QNAP Launches AMD-Powered TS-x63U Series Rackmount NAS

QNAP announced a new NAS series and this time it is built around an AMD G-Series quad-core processor, the TS-x63U Turbo NAS. These new NAS units come as 4-bay, 8-bay, and 12-bay version and can be had with single or redundant power supplies. I for one love this and am pleased to see more NAS units being built around an AMD chip, something that can be highly beneficial for many people. The new TS-x63U NAS units feature four normal Gigabit Ethernet connections as well as a single-port SFP+ network adapter that provides 10 GbE connectivity for that extra speed.

The CPU used is a 64-bit AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.0GHz SoC processor and the units come with 4GB DDR3L RAM pre-installed, but you can upgrade that to 16GB if it shouldn’t be enough for your needs. The NAS units also feature AES-NI hardware encryption engine that allows unmatched sequential read performance that exceeds 780MB/s with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption. Without encryption, the units can perform with up to 1090MB/s sequential throughput.

The TS-X63U Turbo NAS units run the latest QTS 4.2 operating system and they’re also able to run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, Unix, and Android-based virtual machines. You can operate multiple isolated Linux systems on the NAS as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry by using the Container Station which integrates LXC and Docker lightweight virtualisation technologies. They also allow you to simplify virtual storage management for VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix virtualization solutions.

You can also expand the units with QNAP’s 12-bay and 8-bay expansion units and add up to 24 extra drive bays on top of the ones already built-in. The new NAS units should be available as of now, so all that’s left is to pick the one that suits your needs the best.

Redundant power supply:

  • TS-463U-RP:4-bay rackmount model
  • TS-863U-RP:8-bay rackmount model
  • TS-1263U-RP:12-bay rackmount model

Single power supply:

  • TS-463U:4-bay rackmount model
  • TS-863U:8-bay rackmount model
  • TS-1263U:12-bay rackmount model

QNAP Announced Affordable AMD Powered 10GbE-Ready 5-Bay SMB NAS

I have long been a supporter of AMD processors in the NAS segment and built numerous systems on such a base myself. I am not the only one that thinks there is potential here as QNAP continues to strengthen their AMD portfolio with a new 5-bay Turbo-NAS based on AMD’s G-Series processors.

The new QNAP TS-563 comes equipped with a 2GHz SoC processor, 2GB or 8GB RAM depending on model and support for up to 16GB, AES-NI hardware-encryption, SSD cache, AMD-V virtualization, and it is also 10Gb Ethernet ready thanks to a low profile PCIe slot.

“The TS-563 is our most affordable 10GbE-ready quad-core NAS with hardware-accelerated encryption and virtual machine support. It is a fast and scalable NAS solution designed for optimizing business applications and satisfying quickly-growing data storage needs while providing 10GbE readiness for budget-conscious organizations and professionals,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP.

Besides the five drive bays, the TS-563 has five USB 3.0 and two gigabit ethernet port. The USB ports can be used for printers, pen drives, external enclosures, UPS, and much more. The two gigabit ethernet ports can be expanded thanks to the PCIe Gen2 x4 slot with two more GbE or two 10GbE ports. The system itself resides on a 512MB Flash module.

 

With the support for AMD-V technology, the TS-563 can operate multiple Windows, Linux, UNIX and Android-based virtual machines. The Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshots, VM import/export, user permissions, and more.

Businesses can rest assured that the usual SMB features are present. The units support VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft virtualization solutions just as well as cross-platform sharing, Windows AD, LDAP, ACL, domain controller, RTRR, Rsync, and cloud storage.

An extra and nice touch is the Surveillance Station that comes with 4 IP camera channels included and support for up to 40. Use your NAS to keep an eye on your property too. The TS-563 also supports the5-bay and 8-bay QNAP expansion enclosures to expand your storage needs beyond the built-in drive bays.

The new TS-563 Turbo NAS will be available in a couple of weeks. There is no word on pricing yet, but since QNAP started out by labeling it as a unit that brings premium business features at a competitive price, we can assume that it will come with a wallet-friendly price.

QNAP Partners with AMD for TVS-x63 Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS Series

This one almost slipped through my net with all the news going around after CES in Vegas, but it is a big one. QNAP has partnered with AMD to create the TVS-x63 Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS series, including the TVS-863+ with built-in 10Gb Ethernet. The rest of the series is ready for 10Gb Ethernet, but come born without.

Using a 64-bit AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4GHz processor with support for up to 16GB RAM, these NAS devices promise great performance. Speed isn’t everything, and the TVS-x63 also come with a highly efficient hardware encryption, SSD cache acceleration, and advanced AMD Radeon graphics for the ‘other side of these NAS devices’.

“QNAP is renowned for providing comprehensive cutting-edge NAS solutions with high-quality features for users, and we feel very honored to cooperate with QNAP to release the new TVS-x63+ series NAS, powered by AMD embedded solutions,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC provides high performance while being energy efficient and meets the requirements of a NAS designed to deliver 24/7 continuous and reliable services.”

The new series comes as 4, 6 and 8 bay solutions with varying amount of memory between 4GB and 8GB, but all support up to 16GB total RAM. The drives connect through SATA 3 ports and network is covered by dual Gigabit ports. As previously mentioned they are all 10GbE capable, but only the TVS-863+ has it built in.

“The TVS-x63+ series is solidly built with a state-of-the-art design and topped off with a stylish gold finish for added distinction. The Turbo vNAS with AMD quad-core processor performs outstandingly in file transfer efficiency, business and multimedia applications, and more, while brining 10GbE capabilities for budget-conscious organizations and professionals,” said Y.T. Lee, vice president of QNAP.

The other side of these NAS devices is the QvPC Technology. Users can use the TVS-x63+ series as a PC by plugging in a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI monitor to directly access data stored on the NAS, run multiple applications on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Android-based VMs, surf the web with multilingual keyboard input, watch 1080p videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, and much more.

The previous paragraph contained a lie, well at least not the full truth. The TVS-x63+ series also supports 4K Ultra HD output for use with the QvPC Technology, thanks to the AMD Radeon Graphics. You can connect the NAS to a 4K UHD monitor too and enjoy those extra pixels.

The TVS-x63+ series includes more anticipated features for a better audio-visual experience, including hardware-accelerated transcoding, offline transcoding and dual HDMI outputs that allows users to connect to two monitors or TVs for simultaneous playback.

Key specifications

  • TVS-863+: 8-bay tower model, 8GB RAM, one pre-installed 1-port 10GbE PCI-E NIC
  • TVS-863: 8-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • TVS-663: 6-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • TVS-463: 4-bay tower model, 4GB RAM, PCI-E expansion slot
  • AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4 GHz processor, DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM RAM (expandable to 16GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 5 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports; 2 x HDMI (mirrored display); LCD panel.

The best of all is, the new QNAP TVS-x63+ series Golden Turbo vNAS will be available later this month at most retailers. If all this shouldn’t be enough, you can expand with the two QNAP expansion enclosures UX-800P and UX-500P to increase the total storage capacity to 192TB.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

MSI Gaming Notebook Event Interview With Steve Clark

Recently we were invited to a special event in the Grange Holborn in London by MSI, where we got to see a whole host of new products coming to the retail channel involving Intel’s newest chipset and range of processors. Part of this was their gaming range of notebooks, so we stopped to have a chat with Steve from MSI and Gavin from Fnatic about what makes an important notebook in MSI’s gaming range of products.

MSI have worked with pro gaming team Fnatic to provide the best feedback on what a true gamer is looking for in a gaming product, which is incorporated on the component and notebook side of MSI products. This ranges from the Bigfoot network to reduce latency and lag when gaming and making the difference between life and death in a game, and possibly getting that vital kill that wins you the game, and in a pro team situation; a lot of money.

Other key features include having a 1920×1080 true HD anti-glare screen with a crisp picture and a SteelSeries keypad to provide gamers with the most responsive touch and vision throughout the game. Audio is another key highlight and all together, this makes the MSI gaming notebooks one of the best on the market with true gamers in mind.

Check out our interview with Steve Clark from MSI and Gavin from Fnatic about what makes a gaming product and why it’s important to have all of these features to allow you to be the very best gamer that you can be.

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Image courtesy of MSI

Logitech Refreshed Their G Series Gaming Peripheral Lineup

Logitech’s G series that is aimed as a specific “Gaming” gaming peripheral range has a new refresh. The refresh consists of not just new skins on the existing mice models, but also newer and better components inside. The newer versions will be using the “S” suffix which will be added to their existing model numbers, but will be equipped with better switches and sensors.

Logitech has prepped gaming mice with model numbers (from top left) G100s, G400s, G700s and G500s. Since their gaming peripheral range has been very successful over the years, especially during the “MX” branding days, its little chance that Logitech would be make a mess of this. Logitech kept a pricetag of $39 for G100s, $59 FOR G400s, $69 for G500s and $99 for G700s wired/wireless mouse combo.

Logitech’s gaming keyboards will also be having a refresh with the model (from top) G19s and G510s. Both keyboard feature colour configurable backlit keyboard and their proprietary GamePanel LCD display. GamePanel is something that Logitech has implemented on some of their older models and since its popular amongst many end users, many users would appreciate this. As an improvement, the company used hydrophobic coating on the palm rest and used a double coat on the keys for higher longevity. However (and unfortunately for some type of users) these keyboards still uses membrane keys and not the mechanical key switches that many gaming peripheral manufacturers use.

G19s uses a full colour GamePanel LCD display and uses an external power brick to power up the keyboard which uses a single USB 2.0 port. The power brick allows the keyboard to connect 2x USB 2.0, backlit and the GamePanel. MSRP is $199.

G510s is more of a stripped down version, but it comes with an integrated USB audio port which toggles on when your your headphone is connected to it. This comes with an MSRP of $119.

2 headsets are also introduced under the refreshed lineup: G430 and G230. Both headsets feature noise-cancelling microphones. G430 comes with a price tag of $79 but is a 7.1 surround sound and a removable USB audio dongle. G230 which comes with the MSRP of $59 does not have these features, instead comes with a basic stereo sound support.

Another good part is that Logitech has unified the support of these products using only one piece of software, something that Logitech has an edge over other manufacturers. G430, however, is compatible with Mac.

The availability of the newer units from Logitech is schedules for April 2013 for United States and May 2013 for Europe.

Source: Engadget | Anandtech