Release roundup: Storage, cooling, and gaming laptops

For this edition of the release roundup, we came across news from Corsair, Enermax, Eurocom, and Gelid while rifling through announcements that slipped through the cracks during the rest of the week:

  • Corsair announces shipment of Force Series GT solid-state drives. New and ever-quicker solid-state drives are still coming out at a steady pace. This latest batch of Corsair entrants features SF-2280 controllers from SandForce, Serial ATA 6Gbps interfaces, and "ONFI synchronous flash memory." Corsair quotes peak data transfer speeds of 555MB/s during reads and 525MB/s during writes, not to mention 85,000 IO/s for random writes. You should be able to find these drives in stores next month; the 60GB model will set you back $149, while its 120GB sibling costs $279.

  • Enermax announces U.R.Vegas fan. Hey, fans need love, too—especially unusual contraptions like Enermax’s 120-mm U.R.Vegas, which relies on USB for power and uses a "special designed magnetic skin pad" to attach to the outside of the case. Enermax has outfitted the spinner with 18 LEDs and "7 switchable lighting effects," so it will turn heads for sure. This thing probably won’t deafen you, though, because it has a magnetic bearing, a fairly low 1250-RPM rotational speed, and a "minimal noise" rating of 21 dBA.

  • Eurocom launches Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M GPU in line of notebooks. This announcement needs little explanation. Nvidia lifted the curtain off its GeForce GTX 580M mobile graphics processor earlier this week, and Eurocom says it’s now adding the product as an option to its line of notebooks. The announcement mentions Eurocom’s Panther 3.0, Neptune, Racer, and Fox Series laptops plus the Uno 2.0 desktop. I’m not seeing the GTX 580M listed as an option just yet, though.
  • Gelid announces launch of "Rev. 2 Tranquillo" CPU cooler. We don’t hear Gelid’s name spoken too often, but the firm’s revision-two Tranquillo cooler looks like a solid value proposition. Priced at $40, it offers a quad-heat-pipe tower-style design with a universal socket mount and a 120-mm pulse-width-modulation fan. Gelid covers the cooler with a five-year warranty, which is pretty remarkable considering the price.

Those new Corsair drives aren’t particularly cheap, but it’s hard to argue with the performance ratings. I’ve gotta give Corsair props for choosing an original coloring scheme, too. Black and grey SSDs are starting to get awfully boring to look at.

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    • bdwilcox
    • 8 years ago

    The U.R.Vegas fan. Perfect for cooling hard drives…

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    When will Intel release PCIe card already? This SATA 6 Gb/s stuff has long since been saturated.

      • floodo1
      • 8 years ago

      second that. most people only use one expansion slot, for a video card.

      I don’t understand why manufacturers aren’t all over pcie cards as the new way to do storage. why bother with cables and enclosures for this stuff?

      sure we need SATA for more pedestrian mechanical drives, which we need for the massive amounts of storage, but lets forego all the hassle for solid state!

        • Krogoth
        • 8 years ago

        PCIe SSD cards are a niche, they only make sense in servers/workstations that have heavy-duty I/O requirements. It will remain that way for years.

          • stdRaichu
          • 8 years ago

          I think the point they’re making is that PCIe SSD needn’t be a niche; then you only have to interface the PCIe to to flash controller without having to go through the overhead of the ATA protocol (which really isn’t geared to solid state memory), not do you have to cram everything into a tiny 2.5″ chassis. The chance of colossally higher I/O is almost a side effect.

            • Squeazle
            • 8 years ago

            Well there’s nothing to say they couldn’t inhabit a 3.5″ chassis but layout must be easier without either constraint.

            • stdRaichu
            • 8 years ago

            Agreed, but aren’t OCZ already making 3.5″ SSD’s with a PCIe interface? Essentially a PCIe HBA (+optional RAID) that interfaces directly with the drives.

            [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/3949/oczs-fastest-ssd-the-ibis-and-hsdl-interface-reviewed[/url<]

          • indeego
          • 8 years ago

          Every single product –anywhere– is a niche by this definition. Servers, workstations, enthusiasts are a massive part of the market, and there is increasing demand for it.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            I don’t see enthusiast playing around with PCIe SSDs cards. Most of the current generation units have teething issues that make them cumbersome to use as data storage solution. They cannot be used as a boot drive, not all PCIe motherboards can use them (mostly first-generation units), they cost an arm and leg (they make high-end SATA SSDs look cheap), they only make sense if you are moving 100 GBs of data on a daily basis (a rarity outside of datacenters and render farms).

            PCIe SSDs manufactuers will most likely price their card to be prosumer grade equipment like how SAS/SCSI and Fibre Channel HDDs were back in their heyday.

            I do agree that PCIe SSDs will continue to grow and see more use in the prosumer, server/workstation markets. They aren’t going venture into mainstream market anytime soon though.

            • indeego
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah that’s why I want Intel in the game. I want to build future servers with Intel (or Crucial) PCIe’s, not consumer or enterprise SATA SSD’s. IWANT!

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            Patience my friend, you should know quite well on how long it takes for any new interface/technology to get widespread adoption and use in the enterprise market. IT departments are at the mercy of PHBs. 😉

      • Krogoth
      • 8 years ago

      SSD PCIe cards will never see use outside of server/workstations.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    IMMA BUY A 580M!!! THEN I CAN TAKE BACK THIS DAMN HOTPLATE I GOT TO CANADIAN TIRE, SO I CAN COOK WHEN I’M CAMPING!

    • PenGun
    • 8 years ago

    Funny how all the good coolers look almost exactly like my Prolimatech Megahalem.

      • crabjokeman
      • 8 years ago

      It looks like my Thermalright U120e, which came before the Prolima and is a little cheaper, though the Megahalem perofrms slightly better according to SPCR: [url<]http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1018-page4.html[/url<]

      • Squeazle
      • 8 years ago

      I know. Why can’t they invent some new shapes? I want a dodecahedron for a heatsink.

        • stdRaichu
        • 8 years ago

        Next big thing is for coolers in the shape of a hypercube. Not only do they look bitchin’ and xxxtreme with some lighting, they also export the heat backwards in time, which wioll haven be causing global warming.

      • mduncan62
      • 8 years ago

      think the best buy I made was the antec Kuhler620. Wonder why I ever used air.

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