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 …

Overclocking-Oriented ASRock Z170 OC Formula Mainboard Review

ASRock Z170 OC Formula is a flagship motherboard with a bunch of intriguing features. Along with an internal perfection, the model boasts a set of options for extreme overclockers. The latter are given a chance to enable LN2 Mode or Slow Mode to achieve the targeted performance results. Moreover, there are facilities for adjusting different parameters in real time. What else can the Z170 OC Formula offer? Let’s find it out.



ASRock Z170 OC Formula Highlights


The motherboard features the following specifications:

— chipset & CPU: Intel Z170, support for Socket 1151, Skylake-S Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR4 SDRAM, up to 64 GB, 2133-4500 MHz frequency;

— GPU: integrated Intel HD 510/530;

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— expansion: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— audio: Realtek ALC1150 controller, 2x Texas Instruments …

Scythe SCIOR-1000: a Comprehensive CPU Cooler with Top-Flow Design

Scythe is going to start the sales of its newest CPU cooler, entitled SCIOR-1000. It is honored for a comprehensive nature, since it might work with all contemporary CPUs, except for Intel Socket LGA2011 models. The other remarkable thing ascribed to the product is the employment of Top-Flow design.



Therein, the fan is localized over the heatsink, directing the airflow towards the whole framework, including the nickel-plated base. This way, it promotes for a better cooling effect.


Scythe SCIOR-1000 embraces also three 6 mm heat-pipes, along with a 100 mm fan. The latter supports PWM technology, so is able to reach the speed of 1800 RPM. The maximal noise level achieves 26.7 dB. Release date is scheduled for the final days of 2013. Some other specifications about the cooler are described below:

— framework dimensions: 136x117x107 mm, weight – 400 g.;

— supported platforms: Intel – LGA1366/115x/775 and AMD – FM1/FM2/AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+;

— heat-pipes: …
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