At CES, QNAP had the TVS-x71 series of NAS models in the tower form factor. Bay counts ranged from 4 to 8. Users had a choice of four different Intel Haswell processors (Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7). The units also featured upgradable RAM capacity and a free PCIe slot for expansion cards. Yesterday, QNAP announced 2U rackmount units with platforms based on the same set of processors. The TVS-x71U comes in 8 and 12-bay varieties. In addition to all the features available in the TVS-x71 series, the rackmount platform has the following updates: Availability of two mSATA ports for SSD caching Availability of two additional RAM slots (allowing up to 32 GB of memory) Two additional USB 2.0 ports and one additional USB 3.0 port Redundant...

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39 by Jarred Walton on 1/4/2015

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1 by Jarred Walton on 1/4/2015

Holiday Guides 2014: Z97 Motherboards for Haswell

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16 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

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29 by Ganesh T S on 11/30/2014

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55 by Jarred Walton on 11/11/2014

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Individual under-the-desk workstations are an integral part of modern society. Normally a work PC is either thought-limited or throughput-limited, but depending on the type of business and financials of...

53 by Ian Cutress on 11/4/2014

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48 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2014

Investigating NVIDIA's BatteryBoost with MSI GT72

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26 by Jarred Walton on 10/23/2014

Intel Disables TSX Instructions: Erratum Found in Haswell, Haswell-E/EP, Broadwell-Y

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62 by Ian Cutress on 8/12/2014

ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Released

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28 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2014

MSI GE60 Review: Mainstream Mobile Maxwell

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64 by Jarred Walton on 7/17/2014

ASUS Z97-Pro WiFi AC Review

The initial set of Z97 reviews demonstrated that most motherboard manufacturers were implementing at least one the new storage options offered by the chipset: SATA Express and M.2. ...

37 by Ian Cutress on 7/16/2014

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115 by Ian Cutress on 7/11/2014

MSI’s ECO Range of Motherboards Announced

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28 by Ian Cutress on 7/10/2014

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66 by Jarred Walton on 6/20/2014

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52 by Ian Cutress on 6/3/2014

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45 by Ian Cutress on 5/23/2014

The Intel Haswell Refresh Review: Core i7-4790, i5-4690 and i3-4360 Tested

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129 by Ian Cutress on 5/11/2014

MSI GT70 Review: GTX 880M Edition

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61 by Jarred Walton on 4/16/2014

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