We're kind of in limbo this week as far as new hardware releases are concerned. The holidays are just behind us, and the Consumer Electronics Show is less than a week away, so most hardware companies seem to be biding their time. Still, we've gathered a small handful of announcements from Cooler Master, Crucial, and Thermaltake:
- Cosmos II - The Ultra Tower. A long time ago, Cooler Master's Cosmos 1000 enclosure earned our Editor's Choice award. Now, the company's Cosmos II "ultra tower" is debuting, and it looks like a worthy successor—not that one would expect any less, considering the $349.99 asking price. It features aluminum, steel, and mesh construction with room for up to 13 hard drives, a 360-mm radiator at the top, and a 240-mm radiator at the bottom (provided you remove the bottom hard-drive cages). There are front-panel fan controls, USB 3.0 connectivity, and dual hard-drive/SSD docks inside two of the 5.25" bays, as well. Look for this puppy in stores later this month.
- Crucial Adrenaline cache solution boosts performance of existing hard drives. The new 50GB Adrenaline SSD isn't marketed as a minimalistic system drive; rather, Crucial bundles it with caching software that, in the company's words, "combines the customer's existing hard drive and the solid state cache into a single storage system." The software is "fully automated, runs in the background, and requires no user management." The point, I assume, is to cache frequently accessed data in order to improve system performance, all without limiting the system partition's capacity. Interesting.
- The new Thermaltake Frio Extreme - the supreme cooler of Frio series. This new universal CPU heatsink from Thermaltake features dual 140-mm fans and can dissipate up to 250W of heat. That says just about all there is to say, I think. The Frio Extreme also features two stacks of 0.4-mm aluminum fins, six copper heat pipes, and a polished copper base. Its fans can spin between 1200 and 1800 RPM, and they connect to the system using four-pin PWM connectors.
That Cooler Master case sure looks impressive. I think we're going to want to get one in our labs. I don't know many folks who'd willingly cough up $350 for an enclosure alone, though, especially when Corsair's already quite extravagant Obsidian Series 800D case retails for $259.99.