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HFX PowerNAS

HFX launched a few months ago its new PowerNas device, designed to accommodate all media in your home.

The PowerNAS 2011 is built around the Zotac H67 Mini-ITX platform and can mount processors like the core i3 2100T or i5 2500T, which are noted for their low power consumption. By now everyone knows that the Austrian HFX manufacturer known for building passively cooled devices.

This NAS includes Windows Home Server 2011, which may manage digital photography, music, video and documents stored centrally in the PowerNas. It can be easily secured, and accessible from any computer on your home network. The user will have full access to your files, even when away from home.

With WHS 2011, the user can extend the capabilities of the server software using the add-ins and expand the storage capacity hard drives up to 3 TB. DLNA video servers, image and sound are already installed. Additional server services like BitTorrent are easy to install, and Apple devices are fully compatible.

Cube-shaped and acrylic front, it follows the design of the brand, made ​​entirely of aluminum. We  hightlight the side heatsinks which are attached to the heatpipes that cools the CPU and chipset. At the top there is an opening to dissipate the hot air generated by hard drives.

In the picture above its LCD display with information system and the slim optical drive down goes unnoticed. Here you can see them in more detail.

The HFX PowerNAS 2011 may be used as an independent device, because of the wide connectivity og the Zotac motherboard. However, it is in use as NAS where it stands out. With 5 3.5″ hot plug bays, this unit can accommodate up to 15 TB of data, which can be configured in RAID 0, 1, 0+1 or 5 using RAID management included in the H67 chipset.

In addition to these five discs, it holds an internal hard drive (2.5″) dedicated to Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS 2011).

Here are the full specifications of this computer:
  • 5x HDD 3,5“ bays for HDD
  • 1x HDD 2,5“ intern for system
  • Intel Sandy I3 or I5 with 4GB RAM
  • Zotac H67 with Intel RAID
  • 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
  • 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA
  • 1x GB LAN, 7.1 Audio
  • LCD 2x 16 lines in white
  • optional DVD or Blu-Ray
  • Windows Home Server 2011 installed
  • 4,5kg to 10kg
  • 20cm (h) x 24cm (w) x 24cm (d)

Video explaining how to add hard drives to the NAS.

Without doubt, this is one of the most attractive NAS on the market.

As usual in this brand, price is a bit dizzying. Let’s say, it’s a device to go filled slowly since the full capacity and an SSD for the system may be easily around the $2500.

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