Wednesday, April 10th 2013

Giada Introduces Full-Featured Mini-ITX Mainboard for NAS Builders

Just in time to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and home users to store large amounts of data, the Giada technology company has launched the GIADA N70E-DR motherboard, perfect for building entry-level NAS servers. With a NAS server built upon the Giada N70E-DR, customers can achieve a low-cost implementation for file sharing, data backup and media server functionality all while enjoying professional server functions, high-capacity, high-reliability, and high performance data security. The compact and powerful Mini ITX board design, takes up only 17x17cm in space and sports a Rich component interface.

With the powerful integrated architecture of Intel's Ivy Bridge, the Celeron C1007U processors feature performance with power consumption at only 17W. The motherboard's chipset supports native RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, with data security protection. Dual high-performance Intel 82583V Gigabit Ethernet ports ensure efficient network channel operations. Intelligent hardware monitoring and management capabilities allow customers to keep abreast of the health of the system. With a TPM module one can effectively prevent various scenarios of illegal data access.
The GIADA N70E-DR motherboard was designed with long-term stability in mind. As such, the entire board uses high-quality solid capacitors with are totally enclosed with nickel core inductors. The board uses high-quality Power PAK MOSFETs. This helps to guarantee the system has stable operation over a long period of time.

Small mini-ITX motherboards are wonderful for keeping the total build small and organized and they draw very little power. How does the GIADA N70E-DR motherboard differ from the others?

One problem is, often times mini-ITX boards often don't have all the advanced features you would want - for example many boards only have only two SATA ports. The GIADA N70E-DR provides six SATA Interfaces (two of which are SATA3.0) with native RAID 0, 1, 5, 10.

The board features 2 USB 3.0 high-speed data interface ports. There is also intelligent hardware monitoring and management functions such as the chassis out of the box alarm; CPU overheating alarm; and the abnormal power state alarm. For data security the board provides a set of TPM pins for an optional TPM module for data security protection.

To build a great, but cost efficient, NAS server simply start with the GIADA N70E-DR motherboard and install a popular NAS operating system like FreeNAS, the most popular option for user-built NAS systems. It's a free, open-source project that is easy to use and provides the features most users need. It's a great combo for a powerful solution.
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12 Comments on Giada Introduces Full-Featured Mini-ITX Mainboard for NAS Builders

Fishfaced Nincompoop
Soo... How about a price? And is that a pci slot? Looks very good.
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Resident Wat-man
Frick said:
Soo... How about a price? And is that a pci slot? Looks very good.
I what to know this too. I want to find out if I just found my new gateway, depending on how the new IVB celeron competes. As long as its at least as fast as an Atom I would be satisfied. The Celeron 847 was a hit or miss depending on what the CPU was doing.

Edit: I found that Celeron too btw:

1.5Ghz over the 1.1 on the 847 should give for a nice boost. Also supporting dual-channel DDR3-1600 is pretty nifty. Not that this CPU will be able to use it all. :p

That PCI-E slot very well could be a full 16 lanes. It almost makes me wish this board had two x8 ports instead.

However, looking at this again and again it looks nicer every time. I really like the 1.5Ghz versus the 1.1 on the Celeron 847 and the PCI-E slot vs PCI is very nice as well. Having the dual lan leaves the port open for something that can do a little more heavy lifting, such as a multi-lan card (4x1Gbps) or a RAID card for added storage beyond what the board already offers. I think this board has a lot of potential as a mini-server in general since you can cram 16Gb(2x8)1x 8Gb of ram in that puppy as well. :cool:

Edit: I got excited since this CPU has two memory channels but you can only stick one DIMM into the board. I can't say I like that. :( 8Gb is enough but supporting 16Gb would have been pretty nifty. It's what gave the 847 a good step up over the Atom imho.
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Compared to Synology?

Might this be a good alternative to a Synology or other NAS setup? Anyone care to compare? The Synology has always turned me off due to it's price.
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I had no idea she had a motherboard line too...
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I wonder when this companies will learn how to present their products.

When you launch a new product you state the price and the stores people can buy it form! It's not the next iPhone to presume people will seek information on it and jump on it when it becomes available. It's a freaking NAS motherboard! How more niche can you get? It has only one chance of "stardom", when sites like TechPoweup present them. Although i'm really interested in such a thing i would not include it in my daily checks to see if they published a price and if it is available in Europe.

So when your are an relatively unknown comply and you launch a very niche product, PLEASE state price and availability!

Also, a fanless design would be great.
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racedaemon said:
When you launch a new product you state the price and the stores people can buy it form! It's a freaking NAS motherboard! How more niche can you get?
Agreed! I suppose we will know soon enough.
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Finally they selling this kind of mobos!
But too late, I have my ASUS E35M1-M PRO (m-ATX)

And if you still need mini ITX:
ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE, with it's "awesome" CPU!
...or you can choose:
ASUS C60M1-I which consumes even less energy ;)
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I too use the E35M1-M PRO for NAS purposes, two PCI-e (x4 and x1), 4 SATA and a nice passive heatsink. Have 15 drives using Flexraid no problems.
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I just bought Gigabyte GA-C847N Dual Core Celeron 847 Mini-ITX Board with Dual LAN for my NAS/Router/switch/Video player/File/Torrent/FTP/.... server/streamer. For added network slots to make it as a true 1Gbps switch you can buy some dual lan cards form ebay, as the new one are expensive as hell.

This one looks like a good solution, but it's all about the price, if they can keep it under 100$ it's a winner.
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My name is Dave
racedaemon said:
It has only one chance of "stardom", when sites like TechPoweup present them.
I'll try to get a sample. ;) Email already sent. ;)
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cadaveca said:
I'll try to get a sample. ;) Email already sent. ;)
I was talking only about the news article... but a review would be really nice. :)
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The price is not higher than $120+flight ticket

The prices list in china is around ~RMB 690. But it seems you only can buy in china.
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