Review of Network Drive IconBIT I-Stor IS308

Production of a new model is positioned as a replacement for modern routers with features of sharing USB-carriers. IS308 — the budget class — single-disk storage is a good device for visiting friends for movies, or for backup. In general, it is used for tasks which are not mission-critical of data loss. The speed and functionality are secondary, the main thing — the price and design. At a price of 90 $, IconBIT IS308 offers the buyer an autonomous Torrent-downloader, a network drive, support for protocols Samba and FTP, gigabit network interface and USB 3.0 port.

The device has stylish black aluminium hull and comes with a stand for vertical installation. IconBIT iS308 looks more like a normal external hard drive rather than the NAS. And if for someone Synology design seems too plastic, and QNAP — too angular, the iconBIT iS308 looks modern, simple and stylish.

The next thing that catches an eye — is the lack of a fan. Finally, there is a NAS with passive cooling. …

Thermaltake Unveils Chaser A71 Full-Tower PC Chassis

Thermaltake has lately made an official presentation of a new full-tower chassis, entitled Chaser A71. The model features 565x205x537 mm dimensions and a rather stylish design. Its side panel contains an L-shape acrylic window that makes an exposure of all internal components. Moreover, the two out of four pre-installed fans are furnished with a bright blue LED that enigmatically illuminates the framework.

Being a full-tower solution, Chaser A71 is housed in a quite spacious case. It gladly welcomes ATX, mATX and Extended ATX motherboards, eight expansion cards of up to 344 mm in length, six hard drives or solid-state drives, three optical drives, a heatsink (of a liquid-cooling system) up to 240 mm, and a compatible power supply unit. The maximal supported CPU cooler height should not exceed 160 mm.

I/O panel is represented by a dense group of ports, indicators and keys: Power button, HDD activity indicator, a pair of USB 2.0 and the same number of USB 3.0 ports, and …

Zotac Showcases Nano XS Nettops with Power-Saving Properties

Zotac is going to replenish its line of compact PC devices with two new nettops. To be precise, with two versions of a single model: ZBOX nano XS AD13 and ZBOX nano XS AD13 PLUS. Both versions feature 11x11 mm dimensions and are based on two-core AMD E2-1800 processors with the nominal clock frequency of 1.7 GHz. Similar to other ZBOX products, AD13 promotes for the wide functional facilities along with pocket-size dimensions. One of the peculiarities found in these products is a modified memory subsystem: instead of a traditional hard drive, Zotac implements a high-performance SSD with mSATA interface.

Models AD13 and AD13 PLUS employ AMD Hudson-M3L system logics, A68M chipset and AMD Brazos 2.0 platform. The implemented CPU secures the support of 64-bit OS and hardware virtualization, despite the belonging to ULV class. Both nettop variations are equipped with 2048MB of DDR3-1333 memory type. Graphics subsystem is represented by Radeon HD 7340 GPU with 80 current processors. …
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