This week in our gathering of miscellaneous product launches, we have fresh arrivals from Biostar, Scythe, and Thermaltake:
- Biostar launches Latest AMD "Trinity" based Hi-Fi motherboard. AMD’s Trinity APUs are coming to the desktop in the not-too-distant future, and Biostar, like some other motherboard makers, is making preparations. Biostar’s new Hi-Fi A85X motherboard is based on AMD’s A85X chipset (duh), and it has an FM2 socket ripe for the upcoming APUs. Other features include dual PCIe graphics slots, USB 3.0 connectivity, and support for memory overclocking up to 2400MHz. The Hi-Fi moniker comes from Biostar’s Puro Hi-Fi technology, which gives integrated audio its own, dedicated power cicuitry as well as special capacitors and a built-in amplifier.
- Scythe intros new-and-improved Kabuto 2 cooler. As the name suggests, this cooler is the second revision of Scythe’s Kabuto. This latest model ships with Scythe’s 120-mm Glide Stream fan, which is meant to be quieter thanks to a "redesigned small center hub as well as fan blades." The heatsink also has a "reinforcement bar" between the base and the fin array, and Scythe has changed the mounting mechanism to make it easier to use. That mounting mechanism supports pretty much all CPU sockets around today, from LGA775 to Socket FM1. Scythe says this puppy will set you back €34.00 ($44) in Europe before tax.
- Thermaltake launches the new Soprano. No, this product isn’t designed for Italian mobsters. It’s actually quite elegant, with a curved front panel made out of brushed aluminum and a choice of either black or "snow" paint jobs. Inside, Thermaltake offers a pretty well-rounded assortment of enthusiast amenities, including routing holes for liquid coolors, a bottom-mounted PSU emplacement, a cut-out behind the CPU area, grommeted holes for cables, and rotated hard-drive bays with trays. The enclosure has room for up to four optical drives and five hard drives or SSDs. There’s an "invisible" hot-swap docking station at the top, too. Cooling is handled by a 200-mm front fan and a 120-mm exhaust fan, and users can slap in an extra 120-mm spinner at the bottom. See the picture below.
That’s a pretty snappy-looking case. I enjoy Thermaltake’s propensity for building drive docks into its cases, too. Docks are always handy, but external ones can be bulky and unsightly.