Release roundup: Cooling, mice, and high-density memory

We’ve got a trio of announcements from Cooler Master, Corsair, and Scythe for you in this week’s release roundup.

  • CM Storm Xornet – a pure gaming experience. Cooler Master’s latest gaming mouse packs a 2000-DPI sensor and 8KB of onboard memory for storing "button assignments, advanced macros, and other mouse customizations." Users can switch between four DPI presets on the fly, and Cooler Master touts other niceties, such as side rubber grips, Omron micro-switches good for 5,000,000 clicks, and an "Anti-drift Control Sensor" that "maintains flawless control when lifts and drops occur." The Storm Xornet should be available this month for $29.99.
  • Corsair announces world’s first high-performance quad channel 32GB memory kit. This bad boy is primed for Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge-E processors—which, to my knowledge, will be the first and only desktop CPUs with quad-channel memory controllers. Corsair’s 32GB quad-channel kit is made up of four 8GB DDR3 DIMMs, which are rated for operation at 1866MHz with 9-10-9-27 timings and a 1.5V vDIMM setting. The modules are adorned with DHX+ heatsinks, too—and as you might expect, they don’t come cheap. Corsair quotes a $999 MSRP for the whole kit.

  • Scythe announcing successor of Big Shuriken. Scythe’s latest cooler ought to please folks building high-powered rigs inside tight cases. Despite featuring a 120-mm fan, five copper heatpipes, a nickel-plated copper base, and two layers of aluminum fins, this contraption is only 2.3" (58 mm) tall. It even supports all of the latest AMD and Intel sockets, and the PWM fan ought to play nice with motherboard fan controllers. Scythe doesn’t quote U.S. pricing, but it says the cooler will cost 30 Euros on the other side of the pond. That works out to around $41.

A thousand bucks is a lot to spend on RAM, especially when 8GB kits can be had for well under $50. I suppose a matched set of 8GB modules with the kinds of specs Corsair touts is something else entirely, though.

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    • kvndoom
    • 8 years ago

    Bill Gates said mice will never need more than 640KB anyway.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      Actually, this one has twice as much RAM as the first computer I wrote code for.

      Though the actual PR says [quote=”idiot marketing”<]Built into the Xornet is an 8KB microprocessor[/quote<]You're either looking at the wrong thing or using the wrong ruler, guys.

        • willmore
        • 8 years ago

        What computer was that? Want to give us hints and let us figure it out? 🙂

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    Quad channel memmory will drop in price in a matter of months bringing that product in line with a 300-400 dollar price tag.

    • Chrispy_
    • 8 years ago

    Great, another mouse with a quirky shape, this time a “finger rest” that means if you don’t hold it the exact way their test dummies did when designing, you won’t get on with it.

    Accuracy has long stopped being about the DPI of the sensor. We’re beyond that now, and accuracy is governed by how well you can grip the mouse comfortably. Where’s my play-doh mouse, FFS? Less with the pointless features, more with the ergonmics plx!

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      That’s an interesting idea. You can get Sugaru(sp?) and modify them to your hearts content. Anyone tried that?

      • Firestarter
      • 8 years ago

      Mouse accuracy is govererned by sensor quality first and foremost, and many mice still have imperfect sensors. The Logitech G500 for example has built-in acceleration that you cannot ever disable. Bugs like this are still prevalent among many mice, which are advertized as being very accurate even when their sensors aren’t.
      The CoolerMaster Storm Spawn (with the same shape as this mouse) is one of the few mice that (according to the internets) has a faultless sensor. If this Xornet mouse can match that, it’s already way up there in the list of recommended mice, purely because it doesn’t screw up where other mice do.

      FWIW, according to this thread ( [url<]http://www.overclock.net/mice/854100-ocn-mouse-reference-thread.html[/url<] ), the Xornet uses a different sensor than the Spawn.

        • Chrispy_
        • 8 years ago

        Hmm, I wasn’t aware that some mice still have crappy sensors. I’ve been happy with the sensor technology ever since my first logitech MX300. Laser sensors took a while to match that, but increasing DPI count isn’t relevant – hand montions aren’t accurate to need more than 1000dpi or so.

        The failings are often in software, with silly acceleration/precision/dpi/sensitivity masking the true settings.

        At the end of the day, the mouse sensor detects movement of 1 inch to the right, which at 2000 dpi should be a count of 2000 in the x axis. How hard can it be to correlate that with a movement of x pixels to the right, based on a simple, linear, dpi/pixel relationship. This is another reason I tend to forgo mouse drivers AS LONG AS the windows driver detects all the buttons properly.

        Speaking of mouldable mice, the Cyborg R.A.T.7 or R.A.T.9 are not bad substitutes for custom-moulded grip shapes!

          • Firestarter
          • 8 years ago

          It isn’t so much that they’re crappy, more that they could (and should!) do better for mice branded as ‘gaming’ mice.

      • phez
      • 8 years ago

      CM storm spawn is a great mouse. I had one, but admittedly, I couldnt really get used to its shape. I use claw grip exclusively now and it seems more fit for palm grip users.

    • UberGerbil
    • 8 years ago

    Now taking suggestions on how to pronounce “Xornet” My brain keeps flipping between XOR (the boolean op) + “net”
    and some weird Basque-French melange ([i<]txori[/i<] is Basque for "bird") resulting in something like "chor-nay" Yeah, that's it, Me So Xornet. Yeah, I know I'm overthinking it. It's 4am here.

      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      I actually thought it would be pronounced like Hornet but replace the H with an X.

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 8 years ago

        X is H in cyrillic.
        [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillic.[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      “zor-net”

      • Buzzard44
      • 8 years ago

      Well, one thing is for sure.

      It’s pronounced XOR-net XOR chor-nay.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        Very witty.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    Lolz at Corsair’s 32 Gb kit’s price of $999.

      • kcarlile
      • 8 years ago

      8 GB kits may be cheap, but last I looked, 8 GB DIMMs were still pretty damn pricey. Of course, I was looking at server kits…

        • Final_Destiny
        • 8 years ago

        [url<]http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=58817&vpn=KVR1333D3Q8R9S%2F8G&manufacture=Kingston[/url<] Price for 1x8GB stick is ~90 bucks... So I guess RAM prices are dropping. But I DO remember seeing 24 GB (3x8 GB) going for $1500+ not that long ago

          • flip-mode
          • 8 years ago

          Sandy Bridge won’t work with ECC RAM.

            • Final_Destiny
            • 8 years ago

            Right, but my point is that if one stick of ECC RAM (which usually costs more than regular RAM) is priced this low (~$90×4 = 360 + tax + shipping: less than HALF of what Corsair is asking), what is the justification for the high price? The 1866 MHz clock? How much does this (bleeding edge) clock speed of RAM really affect performance besides some benchmarks? [url<]https://techreport.com/articles.x/20377/4[/url<]

          • ew
          • 8 years ago

          Yeah, 8GB server modules prices have dropped off a cliff. I expect it won’t be long before non-ECC DIMMS are even cheaper.

        • Arclight
        • 8 years ago

        Ok so 1 x 8 Gb DIMMs are expensive but i’m certain they will get pretty cheap soon. What’s the point in buying Corsair’s kit? You actually would need 2 of them to fill all SB-E’s mobo RAM slots, that’s $2000 just for the RAM……..

          • MadManOriginal
          • 8 years ago

          [quote<]Corsair's 32GB quad-channel kit is made up of four 8GB DDR3 DIMMs[/quote<] It's a quad-channel kit so it will fill all channels. As for filling all slots that depends upon how many are on the motherboard, some have 4 some have 8 but there's no need to fill all slots. However if someone actually does have a use for 64GB of RAM it's got to be for professional use so it would be a business investment.

            • Arclight
            • 8 years ago

            As if $999 wasn’t a price for the professional market….

            By the simple fact that mobos do have 8 slots you can put in 8 x 4 Gb DIMMs achieving the same 32 Gb capacity at a fraction of the cost.

            • flip-mode
            • 8 years ago

            Sandy Bridge mobos with 8 slots? Where?

            If you want to reach the 32 GB max RAM for the i5 2500 or the i7 2600 the only way to do that is with 8GB DIMMs – standard non-ECC DIMMS. At the current time, there are not many options to do this, and none that I have seen below $800. So this Corsair set is about 25% more expensive than the cheapest option, but that’s to be expected for a product aimed very pointedly at an overclocking enthusiast.

            Otherwise, maybe this is the best option:
            [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211564[/url<]

            • Arclight
            • 8 years ago

            We were discussing about Corsair’s Quad channel kit which implies it’s for Sandy Bridge E, so yes 8 RAM slots.

            • flip-mode
            • 8 years ago

            That just makes the price even more defensible. And it’s 1600 MHz rather than 1333. And with 8 slots you can go with 64GB rather than 32.

            All I’m saying is that there is nothing surprising or even anything that looks like price gouging about this. It’s $200 more than what you’d pay for standard-fair 1333 MHz RAM but it is specifically targeted at “quad channel” and it is 4 matched sticks and it is 1600 MHz. So you’re getting something for that extra $200.

            • Waco
            • 8 years ago

            It’s actually 1866…but who’s counting. 😛

            • flip-mode
            • 8 years ago

            Whoops. I was looking at the wrong product on Corsair’s website.

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