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MSI Bundles Optane Drives With Motherboards

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MSI announces a trio of 200 series motherboards with an exclusive addition-- a pre-installed 16GB Intel Optane Memory drive, adding further value for customers.

MSI BoardsThe motherboards getting this addition are the Z270 Tomahawk, B250M Bazooka and the B250M Pro, as denoted with an OPT BOOST suffix. The first two motherboards have x2 Turbo M.2 slots, providing space for a fast PCIe SSD card, while the B250M Pro appears to have a single M.2 slot.

FSP Intros Windale 4, 6 Coolers

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Power and cooling specialist FSP announces a pair of Windale series CPU coolers-- the Windale 4 and 6, able to handle CPUs with up to 180 and 240W TDPs respectively.

Windale coolerThe naming is based on the amount of heat pipes equipped, thus the 4 and 6. Being the larger and more powerful model, the Windale 6 also gets the addition of a black radiator finish and blue LED illuminated fan. FSP says both coolers have direct contact 6mm diameter copper heat pipes for better cooling performance, as well as a patented solder-less louver fin assembly to further increase heat pipe effectiveness.

AOC Gets F.A. Porsche for PDS Monitors

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Studio F.A. Porsche designs the latest AOC monitors series-- the Porsche Design Series (PDS), available in 24-inch (PDS241) and 27-inch (PDS271) sizes, both sitting on a unique asymmetrical stand.

AOC PDS MonitorThe two monitors feature ultra-slim bezels on the left, right and top, and the minimalist chassis is just 5.2mm thick. Resolution is 1920 x 1080, and the AH-IPS panel offers "SuperColor WCG" technology for greater colour gamut (100% sRGB and 90% NTSC colour space) and super wide viewing angles.

Display panel refresh rate clocks at 60Hz, response time is 4ms, contrast ratio is listed at 1000:1 and brightness rating is 250 cd/m2. Also included are AOC Low Blue Light and Flicker-Free technology.

Amazon Judges You With Echo Look

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Amazon reveals its rumoured security camera product-- only it is not a security camera at all, since the Echo Look is actually an Alexa-powered "style assistant" camera.

Echo LookThe Echo Look consists of a depth-sensing camera with a built-in LED light, microphone and base mount. It acts as something of a smart mirror, allowing users to take full-length photos or short videos of their different outfits, before asking Alexa what it thinks of said outfit. No, really.

OWC Intros Thunderbolt 3 Products

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OWC announces a range of Thunderbolt 3 products at the 2017 NAB Show, including a 13-port dock, the Envoy Pro EX portable SSD, Mercury Helios 3 PCIe expansion chassis and the Helios FX external GPU.

Envoy Pro EXCustomers wanting to add more ports to their Mac Book or Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptop should find the OWC Dock useful. It adds 13 ports, including analog audio in/out, x5 USB 3.1, S/PDIF, FireWire 800, ethernet, x2 ThunderBolt 3 and even mini DisplaPort, allowing one to drive 5K displays, x2 4K displays or a combination of 4K, HD and other displays.

On the storage side, OWC offers a pair of portable storage options-- the Envoy Pro EX, a bus-powered portable SSD with the Thunderbolt 3 interface allowing speeds of up to 40GB/s, and the Mercury Viper, a similar SSD allowing daisy-chain expansion from a compact form factor. Also seen is the Thunderbay 6, a 6-bay RAID powered by SoftRAID designed to offer performance reaching up to 40Gb/s.

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