Release roundup: White paint, rugged storage, and precision mice

Things were a little slow last week because of the holiday, but they definitely picked up this week. We covered plenty of releases in our regular news posts, and we still have leftover news from BitFenix, Gigabyte, Razer, Rosewill, and Silicon Power.

  • BitFenix introduces Survivor White enclosure. Remember the BitFenix Survivor? We took a look at a pre-production model a couple of years ago, and we later went hands-on with a retail model. Well, BitFenix has now announced a white version of the enclosure. It should be available later this month for $109, and from what I can tell, it’s an exact replica of the previous model—just with a different paint job. I have to say, it doesn’t look bad. Very Star Wars.

  • Updated Razer Orochi mobile gaming mouse lets you game longer on the go. Razer has freshened up its Orochi Bluetooth 3.0 mouse with a new laser sensor and longer battery life. The rodent now has a fourth-generation sensor with an impressive 6400-DPI resolution, and Razer claims it offers twice as much battery life as its predecessor, with "up to 30 hours of continuous gameplay or three months of conventional usage." (Power is still provided via a pair of AA batteries, and you can plug in the Orichi and use it as a wired mouse, too.) Asking price: $69.99.

  • Silicon Power launches Armor A15 portable hard drive. This diminutive USB 3.0 external hard drive is designed for rough handling. Silicon Power has wrapped in shock-absorbing silica gel and outfitted it with side grips, and the company touts compliance with the U.S. military’s MIL-STD-810F "transit drop test" (whatever that means). There’s also a "one-touch" backup button and, for some reason, a trial version of Norton Antivirus in the box. Look for this drive in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB variants.

  • Rosewill unleashes the Hercules 1600W. Rosewill may be known better for its budget offerings, but the new Hercules is about as high-end as it gets for an enthusiast power supply. It’s got a $399.99 price tag, 80 Plus Silver certification (with efficiency as high as 89%), a 135-mm "silent" fan, and an impressive number of cables and connectors—which are modular for the most part. Rosewill says there’s a total of 16 (yes, sixteen) 6+2-pin PCI Express power connectors, with which users can power both "power hungry top high end motherboards" and four-way CrossFire or SLI multi-GPU setups. Not too shabby.

Given the propensity of enthusiast hardware to be more power-efficient these days, I think you’d have to struggle to put together even a top-of-the-line gaming rig with power draw anywhere close to a kilowatt and a half. Still, having the headroom available is probably nice, if you’re intent on packing your PC with graphics cards and ridiculous quantities of hard drives.

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    • jeffcutsinger
    • 7 years ago

    They ought to have called that power supply “Compensator”. “Hercules” is close enough, I guess.

    • Mr Bill
    • 7 years ago

    Wow that’s an expensive monitor!
    found a review…
    [url<]http://www.pcper.com/news/Displays/EIZO-DuraVision-FDH3601-4k-x-2k-Display-and-We-Want-It[/url<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    [s<]I'm willing to bet significant humiliation that the Hercules 1600W will fail at full load.[/s<] Actually, I take that back. Rosewill do resell decent PSU's with innards that can handle at least 110% load. Now I'm just going to ridicule the sheer excessiveness of such a thing and will mock purchasers as either gullible or overcompensating for tiny ePeens. FWIW, my overclocked high-end CPU+GPU combination pulls a [i<]whopping[/i<] 235W from the wall socket under load, making my 650W PSU a tad on the silly side. Given that the most power-hungry cards today are using about 150W under load, I could possibly manage three-way crossfire with my current PSU (though I only have four 8-pin PCIe connectors.....

      • insulin_junkie72
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, Rosewill mid-range and above PSUs of the past year or two are actually pretty darn good (although I think this particular model is based on the same Topower design as a few others).

      In North America, certain Rosewill lines are one of the few ways to get SuperFlower goodness. Kingwin has some of the high-end stuff, and there’s a NZXT model or two IIRC, but the Rosewill Capstones are often the easiest to get ahold of, and given how frequently NewEgg runs deals on Rosewill products, the most economical.

      • Waco
      • 7 years ago

      When I had my short-lived 8120 and 4870X2 Quadfire I managed to ALMOST pull a kilowatt from the wall. I don’t think you can hit 1600 watts with any normal modern hardware without specifically building it to suck power.

        • Chrispy_
        • 7 years ago

        I think my record with a dual-socket board and crossfire was 675W so [i<]you win this one, Gadget![/i<] Everything's more efficient now; 77W instead of 125W for a CPU, with the 680 and 690 consuming significantly less than their 500 and 400-series counterparts. Based on review numbers, I'd imagine that a heavily overclocked 3960X and GTX690 quad-SLI with similar overvolting could reach a kilowatt from the wall, given worst-case scenarios.

    • BabyFaceLee
    • 7 years ago

    Wow! That’s one heck of a lot of soap you can store in that BitFenix dispenser.

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    The BP Survivor case does wear the white paint pretty nicely, but I can’t get over how unnecessarily [i<]big[/i<] that thing is. Every time I see a picture, I half expect to have a very confused River Tam come jumping out.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      The smallish rectangle defined by the 3 x 5.25″ bays and the fan grille is about the size of a normal workstation like our Dell Precision T3500’s (which can hold six hard drives, a dual-socket board and up to three double-wide cards, [i<]just as an example[/i<])

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    Dat power supply.

    Reminds me of:
    [url<]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6498304/ns/business-us_business/t/hardees-serves--calorie-burger/#.ULlwK4PAcfQ[/url<]

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    is text even viewable on a 4k pc screen?

      • Diplomacy42
      • 7 years ago

      Ctrl + + + + + + + + + + 0.o

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      Familiar with the acronym “DPI”?

      • Farting Bob
      • 7 years ago

      This is a 36″ monitor.
      It’s about 128 pixels per inch. About the same as the Sony PSP from 2005. It’s also slightly lower than the original iPad’s 131 PPI, the first generation 7″ EeePC’s from the stoneage era (133 PPI) Kindle DX’s 150 PPI and just about any phone or tablet released in the last 2 years or so. Hell even the original $100 OLPC laptop had a higher PPI.

      Its got a higher PPI than most monitors, but its not exactly the giant leap forward in PPI that we are waiting for.

        • allreadydead
        • 7 years ago

        well, 128 PPI fits well win 8; every pixel is a tile box. as every pixel can display 1 color at a time, it will fit very well to new start menu boxes 😛

      • Bauxite
      • 7 years ago

      Barely, scaling highly recommended

      There is far smaller though 🙂

      [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_T220/T221_LCD_monitors[/url<]

    • Ryu Connor
    • 7 years ago

    [quote=”Cyril”<]the company touts compliance with the U.S. military's MIL-STD-810F "transit drop test" (whatever that means).[/quote<] [url<]http://ruggedpcreview.com/2_definitions.html[/url<] [quote="RuggedPC"<]The test requires that items weighing 100 pounds or less survive a total of 26 drops on each face, edge and corner. The 26 drops an be divided among up to five samples of the same test item, which probably means used the first until it fails, then start with the second, and so on, although the language is not clear. Drop distance generally depends on "how materiel in the field might commonly be dropped."[/quote<] [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIL-STD-810[/url<]

    • jessterman21
    • 7 years ago

    That first pic needs some TXAA.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Owww, jaggies!

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 7 years ago

    *Crocodile Dundee* That’s not a power supply – THIS is a power supply!

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