WD Showcases My Cloud EX2 Home-Based NAS

Western Digital is ready to launch another representative of My Cloud series – the EX2 targeting home-based systems. This NAS might be characterized by an expanded functional and the availability of two drive bays. The user is free to choose between various models: without HDDs and with pre-installed WD Red drives of 4, 6, 8 TB overall capacity. The latter are already adjusted to operate in RAID 1 array to provide for an ultimate performance.

The WD My Cloud EX2 is an ideal solution for a wide spectrum of tasks. First of all, it might serve the needs of a file server, offering all connected desktop/mobile devices access towards the saved data. Dedicated WD My Cloud software ensures that all iOS and Android products could receive unimpeded access towards the data. Second of all, the model can be employed as a part of a home-based multimedia center; cooperating with DLNA/UPnP-compatible devices, the NAS secures a correct operation with Smart TV.

Thirdly, the new-comer is …

Cooler Master Readies a New Silencio 452 PC Chassis

Cooler Master has added a new PC chassis to its Silencio series. The Silencio 452 is developed in a mid-tower form-factor and features 194x451.4x494.7 mm dimensions. It is peculiar by a sleek design with totally black interior and exterior. The case boasts soundproof side panels and anti-vibration rubber props. The greenhorn is supposed to come on sale in early January, 2014, though the pricing is currently unknown.

Cooler Master Silencio 452 is intended to accommodate motherboards of a standard ATX, as well as a micro-ATX standard. Storage is introduced by two 5.25-inch racks and six internal 3.5/2.5-inch racks. This is quite enough for the assembling of a powerful platform.

Internal layout allows for the installation of quite lengthy graphics adapters (up to 386 mm) and, if necessary, a voluminous liquid-cooling heatsink (240 mm). The latter is supplemented by dedicated rubber grommets on the rear facet.

Initially the chassis is furnished with a pair of low-noise …

ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.

ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.

As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …
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