PC Enclosure Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) Review

PC enclosures developed by Cougar are not frequenters in the global market. Still, the company's line of products is replenishing with ever newer models that might compete for the market dominance with a lot more renowned suppliers. Its latest creation, Evolution (Askot 6GR1), was released with a dual brand: Cougar and Askot. In the majority of cases, Askot enclosures fill up the line of Cougar's products, but sometimes its cases single out as a separate brand. Casting aside all marketing issues, Cougar Evolution (Askot 6GR1) is a worthy representative of contemporary PC chassis segment that offers a bunch of typical and a few singular facilities to all potential customers.



Design


Enclosure Askot 6GR1 features visually unpretentious design without any bright points or voluminous salient elements. Nevertheless, more intent inspection uncovers the whole beauty of this case: the availability of prominent ribs on the frontal panel, an unusual pattern of the frontal and top …

Shuttle Offers a New Stylish NAS Storage Omninas KD22

Shuttle, an eminent Taiwanese developer of mini-PCs and barebone-systems, replenishes its production line with a new NAS, entitled Omninas KD22. The storage features a stylish, solid aluminum case, painted in white, and a large blue button that is responsible for the hot swapping of the drives. Generally, the case can accommodate a pair of 3.5-inch (or 2.5-inch) SATA drives, which support such configurations as JBOD and RAID 0/1.



The heart of Omninas KD22 is Marvell 88F6707 processor that runs at 1.2 GHz. The storage is furnished with 512 MB RAM and might offer up to 8TB of disc space. Being primarily a network-attached storage, the product is able to serve as a media-server as well, supporting iTunes, DLNA, BT, FTP server and print server. Additionally, there is a possibility for several different ways of local data transfer.


In order to fully realize an operational potential, Shuttle equips the model with a card-reader for SD cards with automatic copying options, three …

Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 Review

Good overclocking facilities are what the majority of customers look for in contemporary motherboards. In this light, the manufacturers establish various price ranges, depending on the product’s overclocking potential. As usual, boards from budgetary lines cannot boast such potential, though there are some exclusions. Biostar A55MD2 is considered to be one of the cheapest solutions for FM2 platforms. Still, its layout marvels by the availability of CPU boost facilities, as well as gigabit network interface.



Design and Layout


Motherboard Biostar A55MD2 distinguishes itself by rather compact dimensions: 226x178 mm (uATX form-factor). The model accommodates an amplifying board that is made of a metallic fusible element. The chipset is cooled down by a small-sized aluminum heatsink, while field transistors are avoid of any cooler. This might signify about some inconsideration pertained to thermal environment. Power supply activity is realized by means of 24-contact and …
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