CES 2007: Evolutionary not Revolutionary Productsby Gary Key on January 12, 2007 3:00 AM EST
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Enermax: Power and Case Products
Enermax is releasing an update to their Galaxy product line that features 850W and 1000W power supplies. These power supplies feature the new 8-pin PCI Express 2.0 cable design and will allow the use of two R600 cards. The power supplies feature five dedicated 12V rails with two dedicated to CPU operation and three dedicated to GPU, systems, and storage drives with 17A on each rail. The power supplies are designed with an 80~85% power efficiency from 20% to 100% load along with 6A on the +5Vsb to fully support 2007 Intel requirements and multiple USB devices. The units are designed to operate at full power on a 24/7 basis at up to 50c. Pricing for the 1000W unit is expected to be around $350 with availability shortly.
Also due for release shortly is an update to the Infinity series that will feature 650W and 720W units with full support for current SLI or CrossFire systems along with support for the new 8-pin PCI Express 2.0 standard. Both units are designed for 24/7 operation at up to 40c with an 82~85% power efficiency rating at 20~100% load. The units also feature the CoolGuard option that enables the system fans to run for up to 10 seconds after shutdown to help cool your system down.
Enermax is also introducing their new Uber Chakra tower case that features 120mm fans on the front and rear of the case along with a 250mm fan on the side of the case that is direction adjustable. The case features an e-SATA port on the brushed aluminum front panel, tool-free design, and retractable foot stands. The case will be available in four colors that include black, red, blue, and silver.
Enermax also features a complete lineup of brushed aluminum keyboards that match their current case lineup. The keyboards are USB based and have diamond cut highlights along with blue LED indicators. We found the keyboards to be very sturdy with a good tactile feel from the keys.
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yyrkoon - Saturday, January 13, 2007 - linkI know technically that Solid State includes Flash or NAND type memory, but do these devices use Flash, or SDRAM ? Normally, at least around here, we do not call Flash drives "SSD'.
mlambert890 - Saturday, January 13, 2007 - linkThese are not the SDRAM variety, they are flash. SSD drives (even the ones based on volatile memory) often use flash and the term is pretty much interchangeable. I mean they're all "solid state disks" yes?
yyrkoon - Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - linkTechnically, yes, they are all solid state. However SDRAM drives offer better performance, and don't suffer from the "10,000 writes, and you're out syndrome". The only real drawback, is that if the drive ever loses power, the data would be lost forever. I think we all could figure out work arounds for this (such as RAID1 accross a SDRAM device, to a real HDD, etc), so for most of us casual users (and perhaps some in enterprise solutions), this isnt really an issue.
chucky2 - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkThanks!
DigitalFreak - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkYou guys @ Anandtech think you could get a hold of one of the new Ritek SSD drives mentioned http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/09/riteks-16gb-and...">here for your test?
Prices seem to be quite a bit cheaper than the Sandisk, so I'm wondering what the "catch" is.
PandaBear - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkNot only that. MLC has much lower duty cycle (erase cycle) before die. I have seen data on MLC life and SanDisk/Toshiba can get about 1000-2000 cycles erase, while Samsung can only do 500-1000 right now. I am not sure if I want a drive that can write only 500 cycles, even with wear leveling, on a 32gb drive, for windows.
michal1980 - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkheres hoping to smart drivers/o.s. with a hybrid drives.
everyfile that just needs to be read, and very rarely modified should go on the flash porition for fast reading.
everytemp file/ swap file on a harddrive.
my concern would still be writes from stupid things. a file gets access the access data gets modified for example.
Gary Key - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkThe price difference is due to the lower end drives using MLC NAND instead of SLC NAND Flash. We do not recommend using MLC NAND Flash drives as a desktop/laptop replacement due to the performance differences in write speeds. We will be comparing the two formats once the sample drives arrive in a few weeks.
michal1980 - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkseems like every other year the psu needs a new cable. and now its for video cards.
Bhhaaa. Why why, why why.
semo - Friday, January 12, 2007 - linkit seemed not so long ago that the psu was one of the most mundane and long living components of a pc. now it is becoming more like any other component with stray standards appearing from nowhere for no reason other than profits.
i suspect cases are to follow suit. i'm not sure how they can pull it off but i'm sure we can rely on case makers to think of something.