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Netstor Intorduces TurboBox-mini NA220A Series PCIe Expansion Solution

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  1. btarunr

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    Netstor Technology today introduces its added external PCI Express expansion box series to its product line – the TurboBox-mini NA220A, a compact external PCI Express enclosure for ease-of-adding one extra PCI Express card to a laptop, desktop PC or server. Netstor once again demonstrates its dedications in bringing complete and cost-effective PCIe expansion solutions to its customers worldwide.

    The portable, aluminum housing form factor of NA220A at case size of 254x198x58 mm (D.W.H.) is designed with a PCIe x16 connector and double width space that allow users to install their single or double width standard height PCI Express cards. Netstor’s host adapter is now ready for the PCIe 2.0 specification, hence offering a double bandwidth of 20 Gb/s. Backward PCIe 1.0 is also compatible for a bandwidth of 10 Gb/s.

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    Furthermore, the TurboBox-mini NA220A provides a dedicated universal 80W power adapter and two individual 40x40x10mm cooling fans that are ideal for heavy consumption and better cooling environment. Professional users can simply attach the PCI Express card to a laptop through Netstor’s ExpressCard34 and cable, or to a low profile PC through Netstor’s PCIe host card and cable package. “The NA220A is just perfect for the full-length capture cards, audio cards and graphics cards, and it’s so quick and easy to install without a special software required! Power users and gamers can surely hook up the NA220A on their laptops or desktop PC with an ease-of-mind,” says Brian Yu, Sales Manager, Netstor.

    Following its successful launch of the TurboBox NA210A family back in January, Netstor, now adding the TurboBox-mini NA220A series, absolutely offers a complete external PCIe expansion product line of single and multiple PCIe slots available for both the MAC and PC workstations to solve the limitation on the I/O expansion and PCIe slot shortage.

    The TurboBox-mini NA220A is ideal for the audio/video professionals who have limited resources to use the existing solutions on their laptop/PC; for gamers who want a graphics card expansion; and for technical experts who request portable devices for data acquisition.

    Netstor NA220A Product Features
    • Supports one PCI-Express Card with maximum double width space
    • High-strength aluminum housing with light and compact features
    • Dedicated power supply and cooling system
    • Laptop ExpressCard34 & desktop PCI-Express host adapter supported
    • Easy installation and no diver requirement

    Netstor's TurboBox-mini NA220A is already available in market at $400 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and above, depending on the accessories. For more details please visit the product page.
     
  2. Mussels

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    does the internal PSU come with 6 pin PCI-E power? if not, its limited... but very interesting


    i looked into it, 80W power brick, all power must come from the PCI-E slot.

    that said, you could use this and slap something half decent onto a laptop. 9800GT eco would pwn intel GMA graphics on a laptop...
     
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    title is wrong: intorduces.... btarunr erase this afterwards ;)
     
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    Interesting concept, but not for $400.
     
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    You can build your own for $55USD at http://www.hwtools.net/Adapter/PE4L.html

    Since Express card/mPCI-e is limited to x1 there's not much point going any higher. You also have a bit more freedom using one of these.
     
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    This would be perfect for audio cards. Gets them completely out of the electrically noisy PC, and opens up mor space for gfx cards. :D

    It's a damn shame it costs so much tho. I would happily pay $75 for a nice setup like this, but $400 is just retarded.
     
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    yeah, i have to agree the price is too much.

    If it was <$100, people would find tons of uses for it.
     
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    im surprised something like this hasn't hit the desktop market yet, would not surprise me at all if in the next few years gpu's get big and hot enough to require their own external enclosure
     
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    i look forward to it, really. once they perfect the tech to swap between onboard and dedicated cards properly (even if its same-brand like SLI/crossfire), stuff like this would be damned awesome for laptops, and not a bad idea even for desktops (you could have a compact shuttle sized PC, with a second enclosure for the video card, with its own PSU)
     
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    other connectivity options would be nice too, like esata or usb 3.0 .. for the desktop at least
    a better psu would be nice. also i think the case is almost to short for most cards out today that would be worth the effort. many nv 9xxx series cards are 9", gtx 2xx and 4xx are longer and the only accommodates 8.9"

    paying more for an enclosure then a card that actually fits in it .. priceless

    nice concept thou, i hope they bring more
     
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    all power comes from the slot/express card, so it HAS no PSU. so yeah, it could so use one (but then, what power cables should it come with? molex?)

    with its 75W power limit, high end video cards are out the door anyway, so size is not a concern.

    also, E-sata/USB 3.0 is actually a valid use for these enclosures (if they weer cheaper) - slap a combo card in, and add some real expansion to your laptop.
     

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