Next up is the Valkyrie Dual Bay NAS which was announced the day before our meeting. The system runs on a 500 MHz embedded processor with 128 MB of RAM and accepts two 3.5" drives that can be configured for RAID 0,1 or JBOD. SATA II is supported up to 4 TB of storage. Some of the built-in features include: UPnP media server, iTunes® server, user/group management, One Touch Backup (OTB), scheduled backup, PC-less download via P2P Network, Active Directory Services (ADS), and Dynamic DNS. We were also told the Valkyrie has bit torrent management and is multi-lingual. As of today, the Valkyrie is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $165.00 and should ship very soon.
Also on display was the GearBox NAS adapter which was released a few months ago. Labeled as "a simple and cost effective solution for adding any USB storage device to your home network", this tiny device allows you to connect two USB storage devices and have them accessible over your network. Connection seems to be limited to Ethernet 10/100Mbps but for around $50, this still seems like a pretty neat gadget.
Patriot showed us two new SSDs as well, the Zephyr and the Inferno. The Zephyr is based on a JMicron controller while the Inferno is built around a Sandforce controller. Unlike many SSDs we have seen in the past, we were told that both of these drives have no on-board cache as the controller is able to handle everything smoothly.
Here we have a screenshot of CrystalDiskMark run on three of Patriot's SSDs. From left to right: Inferno, Zephyr, Torqx.
Both the Zephyr and Inferno will be available in 32, 64, 128 and 256 GB capacities. Look for them in stores next month.
More just ahead.