QNAP showed three of its new models: the TS-439 Pro four bay NAS, TS-639 Pro six bay NAS, and TS-809 Pro. The former two are powered by an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor and a gigabyte of RAM. The latter is powered by a Core2Duo 2.4 GHz and a gigabyte of RAM. QNAP is a favorite around ThinkComputers, so we’re quite excited to see these new models of this excellent product.
Seventeam is working on achieving 80PLUS certification for its units. Here are some pictures from its booth.
You’ve probably not heard of Zotac. I hadn’t before meeting one of its PR reps at a party the night before CES opened. Zotac’s parent company builds motherboards and graphics cards for the likes of Sapphire, Dell, and a few others. It’s been around for a long time, and the company decided in 2006 to start its own brand using the knowledge it had gained through manufacturing products for other companies.
[ad]Currently, Zotac’s RMA rate is less than 0.5%. It offers a lifetime warranty on all of its parts, and claims that its parts outperform all equivalent parts it manufactures for other companies. Zotac handles end-user support in-house. Each unit is check individually for quality, ensuring that every Zotac product is of the highest quality. Moreover, Zotac is a healthy, privately owned company headquartered in Taiwan with a large following in Europe and new sales in North America.
Zotac released this year a GeForce GTX295, and showed off its full complement of other NVIDIA-based graphics cards. It also showed off a variety of Intel and AMD boards using NVIDIA northbridge chipsets, plus a new Intel-based ITX motherboard with a single PCI-Express slot and on-board LAN.
ThinkComputers is very excited about working with Zotac this year. A lifetime warranty is very, very ballsy proposition, and if Zotac is that proud of its products, we can wait to see how they fare against the likes of ASUS, Gigabyte, DFI, and MSI, among others we review.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.