HDD-Box with Futuristic Design from Icy Dock

The market of external enclosures boasts a number of products from different companies. Nevertheless, Icy Dock decided to stand out against the background of others and introduced its HDD-box codenamed MB080U3S-1SB Blizzard. It seems that the manufacturer went beyond the realism and created a really futuristic dock for hard drives: instead of standard square shape Icy Dock made diamond-shaped detachable clipboard.



The dock is made of metal and plastic, and goes totally in black color. The clipboard covers 80 mm fan which is called to cool down even hot drives. This is unusual fan localization for the external enclosures but the manufacturers explain their move twofold. Firstly, this way the fan is able to dissipate cool airflow to all sides of HDD. This ensures the longevity of the cooling fan and increases the cooling system efficiency. Secondly, it promotes for hassle-free installation without any screws or other tools. The ejection of the clipboard is enabled due to the …

MSI AM1I: Motherboard with Military Class 4 Hardware Base

MSI is one of the first manufacturers to introduce a motherboard for the newly launched AMD AM1 platform. The MSI AM1I features rather compact dimensions (170x170 mm) but its mini-ITX form-factor does not affect the specified functional possibilities for entry-level systems. The model supports AMD Athlon/Sempron processors for the above-mentioned socket.



The employment of Military Class 4 hardware base is supposed to be a major advantage of AM1I motherboard. It involves dark chokes, dark capacitors and other crucial components, which are backed by Military Class Essentials technology. The latter is called to protect the PCB from varied unfavorable happenings, i.e. high humidity, electrostatic discharge or high temperatures.


The PCB comes with two DIMM slots for the incorporation of one-channel DDR3 memory modules (up to 32 GB) with 1333/1600 MHz frequency. Storage is organized by means of two SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports, whereas expansion of functional is due to two PCI …

Greeting a Pair of NAS Series from Seagate

Seagate has geared up a surprise for all devotees of Small Office Home Office (SOHO) network storage solutions. Delivering NAS and NAS Pro series, the company tried to comply with the customers’ needs for compact but voluminous storage for integral data with an access via the network cable. Both lineups are based on an updated NAS OS 4 that offers a more user-friendly graphics interface and improved features on setup.



Seagate NAS series comes in two versions: with two and four drive bays for the installation of 3.5-inch SATA HHDs. Both models are based on Marvell ARM chip that runs at 1.2 GHz; it is complemented with 512 MB RAM. In its turn, Seagate NAS Pro additionally involves a version with six drive bays. The model’s hardware base employs Intel Atom C2000 CPU and 2 GB RAM, which in an assemblage provide for a better efficiency.


It’s worth noting that all the models are furnished with dedicated drives up to 5 TB capacity from Seagate NAS series. They are estimated …
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