are some more stragglers from Computex. Those 80 Plus Gold-certified HALE90 PSUs we saw a couple of months back are "available for purchase now" with prices starting at $119.99 for the 550W unit (and ranging up to $209.99 for its 1kW big brother). NZXT claims power efficiency in the 87-90% range and noise levels as low as 20dB for the 550-750W units. The firm also backs all HALE90 PSUs with a five-year warranty.

Those NZXT PSUs are certainly interesting animals. Few PSU makers have bothered releasing lower-wattage 80 Plus Gold units, but products like the 550W HALE90 would nicely complement an ultra-quiet gaming rig with low-power components. And hey, saving a few polar bears never hurts.

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    It’s just too bad that the economics of a high efficiency PSU simply don’t add up unless you run a high load 24/7. I expect my current Corsair and Seasonic PSUs to last ages though and by the time they need to be replaced I hope high efficiency ones (current ones are all 80+ anyway) are common at all power ranges.

    One thing that does bug me about lower wattage PSUs is the non-12V lines are often weak, at least from the quality brands that don’t try to jack their wattage rating by upping the less used rails. I know some mobos that act funny if the +5V and +5Vsb rails aren’t at least 3A.

    • allston232
    • 9 years ago

    I love it when companies are launching products after announcing the arrival of them weeks to 2 months. Asus was/is taking its sweet time in launching its notebooks (UL/Ux5/…series) even though they were being introduced since January of 2010 (CES).

    • Jambe
    • 9 years ago

    Like the specs on that power supply. Not sure about the color, but I don’t like windowed PCs much anyway, so it’s really irrelevant.

    The price, though, eh. I dunno if it’s worth it for the extra smidge of efficiency. The cabling is certainly nice. I guess it’s in the same ballpark as the modular Seasonic Gold units.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Those are some mighty ugly laptops.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    “the 550W HALE90 would nicely complement an ultra-quiet gaming rig with low-power components.”


      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      550W is “low power” these days, and it’s good to see someone still interested in making quality PSUs in this segment.

      Also, if you’re a quiet enthusiast, you don’t want to be running your PSU at a power load where the fan ramps up, so you’d probably want a higher rated PSU, maybe even one where the fan doesn’t spin up at all at idle/light workloads.

        • tay
        • 9 years ago

        I agree that marketing people are making enthusiasts believe that 550W is low power these days. Unless you have SLI or a dual chip video card 550W is the sweet spot for 90% of enthusiasts and their gaming / server rigs.

        I don’t think fan ramp up is necessarily related to power supply rating. Higher power PSU’s are usually more agressively cooled meaning that they can be always louder.

          • Voldenuit
          • 9 years ago


    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    What’s this? A 80 Plus Gold certified power supply at a reasonable wattage (550)? That is, what most of us need (ie, NOT 800/1000Watts)

    Will wonder never cease.

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