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 …

Asus Launches Overclocking-Oriented TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 Mainboard

Despite the fact that Socket AM3+ platform is on its last legs, Asus still dares developing an advanced motherboard, designed for AMD FX processors. That is how TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 board made appearance. The ATX model is built on the binder of AMD 990FX + SB950 bridges as well as a 8+2-phase Asus Digi+ VRM system. The PCB boasts the implementation of top-tier TUF Components hardware base.



Asus TUF Sabertooth 990FX R3.0 is furnished with a voluminous heatsink on key elements; it ensures stable operation even on overclocking. Functionality of the motherboard is realized thanks to M.2 Socket 3 slot with the bandwidth rate of 20 Gb/sec. There are three PCI-e x 16 ports for the connection of graphics cards and other expansion cards; there are also two PCI-e 2.0 x 1 slots & a single PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot.


The model features Realtek ALC1150 audio controller (+ 5x audio connectors) as well as gigabit Ethernet Intel I211 controller. The connection of peripherals is ensured via …

Meet a Pair of ASRock Motherboards with Support for AMD AMP2400+ MHz

ASRock is proud to announce that its two motherboard models are the first in the market to receive AMD AMP 2400+ MHz support, verified by a corresponding certificate. Hence, the FM2A88X Extreme 6+ and the FM2A88X-ITX+ are now officially optimized for an enhanced overclocking of memory modules via dedicated menu sections in UEFI BIOS. Moreover, the manufacturer promises to ‘endow’ the rest of FM2+ line with the support for a new memory standard.



Both greenhorns are based on AMD A88X chipset and are compatible with AMD A processors for Socket FM2+ platform. Along with the similarities, the models have a lot of distinctive features, described below.


ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ features the following specs:

— form-factor: ATX;

— VRM: 8+2 phases;

— expansion slots: two PCIe 3.0 x16, two PCI, two PCIe 2.0 x1, one PCIe 2.0 x16;

— memory: four DIMM slots, two-channel DDR3 modules, AMP2400+ MHz support, maximal capacity – 64 GB;

— storage: seven SATA …
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