Gelid, Netstor, Qnap, Synology, OCZ, And G.Skill At Computex 2013
Gelid had an interesting idea on its hands: a dedicated router cooler. Expect to see this item toward the end of July for around $15.
The company was also showing off fans, braided cables, and its GC-Extreme thermal compound. Representatives were claiming that its thermal paste is ideal for LN2 overclocking because it doesn't conduct electricity, corrode, bleed, or cure. In fact, ASRock bundles it with its Z77 OC Formula motherboard.
Netstor showed us the NA333TBS, an external enclosure that hosts up to 16 hard disks and three PCIe slots. This product uses a Thunderbolt cable for connectivity and includes an 80 PLUS Silver-rated power supply. Expect it to show up in a couple of months for about $2000.
QNAP specializes in business-oriented NAS hardware, but also sells some more mainstream offerings. The new TurboNAS TS-470 Pro will be available soon, featuring a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3-3220, 2 GB of RAM, and space for four hard disks with a maximum capacity of 16 TB. It comes with a built-in media center and is capable of encoding 4K video streams.
Synology presented its new USB Station 3, an enclosure that turns any external USB hard disk/flash drive/SDXC memory card into a compact and convenient NAS. Expect it to arrive around August.
Like all of Synology's NAS products, the USB Station 3 comes with the company's DiskStation Manager software. It features a clean interface with a lot of options, and works in Windows and OS X. A new version should launch in July, too.
The DS214 and DS214+ are higher up the company's product portfolio, each with two hard disk bays. Availability is expected in the third quarter of 2013. They both support hot-swap functionality and come armed with 1.6 GHz Atom processors. The DS214+ is additionally able to transcode 1080p video on the fly. It sports 1 GB of memory and has additional connectivity options like an SD card reader and extra eSATA ports.
OCZ was showing off two new modular Fatal1ty power supplies: a 550 W model available on Newegg for $70 and a 750 W version still on the way.
The Vertex 450 is also pretty new. It employs 20 nm NAND, and is available in 128 and 256 GB capacities. If you want to know more, check out OCZ Vertex 450 256 GB SSD Review: Can We Call It Vector Jr.?
At the G.Skill booth, we saw the company's 3000 MT/s Trident X memory, available now in a 16 GB kit with a 32 GB option a few weeks out. Representatives claim it's the fastest memory validated by Intel.
We were then shown G.Skill's new entries into the audio market. The Ripjaws R71 headset features 10 drivers for surround sound, a noise-cancelling microphone, and a touch-control pod. Expect it at the end of 2013 or the beginning of next year.
The Ripjaws D71 is the company's low-end model, with two drivers and a simpler control pod.