The device acts as a central storage drive for homes and small office networks
Continuing in its role as provider of various consumer electronics and IT devices, Gigabyte has launched a network-attached storage unit bearing the name of GR-EZI14H.For Gigabyte, most revenue comes from motherboards and graphics cards, but the company has decent income from other areas as well.
Network-attached storage devices have become a fairly stable segment, so the company hasn't been ignoring it.
The latest model has just been launched, although the company didn't make too much of a fuss about it.
It did set up a product page though, so there is no shortage of information on it, although the price has been left out so far.
Then again, the NAS won't really cost that much alone. It is the 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives that will drain banks,
GR-EZI14H has four bays, each capable of operating individually and removing the drives without affecting the others. An Intel Atom central processing unit runs everything like a PC (Atom D2500 1.8 GHz dual-core to be precise).
The Intel ICH10R Southbridge supports the chip and also the SATA ports, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM (random access memory) and a USB DON that holds the OS (Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 operating system).
Other features include RAID 0/1/0+1 support (mode chosen based on emphasis on security or performance) and a pair of Gigabit Ethernet connectors, plus two USB 3.0 ports and the same number of USB 2.0 connectors.
Finally, a VGA display output is included, truly allowing the Gigabyte GR-EZI14H to behave as a low-end PC, albeit one with massive storage capacity.
Gigabyte GR-EZI14H measures 220 x 183.5 x 146.5 mm / 8.66 x 7.22 x 5.76 inches and has a common, lockable door covering the drive bays.
All in all, it is almost identical to the GR-EZI04H released last December, but with a different OS.