This week in our release roundup, we have news from Corsair, Eurocom, XFX, and Zotac:
- Corsair announces retail availability of Professional Series Gold power supplies. Stragglers from Computex are still trickling out. Corsair says those 80 Plus Gold-certified units we saw at the show are finally hitting retail shelves. The PSUs can purportedly achieve efficiency of over 90% at 50% load using 115V input power, which exceeds 80 Plus Gold requirements. Not too shabby, especially considering the seven-year warranty. Be sure to check Corsair's technical overview for more details.
- World's first 300W notebook with XTU, XMP, i7-980X and SLI GTX 480M. This acronym soup is none other than Eurocom's latest 17-inch gaming laptop, which pairs a six-core Intel Core i7-980X processor (that's the desktop one) with Nvidia's quickest "mobile" graphics chip, the GeForce GTX 480M (which is based on the mighty GF100 GPU). Outfitting the Panther 2.0 with those two components via Eurocom's configurator yields a price of $4,995, but the same system is available for a more reasonable $2,631 with a Core i7-930 and a GeForce GTX 285M.
- The secret weapon revealed - XFX ATI Radeon HD 5970 4GB Black Edition limited graphics card. Also in the extreme high-end aisle: XFX's limited-edition, dual-GPU, Eyefinity6 Radeon HD 5970 graphics card, which packs a combined 4GB of GDDR5 memory and six Mini DisplayPort outputs. XFX ships this puppy in a "P90-themed Gun Case with specially designed LAN bag by G8." Better stock up on ramen noodles if you're going to pony up the dough for this card, though; it's currently selling for $1,200 at Newegg.
- Zotac revolutionizes Ion with world's first Intel CULV-powered Mini-PC and Mini-ITX platforms. You've probably already seen our review of the Zotac Zbox HD-ND22. What you might not know is that, together with that machine, Zotac has introduced a pair of Mini-ITX motherboards with the same cocktail of Nvidia Ion integrated graphics and Intel CULV processors. Zotac offers two boards with embedded Celeron SU2300 or Celeron 743 processors, both featuring 802.11n Wi-Fi, PCI Express x16 expansion, HDMI output, and 300MB/s Serial ATA connectivity.
I've gotta say, those Zotac Mini-ITX mobos would make great candidates for a home-theater PC. You could chuck in a TV capture card or even a discrete graphics card for PC gaming from the couch. We'll have to keep our eyes peeled for retail availability.