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The Desktop Kabini Review Part 1: AMD Athlon 5350 (AM1) Tested

Last month AMD announced their Socketed AM1 Kabini platform to focus on the low-end desktop market where low cost, low power and upgradability are important factors for system integrators. The socketed Kabini APUs build on those released for mobile last year, and today is officially launch day for four...

122 by Ian Cutress - on 4/9/2014

Asustor AS-304T: 4-Bay Intel Evansport NAS Review

Intel's Evansport NAS platform was meant to take on ARM's dominance in the low to mid-range consumer / SOHO NAS market. We covered it in detail while reviewing the Thecus N2560, a 2-bay solution. How does the platform fare in a unit with four bays? Read on for our...

34 by Ganesh T S - on 3/26/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 2-bay NAS Review

The market for 2-bay and 4-bay NAS units has been growing at a much faster rate compared to other configurations. This trend is only expected to accelerate over the next few years. As the 'cloud' becomes a more common buzz-word, the time is ripe to educate the average consumer...

19 by Ganesh T S - on 3/4/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX4 and LenovoEMC ix4-300d Home NAS Units Review

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As the amount of digital media generated by the average household increases, the standard 2-bay NAS is no longer sufficient. Today, we are going to take a look at two different 4-bay solutions...

38 by Ganesh T S - on 2/26/2014

The Intel Xeon E7 v2 Review: Quad Socket, Up to 60 Cores/120 Threads

Meet the new Xeon E7 v2, codenamed "Ivy Bridge EX". We've had the new processors in our labs for the past few weeks putting them to the test, using the latest Intel "Brickland" server platform that features support for up to 60 cores / 120 threads in one quad-socket...

125 by Johan De Gelas - on 2/21/2014

NVIDIA Tegra K1 Preview & Architecture Analysis

NVIDIA has taken to using CES as its platform for launching members of its Tegra mobile SoC family. This year was no different as it shifted branding a bit in its announcement of the Tegra K1, formerly known as Project Logan. With Tegra 2 NVIDIA’s big selling point was being...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi, Brian Klug - on 1/6/2014

Netgear ReadyNAS 716 Review: 10GBase-T in a Desktop NAS

Netgear launched the 6-bay ReadyNAS 716 10-GbE desktop NAS in November. To our knowledge, this is the first off-the-shelf NAS in a desktop tower form factor to come with built-in support for 10GBase-T. With an Intel Xeon CPU under the hood, the unit packs quite a punch within a...

25 by Ganesh T S - on 1/1/2014

Server Buying Decisions: Memory

We reviewed several types of server memory back in August 2012. You still have the same three choices—LRDIMMs, RDIMMs and UDIMMs—but the situation has significantly changed now. The introduction of the Ivy Bridge EP is one of those changes. The latest Intel Xeon has better support for LRDIMMs and...

28 by Johan De Gelas - on 12/19/2013

Thecus N2560: Intel's EvanSport NAS Platform Review

NAS units targeting home consumers have traditionally been underpowered in terms of hardware as well as firmware features. Low power, reduced cost and media-centric features are primary requirements in this area. Despite being loath to participate in this market segment, Intel decided to jump into the fray due to...

74 by Ganesh T S - on 11/25/2013

Netgear ReadyNAS 312 2-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

x86-based NAS units targeting SMB consumers are usually of the 4-bay or more variety. However, there is a growing market for 2-bay high-performance units. Almost all major NAS vendors have an Atom-based 2-bay SMB NAS unit. Today, we are going to look at Netgear's latest offering in this space...

18 by Ganesh T S - on 11/11/2013

ASUS Transformer Book T100 Review: Redefining the Entry-Level Windows Notebook

I started out our Chromebook 11 review with a reminder that we are in the midst of a netbook renaissance. Armed with better hardware, a better sense of materials/industrial design and better OSes, it’s time for the next round of entry-level, ultraportable notebooks to have their chance in the...

149 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 10/18/2013

The iPhone 5s Review

For much of the iPhone's life Apple has enjoyed a first-mover advantage. At the launch of the first iPhone, Steve Jobs expected the device and OS would give it a multi-year head start over the competition. Indeed that's how the market played out. Although Android was met with some...

466 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 9/17/2013

Intel's Xeon E5-2600 V2: 12-core Ivy Bridge EP for Servers

The core architecture inside the latest Xeon is typically a step behind what you find inside the latest desktop and notebook chips. A longer and more thorough validation is one reason, but there is more. The high-end model of the Xeon E5-2600 V2 or "Ivy Bridge EP" is, aside...

72 by Johan De Gelas - on 9/17/2013

The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the Professional Storage Market

Over the past couple of decades, the server market has evolved from closed, proprietary, and most importantly extremely expensive mainframe and proprietary RISC servers into today's highly competitive x86 server market. However, the professional storage market is still ruled by proprietary, legacy systems. Today, you can get a very...

60 by Johan De Gelas - on 8/5/2013

Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

Synology recently refreshed their 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS lineup with the DS1813+. Based on the same platform as the DS1812+ (Atom D2700), it added two extra network ports. However, due to the similarity in the underlying platform, the performance in most cases can be expected to be similar...

93 by Ganesh T S - on 6/13/2013

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