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 …

Cooler Master Readies a New Silencio 452 PC Chassis

Cooler Master has added a new PC chassis to its Silencio series. The Silencio 452 is developed in a mid-tower form-factor and features 194x451.4x494.7 mm dimensions. It is peculiar by a sleek design with totally black interior and exterior. The case boasts soundproof side panels and anti-vibration rubber props. The greenhorn is supposed to come on sale in early January, 2014, though the pricing is currently unknown.



Cooler Master Silencio 452 is intended to accommodate motherboards of a standard ATX, as well as a micro-ATX standard. Storage is introduced by two 5.25-inch racks and six internal 3.5/2.5-inch racks. This is quite enough for the assembling of a powerful platform.


Internal layout allows for the installation of quite lengthy graphics adapters (up to 386 mm) and, if necessary, a voluminous liquid-cooling heatsink (240 mm). The latter is supplemented by dedicated rubber grommets on the rear facet.


Initially the chassis is furnished with a pair of low-noise …

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Gold Power Modules Feature a Lighted Fan

The Thermaltake Company has announced its new power supply units series, called Toughpower Grand RGB Gold. It is represented by three models, featuring the capacity of 650, 750 and 850 W.



Lighting is one of the peculiarities of these products. In this case a 140 mm Riing 14 fan, intended for cooling power supply units, is lighted. It’s worth noting, that at low load the fan stops operating.


The novelties feature an entirely modular hookup of cables construction and a low fluctuation level, which doesn’t exceed 30 mV. They are equipped with Japanese capacitors of high quality and possess an 80 Plus Gold Certificate.


The dimensions of these models are the following: 150 х 86 х 160 mm. MTBF value is claimed to be 120,000 hrs.


The price of the power supply units lies in the range of $90–120.
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