Release roundup: Card readers and efficient PSUs

We’ve only got a couple of items for this week’s release roundup. Computex is drawing nigh, and most hardware makers seem to be holding off on major releases for now. Still, we have news from NZXT and PSU maker Be Quiet:

  • NZXT unveils Aperture M advanced media reader with mesh design. This isn’t a huge launch, but it’s kind of neat anyway, especially now that optical drives are starting to become less and less useful. The Aperture M slots into a 5.25" drive bay and lets you read just about every type of flash card under the sun. (NZXT mentions CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and MSD formats.) As icing on the cake, there’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports next to the card slots. Not bad for $34.99.
  • Be quiet! introduces new flagship: Dark Power Pro 10. Be quiet! isn’t very well known on this side of the pond, but its new line of power supplies looks pretty slick. The units, which the company touts as its "quietest and most energy efficient" ever, have 80 Plus Platinum certification with efficiency as high as 94%. They feature modular cabling and 135-mm fluid-dynamic-bearing fans, which Be quiet! says are "virtually inaudible." (The firm quotes a noise level of less than 12 dB for the 850W model under a 90% load.) The units even allow you to "choose between multi- or single-rail 12 V mode." They’re not cheap, though: the 550W model will set you back €135 ($167), and the 1200W flagship costs €279 ($346). At least you get five years of warranty coverage.

Those PSUs do look nice. Too bad I can’t seem to find them for sale stateside. Newegg has a handful of listings, but they’re all marked as "unavailable."

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    • UberGerbil
    • 7 years ago

    I like the looks of that media reader, but I wish they’d put rails to mount a 2.5″ (or even 3.5″) drive behind it. There’s room, there’s power, and in a small HTPC case where you might want such a reader the extra drive might be awfully welcome.

      • Grigory
      • 7 years ago

      Very nice idea! 🙂

      • riviera74
      • 7 years ago

      I like this new media reader too. It eliminates the need for a 3.5″ to 5.25″ drive bay converter. So when is it on sale at Newegg et al?

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        $35 is not a good price for you?

          • riviera74
          • 7 years ago

          $35 is not the issue. I need to know when and where any of us can buy that card reader.

    • entropy13
    • 7 years ago

    According to Hardware Secrets, The 550W, 650W, and 750W models are made by FSP, while the 850W, 1000W, and 1200W are made by Seasonic.

    The price is probably because: it’s 80PLUS Platinum; you can install a switch for multi-rail (default) or single-rail (turn on the switch); has significantly more components than in other PSUs of the same wattage.

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      Also it has fan controller built-in, which is pretty practical thing to have, and probably a main selling point of those units vs competition.

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