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 …

Water 3.0: a New Series of Liquid Coolers from Thermaltake

Thermaltake, a viable designer of versatile PC hardware components, has recently unveiled its new series of liquid cooling systems. Entitled simply Water 3.0, the products constitute themselves as all-in-one cooling solutions with high efficiency and low noise level. The series is introduced by three models, — Water 3.0 Performer, Water 3.0 Extreme and Water 3.0 Pro, — targeting different customer groups.



All liquid coolers included into the lineup consist of a pump integrated into a waterblock, a copper base, a couple of 120 mm fans, and leak-proof pipes which protect the liquid from leakages or evaporation. Heatsink design is individual for each of the models. One should mention that Thermaltake delivers its liquid coolers with dedicated Windows-compatible software for the monitoring and adjustment of all key parameters, including fan rotational speed, liquid thermal conditions, and pump efficiency.


The first model, Water 3.0 Performer, features 120 mm heatsink of a …

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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