ASRock Surfaces J3355B-ITX Mainboard

ASRock enters the market with a mainboard, targeting new Intel Apollo Lake CPUs (14 nm, Intel Goldmont micro-architecture). The J3355B-ITX model is thought to be integrated within laptops or entry-level all-in-one solutions. As seen from the codename, the board is developed in mini-ITX form-factor. It comes equipped with Intel Celeron J3355 processor, operating at 2.0-2.5 GHz frequency. The CPU features 10 W TDP; hence, cooling is backed by a noiseless passive cooler.



ASRock J3355B-ITX accommodates a pair of SO-DIMM slots for DDR3/DDRL3 modules with 1866 MHz frequency (up to 16 GB). The board comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 GPU that runs at 700 MHz. The connection of drives is realized via two SATA III ports. The incorporated PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is optimal for expansion cards, rather than a VGA card.


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Network Storage Synology DS413j Review

NAS Synology DS413j is considered to be a perfect solution for home-based platforms. Its elaborated performance provides for fast and efficient completion of any set task, while its loud design might become an embellishment for any home system. Unlike other NAS solutions developed by Synology, DS413j is controlled by an updated software complex DSM 4.1 that features a range of innovations useful for individual and corporate customers.



Design and Ergonomics


NAS Synology DS413j is a four-disk storage station, housed in a white patent plastic with a gray stuffing on the clipboard. The rear panel is removable as it serves a basic means for the installation of disk drives. The frontal panel contains six LED indicators which signify about the activity of network interface, emerging errors, disk drive operation. Large 'Power' button is located in the central part; the upper and lower parts of the panel are alloted for ventilation grids.


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Unusual PC Chassis Prodigy M from BitFenix

BitFenix, a company known for modern and cutting-edge PC solutions, is going to release one more representative of Prodigy PC chassis family – the Prodigy M. The new-comer features identical to the predecessor dimensions, nonetheless is ready to welcome motherboards of mini-ITX, as well as of micro-ATX standard. The chassis is designed in two color variations: stylish Arctic White and exclusive Midnight Black. According to the preliminary info, the model will be released in late September at a price of about €80.



Despite small-sized format, the case is able to accommodate all crucial components. The number of bays for various drives has been reduced, although storage does not suffer from lack of facilities. Thus, the case features four bays for HDD items (3.5-inch) and five bays for HDD/SSD items (2.5-inch). Five expansion PCI Express slots allow for the creation of various system configurations, including CrossFire and SLI graphics schemes.


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