Intel Compute Stick With Intel Apollo Lake CPU

In the year of 2015 the Intel Company announced a mini PC with a completely new layout, named Intel Compute Stick. According to its dimensions it resembles a mobile 3G adapter or a slightly enlarged typical flash drive, though its functionality lets us consider this sample to be a fully-featured PC, which only needs to be connected to the monitor or TV-set through the HDMI interface.



At first the Intel Company and its partners released their versions with Intel Bay Trail CPUs, being later exchanged by the Intel Cherry Trail series solutions. In 2016 even more powerful models with Intel Core m3 and Intel Core m5 (Intel Skylake) CPUs appeared. One can expect, that in the second quarter of 2017 the Intel Compute Stick manufacturers will use the Intel Apollo Lake series chips.


At least two new Intel Compute Stick versions are to be released. The first model will feature 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM eMMC memory and the pre-set 64-bit Windows 10 Home OS. The second version will …

Lian Li Announces PC-B16 and PC-A61 Aluminum PC Cases

Lian Li Industrial Co., an outstanding Taiwanese hardware developer, offers to the UK enthusiasts a pair of fresh PC cases, codenamed PC-B16 and PC-A61. Both are housed in aluminum cases, ready to accommodate ATX, micro-ATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The products are already available at the price of 144 £ and 119 £ correspondingly.



Lian Li PC-B16 features 230x490x530 mm dimensions and comes in entirely black, as well as bare aluminum versions. The frontal panel is equipped with a dedicated lid that hides a ventilation grid and access to four external ODD drives (5.25-inch). Internal layout provides seven PCI slots for expansion cards, seven detachable bays with individual brackets for 3.5-inch drives. Besides, each of these bays might hold two 2.5-inch drives of 9.5 mm depth.


Area over the motherboard tray offers 30 mm space for an efficient cable management. The case’s dimensions allow for the integration of 420 mm long graphics adapters, 170 mm high CPU coolers, and …

First SSDs from Asus to be Released Already in May

First seen at CES 2013 exhibition, Asus ROG RAIDR solid-state drives are on their final stage of development before an official release in May. Unlike the majority of contemporary SSD solutions in the market, the product from Asus features quite distinct form-factor, similar to expansion cards. The new drive is known to employ PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface with the support of x16/x8/x4 slots.



According to the preliminary data, ROG RAIDR solid-state drives will be available in two capacity variations – 120 GB and 240 GB. Both models will run under a couple of SandForce SF2281 controllers, comprised into RAID 0 array. MLC NAND flash-memory chips from Toshiba (designed under 19 nm technological process) will be the heart of revolutionary SSDs. Irrespective of the overall differentiation, ROG RAIDR will support a range of technologies traditional SSDs support, including S.M.A.R.T., TRIM and NCQ.


With the respect to the performance, both drives will be able to demonstrate …
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