MSI Introduces A88XI AC Motherboard for FM2+ Platform

The product line of MSI’s mini-ITX motherboards now welcomes a new-comer: the MSI A88XI AC. It takes AMD A88X chipset for Socket FM2+ platform as the basis; this implies the support for AMD Athlon and AMD A series CPUs (of all generations). The PCB offers two DIMM slots for the integration of DDR3-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB). Upon the whole, this model is able to offer much more than other small-sized boards.



The MSI A88XI AC accommodates 4x SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports for the connection of drives and 1x PCI-e 3.0 x16 socket for the implementation of an add-on card. Network options are secured as by gigabit Ethernet controller, so by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac modules. External I/O panel houses three audio ports, one S/PDIF out, one RJ-45, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports, one PS/2 Combo port, and three video ports (HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub).


Moreover, the support for 8-channel sound production (due to Realtek ALC887) and HDMI video port entails the playback of 4K Ultra HD …

ASMedia to Introduce USB 3.5 Controllers in 2014

ASMedia, an auspicious designer of PCIe bridges, USB 3.0 controllers and Switch IC items, announces the development of a new USB 3.5 controller. According to the preliminary information, this controller is going to support 10 Gb/sec data transfer speed, which is nearly twice higher than current USB 3.0. Earlier the launch of an advanced component was scheduled for late 2014, however, now the company is intended to officially introduce it early next year.



The decision to elaborate a speedier controller is explained by ASMedia in two ways. Firstly, the company is currently receiving more orders from motherboard manufacturers for the development of USB 3.0 hubs, due to the recent launch of Intel Haswell CPUs. Nonetheless, an enforcement of platform will sooner or later require an enforcement of various facilities, including connectivity and data transfer.


Secondly, USB 3.5 is called to rival Thunderbolt interface. It should be stressed that both interfaces feature analogous …

Asustor Launches a Pair of AS 5 Series NAS

Asustor, a renowned Taiwanese network systems developer, comes to the market with a couple of new NAS devices which supplemented AS 5 series. The AS5008T and the AS5108T feature eight bays (each) for the drives with the maximal capacity of 48 TB. All the drives might be combined into a range of configurations, including JBOD, Single, Hot Spare, RAID 1/5/6/10. The pair is backed by a 3-year’s limited warranty.



Asustor AS 5 models cooperate with ADM 2.3 OS and come with an integrated firewall. They are thought to support Cloud Connect technology as well as power-saving Energy Saver features. Both NAS boast the support for AES-256 encoding algorithm and LooksGood utility (plus its mobile version – AiVideo). The latter provides for the playback of digital TV, record of TV-programs, and playback of videos from NAS into a mobile device.


Asustor AS5108T features the following specifications:


— dimensions: 215.5x293x230 mm;

— CPU: Intel Celeron, clock frequency …
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