Release roundup: Force GS SSDs, a case window, and LED lighting

Things will probably be a little slow for the rest of the week due to the Independence Day holiday. However, a few new product announcements managed to hit our inbox before everyone took off for an extra-long weekend. Here's the latest from Corsair, Fractal Design, and NZXT:

  • Corsair introduces Force Series GS SSDs. Add another family of SandForce models to Corsair's SSD lineup. The Force Series GS combines the current-generation SF-2281 controller with Toggle DDR NAND to create the fastest¬†entry in the Force lineup. Only higher-capacity models are available; the GS is limited to 180, 240, 360, and 480GB flavors. The drives should be pretty quick, too. Corsair quotes maximum sequential rates of 532MB/s for reads and 559 MB/s for writes. Newegg already has the 180 and 360GB versions listed for $175 and $320, respectively.

  • Fractal Design brings windowed side panel to Define R3. Like Fractal's Define R3 enclosure but wish you could see the system inside? Good news. A windowed side panel for the case will be on shelves in August. The 10.6" x 11.4" window is secured without visible rivets, creating a clean look that nicely matches the Define's sedate exterior. Windowed panels will be available in black and white, and they're set to cost $20 each. Check out our review of the Define R3 for more on the case.

  • NZXT unveils Hue LED controller. If you've got a case window, you'll probably want some illumination inside your PC. NZXT's new Hue LED controller comes with over six feet of LED strips lined with no fewer than 24 individual lights. Knobs on the front of the 5.25" bay-insert control the color and brightness of the light show. Users can set the LEDs to fade or flash through a rainbow of colors, too. Expect this puppy to set you back $33.

I'm curious whether the Define R3's windowed panel changes the case's acoustic profile. The stock side panel is lined with sound-dampening foam that probably does a better job of filtering out noise than the acrylic window. Then again, you can't see through the foam.

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