Motherboard ECS Z77H2-A4 Review

Chipset Intel Z77 can’t be called a novel product in the market, since it has already transformed into a customary platform for personal computers. The versatility of motherboards employing this chipset is countless, in fact, and each and every consumer is able to find the one to his specific needs. ECS boasts its own inventory of boards based on Intel Z77; Z77H2-A4 is an intermediate item between hi-end and entry-level models, due to its alluring price and improved functional facilities. This board attracts primarily thrifty customers who would like to get all modern commodities for a sensible price.

Design and Layout

Budgetary orientation of ECS Z77H2-A4 motherboard is manifested, first of all, through a diminished PCB dimensions. Nonetheless, the model accommodates a couple of PCI Express Graphics slots with the allotted twenty rails of PCI-e bus. There is no symmetric rail distribution between the slots, so the second PEG slot receives only four rails. The board’s …

Synology to Release 5-Bay DiskStation DS1515 NAS

Synology, a renowned manufacturer of network solutions, has launched yet another NAS, tailored to business-oriented customers with thirst for a comprehensive data storage, synchronization and backup processes. The heart of DiskStation DS1515 is Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314 platform with 1.4 GHz processor and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The greenhorn is equipped with a couple of USB 3.0 ports, a pair of eSATA ports, and a single 4-port gigabit Ethernet controller.

Synology DiskStation 1515 features five screwless bays for 3.5-/2.5-inch HDDs which support hot swapping option. The total capacity of all drives might not exceed 40 TB (5x 8 TB). This storage supports the creation of varied RAID configurations (0, 1, 5, 6, 10) as well as JBOD. The possibility to exert an entire control over power consumption is thought to be one of the key advantages of this model. Moreover, the chassis involves anti-vibration pads which reduce vibration and noise level.

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Zalman Boasts a New Line of PSUs with an Improved Design

The line of products manufactured by Zalman has been just replenished with a new series of power supply units, codenamed Zalman LX. The series is currently represented by two models of 500 W and 600 W power: ZM500-LX and ZM600-LX. Both units employ an improved Dual Forward Converter Circuit design that ensures reliable and efficient functioning. They are also equipped with a single +12V rail and show compatibility with Intel ATX12V 2.31 standard.

Zalman LX PSUs utilize a couple of PCI Express sockets (one 6-contact and one 6+2-contact) for the connection with graphics cards, securing the support of AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI technologies. Cooling of all internal components is ascribed to a low-noise fan of 120 mm dimensional type. Its operation is automatically monitored by Smart Fan Control system that provides for the achievement of an optimal balance between its efficiency and noise level.

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