Release roundup: New coolers and old motherboards

With the Computex trade show barely three weeks away, the flow of new releases from Far Eastern hardware makers is starting to slow. Still, a handful of notable announcement hit our inbox this week:

  • ASRock Takes Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs to Z68, P67 and H67 Series Motherboards! This announcement isn't about new products, but about upgrades to existing ones. More specifically, ASRock says it's added support for Ivy Bridge processors to its Z68, P67, and H67 motherboard families. All users need to do, apparently, is grab the latest BIOS releases and drivers from the company's website. ASRock has put up a handy one-stop download area here.
  • Cooler Master unveils low-profile Geminii M4 cooler. There's nothing very lofty about the Geminii M4, be it from a size or a price standpoint. (Cooler Master quotes a $29.99 MSRP.) The cooler's low vertical profile is its main attraction, though. Despite featuring three direct-contact copper heat pipes and a 120-mm fan, the Geminii M4 is only 2.3 inches tall. That's partly thanks to the fan, which is thinner than most, at only 15 mm. Another part is the heatsink itself, whose aluminum fins don't take up much vertical space and sit quite close to the socket. The end product looks quite capable, and I'm sure folks building small-form-factor home-theater PCs will be interested.
  • Thermaltake announces the long anticipated Water 2.0 all-in-one LCS Series. On the other end of the spectrum lies Thermaltake's new Water 2.0 LCS Series, a new family of self-contained liquid coolers designed for serious enthusiast builds. There are three of 'em: the Water 2.0 Extreme, which has a huge radiator with room for two 120-mm fans side by side, and the Water 2.0 Pro and Water 2.0 Performer, which are single-width models and can accommodate one 120-mm fan on either side. The Pro's radiator is slightly thicker than the Performer's—49 mm vs. 27 mm—but the two coolers otherwise appear identical. Thermaltake uses the same socket mount on all three, as well, with support for all modern Intel and AMD sockets.

It's nice to see Cooler Master not charging an arm and a leg for the Geminii M4. HTPC gear—cases, especially—is all too often overpriced, which can detract from the appeal of the whole HTPC concept.

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