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Most Stylish External GPU Enclosure Unveiled from Netstor

(Taipei, Taiwan--May 8, 2011) Netstor’s TurboBox Pro NA250A is an external GPU enclosure allowing up to four dual-slot GPU computing processors to be employed. NA250A features latest technology with PCIe Gen 2 spec requiring only one PCIe slot from server or workstation to make single PCIe ×8 host connection, delivering high-bandwidth data throughput up to 40 Gbps, sufficient for specialized applications with GPU/graphics cards. NA250A has built-in PCIe slot expansion switch that features I/O capabilities expansion function; therefore, all the PCIe slots on NA250A support any combination of ×1, ×4, ×8 and ×16 half-length or full-length PCIe cards.

 

TurboBox Pro NA250A is a dedicated GPU enclosure with huge output capacity of 1000 watts power supply, ultra quiet cooling fan module and excellent front to back vent airflow that provides best heat dissipation required for high performance GPU computing processors. Furthermore, TurboBox Pro NA250A fully integrates advanced expansion technology of PCIe I/O capabilities with comprehensive audible and visual environmental monitoring. When fan failure occurs or temperature inside NA250A enclosure reaches above 55℃, the front LED indicator turns red to indicate the event; users will also hear an audible alarm notifying them the event happens.

 

With the ability to install up to four dual-slot GPU/graphics cards inside TurboBox Pro NA250A, the high performance computing can be applied to areas in digital content creation, medical research, motionDSP, financial simulation, 3D seismic interpretation, molecular modeling, 3D Ultrasound TechniScan, gene sequencing, weather modeling, and astrophysics. Based on the next generation GPU architecture, TurboBox Pro NA250A with up to four dual-slot GPU/graphics cardsinstalled inside supports essential features for technical and professional computing, delivering superior performance applicable to applications ranging from scientific research to latest high-performance video/audio editing solutions.

 

For more information, please visit the product page at:
http://www.netstor.com.tw/_03/03_02.php?OTM=#

 

About Netstor
Netstor Technology focuses on the development of products on external SAS/SATA data storage and aims to provide users with reliable, cost-effective and high-performance SAS/SATA data backup solutions. Netstor develops complete storage product lines from desktop tower, 1U 4-bay to 4U 24-bay rackmount disk array enclosures. Netstor has worldwide distribution network covering IT, audio/video, telecom, DVR, CCTV, content creation as well as educational and scientific industries. For more information about Netstor, please visit http://www.netstor.com.tw.

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Comment by Mike Dimswell on May 11, 2011 at 3:49pm

Would you be able to provide youtube demo showing 6 GPU's with external high end display monitors connected to each  video pcie cards and using  a computer platform.

Can you post it on YOUTUBE?  You know how it goes,  everyone is thrilled to see  a demo on YOUTUBE .

Comment by Ed Williamson on May 11, 2011 at 3:25pm

This is good to hear that there will be an expansion enclosure / chassis   Thunderbolt ready.

If I may add, Sony VAIO is planning on launching a VAIO HYbrid PC.  Sony is getting ready to integrate their laptop platforms with Thunderbolt.

We'll If this is the case we would be able to use your TurboBox expansion enclosure with both Apple and PC. http://expansionsystem.com/profiles/blogs/sony-vaio-integrated-with

Comment by Netstor on May 11, 2011 at 5:02am

Netstor appreciates your precious views and encouragement. Netstor will keep developing the product solutions in best design and best product quality. Regarding solution for Thunderbolt, so far Intel is protecting Apple Inc. till Q3 or Q4 this year, so manufacturers who want to use Thunderbolt now will have to get an approval from Apple. Intel will release Thunderbolt technology to normal manufacturers after then. After Netstor get the technology released from Intel, Netstor will announce its TurboBox solution with Thunderbolt interface.

Comment by Clark H on May 9, 2011 at 9:05am

This is sweet!!! Any plans on integrating Intel Thunderbolt technology on your new Expansion Enclosure? If you do this, your company would be the top of the food - chain.

 

Your Expansion enclosure design are more a consumer type, which is very good because it stands out from rest of the expansion chassis unit in the market.  Your Expansion Enclosure has the aesthetic feature that can bundled with Apple and PC platforms, this would definitely attract more end-users to buy it 

Comment by Netstor on May 9, 2011 at 5:43am

For NA250A, other than installing GPU cards, users can install any other PCIe cards such as RAID HBAs, audio or video PCIe cards including Areca’s ARC-1880-ix-24 RAID controller card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink card, Grass Valley’s HD Thunder card, Digidesign’s Pro Tools HD PCIe cards, and UAD-2 PCIe cards. The PCIe cards mentioned above have been tested. We haven’t tested MOTU’s PCIe cards, but according to the spec of MOTU’s PCIe-424 card, it should work with NA250A. Besides, there have been users who have used those PCIe cards well with Netstor’s 3-slot and 1-slot PCIe expansion system. The following is one of the reviews from the user that UAD-2 PCIe card works well with Netstor’s 3-slot expansion system (the review is at the bottom of the following web page):

 

http://www.span.com/product_info.php?products_id=28381&rr=1

 

Netstor’s GPU enclosure works with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux PC, server, and workstation including Apple Mac Pro Intel. Besides, we’re planning to present a video demo on Netstor’s GPU enclosure, NA250A. When the video demo is ready, we will let you know. By the way, Netstor will attend Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference at Taipei on May 19, 2011. At that time, NA250A will also be demonstrated at the conference by Professor Yang, one of the application lecturers at the seminar. Please see the following website for the conference’s information:

 

http://www.nvidia.com/object/gtc-workshop-taiwan.html

Comment by Mike Dimswell on May 8, 2011 at 9:49pm

Does it work with Apple MacPro Intel and other PC platforms?

I would really like to see a video demo on this Netstor enclosure?

Comment by Ed Williamson on May 8, 2011 at 9:40pm

If this worsk with Avid - Digidesign Pro Tools PCIE cards that would be good news to all of us.

Would really appreciate to hear more compatibility information on this new Netstor Expansion enclosure.

 

This is what I've found out, did some home work

 

Netstor £963.00 pound, it is $1,577.10, good price.

http://www.span.com/product_info.php?products_id=33876

 

The cost of Netstor GPU expansion is not that expensive, it is within the market range compared to other expansion chassis that I've seen on the Internet. I know a company  that sell their Expansion Enclosure (7 PCIe slot) almost twice at this price, this would give me a heart attack =)


http://www.magma.com/expressbox7.asp
Cost: $2799.00

Comment by Dan Logan on May 8, 2011 at 9:00pm

This  an awesome expansion system.

Other than installing GPU's can you install any other PCIe cards such as Audio or Video PCIe cards? For example, Pro Tools PCIe cards by Digidesign; MOTU PCIE cards and UAD2 PCie cards.

Have you guys tested these following PCIe cards for product compatibility?

Let us know if it works? There are a lot of users out there looking for an expansion chassis that can work with these  PCIe cards

 

MOTU

https://www.motu.com/store_products/upgrades/pcie-424


UAD2
http://www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins/uad-2-duo/uad-2-duo.html

 

Pro Tools HD PCie cards
http://www.vintageking.com/Avid-Pro-ToolsHD-Core-Systems

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