First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.



According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.


With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …

Asustor Outs AS6 Series NAS Servers

Asustor has replenished its production line with a pair of NAS servers – AS6202T & AS6204T — which joined AS 6 Series lineup. The new-comers are estimated for the installation of 2 and 4 drives correspondingly with the maximal aggregate capacity of 12 TB and 24 TB. The drives might be joined into various arrays, including RAID 0/1/5/6, RAID Single, JBOD, RAID 1/5 + Hot Spare, etc. Both items run under ADM OS and are backed by a 3-year’s limited warranty.



Asustor AS6 network storages boast a vertical rack construction. They are based on a 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU that operates at 1.6 GHz frequency with the overclocking possibility of 2.08 GHz. The CPU is accompanied by 4 GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory. The models are characterized by rich connectivity options; they offer 3x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, 2x eSATA ports, 1x HDMI 1.4b port, 2x gigabit Ethernet ports, S/PDIF port, and IR.


Drive trays accommodate dedicated locks. Besides, the manufacturer has added Hot …

PSU Gigabyte GreenMax Plus 550W Review

Gigabyte, being one of the major players in the motherboards and graphics markets, quite rarely replenishes its production line with PC chassis and power supply units. Rarely, but right on target! Its GreenMax Plus PSU series is an evidence of the company’s versatile maturity. The series includes three models of 450W, 550W and 650W power. Let’s see what Gigabyte has to offer to all ‘high-fed’ by multiple products customers by the example of GreenMax Plus 550W (codename: GZ-EMS55A-C1) model.



General Features


The GreenMax Plus 550W is delivered in a handheld cardbox with a convenient holder. The unit itself is housed in a typical case with a black semi-gloss coating and a large ventilation grid. All basic specifications are marked on its side facet. The manufacturers claim the power of 504W (42A) for the +12VDC bus. Thereat, the correlation of power on the bus with the total power reaches the index of 0.916, which is considered to be an average benchmark for such type …
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