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UGREEN Unveils 12th-Gen Processors, M.2 SSD Support, and DDR5 Memory in NAS Devices

UGREEN Unveils 12th-Gen Processors, M.2 SSD Support, and DDR5 Memory in NAS Devices

UGREEN is expanding into the network attached storage (NAS) hardware market. The company is showcasing its first models in the UGREEN NASync lineup at CES 2024 and plans to launch them soon through a crowdfunding campaign.

The entry-level NASync DXP2800 features an N100 Alder Lake-N processor, 32GB of eMMC onboard storage, two SATA drive bays for 3.5-inch hard drives or SSDs, two M.2 slots for PCIe NVMe SSDs, 8GB of upgradeable DDR5 memory (expandable to 16GB), a 2.5 GbE Ethernet port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and an HDMI port with 4K display support.

The NASync DXP4800 is similar to the DXP2800 but offers four SATA drive bays, two 2.5 GbE Ethernet ports, and an SD card reader.

UGREEN’s NASync DXP4800 Pro is an upgraded version with an Pentium Gold 8505 processor, a 128GB SSD for storage, support for up to 32GB of RAM, one 10 GbE connector, and one 2.5 GbE Ethernet port.

The NASync DXP6800 and DXP880 Plus models support 6 and 8 hard drives, respectively. They are powered by Core i5-1235U processors, feature 128GB SSDs, support up to 32GB of RAM, and have dual 10 GbE network ports. These models also include two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI ports capable of driving displays up to 8K, and PCIe x4 expansion slots.

The final model, the UGREEN NASync DXP480T Plus, is a compact all-flash storage system without any hard drive bays. It features four M.2 slots for solid-state storage, an Core i5-1235U processor, a 128GB SSD, support for up to 32GB of RAM, a 10 GbE network port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an 8K-ready HDMI connector, and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port. It is also the only model in the lineup with integrated WiFi.

For more information, refer to the press release.

Source: Liliputing.

Terramaster Introduces Alder Lake-N Chips to NAS Systems

Terramaster Introduces Alder Lake-N Chips to NAS Systems

Terramaster, a NAS maker, has introduced three new models featuring Alder Lake-N processors. The Terramaster F2-424 and F4-424 are 2-bay and 4-bay network attached storage systems respectively, while the Terramaster F4-424 Pro is touted as the “most powerful 4-bay NAS in the industry to date.” These NAS systems offer significant performance improvements over previous models, with the Alder Lake-N processors delivering around 25% faster CPU performance and even higher graphics performance compared to older chips. The F2-424 and F4-424 come with 8GB of DDR5 memory, while the F4-424 Pro includes 32GB of RAM.

The specifications for the Terramaster NAS systems are as follows:

  • Terramaster F2-424 and F4-424:
    • Processor: 15-watt N95 CPU with 4 cores, 4 threads, CPU speeds up to 3.4 GHz, and 1.2 GHz UHD integrated graphics
    • Memory: 8GB DDR5 (supports up to 32GB)
  • Terramaster F4-424 Pro:
    • Processor: 7-watt Core i3-N300 CPU with 8 cores, 8 threads, speeds up to 3.8 GHz, and a 1.25 GHz UHD GPU with 32 execution units
    • Memory: 32GB RAM

Prices for the Terramaster NAS systems start at $380 for the 2-bay F2-424 and $500 for the 4-bay F4-424. The high-performance F4-424 Pro is priced at $700. However, it’s important to note that the price does not include hard drives for storage.

In addition to the powerful processors, the new Terramaster NAS systems also offer other notable features. They come with two M.2 2280 slots for PCIe NVMe storage, allowing users to use SSDs for cache or primary storage. The networking features include two 2.5 Gbe Ethernet ports, an HDMI 2.1 port, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports.

While these Terramaster NAS systems offer impressive performance, there are some factors to consider. The Asustor AS5402T, for example, has two SODIMM slots for memory, making it more cost-effective and easier to add memory compared to the Terramaster models. The AS5402T also has four M.2 slots for PCIe NVMe storage, providing more storage expansion options. Other options to consider include Synology and QNAP models.

Source: Liliputing.

TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 Release: Concluding the TrueNAS 13.0 Series

TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 Release: Concluding the TrueNAS 13.0 Series

TrueNAS, the open-source storage platform developed by iXsystems, has announced the release of TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1. This update is expected to be the final version of TrueNAS 13.0, following a series that has been recognized for its stability and quality.

Incremental Improvements and Bug Fixes

TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 includes updates to OpenZFS, addressing approximately 20 bug fixes and security improvements. Notably, this release incorporates OpenZFS 2.1.14 to correct a rarely-occurring upstream ZFS bug. The incremental improvements aim to enhance the overall performance and reliability of the platform.

Transition to TrueNAS 13.1

With TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1 serving as the concluding chapter of the 13.0 series, the development focus will shift to TrueNAS 13.1, scheduled for release in early 2024. The upcoming version is expected to maintain storage-focused features with updates to FreeBSD, OpenZFS, Samba, and other key components.

Recommendations for Users

TrueNAS recommends that existing users of TrueNAS 12.0 and TrueNAS 11.3 update their systems to TrueNAS 13.0-U6.1. This step is advised not only for resolving any software or performance issues but also to prepare for future updates, including the transition to TrueNAS 13.1 in 2024.

Current TrueNAS 13.0 users can update to U6.1 directly from the TrueNAS web UI by navigating to the System -> Update page. New users can get started by downloading the TrueNAS CORE installation media from the official website.

Looking Ahead

As TrueNAS continues to evolve, the focus remains on providing a reliable and efficient storage solution. TrueNAS Enterprise users will have the option to sidegrade to TrueNAS SCALE Enterprise 23.10 and other SCALE-based releases, catering to specific functionality requirements.

For detailed recommendations and updates, users are encouraged to refer to the TrueNAS Software Status page, which provides the latest information on stability and security releases.

AOOSTAR PRO: A 4-Bay NAS Featuring Ryzen 7 5700U, N100, and Core i3-N305 Processor Options

AOOSTAR, a Chinese mini PC manufacturer, has unveiled the AOOSTAR PRO 4 Bay NAS, a new network-attached-storage system. The device, set for pre-order availability in early January 2023, provides users with a choice of three different processors. The NAS system boasts a metal chassis and offers options for barebones or fully configured models. Configured versions come with pre-installed memory and storage.

While the company has not yet disclosed the price of the AOOSTAR PRO 4-Bay NAS, some specifications have been provided:

  • Processor options: N100, N305, or Ryzen 7 5700U
  • RAM: DDR4-3200 single-channel or DDR4-3200 dual-channel
  • HDD storage: 4-bays for 2.5 or 3.5" hard drives
  • SSD storage: Up to 2 x M.2 NVMe
  • Ethernet: 2 x 2.5 GbE
  • Wireless: WiFi 6 and BT 5.2
  • USB: 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, and 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A

More details about the AOOSTAR PRO 4-Bay NAS are expected to be revealed closer to the launch date.

Source: Liliputing.

AOOSTAR Unveils Powerful NAS with 6 HDD, 6 NVMe, Ryzen 7 5800U Processor

AOOSTAR, a Chinese PC maker known for its attractively-priced hardware, has announced that it is developing a powerful and versatile network attached storage (NAS) system set to launch early next year. The upcoming NAS will be a compact computer powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U processor, featuring 8 Zen 3 CPU cores and Radeon Vega graphics, offering the performance of a decent 2021-era laptop.

What sets this NAS apart is its impressive specifications:

The upcoming AOOSTAR NAS is reminiscent of the ZimaCube Pro, with its similar shape and support for up to 6 SATA connectors for 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch hard drives, as well as multiple Ethernet ports. However, the ZimaCube Pro features an Core i5-1235U processor, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and a total of four Ethernet ports. The retail price for the ZimaCube Pro is expected to be $1,199, while AOOSTAR’s NAS is expected to have a lower price tag due to the company’s focus on budget computers.

AOOSTAR does not provide software with its NAS; customers are expected to provide their own software. However, there are several compatible options, such as TrueNAS, OpenMediaVault, Unraid, or even building a CasaOS system by installing Ubuntu, Debian, or CentOS and then loading the CasaOS user interface.

While AOOSTAR’s NAS systems offer competitive pricing, some users may prefer more well-known brands like Synology or QNAP for a hassle-free experience. However, for those who have the time and interest in configuring a DIY solution, AOOSTAR’s NAS systems provide powerful features and customization options.

More details about AOOSTAR’s upcoming 6-bay NAS will be available closer to its launch.

Source: Liliputing.

FriendlyELEC CM3588 NAS Kit: Four NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x1 Sockets

FriendlyELEC has introduced the CM3588 NAS Kit, which features the new Rockchip RK3588 board. The board comes with four M.2 Key-M sockets, each with a PCIe Gen 3 x1 interface, designed to accommodate 2280 NVMe SSDs or other M.2 PCIe modules. The CM3588 NAS Kit is equipped with the CM3588 Core system-on-module and offers a range of features. These include a 2.5GbE RJ45 connector, two HDMI 2.1 video outputs, one HDMI 2.0 video input, MIPI DSI and CSI connectors, several USB 3.0/3.1 ports, and a 40-pin GPIO header for expansion. he FriendlyELEC CM3588 NAS Kit:

System-on-Module – CM3588 Core board:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3588 with 4x Cortex-A76 cores @ up to 2.4 GHz, 4x Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8 GHz, and an Arm Mali-G610 MP4 “Odin” GPU
  • Video decoder – Supports 8Kp60 H.265, VP9, AVS2, 8Kp30 H.264 AVC/MVC, 4Kp60 AV1, 1080p60 MPEG-2/-1, VC-1, VP8
  • Video encoder – Supports 8Kp30 H.265/H.264 video encoding
  • AI accelerator – 6 TOPS NPU
  • System Memory – 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB LPDDR4x @ 2133 MHz
  • Storage – Optional 64GB eMMC flash
  • Networking – Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5GbE controller
  • 4x 100-pin high-density board-to-board connectors with USB 3.0/2.0, PCIe Gen 3 x4, 2.5GbE, HDMI Tx/Rx, GPIOs, etc.
  • PMIC – Rockchip RK806-1 power management IC
  • Dimensions – 65 x 55 mm (8-layer PCB)
  • Weight – About 21 grams

Carrier board – CM3588 NAS SDK:

  • Storage: Up to 4x M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs, microSD card slot, footprint for SPI flash
  • Video Output: 2x HDMI 2.1 ports (up to 8Kp60 and 4Kp60), 1x DisplayPort via USB-C (up to 4Kp60), 4-lane MIPI DSI connector
  • Video Input: 1x HDMI 2.0 input port (up to 4Kp60), 4-lane MIPI CSI connector
  • Audio: 3.5mm audio output jack, 2-pin microphone connector, built-in PWM buzzer
  • Networking: 2.5GbE RJ45 port
  • USB: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 1x USB 3.0 USB-C DRP port with DisplayPort support (up to 4Kp60), 1x USB 2.0 host port
  • Expansion: 4x M.2 2280 PCIe sockets (each with PCIe 3.0 x1), 40-pin GPIO header with various interfaces
  • Misc: 2-pin RTC battery connector, IR receiver, fan connector, MASK button for eMMC flash update, reset button, power button, recovery mode button, user button, 4x LEDs for SSDs, 3-pin debug UART header
  • Power Supply – 12V DC via power barrel jack or 2-pole terminal block
  • Dimensions – 160 x 116 mm (4-layer PCB)
  • Temperature Range – 0 to 70°C

The CM3588 Core module with heatsink starts at $95 and comes with 4GB RAM and no flash. The CM3588 NAS Kit, which includes the Core module with heatsink and the CM3588 NAS SDK carrier board, starts at $130. Additional accessories such as a 12V/2A power supply and a microSD card are required to boot the OS. There is also a kit option with an 8GB+64GB Core module, the carrier board, and a 12V/2A power supply for $154.89 plus shipping. The variant with 16GB RAM adds an extra $15.

Source: CNX Software – Embedded Systems News.