Qsan Unveils TrioNAS LX U300 Unifying Data Storages

Qsan, primarily known for various data storage solutions, has recently introduced unifying data storage models intended for SMB. Codenamed TrioNAS LX U300, the new-comers feature modular design with optimal expansion facilities and a balanced settings kit. This provides for a unifying access to the file storage via Ethernet or Fibre Channel networks; the latter support data storage by means of NFS, AFP, FTP, WebDAV, CIFS protocols, as well as block storage via Fibre Channel and iSCSI.

The TrioNAS LX U300 items are based on Intel Haswell platform with Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processor. The system comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics P4600 and Intel C226 chipset. Power supply is realized due to high-quality PSUs with 80Plus Platinum certificates; they ensure up to 90% efficiency on typical load, thanks to the employment of prime Japanese solid-state and electrolytic capacitors.

The basic storage versions come in two configurations: 3U form-factor for 16 drive bays and 4U …

Water 3.0: a New Series of Liquid Coolers from Thermaltake

Thermaltake, a viable designer of versatile PC hardware components, has recently unveiled its new series of liquid cooling systems. Entitled simply Water 3.0, the products constitute themselves as all-in-one cooling solutions with high efficiency and low noise level. The series is introduced by three models, — Water 3.0 Performer, Water 3.0 Extreme and Water 3.0 Pro, — targeting different customer groups.

All liquid coolers included into the lineup consist of a pump integrated into a waterblock, a copper base, a couple of 120 mm fans, and leak-proof pipes which protect the liquid from leakages or evaporation. Heatsink design is individual for each of the models. One should mention that Thermaltake delivers its liquid coolers with dedicated Windows-compatible software for the monitoring and adjustment of all key parameters, including fan rotational speed, liquid thermal conditions, and pump efficiency.

The first model, Water 3.0 Performer, features 120 mm heatsink of a …

Promising Speed Forecasts for AMD Radeon 8000 Sea Islands

AMD is continuing its work on the new GPU generation codenamed ‘Sea Islands’. The new series is prognosticated to be released in the coming winter. All the products with this GPU will be branded Radeon 8000. AMD manufacturers claim that their new graphic processing units will be 40% more efficient due to the implemented advanced technologies. There is not so much news about the future GPU architecture, although cardinal changes are barely possible.

Sea Islands chips will be equipped with 5.1 billion transistors as compared with the current 4.3 billion items applied in the products. This augmentation will facilitate the increment of efficiency. The chips will be developed according to the already tried-and-proven 28 nm technological requirements. The increase of transistors is not as large due to the adherence to the ascribed norms. It should be underlined that the implementation of the old technologies does not imply the considerable warming up of the chips; the developments …
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