Release roundup: Motherboards, mice, and more

This week in the realm of miscellaneous hardware releases, we've got news from BitFenix, Gigabyte, Silicon Power, and SteelSeries.

  • BitFenix introduces Merc. At $39, this may be BitFenix's cheapest case yet. The Merc is launching in two flavors, branded Merc Beta and Merc Alpha. Both have three 5.25" bays, seven 3.5" bays, and one 2.5" drive bay; five 120-mm fan emplacements; a bottom-mounted PSU; and the requisite gaps in the motherboard tray for cable routing and CPU socket access. As icing on the cake, the Merc Alpha provides a couple of additional 120-mm fan mounts at the top. BitFenix says you'll find these enclosures in stores later this month.

  • Gigabyte unleashes G1.Sniper 2 gaming motherboard. This board sits at the high end of Gigabyte's lineup, and as you'd expect, it has bells and whistles up the wazoo. The Intel Z68 chipset is complemented by Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi integrated audio (with a built-in headphone amp) and Bigfoot Killer E2100 integrated LAN. There are also four physical PCI Express x16 slots, and Gigabyte touts support for both CrossFire and SLI.

  • SP/Silicon Power launches D05 external portable hard drive. There's nothing all that exciting about yet another line of USB 3.0 portable hard drives, but Silicon Power's latest looks pretty slick. These D05 drives are rolling out in 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities, all measuring 4.9" x 3.0" x 0.5" and backed by three-year warranties.

  • SteelSeries Sensei mouse introduces a new standard. Although the Sensei's ambidextrous frame doesn't look like much from the outside, SteelSeries is rather proud of what's inside. This mouse packs a 32-bit ARM processor and is purportedly the "most customizable mouse to ever hit the competitive gaming industry." On top of that, the rodent has a state-of-the-art sensor that can register up to 11,400 counts per inch in "overclocked" mode and track movements at up to 150 inches per second. Due date: some time in September, with a price tag of $89.99.

Those new BitFenix cases look like they might be interesting alternatives to well-established budget offerings like Antec's One Hundred. $39 is mighty cheap for a PC enclosure, especially one that looks so decent.

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