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 …

Transcend Teases MTS Series of M.2 Drives

In the light of a violent proliferation of M.2 standard in mobile and desktop PCs, a number of manufacturers shifted their production into this segment. Transcend is one of the first companies to introduce its own M.2 rendition, teasing new MTS lineup that involves three different series: MTS400, MTS600, and MTS800. They feature M.2 2242, M.2 2260 and M.2 2280 form-factors correspondingly, that is to say they have different PCB length: 42, 60 and 80 mm respectively.



All three M.2 drives series are designed on MLC NAND flash memory chips. They accommodate DDR3 cache with SATA III 6 Gb/sec interface. The first, MTS400 series, embraces four models of 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacity, whereas MTS 600 and MTS800 count five models: plus 512 GB model in addition to the junior four.


As for speed characteristics, Transcend MTS400 is able to demonstrate up to 560 MB/sec Read speed on sequential operations and up to 160 MB/sec Write speed on analogous conditions. Its …

Computer Case be quiet! Silent Base 600 Overview (Part I)

The case be quiet! Silent Base 600 is offered in three colors: black, orange and silver, which differ only in color of inserts on the front panel. Additionally, each modification is supplied in two versions: with and without a window. This is a typical «middle tower» designed to set motherboards of ATX form-factor, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX.





Packaging and Equipment

be quiet! Silent Base 600 is supplied in a medium-sized box, which is slightly wider than the standard packaging of Mid Tower class models. It has a schematic picture of the case and the list of its specifications. The box is equipped with recesses at the ends which makes transportation process much easier. Its weight is a little more than 9.5 kg.


The case inside is wrapped in a white non-woven fabric bag, and then sandwiched between two foam retainers. The content of delivery is packed in a small corrugated cardboard box. All the necessary screws, slides to install hard drives, four plastic ties for …
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