Release roundup: Case windows, gaming mice, and fancy mobos

We covered a whole boatload of new hardware launches at CES last week. You’d think the flow of releases would taper off for a while, but no. Quite a few announcements landed in our inbox this week. Here are those that didn’t make it into our regular coverage:

  • Ready for 990FX Extreme9? ASRock has Saved the Best for the Last. ASRock calls the 990FX Extreme9 its "most deluxe motherboard of the AM3+ Series," and it’s not hard to see why. This model is jam-packed with goodies, including "gold" capacitors, 12+2 power phases, an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, THX TruStudio-certified audio, support for memory overclocking up to 2450MHz, and a break-out box with three USB 3.0 ports. ASRock’s announcement doesn’t mention a price, but just to give you an idea, the existing 990FX Extreme4 sells for $144.99. Odds are this one will cost more.

  • BitFenix releases window side panel accessory for Prodigy. BitFenix’s Prodigy enclosure is pretty nifty-looking, both outside and in. Soon, you’ll be able to show off the case’s guts with a windowed side panel. BitFenix says the Prodigy Side Panel Window Accessory is coming in mid-February. Pricing isn’t mentioned here, either, but BitFenix touts the panel’s "clear, non-obstructive acrylic" and its lack of "any clips or tacky mounting mechanisms." I think it looks pretty slick.

  • Genius Announces 12-Button Professional Gaming Mouse. Yep, this sure is a gaming mouse. Genius’ GX Gaming Series Gila has a whopping 12 buttons, plus all of the trappings you’d expect from a rodent of that caliber: on-the-fly DPI adjustments, removable weights (six of them), adjustable LED backlighting, and a macro scheme with onboard memory. The sensor can track up to 8200 dots per inch, and the Scorpion UI software lets you set as many as 72 macros. You’ll have to pay for the privilege, though: the Gila costs $99.99.

  • Super Talent intros mSATA 3 SSDs. These new solid-state drives should fit comfortably inside ultrabooks and other mobile systems that lack the space for a 2.5" SSD. Super Talent is offering 30GB, 60GB, 64GB, and 120GB capacities, and it quotes transfer speeds of up to 550MB/s for reads and 500MB/s for writes. The mean-time-between-failures rating is two million hours, which works out to "over 200 years of around the clock use." Warranty coverage is only one year, though.

That BitFenix case really does look nifty. The Mini-ITX form factor may be a little limiting, but there’s plenty of room for a graphics card, a good cooler, and a few hard drives.

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    • moose17145
    • 7 years ago

    Not a fan of the cases. They look like Mac Pro cases to me… and thought those were ugly the first time I saw them, and I still think they are ugly. Something about the “handles” on each corner that’s not doing it for me I think…

    [url<]http://www.redgamingtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Apple-Mac-Pro.jpg[/url<] Also... since when did computer mice need headlights?!?

      • fantastic
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Also... since when did computer mice need headlights?!?[/quote<] Or TWELVE buttons. Why not just glue a keyboard to the top of your mouse?

    • rwburnham
    • 7 years ago

    I really like those BitFenix cases, especially with the windows, but the lack of a second front drive bay keeps me from getting one. I like having an optical drive and a front panel card reader on my PC. So close…

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    I love the FX boards! They always provide much needed extras that the other chipsets just cant match!

    • tarateh00aa
    • 7 years ago
    • Bauxite
    • 7 years ago

    CES (I think) had a compact case smaller than that bitphoenix, and it could use a regular psu, tower coolers, and two long gpus. It looked like a mITX case until you realized it was actually mATX.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      The Silverstone SG10? Yup, it just about sets the bar for how many parts you can pack solid into a given volume. It looked a little bit too exacting to me though, like if you lay one cable wrong at the beginning of the build, you won’t find out until the end and you’re f*d and have to start over.

        • internetsandman
        • 7 years ago

        I personally don’t see how the SG10 is smaller than the Prodigy but there’s no doubt it’s still incredibly densely packed

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    The pricing of the mouse is in line with most others using the ADNS-9800 laser sensor chip.

    • sreams
    • 7 years ago

    I wonder how many people are going to do “professional” gaming with their “professional” gaming mouse. I want that job.

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      It’s sad that almost all the pro gaming I’ve seen has been console based, outside of LoL and SC2, so there’s little need to brand a mouse as professional grade

    • Metonymy
    • 7 years ago

    The 990FX mb has 3 USB 3.0 ports on the breakout box?

      • Shobai
      • 7 years ago

      perhaps only 2?

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]This is the story, of the last of the 990FX Extreme motherboards. The year is 2013. The name of the motherboard: 990FX Extreme9[/quote<] <Insert cheesy mid-90's TV-quality CGI here>

      • Voldenuit
      • 7 years ago

      And it uses an intel Gigabit chip! That’s like finding Shadow technology in a Vorlon Star Dreadnought.

        • davidbowser
        • 7 years ago

        Any B5 reference is a good B5 reference.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Here's the story, of a lovely chipset, Who was bringing up three CPU architectures. All had crazy power draw, like their mother, The unborn one Steamroooolls. Here's the story, of a company named AsRock, Who was busy making mobos people wanted to own, They were four marketing names, selling well together, Yet they were all alooone. Til the one day when this chipset met this company, And they knew that it was much more than a niche, That this group would somehow form a lineup. That's the way they all became the 990FX Extreme9. The 990FX Extreeeeeme9 990FX Extreeeeeme9 That's the way we all became the 990FX Extreme9![/quote<] <insert fake 70s family band here>

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