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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    • BloodSoul
    • 7 years ago

    Is it wrong that I want the HUE? After 3 years I have finally completed my rig, and this is really the only thing I can think of adding to it >.<!

    • Parallax
    • 7 years ago

    Doesn’t the new window in the R3 defeat part of the purpose of using it by removing the acoustic-dampening foam in this area?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    Since when is GS faster than GT? Way to blow your GT load on the original naming scheme Corsair.

      • FranzVonPapen
      • 7 years ago

      I know, right? Should’ve named the new one GTR or GTS or GTZ or GT+ or…

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 7 years ago

        GTRx V-Spec xXx Golden Finger Edition.

          • Philldoe
          • 7 years ago

          GTRx V-Spec xXx Golden Finger EXXXXXXTREME Edition.

          There. it needed more X’s and caps.

            • ColeLT1
            • 7 years ago

            It’s not fully extreme unless it’s missing the first “E”.

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 7 years ago

    Look at that, a brand new SSD released for under $1/gb.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      And capacities will probably start to be increased, while cutting off the low end availability. Gotta protect those profit margins.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 7 years ago

        What profit margin? I can’t imagine they make more than a few dollars off of the majority of them, considering that most of it is just the price of NAND, and the remaining difference is accounted for by the cost of the controller and retail markup.

        They’re really killing their profit margin, as the 256GB and higher drives used to be priced disproportionately, so buying multiple 64GB or 128GB drives was cheaper. That is no longer the case.

        The capacity will go up for the same reason it already had been – too few channels. Would you really buy a 64GB drive for $60 if it could only write at like 50MB/s when 128GB is $90 and much faster?

        Much of the cost at the low end is fixed, anyways. It’s just like how a single platter HDD isn’t 1/3 the cost of a higher capacity model with three platters. If flash dropped down to 50 cents per GB, 64GB drives would still run $50 or so.

      • floodo1
      • 7 years ago

      I’m jumping on this!

      • fantastic
      • 7 years ago

      180 GB should be plenty for me. I’m shopping for my first SSD too. I’ll need to read at least one review before I buy anything… If only there was a reputable website with reviews of computer hardware somewhere on the internet. 😉

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