Release roundup: Mini PCs, slim SSD, and fast memory

You know the drill. We get tipped off about a decent number of product launches every week, and they don't all make it into our regular coverage. The release roundup is where we feature the outcasts.

This week, we've got news from G.Skill, Silicon Power, and Zotac.

  • G.Skill launches world's fastest DDR3 32GB memory kit. I don't know about the "world's fastest" claim, but this new 32GB memory kit does sound pretty snappy. G.Skill claims it can operate at 2800MHz with 11-13-13-35 timings and a 1.65V signal voltage. If you've got room in your PC for four blazing-fast 8GB DIMMs, and you don't mind a little red paint on the heatspreaders, this might be the kit for you.

  • SP/Silicon Power introduces the all new Slim S50 SSD. At 7 mm, the Slim S50 is a little thinner than most other 2.5" drives—hence the name. Silicon Power also claims the Slim S50 features an "all new controller that is unlike any other solutions in the market." That controller might not be a speed demon, because the S50 is rated for a peak write speed of only 200MB/s. The maximum read speed is a much more respectable 530MB/s, though, and Silicon Power touts "stable IOPS." You'll find the Slim S50 in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB flavors, all covered by a three-year warranty.

  • Zotac refreshes Zbox nano XS with AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics. This new Zbox is even tinier than the ID42 Plus we reviewed earlier this week; it measure 4.2" x 4.2" x 1.5". There's no discrete GPU inside, despite what the press release might suggest, but the Zbox nano XS does feature an AMD E2-1800 APU with Radeon HD 7340 integrated graphics. Also included are a Windows Media Center Remote, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI output, and USB 3.0 connectivity. Zotac offers a Nano XS Plus model with 2GB of DDDR3 RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive, as well. Just make sure to bring your own operating system—neither Zbox variant comes with one.

I hope the E2-1800 fares as well in Linux as the Sandy Bridge processor and GeForce GT 610 graphics from the ID42 Plus. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well that machine handled Ubuntu Linux.

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