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 …

Intel to Take Care about Power-Efficiency of Ivy Bridge Processors

The rising competition between the two giants in the manufacture of processing units, Intel and AMD, makes each of the two invent ever newer technologies and implement them in their products. The attempts to dominate in the market and win as many consumers usually develop into brand new approaches and brand new advanced facilities.



In this light, Intel is going to upgrade its Ivy Bridge processors to make them more power-efficient. But power-efficiency does not imply that processing units will show less performance; quite the contrary, the manufacturer is willing to combine an utmost performance with the maximal power efficiency level.


Currently, the most power-saving processors of Ivy Bridge generation can be found in mobile devices on Windows platform and in Apple MacBook Air devices. Their TDP level is recorded at 17W. As appears from the above mentioned, the TDP level in upgraded Ivy Bridge processors will be lower than 17W, though the developers do not voice the margin …

Spire Debuts with Gaming PC Chassis X2.6019

Spire Corporation put itself on record with a new gaming PC chassis, codenamed X2.6019. The new-comer is developed in mid-tower form-factor, featuring 520x215x508 mm dimensions, and is made of 0.6 mm cold-rolled galvanized steel (SECC). Despite medium dimensions, it might easily accommodate motherboards of miniITX, microATX and ATX standard. According to Spire, this model belongs to MOD solutions, since it ensures an easy access to the hardware components during modification or update of the system.



Spire X2.6019 houses four external bays for 5.25-inch drives, six internal bays for 3.5-inch drives, as well as seven slots for PCI expansion cards. Its internal layout is divided by linear plates into three sections; such framework promotes for a better heat removal. It should be mentioned that this chassis is able to lodge nearly any CPU cooler and any high-end graphics card. Moreover, drive mounting can be realized without any dedicated tools.


To continue, this PC chassis …
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