AMD is exploring alternate product routes to raise their income and the latest seems to be the Puma powered QNAP TVS-x63. It is a four bay NAS which is powered by the 2.4GHz AMD GX424-CC SoC which happens to have a 28 stream processor GCN Radeon clocked at 497 MHz. It has a pair of gigabit ports with an optional add-in card offering a single 10Gb or two additional 1Gb ports, though that will raise you above the cost of the $630 base model. Bjorn3d found the power consumption to be higher than the competition but the overall operation was flawless.
"The QNAP TVS-x63 marked the world’s first NAS featuring AMD processor. AMD’s new strategy is targeting the markets with high profit return and the company is returning to the server market. NAS, by extension, is like a small scale server, so it makes sense to see AMD putting their processors into these devices."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- HGST Ultrastar He8 HDD RAID Review (8x8TB) - 64TB Analysis on the Adaptec 8805 RAID Adapter @ The SSD Review
- Asustor AS5102T @ techPowerUp
- Synology DiskStation DS715 2-Bay Value NAS @ eTeknix
- CineRAID CR-H236 Dual SATA Drive Docking Station Review @ NikKTech
- OCZ TRION 100 480GB
- OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- Micron M510DC SSD @ The SSD Review
- Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GiB vs. Kingston HyperX Savage 480 GiB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Samsung Pro Plus microSDHC 32GB and EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC @ The SSD Review
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2015 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: noctua, NH-L9x65, low profile cooler
Morry likes big coolers and Noctua is one of his preferred brands when he wants to test the tensile stregth of a motherboard. Not all of Noctua's coolers are up to his preferences, such as the slender NH-L9x65, a waif-like 413g with the fan attached and a cute 95x95x79mm in size with a 14mm lift from that fan. TechPowerUp's testing shows that the fan is quite quiet even when spinning at full speed but even still the temperatures of the i7-4770K it was cooling were the highest on the charts. If you are cooling a CPU with a lower TDP in a small case, or even a 4770K then check out this review, the NH-L9x65 is a little expensive but certainly usable.
"Noctua's new NH-L9x65 is a low profile, small form-factor cooler. When I say small, I mean tiny as it is only slightly larger than the Intel stock heatsink, which is surprising and begs me to question its maximum potential. While performance most likely won't be its strong point, there is a chance this pint-sized offering will have a few surprises in store"
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @HiTech Legion
- be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler Review @ Neoseeker
- NZXT Kraken X61 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Alphacool Eisberg 240 Liquid CPU Cooler Review @ NikKTech
- CableMod ModFlex Cables @ Kitguru
- EK Vardar F4-120ER fan @ HardwareOverclock
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ Kitguru
- Thermaltake Suppressor F51 @ Benchmark Reviews
- BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- be quiet! Silent Base 800 Windowed Edition Mid-Tower @ eTeknix
- Zalman Z11 NEO @ techPowerUp
- Antec S10 Full-Tower @ eTeknix
Subject: Systems | July 24, 2015 - 03:05 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: acer, cloudbook, Chromebook
If you think about price when you think about Chromebooks, then Microsoft is hoping to have options in Windows 10 for you. Laptops that boot into a web browser still have interesting security and ease-of-use implications, which this will not address. From the previously mentioned cost standpoint though, full-featured Windows laptops can get down to those levels, especially when Microsoft helps out on the OS license fees.
This is the more-expensive Chromebook running Google Chrome OS.
Acer will launch their Cloudbook line in August, with 11-inch and 14-inch versions, starting at $169. While you can get Chromebooks for $149, Acer's Chromebook 11 is currently selling for $179.99, which puts the Windows 10 model $10 cheaper than it. On the other hand, we don't know anything about the system specifications. It is possible that the Cloudbook could have less than an Intel Celeron with HD Graphics and 2GB of RAM -- but we hope not.
The Acer Cloudbook will not make Microsoft's July 29th launch date of Windows. Instead, as previously stated, look for it some time in August. Prices start at $169 USD.
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2015 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, google drive, microsoft, office
As has happened recently with Dropbox, Box and Apple iCloud, Google Drive has adopted the Microsoft Office API which was released not to long ago, bringing Office Suite compatibility to their cloud. As anyone who has actually tried it knows, the compatibility between Google's applications and Microsoft's Office Suite was more theory than fact. This new plug-in will allow you to save Office files on your Google Drive and open and edit them from within your browser, as long as you are not using the Office 2016 preview which is not compatible. If this interests you then follow the links from The Inquirer to learn more.
"GOOGLE HAS BECOME the latest big player to integrate with rival Microsoft's Office suite."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create the PC Industry @ Slashdot
- Hacking Team's RCS Android May Be the Most Sophisticated Android Malware Ever Exposed @ Slashdot
- 10 Things to Do After Installing Linux Mint 17.2 @ Linux.com
- Microsoft has RECORD quarter, in a BAD way - Sad Nad slashes phone biz @ The Register
- Microsoft open sources software-defined radio code @ The Inquirer
- Are You Ready For Windows 10? @ Tech ARP
- AKRACING AK-6014 Black/Blue Gaming Chair Review @HiTech Legion
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