Wireless Router Asus RT-AC66U Review

Till recent past routers supporting 802.11n standards have been supposed as the most up-dated and powerful ones. However, nowadays this segment is outliving certain upgrade and a few manufacturers start integrating a new, more advanced standard – 802.11ac. One may wonder why developing one more standard if 802.11n is able to manage current video at high speeds. Still, the design of a more progressive item signifies more promising features. Asus RT-AC66U belongs to a new generation of routers exactly due to the support of 802.11ac.


Asus RT-AC66U is housed in a black dull casing made of plastic. It is equipped with three external antennas which are intended to provide for a perfect sensitivity and high signal level. The manufacturer has taken care of router's comprehensive utilization, enabling both, vertical and horizontal, way of placement; there is also possibility to fix the item on the wall.

One of the characteristics pertained to this model is its …

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 …

PowerColor Teases Red Devil RX 480 Videocard

TUL Corporation is about to hit the market with an off-beat gaming graphics card, based on AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU. The PowerColor Red Devil RX 480 8 GB GDDR5 employs a retrofitted PCB with the 6+1-phase VRM. The board incorporates a single 8-pin connector, instead of a 6-pin one.

Like the etalon model, the creation from TUL uses the 4th-gen AMD GCN architecture & AMD Polaris 10 GPU. The integrated GPU features 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Its clock frequency index makes up 1330 MHz. The core cooperates with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory (256-bit interface) that runs at 2000/8000 MHz frequency (base/efficient). The list of external interfaces boasts three DisplayPort ports, one HDMI and one DVI-D port.

The Red Devil RX 480 8 GB GDDR5 comes equipped with a brand Double Blade III cooler. It consists of four nickel-plated heatpipes (2x 6 mm, 2x 8 mm), an aluminum heatsink as well as three 80-mm fans. The latter are developed on double ball-bearings.

Pricing is …
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