Asus Boasts a New Crossblade Ranger Motherboard of ROG Series

Asus is about to launch a new high-performance motherboard as a part of Republic of Gamers series. The Crossblade Ranger model is developed in ATX form-factor, featuring traditional black-and-red design. It is based on A88X chipset that targets all FM2+ APUs from AMD. According to the manufacturer, the new-comer is able to satisfy the basic needs of inveterate gamers who have at least $150 at their disposal.

The Crossblade Ranger is equipped with 8-phase VRM system, four RAM slots for DDR3 modules, a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCI express 2.0 x16 slot. If there is a need to expand the motherboard’s facilities, a user is able to employ two more PCI Express x1 slots and the same amount of PCI slots. Therefore, it is feasible to organize SLI and CrossFire graphical configurations.

Storage subsystem is represented by eight SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports which support for the creation of varied RAID arrays. Audio subsystem boasts the integration of SupremeFX …

Network Storage Synology DS413j Review

NAS Synology DS413j is considered to be a perfect solution for home-based platforms. Its elaborated performance provides for fast and efficient completion of any set task, while its loud design might become an embellishment for any home system. Unlike other NAS solutions developed by Synology, DS413j is controlled by an updated software complex DSM 4.1 that features a range of innovations useful for individual and corporate customers.

Design and Ergonomics

NAS Synology DS413j is a four-disk storage station, housed in a white patent plastic with a gray stuffing on the clipboard. The rear panel is removable as it serves a basic means for the installation of disk drives. The frontal panel contains six LED indicators which signify about the activity of network interface, emerging errors, disk drive operation. Large 'Power' button is located in the central part; the upper and lower parts of the panel are alloted for ventilation grids.

All interfaces and sockets found …

Plextor Debuts with M.2 6G Solid-State Drive

Plextor, an award-winning Japanese SSD designer, launches its another M.2 solution, codenamed 6G. This drive features 42 mm length only, fulfilling space requirements of small-sized but high-performance cases. The new-comer is available in two capacity variations: 64 GB (PX-64M6G-2242) and 128 GB (PX-128M6G-2242). Their retail price makes up $50 and $90 respectively.

Both Plextor M.2 6G solid-state drives come with PCI Express 2.0 interface. They are based on Marvell 88SS9188 controller and 19 nm MLC NAND flash-memory with Toggle interface (by Toshiba). The models support TRIM and NCQ technologies as well as DEVSLP power-efficient mode that reduces power consumption to 0.2 mW.

As far as speed characteristics are concerned, M.2 6G accelerate up to 520 Mb/sec on sequential Read operations; sequential Write index depends on the model: 160 Mb/sec for 64 GB model and 210 Mb/sec for 128 GB one. At the same time, random Read/Write operational index (4K blocks) makes up …
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