Gigabyte Unleashes a Pair of Brix Mini-PCs for Skylake Platform

Gigabyte keeps on expanding the segment of mini-PCs with its proper Brix solutions. This time the lineup has been replenished with two models: Brix GB-BSCEA-3955 & Brix GB-BSCEHA-3955. The two differ from each other by the height of the case. The first new-comer features 119.4x112.6x34.4 mm dimensions, whereas its companion boasts 119.4x112.6x46.8 mm dimensions. The latter allows for the installation of an additional 2.5-inch drive of 7.0 or 9.5 mm height. Both models are targeting Intel Skylake platforms.



The other characteristics of these mini-PCs are identical. They are based on two-core Intel Celeron 3955U CPUs (14 nm) which operate at 2.0 GHz frequency. Processors cooperate closely with Intel HD Graphics 510 that runs at 300-900 MHz clock frequency. The motherboard PCB (110x105 mm) houses a couple of SO-DIMM slots for DDR4-2133 MHz RAM (up to 32 GB).


Both Brix solutions offer one slot for the installation of M.2 2280 drive and a sole M.2 expansion slot which is …

CPU Cooler Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 Review

Deepcool can be boldly attributed to the manufacturers that are constantly improving their mastery is the elaboration of hardware components. The company’s second revision of CPU cooler Ice Blade Pro is a bright confirmation of this statement. Codenamed Ice Blade Pro v2.0, this product is supposed to exceed its predecessor in performance, noise level and consumer appeal. But let’s start its reviewing from technical peculiarities.



Technical Peculiarities


Deepcool Ice Blade Pro v2.0 features the following specifications:

— dimensions: 161x125x70 mm (+fan(s) 120 mm), ultimate weight – 981 g;

— compatibility: Intel Socket LGA 2011/1366/1156/1155/775, AMD Socket 939/FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heatsink: tower framework consists of 49 aluminum plates, 4 heatpipes and a base supporting Core Touch technology;

— fan: dimensions — 120x120x25 mm, type of bearing – fluid-film bearing, nominal/startup fan voltage – 12/7 V, maximal power consumption – …

Intel Debuts with Skull Canyon NUC Mini-PC

Skull Canyon was designed to dispel stereotypes about low efficiency of compact-sized PCs. Intel tried hard to take its mini-PC to the next level. Hence, the company furnished it with a 4-core Core i7-6770HQ CPU (Skylake) with support of Hyper-Threading. It features 6 MB L3 cache, 45 W TDP and runs at 2.6/3.5 GHz frequency. The CPU incorporates Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580 (GT4e) graphics core with 72 computing units and an additional eDRAM of 128 MB (frequency index: 350-950 MHz).



Intel Skull Canyon is housed in a stylish case with skull logo, featuring 216x116x23 mm dimensions & 0.7 liters capacity. The model accommodates a pair of So-DIMM DDR4-2133+ slots, allowing to install up to 32 GB of memory. Storage subsystem might be organized thanks to a pair of M.2 slots which support SSDs with SATA or PCI Express x4 interface.


This mini-PC comes with Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8260 adapter that is thought to support Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The rear panel …
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