Release roundup: Storage, RAM, and USB 3.0 headers

The flow of press releases is winding down as the holidays draw near. We’ve still got enough miscellaneous announcements for another edition of the release roundup, though. This week, the announcers are Antec and Super Talent:

  • Antec offers USB 3.0 adapter for P280 and Eleven Hundred cases. This is more of a public service announcement than a product launch. Antec’s new P280 and Eleven Hundred enclosures power their front-panel USB 3.0 ports using internal connectors, but some users don’t have the corresponding headers on their motherboards. Now, those users can get in touch with Antec, either through the firm’s support site or by phone at 1-800-22ANTEC, and request free USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 header adapters. Just have your proof of purchase ready.
  • Super Talent enters the Pro/Enthusiast SSD market. Say hello to latest line of solid-state drives to adopt SandForce’s 2200 controller: the Super Talent TeraNova series. (No, Stephen Lang isn’t involved.) According to Super Talent, these drives can achieve top read and write speeds of over 500MB/s, and their firmware is tuned for "optimizing the transfer rate at various queue depths." There’s apparently some special sauce to prevent data corruption in the event of a power loss, too. Shipments of the drives kicked off today; look for them soon in 60, 120, 240, and 480GB flavors.
  • Super Talent introduces quad-channel, quad rank DDR3 RDIMMs. Super Talent’s new W13RC8G8x 8GB RDIMM module is specially aimed at server systems with 16-core processors and quad-channel memory controllers—in other words, AMD’s Opteron 6200-series "Interlagos" processors. The modules have "passed vigorous testing using the new AMD Interlagos compatible motherboards," Super Talent says, and they can run at speeds of up to 1066MHz. You can purportedly deck out a server with 128GB of RAM using these bad boys.

Unfortunately, neither Antec nor Super Talent have released pictures, so this week’s release roundup is all text and no eye candy. CES is just over a month away, though. I’m sure we’ll see a deluge of fresh goodies before too long.

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    • spuppy
    • 8 years ago

    Anyone know of an alternative to the Antec adapter? I have the exact same problem with another case. Haven’t been able to find an adapter for it though

      • Jambe
      • 8 years ago

      I’ve never found one for retail. I ultimately suggested a few friends just buy a USB 3.0 add-on card with an internal connector. There are two on the market I’m aware of, both around $30. [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815201043<]One is from Koutech[/url<] with a SATA power connector and [url=http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13831/usb-09/Silverstone_EC01_PCI_Express_Card_w_USB30_Connector.html<]one is from Silverstone[/url<] with a Molex power connector. They both use the NEC controller and are PCI-E x1 devices. It is kinda silly that nobody is selling these little adapters. I'd figure the margins on them could be ridiculously high.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Props to Antec for giving people I/O solutions when theirs might not fit the bill.

    • Farting Bob
    • 8 years ago

    Quiet week on the releases it seems, resorting to server memory, USB headers for a specific case and yet another high end SF SSD that will behave exactly like all the others.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      December is always a slow month for new products, since it’s too late to get into the consumer channel for holiday buying or the corporate channel for end-of-FY budgets. And everybody in your product development and PR teams are going on holiday anyway. We always said if the dev schedule pointed to a shipdate after the end of November you were automatically talking about January.

    • ew
    • 8 years ago

    Also noteworthy is that the price of 8GB desktop DIMMs has plummeted over the last month or so!

    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=147&Description=&Type=&N=100007611&IsNodeId=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&PropertyCodeValue=523%3A38973[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      wow, $130 from Geil for 16GB. That’s pretty good.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, it almost makes me regret buying 4x4GB. But by the time I’m actually feeling constrained by 16GB, those 8GB sticks will be cheaper still.

        The DDR3 product cycle is now entering uncharted territory, since its successor is still a ways away. With past versions, we always reached the “mature” part of the cycle, where prices got really cheap, prior to maxing out the capacity of the tech — and the successor always came along before those largest-capacity previous-gen DIMMs got cheap enough to compete. From past cycles, we’d expect “DDR4” to have been introduced already, and to be getting competitive before 8GB DDR3 DIMMs got cheap. But because JDEC didn’t get a DDR4 standard sorted out for so long (and because the economic crisis hit in the middle of that), we’re going to get to see what the endpoint of DDR3 looks like. (Of course there are other unique wrinkles this time around: the 4GB limit for 32bit addressing, the fact that available RAM has largely exceeded demand for consumer PC usage, and the shift to low power integrated devices that don’t use conventional DIMMs)

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          Consumer RAM is a tough market. That’s why OCZ got out of the business and Corsair extended themselves to cases, cooling and PSUs.

          With cheaper and cheaper DDR3, the margins will only get tighter.

    • Compton
    • 8 years ago

    SuperTalent drives might be the best ever, but I wouldn’t know because you can’t find one manufactured after, like 1985. And when you do see that old ST, it’s a lot of feddy.

    Their North American distribution is lousy.

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