Release roundup: Platinum PSUs, Mini-ITX cases, and more

The big news this week was, of course, the release of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 680—and the myriad versions of it from various card makers. But other, less momentous launches also took place this week. We’ve collected such announcements from Antec, Biostar, Lian Li, and Super Talent:

  • Antec announces High Current Pro Platinum 1000 watt PSU. As its name indicates, Antec’s latest power supply can sustain a kilowatt of power output, and it features 80 Plus Platinum certification. That label indicates efficiency in the 89-94% range, depending on load. The High Current Pro Platinum 1000W also has a 135-mm double-ball bearing fan, fully modular cabling, and a seven-year warranty. It’s not cheap, though; Antec quotes a suggested retail price of $269.95.
  • Biostar introduces TA970XE motherboard. Biostar says this mobo has “capabilities are very close” to its top-of-the-line TA990FXE, but with a lower price ($99.99, to be exact). Features include an AMD 970 chipset, an SB950 south bridge, dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots with CrossFire support, five internal 6Gbps Serial ATA ports, one eSATA port, and a couple of USB 3.0 ports. The board also has UEFI firmware and support for up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM. Not too shabby, considering the price.
  • Lian Li announces a compact chassis for modern mobile data storage. The PC-Q1 is Lian Li’s latest entry in the world of Mini-ITX enclosures, and it comes loaded with storage bays. There’s a 5.25″ bay out front, a “hotswappable” 3.5″ bay inside, plus another three 2.5″ internal bays for mechanical or solid-state drives. Other goodies include a 300W 80-Plus-certified power supply and a pair of USB 3.0 front-panel ports. Bonus: Lian Li says the case “resembles a miniature SUV.” It’ll set you back $179.
  • Extreme SSD solution skips SATA III in favor of PCIe. Solid-state drives with PCI Express interfaces seem to be multiplying these days, and Super Talent has just introduced another one: the RAIDDrive upStream. This model has a PCIe x8 interface, and it combines four SandForce-based SSDs in a RAID array driven by an SLI controller. Super Talent is offering 220GB, 460GB, and 960GB capacities, and it quotes peak transfer rates of 1000MB/S for reads and 900MB/s for writes.

You know, that Lian Li case does look sweet, but I’m just not crazy about the little “wheel-like stubs” on the sides. Lian Li claims they help reduce vibrations, but surely there’s a more elegant way to manage that problem.

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    • riviera74
    • 8 years ago

    As for that SSD on a PCIe card, can that be made bootable in a Win7 system?

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Yes, I’m sure it functions like any other raid card. As long as your bios was decently made and made in the last decade it should support it as a ‘addin card’ or a ‘raid card’ in the bios (doesn’t specifically need to be a raid card).

    • Oldtech
    • 8 years ago

    That Lian Li case looks like a Scion Xb.

    • stupido
    • 8 years ago

    The Lian-Li case is missing one button on the other side and than you could see Lian-Li smiley on that case 😀

    or if tehy place one USB/eSATA connector it can be like a wink…

    • entropy13
    • 8 years ago

    That PSU is by Delta, and quite rare for Delta-made PSUs for Antec, also has a Delta fan.

      • TravelMug
      • 8 years ago

      Delta Force!

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Yeah, the wheels just need spinners and the new kids would like them.

    The Lian-Li case still suffers from craptastic spacing. Look at the website photos. There is a lot of deadspace under the racks. Multiple 2.5in bays or 2.5 bays in general are relatively stupid. You can always use spacers to use a 2.5 in a 3.5, but not the other way around. There are always trays that mount both types too.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      And there are [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997007<]adapters[/url<] so you can put two 2.5" drives into one 3.5" bay. I appreciate having the mounting holes for the smaller drives, but keep the bays sized for the larger drives unless the thing is ultra-compact (or designed for a lot more 2.5" drives than this)

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      Speaking of spinners… if the insides of those wheels had a 20mm fan in each one that spun it would totally add to the theme. 😀

    • Palek
    • 8 years ago

    SUV, huh? Right. Try [url=http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/4/4b/Sandcrawler_approach.jpg<]jawa sand crawler[/url<].

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      Heh. Somebody must’ve already done that as a case mod…

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    I’m still stuck on DDR2. My plan is to save up for a full upgrade (cpu, mobo, ram) but that motherboard actually gave me pause for a second. No… must hold off… good things to those who wait…

    • flip-mode
    • 8 years ago

    That case should come with a remote control (for steering and forward/reverse). That thing is so ugly I’d roll it under the bus. The more I look at it the more astounded I am that it ever made it to market.

    • burntham77
    • 8 years ago

    Despite the silly wheel things, that Lian Li case really is making a case for itself to replace the little Antec HTPC case I have. It looks easier to build inside, and using a regular sized optical drive rather than a laptop drive is a nice touch.

    • crabjokeman
    • 8 years ago

    I just want to put that Lian-LI case on a leash and take it for a walk.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      You could airbrush a rubber ducky on the sides….

    • crabjokeman
    • 8 years ago

    That Biostar board looks sweet. I’m a huge fan of the bang/buck factor and Biostar T-series boards became my favorite after Epox went out of business.

    • Metonymy
    • 8 years ago

    Cyril, did you never have a $180 choo-choo train when you were a child? Where’s the nostalgia?

    • Washer
    • 8 years ago

    The Lian Li case looks a bit ridiculous. It’s not just the wheels on the side, but the drive bay area being curved strongly suggests a windshield. Still, in the right hands it could be a elegant little case.

    • willyolio
    • 8 years ago

    if the lian li was yellow and the wheel-stubs were black, i’d get one. tonka truck case! yay!

      • Chandalen
      • 8 years ago

      I looked at the case and started humming “the wheels on the bus go round and round” without consciously thinking.

    • GTVic
    • 8 years ago

    These mini ITX cases seem to go to extremes, either 100-150W or 300-450W. I’d like to see one at about 200W with a good power supply down around $100-$120

      • Washer
      • 8 years ago

      You can get a Silverstone SG05 with a 450W PSU for roughly $110~$120. Lian Li tends to be a bit on the high priced side.

        • riviera74
        • 8 years ago

        Lian-Li has always been expensive. All-aluminum cases have been expensive for years. My issue is that the Lian-Li insists on Mini-ITX rather than MicroATX. Also, where are the 3.5″ drive bays?

        • GTVic
        • 8 years ago

        I’ve seen that one and will probably get a Silverstone but it illustrates my point, no need for 450W for this type of PC.

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