Date: January 6th, 2011
Writers on the CES Floor: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor) / Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
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Thermaltake showed off their actively cooled external hard drive enclosures. The Max 5 and the Max 5G each house a single 3.5” HDD that is cooled by two 80mm blue LED fans. The LEDs can be switched off if you like, and drive installation is quick and painless. The main difference between the two products is the USB interface – The Max 5 uses USB 2.0, while the Max 5G uses the faster USB 3.0.
They also were showing off their Level 10 GT full tower case. Enthusiasts will appreciate the extensive feature set that includes five hot-swappable HDD bays, easily removable fan filters, removable motherboard tray and plenty of cable management options. It also includes a headphone holder that can be quickly removed if you don't want to use it. All in all, the GT looks to be a more affordable version of the original Level 10 case. We'll go into more detail once we have a review unit on hand.
Continuing the SSD trend is Patriot, a company well known for memory and storage products. Their Inferno series SSD's feature the Sandforce SF-1200 controller and up to 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds. It also includes a 3.5” bracket to mount the drive inside a desktop computer. Available capacities are 240GB, 120GB, and 60GB
Also available is the Torqx series drives that are available in 32GB and 64GB capacities that feature up to 260MB/s read and 115MB/s write speeds. The Wildfire series drives are not available yet and the type of controller it will use hasn't been finalized, but it will use the SATA III interface.
If you're in the market for a user friendly four-bay NAS/media server, the Javelin series devices are worth a look. The four bay model supports RAID 0/1/5. It is certified by Microsoft and DLNA so you can easily stream files to your Xbox 360, smartphone, or internet connected TV.