Giada Launches Compact yet Powerful i80 Mini-PC

Giada is no stranger to the compact systems, but the new i80 takes it to a whole new level with power in a compact chassis. The tiny i80 mini-PC is built on Intel’s NUC concept that packs plenty of power in a compact form factor and coupled with a fashionable appearance, as they call it. The i80 is using the latest Skylake-U processors and support dual 4K UHD resolution that makes it perfect for office work.

The Giada i80 features both HDMI and Mini-DisplayPort connectors for your monitors and they are powered by an Intel Graphics 520 GPU unit. There are two different models with different CPU, but other than that the two models are the same. One uses an Intel Core i5-6200U processor with 2.5GHz and 2.8GHz boost while the other uses the smaller i3-6100U processor with 2..3GHz and no Turbo Boost 2.0.

You are able to install up to 16GB DDR3L-1600 MHz in these units via the two SO-DIMM slots which should be plenty for most work situations. The two slots also allow for dual-channel memory usage that gives a clear benefit over units that only feature one slot.

There are plenty of connection and control options. Starting on the front, there are two USB 3.0 ports next to a 3.5mm audio jack and an IR receiver.

The connections continue on the rear where we find the previously mentioned Mini-DisplayPort that supports 4K 60Hz resolutions and the HDMI port that allows 4K resolutions with 24Hz. There are two more USB 3.0 ports on the rear where you also find an RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector and a TF card reader.

On the inside, you will find an integrated Realtek ALC662 audio codec that powers the two-in-on jack on the front. The Ethernet is powered by Intel’s i219LM controller.

You can expand the function with a full-length Mini-PCIe card that supports mSATA2, a half-length Mini-PCIe Wi-Fi or BT module, and install one mSATA3 drive as well as one 2.5-inch SATA3 drive with a maximum height of 7.5mm. That is quite a bit of expansion options for such a tiny system. speaking of tiny, the system only measures 116.6 x 111 x 47.1 mm

The larger i80-B5000 model comes with a suggested retail price of $380, but the price for the smaller i80-B3000 model wasn’t revealed at this time. Further details can also be found on the official product page.

Giada Unveil N50M-BO Xeon E5 Series Server Motherboard

Giada released quite a few mini and small form factor PCs lately, but they also have a very impressive series of server and workstation motherboards. That series got a new family member now as Giada unveiled the N50M-BO Xeon E5 series server motherboard equipped for both connectivity and storage.

Next to an Intel Xeon E5 V3 series CPU, you can install up to eight DDR4 DIMM modules for a total capacity of up to 512GB RAM using quad-channel modules and ECC LRDIMMs. Using ECC RDIMM reduces the max capacity to 256GB and UDIMMs reduce it down to 64GB. You get two PCIe 3.0 x16 ports (x16/x8) and two PCIe 3.0 x8 (x4) ports for further expansion.

There is room for plenty of accessories thanks to all the USB ports. There is both a USB 3.0 Type A port and a header onboard and you’ll find two more USB 3.0 ports on the rear IO next to the two USB 2.0 ports. Remote control abilities are included through a dedicated IPMI 2.0 as well as the COM port. You won’t need a dedicated GPU in a system like this, which can be a big bonus for storage-oriented boards as this. The onboard ASMedia AST2400 takes care of this and the board comes with a standard D-Sub VGA connector.

This motherboard was just unveiled and there seem to be a few inconsistencies between the product page, the actual images, and the press release – so please bear over with me on this section. The main connectivity is handled by two Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports controlled by two Intel i210AT controllers and it also features a dedicated IPMI connector for remote management together with the AST2400. The press release and the photos both tell and show us that this motherboard also features two SPF+ 10Gb/s connectors controlled by an Intel 82599ES, but these aren’t mentioned in the specifications on the product page. So whether that’s an oversight or there will be two versions of the motherboard is unclear at this point.

You can also connect plenty of storage to this motherboard as the C612 chipset offers 10 SATA3 ports on its own, and two of these can be used for DOMs here. There are 8 more storage ports on the motherboard which aren’t fully clear where they come from. They could be controlled by an onboard LSI3008 controller, but that’s just a qualified guess from my side. The only reference to it from the company is the comment that “customers can expand and integrate a 12G capacity solution and enhance the performance via the standard PCI-E slots”.

Durability shouldn’t be an issue with Giada’s N50M-BO motherboard as it is built with ultra-durable solid capacitors that pass strict tests of 12,000 hours’ exposure in a temperature of 105℃, a lot more than a typical working environment. The Giada N50M-BO comes at a very reasonable MSRP of $477 USD considering all the features and options it provides.

Giada Unveiled the Compact and Fan-Less F210 Mini-PC

Giada’s newest mini-PC packs quite a punch in the specifications despite coming with a low price. The Giada F210 mini-PC is built with an efficient Intel Cherry Trail Processor making it a perfect thin-client. There are two models of the F210 that differentiate in onboard memory and eMMC storage. There is a small model with 1GB memory and 8GB eMMC storage and a bigger brother with 2GB memory and 32GB eMMC storage. Both come with Wi-Fi, but it is only the bigger of the two that also has Bluetooth. The F210 is compatible with both Windows, including Windows 10, and also Android for those who prefer to run that.

The Giada F210 comes in an all-metal chassis that provides better protection for the internal parts, both from damage as well as electromagnetic interference (EMI). The design also helps the unit when running as 24/7 units over long periods of time thanks to the improved heat dissipation and general low working temperature. It only measures 116.6 x 107.2 x 30 mm and it can be VESA mounted too.

The Giada F210 has plenty of connection abilities despite the tiny size. You get three USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port on the front next to the Microphone in and audio out connectors. On the side of the unit you’ll also find a COM port.

TheF210 also allows you to setup dual graphics output with both a VGA and HDMI connector. Gigabit Ethernet is also part of the deal so you don’t have to rely on the included WiFi ability.

Giada Announces GT400 All-round MicroServer

Micro Servers are growing in popularity along with any other device that is shrinking in size while maintaining the performance power of the larger siblings, and it is no surprise. A great feature set, low power consumption, and a small footprint make them an optimal choice for enthusiasts as well as small and medium businesses. Giada announced their newest take on this market and it is called the GT400 MicroServer.

Giada’s GT400 MicroServer is a 4-bay storage system and it would be perfect for NAS systems as well as general Windows and Linux OS uses. It is built for low power consumption and 24/7 reliability and it supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 modes for the installed drives.

 

The system is very power efficient thanks to the Intel Celeron 1037U dual-core processor with an operating frequency of up to 1.8GHz while it only consumes a mere 17W at max. And the Celeron is great at file tasks, quite a lot better than the Atom for example, making it a great choice. The built-in power supply can deliver up to 180 Watts, which should be more than sufficient no matter what drives you install. The chipset used is the Intel HM77

Connectivity is provided through dual Gigabit Ethernet, both Intel-powered. One is a 210AT and the other is an 82579LM. USB 3.0, USB 2.0, D-Sub VGA, and audio out connections are available on the rear while the front features a USB 3.0 port with hardware copy button.

 

The four drive bays are hot-swappable and lockable for security purposes and prevent accidental ejection. The system itself is cooled by a 75mm fan that is placed on the rear of the unit. The available LEDs include one for each drive, one for each LAN port, one for USB, one for Status and one for Power. A system buzzer is also included, making it a complete package for almost any scenario.

The GT400 is compatible with both Windows and Linux systems, allowing you to use the one that is best for your setup. Free NAS systems such as OpenMediaVault and FreeNAS would be the perfect choice for prosumers while SMB users most likely will go with a custom Linux or Windows Server version.

You can equip the Giada GT400 with up to two SO-DIMM DDR3 modules, but Giada didn’t specify a maximum amount. So, 16GB in two 8GB modules should work without trouble on this chipset and CPU. The GT400 also features an internal m-SATA SSD port for your system partition.

Giada also applied its own designed and patented JAHC technology in the GT400. JAHC, Active Hardware Control Technology, provides built-in capabilities for unattended operations such as auto power on when connected to power, or a scheduled power on/off.

The GT400 also has an optional enterprise-class wireless router function. With this feature, the server is equipped with an enterprise-class main control chip and 4 external detachable antennas. In addition to the 2.4GHz/5GHz dual-frequency technology, its maximum wireless transmission rate reaches up to 600Mbps. The professional and enhanced low-noise amplifier increase the wireless performance with better signal strength, penetration and stability performance.

Giada Introduces Compact and Fanless F103D Mini PC

Giada unveiled a new compact and completely silent Mini PC dubbed the F103D. The Giada F103D isn’t the average mini-PC, it is packed with the latest Intel Braswell N3150, N3050, or N3000 Processors with a max TDP of 6W as well as other great features.

The F103D is designed for digital signage and harsh environments, but I see completely different possibilities thanks to the features and specifications. Starting with the dual LAN, powered by two Realtek controllers, the F103D opens up for easy built custom routers and firewalls. This functionality is further increased by an optional upgrade with a WiFi module. It already has the antenna.

The system supports 4K video out at 30Hz via the onboard HDMI and it also comes with a D-Sub VGA connector. There are several COM ports as well as USB ports too. The unit also features 5.1 audio via the display out. You can mount one mSATA SSD as well as a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD in this mini PC.

It comes with 2GB memory onboard and that can be expanded with 2GB more with a DDR3L SO-DIMM slot. Further, you get an onboard IR module and IR sensor on the front, but the remote control is optional. The system is compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 as well as Linux. Android support is planned for 2016.

Giada Launches Dust-Proof and Fanless F200 Mini PC

Giada is known for their compact systems and they’ve now released their brand new F200 thin client that was first showcased at Computex in June.

The Giada F200 provides a complete thin client solution device that helps reduce operating costs and power consumption as well as coming with a longer life cycle. The Giada F200 is great for applications in thin client systems as well as virtual terminals, digital signage and industry control computers.

The tiny chassis is an all-metal chassis that makes it more durable than its plastic competitors as well as providing a better EMI shielding. At the same time, the all-metal design allows the entire case to help with the heat dissipation. The F200 measures 116.6 x 107.2 x 30 mm, making it 1/30 the volume of a traditional PC. Why have more if this is enough.

The F200 is built around an Intel Celeron N2807 processor, allowing the F200 to consume a grand total of 5W under full load. It comes with 2GB DDR3L memory onboard and one Mini-PCIe slot for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth or a 3G mobile module. You can get it with optional 8GB or 16GB eMMC storage and also add more via an SSD on the available mSATA 2 port. There is also an SIM card slot for a 3G card. Onboard is a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet controller, IR interface, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0, and one COM port.

To reach as many users as possible and meet their various OS demands, the F200 is specially designed to support both Windows & Android. For Windows OS, the F200 is compatible with Windows7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Giada also applied the patented JAHC hardware automation functions to take care of remote operations. JAHC provides built-in capabilities for unattended operations such as auto power on when connected to power, RTC wake up or a scheduled power on/off.

The MSRP for the Giada F200 Barebone System is set to $110 USD.

Giada Relaunches N70E-DR mITX NAS Motherboard

Giada created the probably best mITX motherboard quite a while ago with the M70E-DR and now they’ve relaunched it in a third revision due to popular demand. The N70E-DR V3 mITX NAS motherboard bring 6 SATA ports, 1 mSATA, Dual Intel LAN, and HD graphics with HDMI out; and it does that with a TDP of just 17W. That makes this board perfect for home storage use, such as DIY NAS projects as well as video surveillance servers.

The CPU used in this third revision of the N70E-DR is an Intel Celeron 1037U dual-core with 1.8GHz and the aforementioned 17W TDP. That includes onboard Intel HD Graphics with both D-Sub VGA and HDMI out. No problem to turn a system with this board into a hybrid system with direct use as well. The board comes with six SATA ports, but only two of these are SATA3 due to the Intel HM77 Express chipset limitations. That should still be plenty for mechanical storage drives and that is the intended use. The added m-SATA socket allows you to add another drive or possible a wireless card of some sort if that is what you need.

The PCI-E x16 slot only runs at x4 speed, which is a little downside yet no deal breaker in my opinion. The dual Gigabit Ethernet ports are controlled by Intel’s 82574 controller and should provide a great connectivity. Other connections include a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, a COM port, and two Audio jacks. The motherboard supports up to 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMM with a speed up to 1600 MHz in the single SO-DIMM socket.

Feature Highlights

  • 6x SATA ports (2x SATA III, 4x SATA II)
  • Native SATA RAID support: 0/1/5/10
  • 2x Intel Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Low power consumption – 17W TDP
  • Compact Mini-ITX form factor 6.7″x 6.7
  • Intel Celeron 1037U CPU with advanced Intel 22nm technology

So if you are planning to build a DIY NAS in the near future, make sure to take a closer look at the Giada N70E-DR V3 motherboard.

Giada Announce D2308 Performance Mini PC

While a lot of the mini PCs currently available on the market are often lacking in performance Giada have taken a different stance opting for a very high level of performance in a very compact design. The D2308 is their latest compact desktop and it features the choice of an Intel Core i5/i7 Haswell CPU along with an Nvidia GTX 650 GPU. Furthermore unlike its older D2305 counter part it has three antennas for better WiFi signal reception and throughput up to 450mbps, that is 150mbps per antenna.

The Giada D2308 appears to be versatile enough for a wide range of uses (HTPC, Office, etc..) given its ability to support 4k by 2k content, play BluRay/DVDs and support the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).Thje Giada D2308 supports up to 16GB of SODIMM RAM and has 1GB of onboard video memory. The motherboard features a couple of mPCIe slots for adding things like mSATA SSDs. The device uses Gigabit LAN and ALC662 5.1 HD audio.

The front I/O consists of  two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, the usual audio ports and a 4 in 1 card reader. Internal interfaces include TPM, SATA and mPCIe. The BIOS is provided by Phoenix EFI and supports ACPI. Giada haven’t been particularly clear if the CPU/GPU are mobile or desktop variants and the SODIMM does make it more confusing. It is possible to use SODIMM modules with desktop class processors and GPUs but it is more commonly done with mobile parts. Also the case does appear too small to support a GTX 650 video card (even laying flat), but it also possible to solder desktop video cards to the motherboard.

Image courtesy of Giada

New Mini-ITX Motherboard From Giada, Build Your Own NAS

The NAS market at the moment is very much orientated around a cluster of big companies like QNAP, Thecus, Patriot, Buffalo, Synology, and so on. All these companies produce ready-made NAS systems and then you buy them, stuff your expensive hard drives inside them and voila – away you go with your very own NAS server.

However, if you are an enthusiast then where is the fun in that? You wouldn’t want to be forced to buy your next PC system from Dell or HP so why be forced to buy a pre-built NAS from one of the big NAS vendors? In my opinion The same principle applies to both.

This is where Giada steps in with their newly released NAS mini-ITX motherboard, the N70E-DR. This new motherboard from Giada is designed to be the basis of a NAS system coming only with a low-cost processor pre-installed to save you money. The pre-installed processor is an OEM Intel Celeron 1007U processor based off Ivy Bridge architecture and perfect for NAS servers. It has Ivy Bridge 22nm technology, features two cores, a clock speed of 1.5GHz and a total maximum TDP of just 17W.

The rest of the N70E-DR features a whole array of useful connectivity. You get RAID o, 1, 5 and 10 support with data security protection, dual Intel 82583V Gigabit Ethernet ports, support for a TPM module, high-quality Power PAK MOSFETs, Solid Caps, four SATA II ports, two SATA III ports, two USB 3.0, hardware monitoring and management and what Giada say is a “cost-efficient” price.

Giada recommends that DIY NAS builders consider using a free NAS OS like “FreeNAS” to get up and running with their own NAS server as this motherboard supports that OS. No pricing or availability is available just yet, but stay tuned as we may have more to come on this product.

What are your thoughts on this motherboard? Is DIY NAS a good idea? Is it something you would consider?

Source: PR