AMD is exploring alternate product routes to raise their income and the latest seems to be the Puma powered QNAP TVS-x63. It is a four bay NAS which is powered by the 2.4GHz AMD GX424-CC SoC which happens to have a 28 stream processor GCN Radeon clocked at 497 MHz. It has a pair of gigabit ports with an optional add-in card offering a single 10Gb or two additional 1Gb ports, though that will raise you above the cost of the $630 base model. Bjorn3d found the power consumption to be higher than the competition but the overall operation was flawless.
"The QNAP TVS-x63 marked the world’s first NAS featuring AMD processor. AMD’s new strategy is targeting the markets with high profit return and the company is returning to the server market. NAS, by extension, is like a small scale server, so it makes sense to see AMD putting their processors into these devices."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- HGST Ultrastar He8 HDD RAID Review (8x8TB) – 64TB Analysis on the Adaptec 8805 RAID Adapter @ The SSD Review
- Asustor AS5102T @ techPowerUp
- Synology DiskStation DS715 2-Bay Value NAS @ eTeknix
- CineRAID CR-H236 Dual SATA Drive Docking Station Review @ NikKTech
- OCZ TRION 100 480GB
- OCZ Vector 180 240GB SSD Review @ Madshrimps
- Micron M510DC SSD @ The SSD Review
- Kingston HyperX Predator 480 GiB vs. Kingston HyperX Savage 480 GiB SSD Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review @ NikKTech
- Samsung Pro Plus microSDHC 32GB and EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC @ The SSD Review
Rule of Acquisition #45:
Rule of Acquisition #45: Expand or die.
AMD is in such revenue-doldrums that whenever they may expand they may die anyway… Sad state of affairs.
Rule of Intel(or any
Rule of Intel(or any Monopoly) acquisition #1 acquire market share and milk the market. Intel’s not in the technology innovation business Intel is in the market milking business. AMD is just where a supplier of parts needs to be, now to get Intel into that position, desperate to innovate just to remain in business. Look at the ARM market and QUALCOMM, one bad phone chip iteration, and its all talk of a breakup, and all the ARM market players know that the same results await if they do not innovate. Now AMD has been dyeing for how long now, and is still around because the OEM and the custom market wants some of their products. The OEMs in AMDs case need at least one other supplier of x86 chip parts to offer some competition in the marketplace. AMD could stay in business as just a supplier of custom x86 parts, and GPU parts while Qualcomm is in a crowded field of many players, and I do not see letting them be bought out by Intel ever being allowed, maybe some parts but outright no. Qualcomm’s current problems are only with its custom ARM chips, its other sales are not so dismal, and even Intel has had layoffs and such.
The real problem for the OEMs in the x86 market, is that Intel has too much market share of the x86 supply chain, and needs to be brought back down to AMD’s state, and forced to innovate or parish. It’s bad for the OEM market when one parts supplier gets the OEMs behind the 8 ball, and speaking of 8, that other OS supplier of 8, needs to be put in its place also. AMD has a more unique position than the ARM market players, but the HBM, and the APU, with the HSA is just the kind of innovations that will pay off, especially for x86 based parts when the Zen based APUs sit atop silicon interposers and share some of that interposer goodness with a GPU, and even other specialized ASIC chips all tied together with multi-thousands wide parallel traces/connection fabrics to HBM and each other.
Keep up the Good work Gabe with your Steam OS and its ecosystem, and maybe the OEM gaming market can get a common open source OS distro, and give the OEMs something to break the M$ chains that bind. OSs should be like PCI standardized(the OS kernel) and open and utilized by whole markets of OEMs. OEMs can not be expected to innovate when the monopoly parts suppliers force them to stagnate.
Just went through the review.
Just went through the review. Overall a very nice device. With the multiple network ports, and virtualization, and well a few other things makes this a very nice unit. Was thinking of either building one, but this might change my mind.
Wonder if Allen had a chance to look at this and provide some PC Perspective on it.