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OCZ Fatal1ty memory, new flash drives, keyboards

OCZ Fatal1ty memory, new flash drives, keyboards

The Fortress, The Spyder and The Diesel - all new Flash Drives from OCZ.

OCZ has today announced it will soon offer Fatal1ty branded mainstream memory “for gamers”. The idea is not to overlap the more popular overclocking brands like Flex or Reaper, but to provide a brand that a wider audience can identify with.

We were shown PC2-8500 C5 branded memory (further specifications will be released next week along with the official announcement) with black XLC heatspreaders that had the Fatal1ty logo in the middle. Other Fatal1ty products include OCZ PSUs with black casing and red fans.

While we agree the differentiation is a good thing, how much can you do to memory and PSU? That said, there’s no doubt that the appeal for Fatal1ty merchandise is certainly polarising in the community and why does a massively popular memory brand like OCZ need to leverage another brand on top?

In other memory news, OCZ will relaunch its Flex modules but with black aluminium headspreaders, re-engineered fins and a single watercooling nozzle, rather than two. The heatsink feels a lot lighter and more industrial, but looks less pimped out compared to the original chromed FlexXLC heatsinks.

OCZ whitebox laptops might also be on the cards for the future - all you need is hard drive, memory and CPU, the rest is in there. In the future OCZ would like to offer MXM graphics support for simple upgrades (something Nvidia has been wanting since it launched the standard many, many years ago), but finding MXM modules, let alone mobile CPUs for a reasonable price, is a pretty hard task at the best of times. The company hasn't yet finalised the design and specifications - so take it all with a fist of salt until you hear something solid.

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The company also has new keyboards too, commonly branded Alchemy – the Elixia has fully rubberised feel keys and ten programmable macro buttons, as well as general productivity buttons down the side. The price is around 25 Euros, and it will be the first of a few keyboards OCZ will launch – future ones will be higher end, but are taking longer to develop.

We'd like to say we tried it and loved it, however the palm rest was largely uncomfortable although the rubberised keys felt not bad to type with – but there's no really satisfying "click" there when a button is depressed.

Finally, while there are several new flash drives, the one that caught our attention most was the Fortress, which OCZ claims is even bullet proof. It’s undoubtedly designed to take on the Corsair Survivor and there is only a mock-up currently available with no indication yet what the final product will be made of. It comes in sizes up to 32GB (for now) and include an OLED screen on the side. We did ask about the Firewire key, dubbed Firefly, which we heard about last year at CeBIT, however we were told that there were still persistent controller issues.

Keyboards, Flash, Memory heatsinks, Fatal1ty and white-box notebooks – is OCZ spreading in the right direction? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Adnoctum 4th June 2008, 06:03 Quote
Can someone please give OCZ a ring and tell them the whole "Fatal1ty" branding thing has been flogged to death.

Thanks to Wendel being a product-endorsement whore, you can now build a whole system just out of various "Fatal1ty" products.

Who buys these crap products? They always have exactly the same performance as the the non-"Fatal1ty" products, but painted black and a 20-30% price premium on top.
When I see "Fatal1ty" products in the rigs in forum signatures on hardware sites, those who buy this stuff are invariably jerk-offs flashing their ePeens.
docodine 4th June 2008, 06:40 Quote
Completely true, Adnoctum. Slapping Fatal1ty onto a product has the opposite effect on me that they're expecting.

I mean, he's not even the best anymore. Come on.
[USRF]Obiwan 4th June 2008, 08:51 Quote
To me, Fatal1ty sounds like those cheap b fightmovies called street fighter and such. And then putting the name fatality on your hardware sounds like it will last a few minutes before it will fatally die before your eyes. "yeah it was a fatal blow, see the smoke rising from the smd's over there in the corner...."

And what if the next big elite gamer has the nick "D1PSH1T" or "DOA" or "BROKEN"

Makes you wonder...
proxess 4th June 2008, 09:17 Quote
don't put street fighter on the same level as this. street fighter was awesome. fatal1ty is just lame now a days.

btw, who's the best fragger atm?
badders 4th June 2008, 09:24 Quote
Fatal1ty = Fa1l

Those keyboards look quite swish though.
liratheal 4th June 2008, 10:16 Quote
God I hope they release it as 'bullet proof'.

I want to see some gun nuts shooting it with a .50 or something :D
Jar of Almonds 4th June 2008, 12:00 Quote
*groan* Not more of this sh..... garbage

Sadly I own a Fatal1ty X-fi because creative stopped selling the non-Fatal1ty version :(

Some day you'll see JarOfAlmonds based products.... someday, maybe a real jar of almonds for gamers.... not really :D
[USRF]Obiwan 4th June 2008, 12:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
God I hope they release it as 'bullet proof'.

I want to see some gun nuts shooting it with a .50 or something :D


Hahahahaha

And then 'gun nuts' makes a gazillion dollar claim because the motherboard, and i quote: 'was not bulletproof and now his cat ,who was hiding behind the board, is now dead' when he was demonstrating the bulletproof mobo to his drinking buddy's with a few well aimed rounds from his beloved Desert Eagle called Thelma.
Mister_X 4th June 2008, 16:01 Quote
As an avid gamer for the last 3 decades of my life i can safely say with my hand on my heart that i don't give a toss about hardware
branded with some gamers name on it.

However....
"Some day you'll see JarOfAlmonds based products.... someday, maybe a real jar of almonds for gamers"
SIgn me up I like almonds!
Smilodon 5th June 2008, 13:14 Quote
I really like the "Alchemy" keyboard. Does it have laptop-style keys, or normal ones?
Daniel114 5th June 2008, 14:17 Quote
I quite like the fatality headphones
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