Release roundup: An IPS panel, roomy tower case, and more

This week in our roundup of miscellaneous release announcements: high-capacity solid-state drives from Corsair, a full-tower case from Lian-Li, and a 24" professional display from NEC.

  • Corsair announces availability of high-capacity Force Series GT SSDs. Corsair's Force Series GT SSDs are now available with 180GB and 240GB capacity, with price tags of $379 and $489, respectively. Just like their 90GB sibling, the drives feature SandForce SF-2280 controllers and 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity. (The company quotes top transfer speeds of 555MB/s for reads and 525MB/s for writes.) The drives also ship with 3.5" adapters, so you can stick 'em in a desktop without duct tape or a dedicated 2.5" bay.

  • Lian Li launches full-tower PC-90. This new Lian Li case is a strange animal. The front of the enclosure is devoid of 3.5" drive bays; instead, the 12 drive bays (six 3.5" and six 2.5") are laid flat on a panel that sits above the motherboard. Thanks to the space freed at the front, Lian Li says the PC-90 supports motherboards with an HPTX form factor (13.6" x 15") without requiring a large chassis. Other features include dual 140-mm front fans and a "tool-less graphics card holder," to help steady unusually long graphics cards.

  • NEC advances its MultiSync P Series monitors with next gen 24-inch display. Professional monitors aren't for everybody, but NEC is certainly no stranger to that market. Its latest display, which has a 24" panel size and a 1920x1200 resolution, features an e-IPS panel with an sRGB color gamut and an 8-ms response time. NEC mentions a typical contrast ratio of 1000:1 and typical brightness of 360 cd/m², as well. The display has DisplayPort, dual DVI, and VGA inputs in addition to a USB hub, and it has a healthy helping of professional functionality, including ICC profile emulation for "quick access to alternate color spaces." This bad boy will be available in September for $749, or $1249 if you want the version with a bundled color calibrator.

That Lian Li case looks interesting, although after my experience with Silverstone's Raven RV03, I'm left wondering if perhaps the bay arrangement could leave drives starved for airflow. The Raven does have a different design, though, since it places drive bays directly behind the motherboard.

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