updated 08:30 pm EDT, Mon May 5, 2014
Corsair announces world's first 1500 watt titanium certified power supply
Memory manufacturer Corsair recently announced the world's first 1500-watt, 80-plus titanium-certified power supply with the AX1500i digital ATX. The new PSU makes use of the second generation of Corsair's digital architecture, allowing it to operate at 94 percent efficiency at a 50 percent load of 115 volts. At loads up to 450 watts, the power supply will also operate at a zero RPN fan mode that is "truly silent" according to the company.
The AX1500i is constructed with Japanese 105 degree (Celsius) capacitors, offers eight PCI-E cables with 10 connectors total for GPUs, and contains a 140mm dynamic fluid bearing (DFB) for its cooling needs. The unit also includes Corsair Link technology accessed over native USB to allow finer control over the power supply.
Consumers can purchase the AX1500i directly from Corsair for $450. Those wishing to purchase it from Newegg will be able to pick it up at the same price, but will have to wait until May 26 for the unit to ship.
OCZ announces new workstation-class PCI-E Revodrive SSDs
Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions has announced a new series in the Revodrive line of PCI-E SSDs, aimed at consumers looking for storage solutions for bandwidth-intensive operations. The Revodrive 350 line features 19nm Toshiba NAND and uses OCZ's proprietary virtualized controller architecture (VCA) 2.0, which allows the drive's "multi-controller design to appear and act as a single drive to the host system, to enable drive-level management features such as secure erase, SMART and TRIM."
In the release announcement, Senior Vice President of Product Management Daryl Lang says that the Revodrive 350 makes use of proven technology "utilizing in-house premium Toshiba flash and OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 to deliver highly-efficient performance aggregation, while reducing the burden on host resources."
The PCI-E based SSDs will be available in 240, 480 and 960GB configurations when they go on sale. Online retailer Newegg currently prices the drives at $530, $830 and $1,300 respectively with the shipping date listed as May 12.