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ASUS Z97 Deluxe Pictured, Too

Here's the first picture of a market-ready version of ASUS' Z97 Deluxe motherboard, from the company's mainline computer brand. ASUS seems to have received screaming feedback from some quarters that bright gold isn't the best choice heatsink color, and if Z97 Deluxe is anything to go by, we might see a softer champagne tone of gold, with a more minimalist heatsink design. The Z97 Deluxe is packed to the brim with features, beginning with a 16-phase CPU VRM. The LGA1150 socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. Storage connectivity appears to include six SATA 6 Gb/s, one SATA-Express, one M.2, and possibly one or more eSATA. Other connectivity includes 8-channel HD audio with ground-layer isolation, dual gigabit-Ethernet interfaces, WLAN, and a large number of USB 3.0 ports. We also scored a teaser pic of the flagship mini-ITX motherboard from ASUS based on the Z97 chipset, likely named the Z97-I Deluxe. It should give you a closer look of the chipset heatsink design.


Source: ROGFan (Sina Weibo)

Addonics Announces the 6G RAID Tower Family of External Storage Solutions

Addonics Technologies today announced the 6G RAID Tower family of external storage solutions, which connect multiple drives to any system at 6Gbps speed. Prices start at $189. The new Addonics solutions are ideal for video storage or large data applications. They are a simple way to expand the storage capacity of servers or any computing equipment with terabytes of storage space without sacrificing the full speed capability of the high performance hard drive or SSD.

Depending on the model, as much as 60 terabytes can be installed into one 6G RAID Tower. With the exception of the RAID Tower Mini, which uses a simple screw mount, drives are added or removed like tape cartridges from each drive bay without any special tools.

HighPoint RocketStor 6328 Streamlines Thunderbolt 2 Storage Integration

HighPoint continues to expand its market leading Thunderbolt product line with the introduction of the industry's first Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID storage Adapter - the RocketStor 6328. The RocketStor 6328 was designed to streamline Thunderbolt integration, enabling customers to easily upgrade or transfer existing storage configurations to high-performance Thunderbolt 2 capable computing platforms. Customers migrating to the latest generation Mac Pro platforms need a way to access existing storage configurations. While compact and extremely powerful, 2013 Mac Pros no longer support internal PCIe host adapters. Customers looking to accommodate existing hardware or in need of storage expansion will need Thunderbolt solutions capable of supporting a multitude of SAS and SATA SSD and hard drive configurations.

HighPoint Thunderbolt Adapter solutions enable customers with 2013 Mac Pro's, small form factor workstations, and portable Thunderbolt platforms take full advantage of their existing storage configurations - all from a single Thunderbolt connection! HighPoint's revolutionary RocketStor 6328 Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID adapter enables Thunderbolt platforms to support any generation of SAS and SATA storage device - from cost-effective eSATA and port multiplier enclosures, to enterprise-scale SAS expander rack mount chassis.

Addonics Announces Sapphire SSD RAID Array Storage Line

Addonics Technologies today announced the Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive and the Sapphire CF, a family of four flash drive solutions, which are ideal for creating your own SSD (solid state drive) RAID array to improve storage performance. The new line lowers power consumption and improves overall system reliability for application environments with frequent shocks and vibrations because SSDs have no moving parts unlike traditional hard drives.

The Sapphire 5-slot CFast drive is for CFast media. The Sapphire CF is for CF. Both offer a flexible platform with USB 3.0 or eSATA interfaces for creating your own SSD storage solution using commercially available high-speed CFast cards.

Addonics Announces Two New 6 Gbps Port Multipliers

Addonics Technologies today announced two new members of its Port Multiplier family, both designed to support SATA 3.0 6 Gbps and greatly enhance the storage capabilities for a wide range of computer systems.

The new products are the Internal 5-port 6G Port Multiplier, which is an excellent solution for adding more drives to a computer that has limited SATA ports, and the 5-Port 6G Rack Mount Port Multiplier, which has more flexibility for large volume storage needs. As many as five hard drives, SSD or optical drives can be connected to these PMs. The hard drives or SSD drives appear as five individual drives when connecting to a Port Multiplier compatible controller. The drives can also be set up as a RAID group using the RAID software of the OS or the host controller.

FirmTek Debuts the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G eSATA to Thunderbolt Adapter

FirmTek, LLC, a world-leading developer of external storage solutions, today is announcing and shipping the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G. Offering four high-speed 6-Gig eSATA ports using just a single Thunderbolt link, the ThunderTek/PX-Q6G supports both direct-connect and port-multiplier eSATA enclosures.

"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to personal computing," said Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "Products like FirmTek's ThunderTek/PX-Q6G help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible." Thunderbolt technology is the fastest connection possible to your Mac at 10 Gbps in each direction at the same time. Transfer HD movies in less than 30 seconds or backup a terabyte of content in less than 5 minutes. All of this is possible with Thunderbolt.

Akitio Thunder Dock Now Available

Akitio, a leading manufacturer of storage solutions, announced today that the Akitio Thunder Dock is now available with an MSRP of just $269. Stock is limited, so if you haven't pre-ordered your docking station already, head over to our shop now. The Thunderbolt dock links past, present and future technology to your computer with just one Thunderbolt cable. The new Thunder Dock allows you to access your data on both legacy and future storage drives by providing multiple host ports for USB 3.0, eSATA and FireWire 800. It also has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining additional Thunderbolt devices and storage.

OWC Adds USB 3.0 to Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Data Storage and Backup Solution

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) the world's leading destination for cutting-edge and easy-to-install Mac and PC upgrades and accessories, announced higher data throughput and USB 3.0 compatibility for its multi-interface, four-bay professional-grade Mercury Elite Qx2 RAID storage product for enterprise, professional and prosumer users.

The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is now compatible with native USB 3.0 'SuperSpeed' interface technology, in addition to offering FireWire 800 and eSATA connectivity. The improved Elite Pro Qx2 features four hot-swap bays, diverse multiple interface support, and up to 16 TB of available storage capacity. It is engineered specifically for applications such as backup, audio/video, photography, data management, and data-intensive applications. Massive data storage and backup capacity, inter-operable interface support, user-selectable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, span, and independent modes all provide the speed, capacity, and redundancy necessary to meet a wide array of application requirements.

Shuttle Offers Powerful Mini-PC Barebones for State-of-the-art LGA1150 CPUs

Shuttle Computer Handels GmbH, the European subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., one of the leading developers and manufacturers of compact PC solutions such as the world-renowned XPC Mini-PC Barebones, now also offers models compatible with the fourth generation of Intel Core processors ("Haswell") for socket LGA 1150.

Shuttle provides high-quality, powerful cube-shaped PCs for all platforms of the Intel Core processor family. And Haswell is no different. With the XPC Barebone SH87R6 and XPC Barebone SZ87R6, the manufacturer presents two solutions based on this processor type that are suitable for a wide variety of applications. The Mini-PCs are not only intended to be used as powerful and energy-efficient desktop PCs, but also as high-performance workstations or mini-servers. Thanks to their compatibility with a wide range of removable graphics cards, gamers are also happy to use these machines as easy-to-carry gaming rigs.

New Addonics Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array Features Both eSATA and USB 3.0

Addonics Technologies today unveiled the Sapphire Snap-In Disk Array, a high performance external storage device family that is easily expandable with RAID capability. The Sapphire Disk Array is a great portable storage solution for a wide range of applications that demand high performance and large amount of storage in the field.

The new product comes in a choice of models equipped with different interfaces for fast external storage performance via an eSATA, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, or a mini SAS connection. The Sapphire Disk Array allows users to hot swap up to four SATA 2.5-inch hard drives, SDDs, just like using a tape cassette. The four drives can be set up as four individual drives or a large volume and high performance RAID group with redundancy for reliability. On the model that comes with USB 3.0 connections, the four drives can also be instantly turned into a network attached storage (NAS) solution for sharing data over the network by attaching to the optional Addonics NAS 4.0 adapter.

Lian Li Releases the PC-A79 Full Tower Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today announces the release of a new brushed aluminum full tower chassis with a versatile cooling design and removable motherboard tray - PC-A79 - in North America. Capable of supporting HPTX, E-ATX, XL-ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX motherboards, this fully aluminum full tower easily contains the latest high-end components, while keeping these components at optimal operating temperatures with its versatile and effective cooling design.

The PC-A79 gives DIY builders several cooling options for a variety of system setups. For the front intake, the three HDD cages have 120mm fans mounted to them. These cages can be set up so that the fans are either towards the front of the case or behind the cage. A dust filter on each on the individual 5.25" front bezels prevents dust from coming in, no matter the setup.

Xigmatek Intros Accessor USB 3.0 Front-Panel Utility Consoles

Xigmatek rolled out Accessor, a new line of front-panel utility consoles that give you accessible USB ports, and multi-format card readers. The series include 5.25-inch Accessor Ultimate and 3.5-inch Accessor Pro variants, which fit into exposed drive bays in your PC case. Both use a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed internal standard header connection to your motherboard; the 5 Gb/s bandwidth is then used to drive downstream USB 3.0, USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and multi-format card readers. Power is drawn from a standard 4-pin Molex connector.

Accessor Ultimate offers one eSATA port (relayed from an internal SATA port), two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0/1.1 ports, and a card reader that supports CF, SD, MMC, MS, xD, M2, and micro-SD formats. On its other end is a USB 3.0 standard internal header (for downstream USB 3.0 ports), a USB 2.0/1.1 internal header (for the USB 2.0 hub), a SATA cable (for the eSATA port), and a 4-pin Molex connection. The Accessor Pro, on the other hand, gets you one USB 3.0 port, and the same exact card-reader as the Accessor Ultimate. Unlike it, though, the Accessor Pro features a standard USB 3.0 type-A plug that runs to the rear panel of the motherboard, and a single-port USB 2.0/1.1 header for the card reader. Both are available in two color options - black and silver. Xigmatek didn't reveal pricing/availability information.

ASRock Unveils H87E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASRock unveiled the H87E-ITX/ac, its first mini-ITX motherboard featuring 802.11ac WLAN. Based on Intel's H87 Express chipset, the board seats Core "Haswell" processors in the LGA1150 package. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, conditioning it for the CPU with a 4-phase VRM. Up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory is supported through a pair of conventional 240-pin DIMM slots. A PCI-Express 3.0 x16 makes for the board's lone expansion slot, aside from the mPCIe that's populated by the WLAN card.

Connectivity on the H87E-ITX/ac include 802.11ac WLAN, based on Intel's i217V chipset, offering up to 867 Mbps of wireless bandwidth, gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0. It makes use of all SATA channels of the H87 PCH, offering five internal SATA 6 Gb/s, and an eSATA 6 Gb/s. 8-channel HD audio based on Realtek ALC1150 CODEC, with optical SPDIF, four USB 3.0 ports, a pair of USB 2.0/1.1 ports; and display connectivity that includes one each of DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI, make for the rest of it. ASRock will begin shipping the board a little later this week.

ASUS P9X79-E WS Socket LGA2011 Motherboard Launched

First sighted in January, ASUS' P9X79-E WS socket LGA2011 motherboard is ready to take on the new breed of Core "Ivy Bridge-E" and Xeon "Ivy Bridge-EP" lines of processors, even if initial versions of its BIOS don't advertise that support. Based on Intel X79 Express chipset, the board is built in the 305 x 267 mm SSI-CEB form-factor. The LGA2011 socket is powered by a 10-phase VRM, with 2+2 phase memory VRM. The CPU socket is wired to eight DDR3 DIMM slots, four on its either sides, supporting up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR3-2133 MHz memory. The board features a total of seven PCI-Express x16 slots. 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX are supported.

Storage connectivity on the P9X79-E WS includes two SATA 6 Gb/s ports from the X79 PCH, four SATA 6 Gb/s from a Marvell-made 4-port SATA 6 Gb/s AHCI/RAID controller, four SATA 3 Gb/s from the PCH, and an additional two eSATA 6 Gb/s from an ASMedia-made controller. There are just four USB 3.0 ports on offer, all ASMedia-made controllers. Other connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, both driven by Intel-made controllers, 8-channel HD audio, legacy connectivity such as PS/2 and RS232 COM (header), and a pinch of overclocker-friendly features in the BIOS and on-board. The P9X79-E WS from ASUS is priced at US $499.99.

Galaxy Shows off Z87 Hall of Fame Motherboard

Galaxy extended its top-end Hall of Fame (HOF) brand extension to motherboards, and unveiled its flagship socket LGA1150 motherboard, the Z87 HOF. The board uses two PEX8747 x48 bridge chips, probably chained, to give out four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, all four of which stay at electrical x16, no matter how you populate them. The board uses a 16-phase VRM to power the CPU, which draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, in addition to the 24-pin ATX. The board takes advantage of its unique PCI-Express configuration to support 4-way SLI and CrossFireX.

Sadly, the board doesn't impress quite as much with storage connectivity. You get four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, an mSATA/mPCIe, and an eSATA. DVI, HDMI, 8-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet make for the rest of it. The board gives you plenty of overclocking features, such as onboard OC controls, dual-BIOS, voltage measurement-points, an OC module, and a feature-rich UEFI setup program.

ECS Shows Off Z87H3-AH Series Flagship Motherboards

ECS' socket LGA1150 motherboard series launch was rather low-key, and with good reason. The company was saving its best, the Z87H3-AH series, for a Computex unveiling. Pictured below are the Z87H3-AH and Z87H3-AH Golden "Gank Machine" motherboards. The non-golden variant doesn't get dull gray this time around, but a red, black, and silver color scheme. The Golden variant, on the other hand, gets gold, silver, and black. Both boards are otherwise identical. The LGA1150 socket is powered by a 12-phase VRM. The bigger of the two VRM clusters is cooled by an active fan-heatsink.

The CPU is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three of the board's four PCI-Express x16 slots (electrical gen 3.0 x16/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4), the fourth x16 slot is electrical gen 2.0 x4, wired to the Z87 PCH. On the storage connectivity front, you get six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, an eSATA 6 Gb/s port, and an mSATA 6 Gb/s slot. Display outputs include HDMI and mini-DisplayPort, which doubles up as Thunderbolt. The rest of the board's notable connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, one driven by Bigfoot Killer E2201, and the other by common Realtek fare; 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (using a USB dongle), Creative Sound Core3D 8-channel audio, and ten USB 3.0 ports. The board features several overclocker-friendly features, such as a 3-digit POST diagnostic readout, voltage measurement points, quick CMOS reset/restore, etc.

Trio of Value-Oriented GIGABYTE LGA1150 Motherboards Detailed

We've had GIGABYTE's premium mainline socket LGA1150 motherboards, the Z87-UD4H and Z87-UD5H detailed last week. A little earlier, we've been through the company's gamer-centric G1.Sniper series, and Z87 OC Force. Below are pictures of the company's sub-$150 lineup based on the Z87 Express and B85 Express chipsets, the B85M-D3H, the Z87-D3HP, and the Z87-UD3H.

The B85M-D3H, as the name might give away, is based on Intel's B85 chipset that gives you most of the platform's feature-set, including Small Business Advantage, but excluding CPU overclocking features. Built in the micro-ATX form-factor, the board offers a simple 4-phase CPU power supply, four DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), two legacy PCI, four SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s, four USB 3.0 ports (two rear, two by header), a combination of DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub display outputs; gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel HD audio.

GIGABYTE Also Unveils Z87X-UD4H and Z87X-UD5H Motherboards

In addition to the Z87N-WiFi mini-ITX motherboard, GIGABYTE showed off a couple of its top ATX products from its mainline Z87X series, the Z87X-UD4H and Z87X-UD5H. The two mark GIGABYTE's complete breakaway from the blue color scheme, and lack the color even on their heatsinks. The Z87X-UD4H features a hot-rod red+silver+black color-scheme, while the Z87X-UD5H features gold+silver+black. Both boards are based on the company's Ultra Durable 5 construction. Both boards appear to offer overclocker-friendly features that are reserved for the high-end, such as redundant BIOS, diagnostic LEDs and measurement points for each power domain, and high-grade electrical components.

The Z87X-UD4H offers a 16-phase CPU power supply, three each of PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (electrical x16/x8/x4), PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and a legacy PCI. It offers eight internal SATA 6 Gb/s ports, two eSATA 6 Gb/s, ten USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, four by headers), 8-channel HD audio, and display outputs that include DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort. The Z87X-UD5H, on the other hand, offers the same 16-phase CPU VRM and the same expansion slot layout as its sibling, but tops it up with ten internal SATA 6 Gb/s ports, dual gigabit Ethernet, a second DVI connector instead of D-Sub, and FireWire (by header). The two will most likely be part of GIGABYTE's first wave of socket LGA1150 motherboards, and could be priced above $150.

Source: LegitReviews

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Supports USB 3.0 with Adapter

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac, and PC technology company, announced today that its OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Hardware RAID data storage/backup solution supports USB 3.0 'SuperSpeed' performance when paired with the Newer Technology eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter. The adapter, which utilizes an available eSATA drive port, offers a Plug and Play connection to USB 3.0-equipped Macs or PCs for real-world sustained data transfer rates of more than 200MB/s from the Qx2 to meet the needs of demanding performance-intensive professional applications such as Audio/Video editing, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics, redundant backup, and any use requiring data storage performance and reliability.

NewerTech Adds Optical Drive to MiniStack MAX

Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech), developer of PC, Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, and iPad performance upgrades and accessories, today announced the miniStack MAX, is now available in DVD/CD only read/write optical drive models for those computer users that don't require the Blu-ray functionality other miniStack MAX models provide. As the only four-in-one external drive, optical drive, SD card reader and USB powered hub solution on the market, the miniStack MAX supports multiple interfaces for Plug and Play storage of entire music, photo and video libraries, as well as burning backups via the internal optical drive, with new and legacy Macs or PCs.

Orico Intros 10-, 8-, and 5-bay 3.5-inch HDD Enclosures

Chinese peripherals company Orico introduced a trio of external multi-bay 3.5-inch HDD enclosures. These include a gigantic 10-bay stacker (model: 1088USJ3), and its 8-bay (8988USJ3), and 5-bay (5988SUSJ3) siblings. The three use standard ATX PSUs to power the drives. The three feature matte black SECC steel bodies, with brushed metal front. The three internally use SATA 6 Gb/s interface, and lockable caddies. The 10- and 8-bay models only feature USB 3.0, while the 5-bay gives you both USB 3.0 and eSATA host connectivity options. The enclosures lack RAID support, so each disk is visible to the host as an independent mass storage device, with partitions showing up as volumes. The 10-, 8-, and 5-bay enclosures are priced at RMB 2399¥ ($390), 1999¥ ($325), and 1399¥ ($227), respectively.

Source: Expreview

OWC Announces Mercury Helios+E2 Thunderbolt-based Storage Solution

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, today introduced the OWC Mercury Helios+E2 Thunderbolt SSD Solution. The bootable 'all-in-one' storage performance and expansion solution offers owners of Thunderbolt technology enabled Macs and PCs sustained read/write data throughput up to 617MB/s from up to 960GB of OWC Mercury SSD capacity; two Thunderbolt interfaces for connecting multiple Thunderbolt devices; and two eSATA 6Gb/s expansion ports for connecting up to an additional 32TB or more of external storage/backup capacity.

LaCie Debuts Largest Range of Thunderbolt Solutions Certified for Mac and PC, at NAB

Today, at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, LaCie announced it has the largest range of Thunderbolt solutions certified for use with Thunderbolt equipped Mac or PC. As the preeminent provider of Thunderbolt peripherals, LaCie is the only manufacturer to ensure five products in its Thunderbolt Series are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 7 and 8 computers.

Intel's Thunderbolt certification program is a thorough process put in place to ensure an optimal end user experience with both Mac and PC. As a result, LaCie ensures its Thunderbolt product family offers universal compatibility and delivers reliable performances up to 800 MB/s for the most challenging media applications.

Sonnet Echo 15 Thunderbolt Hooks Your MacBook Up with 15 Connectivity Options

By far the most comprehensive expansion dock we've come across, the Echo 15 from Sonnet plugs into your MacBook's 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt port, and then productively uses that bandwidth to hook you up with 15 connectivity options. These include a 3.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s internal drive bay (2 TB HDD optional), a slimline optical drive (options include DVDRW and Blu-ray writers), two eSATA 6 Gb/s ports, 4-channel HD audio, four USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, gigabit Ethernet, and FireWire 800, each device is Mac OS X compatible. The device features two Thunderbolt ports, so it can be daisy-chained with other devices. Prices start at US $399.95.

Thecus Announces High Performance 64-bit Rackmount and Tower NVR Systems

Definitely, 2013 starts with a big boom at Thecus. After the launch of the N12000PRO and N16000PRO, the announcement of the 64 bit ThecusOS 6.0, the unveiling of the N2520/N4520 and Intelligent NAS utility at CeBIT 2013, it's time for the NVR family to impress the world with 7 new devices with updated architecture to offer superior performances.

We here by present you in tower format the V2510, V4510, V5510 and V6810; and for the rackmount category, we have the new V4510U, V8810U and V16810U. All equipped with the VisoGuard security system management software developed in partnership with Netavis, these new NVR will offer better performances than ever for all type of users with needs of 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 or 16 bays of storage.
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