Zotac Announce Two New Broadwell Mini-PC

ZOTAC has announced two new nano sized mini-PCs based on the new Intel Broadwell processors in their M-series. The two new systems are the ZBOX MI522 nano and ZBOX MI542 nano, and they pack a lot of features and power in a very compact form factor thanks to ZOTAC’s years of experience in the field and Intel’s new 14nm chips.

“We are always forward looking and pleased to introduce the latest technology into our mini-PCs so our users can enjoy all the innovations that come with the times. By integrating the new Intel Broadwell CPUs into our new M-series, we are enabling users to get the best of both worlds in terms of speed and power efficiency,” reveals Jacky Huang, Director of Product Management, ZOTAC International.

The only difference between the two models is what processor they use. The ZBOX MI522 is using a Intel Core i3-5010U running at 2.1GHz and the ZBOX MI542 is using a Intel Core i5-2500U with a 2.2GHz core and 2.7GHz boost speed. They both feature two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots for a total of up to 16GB RAM and one 2.5-inch bay for a SATA3 HDD or SSD.

ZOTAC packed quite a few connections into this tiny 127mm x 127mm x 45mm unit. It comes with dual Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, 3-in-1 card reader, 3.5mm stereo jacks for audio and HDMI and DisplayPort for up to 4K resolutions. The mini-PCs also feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

ZOTAC also created Plus models of both these mini-PCs, where you get them pre-packed with a 500GB drive and 4GB RAM, ready to use. Availability should be soon, but no word on pricing yet.

QNAP Introduces TS-451S 4-Bay NAS for High-Performance 2.5″ SSDs

Speed, speed, speed. Everybody wants speed and that includes QNAP’s users. The company listened to their customers feedback and created the TS-451S Turbo NAS, a 4-bay NAS that is optimized for high-capacity 2.5-inch SSD drives. The new NAS is built around the Celeron 2.41GHz processor and has 4GB DDR memory.

To avoid confusion in product labels, QNAP are renaming the current SS-x53 Pro series into SS-x53S Pro to assist users in quickly recognizing different options in the same product category. Compared to the 3.5″-drive-designed TS-453 Pro, the TS-453S Pro provides a more affordable price, takes up half the physical space, and when exclusively using SSDs delivers 4,000+ IOPS (random read/write) at the equivalent total cost of a non-SSD NAS.

“Users can enjoy numerous benefits when using SSDs in a Turbo NAS, including a smaller physical size to host at least 4 SSDs, higher-density storage capacity, RAID 5 configuration for data protection, quieter system operations, a home theater multimedia experience with the HD Station, and the exclusive QvPC Technology that allows the Turbo NAS to be used as a PC,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “The TS-x53S Pro series can also work silently and reliably with 2.5″ hard drives as well”.

While there isn’t a product page for the new TS-451S NAS yet, we do get some information from the photos provided. It appears that  it has dual Gigabit Ethernet, dual HDMI or HDMI and DisplayPort, two USB 3 ports and 3.5mm audio jacks. It has easy accessible memory slots so you just have to open the cover to upgrade. No need to take out the PCB as so often needed in the past.

The TS-451S is being distributed to worldwide sales channels immediately and should be available for end users within a month.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of QNAP

Synology Launches DiskStation DS415+ 4-Bay Quad-Core NAS

Synology has launched their newest NAS today, the DiskStation DS415+. This is a 4-bay NAS targeted at small and medium sized businesses as well as enthusiast home users. Built with a Quad-core Intel Atom processor that runs at 2.4GHz and a hardware encryption engine, this NAS should deliver in all situations. This is Synology’s first desktop DiskStation model to include both a quad-core processor and AES-NI hardware encryption engine.

“Thanks to its best-in-class combination of hardware specs and DSM software integration, DS415+ handles data transfer and encryption at blazingly fast speeds, bringing peace of mind to businesses or individuals who wish to safeguard their data while maintaining excellent performance,” said Michael Wang, Product Manager at Synology Inc.

The new 4-bay NAS has 2 GB DDR3 memory that runs at an unspecified speed. It has two USB 3.0 ports on the rear side and one USB 2.0 port on the front. It also has an eSATA port, and that is a big bonus in my opinion. Many manufacturers have started to cut it away, but I use it quite often on my own NAS’ and miss it when it isn’t there.

It wouldn’t be a NAS without the network ports and as such it has 2 Gigabit RJ45 ports that support Link Aggregation and Failover modes. It of course supports the current 6 TB Hard drives to give you the maximum storage capabilities and it can handle both 3½ and 2½ inch drives. The file system itself allows for a size up 108 TB, but that requires the extension devices.

This NAS promises performance you’d otherwise only find in the enterprise series of servers. The Synology DS415+ can archive read and write speeds that exceed 228 MB/s and 233 MB/s in unencrypted mode. With the hardware encryption enabled, the NAS still performs great at reading and writing with 232 MB/s and 206 MB/s.

The DS415+ doesn’t have a heavy power consumption either, so you don’t have to compromise between running costs and performance level. It only requires 17.3 watts with the hard drives hibernating and peaks at 46.2 watts during maximum usage. The two 92mm system fans should barely be audible at 20.2 dB(A) and the devices come with a 2-year warranty.

The new Synology DS415+ NAS is shipping globally now and local retailers should have stock soon. Having a look around the different web shops, some have started to take pre-orders already and have set the estimated time of arrival on three weeks. As usual, the German shops and the Geizhals price-comparison site are some of the first to list the new products, and as such it can be found on German e-Tailors for just €420.

We aren’t so lucky here in the U.K, unless you want to get screwed from the looks of it. Amazon UK has the device in stock via a couple of third party merchants, it however costs a heavy £543.13 and up. I’m sure we’ll see some more reasonable prices as soon as the stock arrives at the other shops too. This might just be a few trying to take advantage of the situation. I couldn’t find it at any of my known U.S. sites at the time of writing.

As a little bonus information, I can add that Synology have also released the latest Beta version of their DiskStation Manager today. Version 5.1 Beta can be downloaded and tested from the official page, however users should keep in mind that it has the beta tag for a reason. It might contain undiscovered bugs, but also a long range of new features and apps that will enrich every Synology owners experience.

Thank you Synology for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Synology

ASRock X99 Extreme 6 Motherboard Pictured

A week ago we saw the new X99 workstation motherboard from ASRock, the X99 WS. Now it has become time to see the gaming variant of this board, called the ASRock X99 Extreme 6.

The board of course supports the  Haswell-E processor and has eight DRR4 memory slot that supports up to 128GB of memory. There is an onboard USB port at the top right and 3 dual USB2 headers at the bottom of the board. Two USB3 headers are located above the ten SATA3 6GB/s ports. Onboard power- and reset-buttons as well as debug LED are at the bottom right corner. We can also spot the by now well known Pure Sound 7 chip. It also has an Ultra M.2 slot, three PCIe x16 slot that support SLI and CrossFire setups and two PCIe x1 slots.

Additional power can be supplied to the board by a molex connecter below the CPU area.

On the IO area we can spot two USB 2.0 ports, a combined PS/2 port for mouse and keyboard, six USB 3.0 ports, Dual Gigabit RJ45 ports, eSATA and 7.1 Audio jacks. Close to everything you could need.

ASRock X99 Extreme 6 will be officially released next week, where we’ll find out the exact specifications and price.

Thank you Expreview for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Expreview .