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Quick Look: Synology DiskStation DS211j NAS

Here is our quick look video of the Synology DiskStation NAS unit. The DS211j is a two bay NAS that supports either 2.5″ or 3.5″ hard drives, but most users will opt for the standard 3.5″ drives for the extra capacity. The device is very small at 161mm(H) X 88mm(W) X 218 mm(D) and resembles a regular external hard drive enclosure. Under the hood, the DS211j has a 1.2GHz CPU, 128MB ram and can support up to 6TB of storage. The NAS we purchased did not come with any drives pre-installed, so we purchased two 500GB hard drives to start out. Even after picking up the hard drives, we still spent far less than a full server would have cost. The DS211j without drives will run about $199.99. We also have a full text review available that shows software installation.

SilverStone RVS02 External HDD Enclosure


For our fourth storage device review of the month, we have the new RVS02 from SilverStone. This is the second 2.5″ external hard drive enclosure from the Raven Series to be released and it is a considerable change from the previous model (RVS01). Where the RVS01 was more of a hard drive “wallet” , the successor has a more standard design with a molded plastic exterior and screwless drive install.

The RVS02′s chassis isn’t the only thing to get an upgrade, as this model is now USB 3.0 compatable. As more motherboards are coming with native USB 3.0 support, the inclusion of USB 3.0 should now be considered a must for new products being released. Let’s take a look at the RVS02 in detail


SilverStone TS07 External HDD Enclosure


For our third review in our storage device month we have the new Treasure Series TS07 External 3.5″ hard drive enclosure from SilverStone. This model continues SilverStone’s push to update their products to the USB 3.0 specification while adding additional features to improve on past models. What’s more, this is one of the only external enclosures to include SATA 3 to USB 3.0. The TS07 is an aluminum and plastic construction measuring 193mm(D) x 128mm(W) x 35mm(H).

One of the first things we noticed is the tool-less nature of the TS07. The entire process of installing a drive can be accomplished without screws or tools of any kind. The unit also comes with a nice stand to display vertically if desired. Check out the full review after the jump.


Build a $1500 PC: The Parts

This is the first part of our Build a PC 2011. We build a mid-range PC for $1500. This video covers the parts used for our build.

• ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard $220
• Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4 GHz LGA 1155 Processor $329
• Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler $35
• Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 memory (8GB) $105
• EVGA GTX 570 video card $359.99
• Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB Hard drive $60
• SilverStone Raven 3 (RV03) case $139
• SilverStone ST85-P 850W PSU $149.99
• Samsung SH-S223 DVD Burner $20
• Windows 7 64bit OEM $140

Total build price $1557.98

The videos to follow will show the entire build.

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