Asustor Introduces New-Gen AS 3 NAS Series

Asustor, an outstanding Taiwanese developer of high-end hardware pieces, has just launched a series of new-generation NAS devices, codenamed AS 3. The series involves two models – the AS-302T and the AS-304T – that are characterized by the support of advanced multimedia facilities and high-resolution video (1080 p). The first model consists of two HDD bays with the maximal capacity of 8 TB, whereas the second model boasts four HDD bays with an overall 16 TB capacity. For this reason, the retail price makes up $334.90 and $499 respectively.

AS 3 NAS devices are based on Intel Atom two-core processors that run at 1.6 GHz clock frequency. Memory subsystem is introduced by DDR3 modules of 1 GB capacity. Interface I/O panel is rich in gigabit Ethernet network port, IR-port, HDMI video socket, 3.5 mm audio socket, and USB 3.0 port. One of the blissful advantages is the possibility to unite the drives into the following RAID arrays: RAID 0/1/5/6/10 and JBOD.

Each NAS model is …

Gigabyte Unleashes a Pair of Brix Mini-PCs for Skylake Platform

Gigabyte keeps on expanding the segment of mini-PCs with its proper Brix solutions. This time the lineup has been replenished with two models: Brix GB-BSCEA-3955 & Brix GB-BSCEHA-3955. The two differ from each other by the height of the case. The first new-comer features 119.4x112.6x34.4 mm dimensions, whereas its companion boasts 119.4x112.6x46.8 mm dimensions. The latter allows for the installation of an additional 2.5-inch drive of 7.0 or 9.5 mm height. Both models are targeting Intel Skylake platforms.

The other characteristics of these mini-PCs are identical. They are based on two-core Intel Celeron 3955U CPUs (14 nm) which operate at 2.0 GHz frequency. Processors cooperate closely with Intel HD Graphics 510 that runs at 300-900 MHz clock frequency. The motherboard PCB (110x105 mm) houses a couple of SO-DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB).

Both Brix solutions offer one slot for the installation of M.2 2280 drive and a sole M.2 expansion slot which is …

Full-Tower Chassis Fractal Design Arc XL Review

Fractal Design approved itself as a reputable manufacturer of PC chassis long time ago. Nowadays, the company’s inventory embraces four lines of cases, intended for varied customer groups. Curiously enough, Arc series is a twin-brother of Define series in terms of framework, although it is differentiated by an improved ventilation. The Arc XL is a large-scale representative of the line, featuring a sleek design and offering huge integration facilities.

Basic Features

Fractal Design Arc XL is a full-tower chassis featuring 572x232x552 mm dimensions. The case is made of black steel with plastic inclusions. Its internal layout is ready to accommodate all types of motherboards, including the largest formats (XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, mini-ITX, micro-ATX). Storage section is rich in four 5.25-inch drive cages (external) and ten 3.5/2.5-inch cages (internal). The availability of nine expansion slots allows for the creation of various graphics and multimedia configurations.

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