Biostar Announces N3150NH Mainboard with Integrated CPU

The inventory of Biostar’s mini-ITX motherboards was replenished by a new uncommon model – the N3150NH. Its key peculiarity is the availability of a 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 CPU onboard. The processor (Intel Braswell family, 14 nm technological process) comes equipped with an integrated Intel HD graphics core and a passive cooler. Its nominal clock frequency makes up 1.6 GHz, while on overclocking it accelerates up to 2.08 GHz frequency.

Biostar N3150NH houses two SO-DIMM slots, estimated for 8 GB DDR3-1600 MHz memory modules (two-channel operational mode). The connection of drives is realized via a pair of SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports. There is a possibility to install one expansion card thanks to a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. Network facilities are ensured due to Realtek RTL8111H controller that supports SmartSpeedLAN utility, whereas audio production becomes possible due to the integration of Realtek ALC662 controller.

The connection of peripherals is enabled via …

Fractal Design Showcases an Offbeat Define S Chassis

Fractal Design, a well-known Swedish PC hardware developer, comes out with an innovative PC chassis, entitled Define S. The new-comer offers an ideal balance of functionality with a perfect soundproofing. Its exterior is differentiated by a classic strictness and style combined with a totally black coverage. The case might accommodate as mini-ITX/mATX motherboards, so full ATX items. Moreover, potential customers are able to choose between a windowed version ($90) and an entirely blind version ($80) of the chassis.

Key peculiarity of Fractal Design Define S model is absence of traditional bays for ODD and HDD/SSD. Instead of them, there are dedicated vertical seats on the reverse side of the motherboard tray for three 3.5-inch drives and two additional 2.5-inch drives. Seats for the 5.25-inch ODD are absent at all.

The layout allows for the installation of 425-mm graphics cards (if frontal fans are excluded, the maximal admissible length of cards might be 450 mm), CPU …

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 …
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