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QNAP Launches High-Performance Turbo NAS TS-ECx80 Pro Series with New Tower SAS-enabled Scalability Solution

QNAP Launches High-Performance Turbo NAS TS-ECx80 Pro Series with New Tower SAS-enabled Scalability Solution Taipei, Taiwan, June 30, 2014 - QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of enterprise-class TS-ECx80 Pro series Turbo NAS and a flexible, high-density SAS/SATA/SSD RAID expansion enclosure REXP-1000 Pro. Available in 8 and 10-bay tower models, the TS-ECx80 Pro series is powered by a Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® 3.4GHz processor and 2GB DDR3 ECC RAM and delivers high-performance and extreme scalability to fulfill the mission-critical storage needs of entry-level enterprises. The powerful TS-ECx80 Pro series is 10GbE ready, supports SSD caching options (including up to two internal mSATA slots), and is capable of providing up to 2,200 MB/s throughput and 226,000 IOPS to boost the workflow of IOPS-demanding applications such as virtualization and data center deployment. The new series features stability with persistent throughput to balance resource-demanding applications. “With the support of high-capacity, low-cost SATA hard drives for large data archiving and high-speed, high-stability SSDs for I/O-intensive operations, the TS-ECx80 Pro series provides a wide range of options to assist businesses to deploy a tiered storage plan to meet their storage requirements,” said David Tsao, product manager of QNAP. The TS-ECx80 Pro series’ high-scalability design allows administrators to expand their total storage to up to 250TB raw capacity (varies by model) on d...



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Thermaltake Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction   Mechanical keyboards are practically everywhere now. If a manufacturer makes enthusiast-grade peripherals, chances are there’s a mechanical keyboard somewhere in their product stack. The tactile feedback and resilience of mechanical keys has always been a draw for gamers and enthusiasts the world over, and as time progresses these keyboards get more and more bells and whistles added to them: RGB back lighting, integrated ARM processors for advanced macros and saving specific data, braided cables, and the list goes on. The one thing that has remained the same until late last year was the switches: every single switch out there was a Cherry.   Flash forward to today and we have a patent that Cherry had which has expired, allowing other manufacturers to start producing their own brand of mechanical switches. Thermaltake was among the first companies to pick up some of these new switches from Kailh (pronounced like the plant: KALE) and use them on their newest variant of the Poseidon Z keyboard. By using these switches, they have shaved off quite a bit of the premium normally seen for mechanical keyboards, but has it shaved off quality as well? Let’s learn a bit about Thermaltake eSports and find out. www.ttesports.com “Challenge is the Game” highlights the philosophy to bring out healthy addictions in gaming and the ambition of reaching the pinnacle of success. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers ...



Official BitFenix Parts Store Opens Today

Official BitFenix Parts Store Opens Today Spare parts for BitFenix products now available via online store (BitFenix Design Lab, June 27, 2014) – By popular demand, BitFenix is launching the official BitFenix Parts Store – the best place to obtain additional spare parts for BitFenix chassis and other products. At the BitFenix Parts Store, users can easily browse through a wide selection of parts, select the ones they need, and get them shipped conveniently to their doorstep. Users can check out the BitFenix Parts Store by visiting: http://parts.bitfenix.com. Once there, users are greeted with an intuitive, easy to use interface where they can find and purchase the parts that they need. Want a spare side panel for your next modding project? No problem. Need extra hard drive trays to juice up your BitFenix Ghost? Absolutely! Just add the parts you need to the shopping cart, make the payment via credit card or PayPal, and the parts you’ve purchased will be shipped to your door. The BitFenix Parts Store is a fantastic resource for things like: Getting practice parts for modding Finding replacement parts for mods that went wrong Extra parts for scratch builds Additional side panels for creating custom window mods Always looking for ways to better serve the community, the BitFenix Parts Store came into being after dozens of requests from enthusiastic BitFenix fans around the world. In addition to offering a multitude of sleeved cables, LED strips, LED fans, and fan...



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ASRock FaTal1ty Z97 Killer Series Motherboard Review

Introduction Over the last few years we have seen ASRock gain movement in the motherboard arena. They have developed and revamped some rock solid motherboards at a very affordable price. In the past, we have seen many flagship motherboards from ASRock that have been top performers when it comes to overclocking and stability. Not only has ASRock performed well in the past, they have great aesthetic appeal too. Today, we have a chance to look at their newest variation from their already popular Fatal1ty series. This is the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Series Motherboard. With Haswell’s refresh chipset in full swing, we have tested a number of great performing motherboards. But today, the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Series has another advantage in this arena due to its aggressive pricing. So let’s move forward and put this motherboard to the test and see what it can do with our Intel 4770K Haswell Processor.       Just in case you are unfamiliar with ASRock, let’s take a look at who they are first: ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept. ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard ...



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SilverStone Raven RVZ 01 Small Form Factor Case Review

Since the original RAVEN RV01 debuted in 2008, the RAVEN team at SilverStone has demonstrated many times how it can truly define or defy computer enthusiasts’ expectations of what a performance PC is capable of in both form and function. For 2014, the Silverstone team had a new target, which was to exceed and reshape the small form factor landscape with yet another breakthrough case design. The result of this effort is a new line of case products from SilverStone called RAVEN Z. As the first model, this Raven RVZ01 is unlike any SilverStone small form factor cases before it. Utilizing a PCI-E riser and custom designed fans, this slim, 14-liter case is capable of housing some of the biggest consumer graphics cards on the market with superb air cooling performance and the ability to also support liquid cooling. Read on and let’s see if the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 is what we have all been waiting for.



ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version

ASUSTOR Launches Surveillance Center 2.1 Beta Version ASUSTOR NAS is the first in the world to support the local output of surveillance feeds via HDMI, users can choose between single and four feed displays as well as automatic cycling between single feeds, users can also use the official ASUSTOR remote, AiRemote mobile app, or a keyboard and mouse to control their viewing experience, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses providing additional flexibility. Additional features included in Surveillance Center 2.1 include IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) playback, user defined cameras via Generic RTSP, camera patrol functions, remote viewing of surveillance feeds via the mobile app, and new compatible camera models from Grandstream, TRENDnet and Lilin. Taipei, Taiwan, June 24th 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the Surveillance Center 2.1 beta version for all of its NAS devices. This new version of ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center features a range of upgraded functions that ASUSTOR users are sure to enjoy. In addition to the 4 free IP camera channels that Surveillance Center offers, users will now be able to expand their total number of channels via purchasable camera licenses. This provides flexibility for users to incrementally expand their surveillance systems. ASUSTOR’s 6 series NAS devices are able to support a maximum of 12 camera...



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Exciting Speculation, Awesome Teaser, Huge Disappointment

A couple weeks ago, I started speculating that something new was going to happen with the AM3+ socket. When I saw the tweet with a picture of an FX series box, my excitement went through the roof because I felt AMD actually was doing something new. When I found out they were relaunching the FX-9590, my excitement plummeted. While a relaunch isn’t a terrible idea, there are two main problems with this that makes it a failure for hardware enthusiasts in my eyes. The first problem with this relaunch is the choice of cooler. The massive 220w thermal rating is one of the largest in the CPU market, but AMD chose to use a 120mm AIO (presumably one of the Cooler Master Seidons) instead of a more suited 240mm AIO. Don’t get me wrong, the Cooler Master Seidons are decent units, but if AMD wanted to be serious about low temperatures and ANY overclocking possibility at all, the 240mm system would be a bare minimum and I would have preferred to see the Cooler Master Glacer thrown in at a slightly higher price. The other problem on choosing Cooler Master is that while their units have shown good cooling performance, they leave a bit to be desired in the noise department. If this release was designed to excite enthusiasts, most of them will see the noise and heat thresh holds as too much of a gamble to go for this unit. Maybe I’m just being paranoid about the 120mm AIO, but the second thing that bugged me the most was the teaser. I want to say something to EVERY company...



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New Puget Systems Peak Quad Socket Workstations

Puget Systems Launches New Quad CPU Workstations   With up to 64 cores and 1TB of memory, the new workstations from Puget Systems offer not only extreme performance, but also excellent cooling and quiet operation.   Puget Systems has been providing quad socket workstations for years now. Today, we refresh that product with a new duo of quad socket workstations that offer even more capacity, better cooling, and quieter operation. Models and Features Peak Quad Intel Xeon Peak Quad AMD Opteron Quad Intel Xeon CPU Up to 48 CPU cores Up to 1TB memory Intel Phi ready NVIDIA Tesla ready Quad AMD Opteron CPU Up to 64 CPU cores Up to 1TB memory NVIDIA Tesla ready The new Peak Quad CPU workstations come in both Intel and AMD varieties. Our intention with this refresh is to take some of the highest performance workstation configurations available today and make them something you can put in your lab or office. Most workstations and servers of this caliber come with a prohibitive noise level but the Peak line of workstations solves this problem while still providing excellent cooling and long component lifespan. In addition to supporting four CPUs, these workstations also support other high performance options such as large SSD arrays and accelerator cards including Intel Xeon Phi and NVIDIA Tesla. Most importantly, we have designed these workstations to be flexible. With systems at this level, it is typical for us to plan, design, implement and test a custom solution fo...



Lian Li Announces New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chasis – PC-Q01

Lian Li Announces New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chasis – PC-Q01 Easily Removable Cover For Effortless Installations June 24, 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li today announces a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis – PC-Q01. This compact case is designed for small office/home PC environments and features a tool-lessly removable L-shaped cover that makes installations effortless in space-confined ITX systems. Take Advantage of Increasingly Efficient SFF Hardware With its versatile storage capabilities, the 13.3L PC-Q01 provides ample space for hardware compatibility. Mini-ITX/Mini-DTX motherboards are supported, as well as double-slotted graphics cards and ATX power supplies up to 210 in length. To provide maximum storage capabilities without compromising space, on both the side panel and case floor one 3.5” and one 2.5” or two 2.5” drives can be mounted, allowing for a total of 4 drives. Passive or Fan Cooling Ideal for a quiet office, the passively cooled PC-Q01 features vent holes on the side, rear, and bottom panels. For extra cooling, a 120/140mm fan can be installed on the case floor in place of drives. Price and Availability The PC-Q01 will be available in black in the US in early June for the suggested retail prices of $64. PC-Q01 Product Information and Detailed Specifications: http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-q01/ Product Features of the Lian Li PC-Q01: Supports mini-ITX and mini-DTX Easy-to-remove cover Quiet design Drive mounting: 3.5” x...



HighPoint Launches the Industry’s Fastest 2-Bay USB 3.0 Drive Dock – RocketStor 5422A

HighPoint Launches the Industry’s Fastest 2-Bay USB 3.0 Drive Dock – RocketStor 5422A June 2014, Milpitas, CA. HighPoint Technologies, a pioneering force in the storage industry for over 19 years, continuously strives to deliver the fastest performing USB Drive Docks to today’s marketplace, and has announced the release of its 3rd Generation Dual Dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 Storage Dock – the RocketStor 5422A.   The RocketStor 5422A delivers the industry’s fastest USB transfer performance with a premium USB 3.0 feature set. With an MSRP of $59.99, the RocketStor 5422A is the is the easiest, quickest and most affordable way to add dual-bay, high-speed SATA SSD and multi-terabyte hard drive storage to any computer with USB ports! Easily access SATA drives of any generation, size and performance level! The RocketStor 5422A supports any off the shelf SATA SSD and hard drive! It fully compatible with any performance level; from SATA 1 to SATA III, supports 3.5” and 2.5” form factors, and can handle disks of any capacity including the latest 6TB models. The RocketStor 5422A can be used with any PC or Mac system with USB ports, is fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.0 connectors, and requires no driver or additional software to setup – just plug and go!   • Industry’s Fastest Dual-Bay USB Drive Dock – Dual Dedicated USB 3.0 Engines • Dual Dedicated 6Gb/s SATA slots deliver ideal performance for 6Gb/s SATA SSD’s • Works with any 2.5”/3.5” SA...



Out now: Kone Pure Military and Sense Military

 The Kone Pure Military Mouse and Sense Military Mousepad Have Arrived  ROCCAT hits the ground running with new entries into their peripheral catalogue with a military edge Hamburg – June 19, 2014 – ROCCAT Studios, German manufacturer of high-quality gaming peripherals, proudly introduces the latest in our Kone series, the Kone Pure Military gaming mouse. The Kone Pure Military presents a series of themed visual styles for players to select, from Camo Charge and Naval Storm, to the Desert Strike variant, with all of the excellent features gamers would expect in a Kone mouse. It comes standard with our patented Easy-Shift[+] technology, highly customizable illumination via LED lights with brilliant 16.8 million discrete colors, in a sleek, compact package that’s smaller than the instant classic Kone XTD, but with all of the durability and ergonomic function you’d expect from a Kone. Outside of the striking new visual flare, is the feature highlight of the Kone Pure Military; its 5000 dpi Pro-Optic (R4), one of the most high-powered optical sensor available. State-of-the-art, lag-free, ultra-precise, with an Adjustable Control Unit (ADCU) for manually configurable lift control, the Kone Pure Military lives up to its name, giving gamers military precision, ROCCAT quality, and the very best gaming experience. Also new to the ROCCAT roster is the Sense Military Mousepad. Available in the same color schemes as the Kone Pure Military, the Sense Military is an excellent ...



ADATA Launches Industrial CFast 2.0 Memory Card

ADATA Launches Industrial CFast 2.0 Memory Card  The durable & reliable industrial solution Taipei, Taiwan – June 19, 2014 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the industrial CFast card -ISC3E, which combines the form-factor of a CF card with the high-speed SATA interface for both high reliability and secure operation, widening the application of industrial equipment. Extremely Durable ADATA’s ISC3E CFast is compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1. The sequential read/write speed is up to 435/120 MB/s (MLC) and 165/170 MB/s (SLC). It is highly shock and vibration resistant, withstand extreme temperatures from -40 ºC to +85 ºC, and the MTBF is up to 2 million hours. With the features above, the ISC3E CFast is quite ideal for those industrial systems which require long-term operation. Additionally, the ISC3E operates at a low 3.3 volts, and supports DVESLP (Device Sleep) to save more power and prolongs the operation time. Ease of Use The ISC3E CFast includes SLC 4GB~64GB and MLC 4GB~128GB in capacity, which is suitable for networking, industrial computers, medical application, POS, Kiosks, gambling and lottery machines. Utilizing an industry-standard SATA interface and connector, the ISC3E CFast Card can be easily integrated into a host system without any special BIOS modifications or additional device drivers. Reliability Meets Security The ISC3E features a full range of...



DEEPCOOL Announces Colorful STEAM CASTLE Micro

DEEPCOOL Announces Colorful STEAM CASTLE Micro ATX Computer Case to the Steam Punk Series — For DIY Build Enthusiasts and Gamers DEEPCOOL, the leading manufacturer of desktop CPU cooler, DC case fan and Notebook cooler, officially released its first Micro ATX computer case with side window version of the Steam Punk Series – STEAM CASTLE. Colorful Mod & Gaming Choice The STEAM CASTLE Micro ATX case is designed as gaming case for hardware enthusiasts with the very impressive appearance, which is compatible to both Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards. Also to meet various requests of colorful motherboard themes, DEEPCOOL provides choices with fours colors as Black (the always classic one), White (Popular with APPLE), Red and Yellow. The case offers quite large space besides the Micro body, which is available for CPU cooling(air cooling up to 200mm and liquid cooling up to 240mm), two 2.5″SSDs, long graphic card up to 320mm. In addition, to increase the amazing effect, 4 magic LED flash lights are pre-installed on the top. Features * Unique post-modern steam-punk style appearance, very impressive * Side-window and top 4 turbo-type air out-taking holes, excellent for PC MOD and gaming * Large area of rubber painting (soft touch) * Horizontal structure, perfect for top-performance or big-size air cooler installation, ensures a great cooling performance while keeps no extra vertical pressure to the motherboard (compared with tower-type ATX case) * 4 magic color ...



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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard Review

Gigabyte as a motherboard manufacturer has been very successful over the last decade, and the last few years have only served to solidify that. In fact, Gigabyte has taken things a step further with their more recent motherboard releases. Their design team has revamped the styling and improved the lineup with feature-rich variations. Giagbyte's popular UDX series motherboards are frequently one of the first considered motherboards on the market since the Z77 release. With Gigabyte's Haswell refresh, the Z97 chipset, they aim to continue that tradition. Today we are going to be looking at the Z97X-SLI motherboard. By the name, it appears Gigabyte has geared this motherboard towards SLI as its defining feature. However, there is more than meets the eye. At a glance, this board looks a little more simplified when compared to the UDX series board. Will it pack the same punch? We are going to put the Z97X-SLI to the test to see how it stacks up to Gigabyte's reputation.



ECS Impresses Everyone at COMPUTEX 2014

 ECS Impresses Everyone at COMPUTEX 2014  Great products and shows with innovation by ECS and $100,000NTD design winner is chosen  2014/06/17 Taipei, Taiwan— During 6/3~6/7, the leading motherboard manufacturer ECS put on a great show with innovative product lines and fascinating stage events and activities at COMPUTEX 2014. Attract more than 50,000 international visitors from over 40 countries, ECS is definitely the biggest shining star among all the exhibitors in this COMPUTEX. ECS launched the high-end gaming brand, L337 GAMING, brand-new Z97-MACHINE with Intel® Z97 Express Chipset, a gaming-oriented motherboard with world-class ESS SABRE audio to rock gamers’ sounding experience. Also two new L337 GAMING family members with ITX form factor, Z97I-DRONE and H97I-DRONE, were exclusively announced in COMPUTEX 2014. Besides gaming motherboards, ECS emphasizes the importance of customer satisfaction and tries to fulfill different aspects of motherboard applications, such as multimedia, business, and industrial PC, ECS provides a total solution for different motherboard needs. The most anticipated and asked product in this COMPUTEX is LIVA Mini PC Kit, which is recently released in Taiwan and Japan and will be introduced to other regions in the near future. With only 190g and 15 watts power consumption, a PC consumes just as a light bulb, LIVA is not only the world’s smallest Windows based mini PC kit but also a milestone of how people change the perception of using...






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