Release roundup: Power, memory, cases, and mice

This week, Corsair, Cooler Master, Enermax, and NZXT are featured in our look at miscellaneous release announcements that didn’t make it into our regular news coverage.

  • Corsair announces world’s fastest production 8GB PC memory kit. Not everybody has $499 to spend on a single memory kit, but those who do now have a new option: Corsair’s Dominator GTX 8GB dual-channel DDR3 kit, which is "guaranteed" to operate at a blistering 2400MHz with 9-11-10-30 1T timings and a 1.65V voltage setting. Corsair says making the kit involves a "painstaking four-stage component screening process which is passed by fewer than one in 20 memory ICs." All kits are validated using Intel P55 motherboards. Not so surprisingly, Corsair says only "limited quantities" of these souped-up Dominators are available.

  • Cooler Master rolls out Silencio 550 case. If you’re one of those people who like their PC to be neither seen nor heard, then Cooler Master’s latest enclosure seems like it’s worth a look. The Silencio 550 features a black exterior not unlike that of Antec’s P180, and it’s lined with "sound silencing foam padding." The frame is made out of steel and comes outfitted with two "quiet-spinning" fans. There’s also an external hot-swappable drive dock, USB 3.0 connectivity, an SD card reader, liquid-cooling holes, and a total of seven 3.5" hard-drive bays. I spy cable-routing openings and a CPU socket cut-out in the motherboard tray, as well.

  • Enermax MaxRevo PSU has 94% peak efficiency rating. Everything about Enermax’s new power supply is extravagant, from the 1350W output rating and six 12V rails to the 80 Plus Gold certification, 94% peak efficiency, and tricked-out modular design. On top of that, Enermax says the MaxRevo "incorporates the Copper-Bridge Array transmission technology to replace traditional wires, which offers four times wider and shorter transmission path, and results in up to 3% improved regulation that ensures system stability and clean DC output quality." Enermax’s announcement doesn’t quote a price, but I don’t imagine this puppy is cheap.

  • NZXT unveils Avatar S gaming mouse. Yes, NZXT also makes mice. The company’s latest mouse is pretty feature-packed despite a relatively reasonable $39.99 asking price. It includes five buttons, hardware DPI switching capabilities, a DPI range of 400-1600, a 1000Hz polling rate, LED lighting, and 16KB of onboard memory to store macros. The Avatar S doesn’t look half bad, either.

It’s too bad more companies don’t make wireless gaming mice. Wires are all well and good, especially if you don’t want to run out of juice in the middle of a game, but they always make me feel like my range of movement is restricted. I suppose a less messy desk would help remedy that, though.

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    • albundy
    • 8 years ago

    “It’s too bad more companies don’t make wireless gaming mice.”

    Its gonna be hard for me to ever give up my Logitech performance mouse mx…nothing even comes close. it was hard enough to find a good wireless gaming mouse, but also one that tethers to my pc in case i need to use it when the battery is out. nothing like it out there.

    • Jambe
    • 8 years ago

    That Silencio 550 looks [i<]beautiful[/i<]. I'm a bit worried about the glossy front, but I only rarely use external disk drives anymore and the front connectors are all up top, so... Speaking of which, I'd love to see a review of Fractal Design cases since Newegg recently picked them up (NCIX also carries them). They don't seem to stock the Arc, Array or Core series, but I hope they do. Also, I really like that PSU's finish, not that I would see it in any of my cases. Something about shot-peened metal and heavily-textured matte paints really pleases my eyes. I plan on getting some steel or aluminium panels shot-peened for a scratch build.

      • themattman
      • 8 years ago

      I agree, the Silencio 550 seems to be pretty awesome, although I would hope there would be a no-gloss option. I hope they paid enough attention to detail in the inside like the Obsidian case reviewed in the past. This might be my next case.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 8 years ago

      looks like it might be quiet enough for my next music computer build.

      • green
      • 8 years ago

      so close yet so far. this basically ticked all the right boxes.
      unfortunately it ‘barely’ accommodates larger top-end tower coolers.
      you know… the ones you use when you want a silent system.
      mostly because they cooler very well even with lower flow fans

      while a 160mm tower fits, it pushes against the foam on the side panel.
      this will result in insulating heat at the top of the cooler making it less effective.
      especially annoying for tower with the heatpipes protruding from the top.
      it can be bypassed as long as you’re running the cpu cool.
      shouldn’t be too bad as we’d likely run a lower powered cpu
      but still… it’d be nicer if they took a look at popular silent coolers

      even so, personally i’m still probably gonna pick this one up
      recent years i’ve seen disappointment after disappointment in cases
      this is the first in a very long time i’ve seriously thought i’d go for it

      • fantastic
      • 8 years ago

      Looks like some good competition for Antec. I just went looking and I didn’t see it for sale yet. silentpcreview has at least one Fractal Design case reviewed.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 8 years ago

    Wireless mouse with an inductive recharging pad would be nice.

      • bdwilcox
      • 8 years ago

      I think the best of both worlds would be a mousepad that plugs into a USB port. This would serve to both power the mouse/mousepad combo and transmit the mouse’s signal, thereby sidestepping wireless lag. Current graphics tablets with mouse pucks have this feature, but they’re very expensive and too small for gaming.

        • tone21705
        • 8 years ago

        I agree, like the PS3 controllers, you can play wireless or plug it in to charge etc.

      • potatochobit
      • 8 years ago

      serious gamers do not use wireless mice
      the girls’ showers are that way ->

        • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
        • 8 years ago

        I think a sleeved cable is the best solution. Even on a messy desk it hardly impedes movement at all.

      • themattman
      • 8 years ago

      Such a great idea. Why isn’t it more mainstream?

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 8 years ago

        Maybe they don’t cause enough birth defects.

          • yogibbear
          • 8 years ago

          I have a GPS watch that charges with some pretty snazy inductance style tech. Doesn’t even require me to do anything but slot it onto the magnets and BAM it’s charging. Though it’s more $$ than any mouse i’ve ever bought.

      • jonbanh
      • 8 years ago

      that’s so effing stupid. why would you want a wireless mouse that you have to keep on the pad to charge….that doesnt even clear up wire clutter cause you still have a wire going from the pad to the computer

        • Ngazi
        • 8 years ago

        No wire moves. And sup.

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