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ZOTAC Pico PI226 Puts is a Slick Mini PC that Challenges NUCs

At its 2018 CES booth, ZOTAC showed off its smallest mini-PC to date, the Pico PI226. This mini PC is barely bigger than a portable hard drive, but packs a proper Intel x86_64 machine that can run Windows 10. It packs an Intel Celeron N4000-series processor with 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC storage, which can be expanded by up to 256 GB with a microSDXC card. Connectivity includes an HDMI 1.4 display output (via a USB type-C to HDMI dongle that's included); two USB 3.0 type-C ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (up to 896 Mbps), and Bluetooth 4.1.

Intel Launches the Smallest VR-capable System Ever

Today, Intel launched the latest and most powerful Intel NUC to date, based on the newly announced 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. The new Intel NUC (formerly code-named Hades Canyon) brings this powerful new processor and graphics solution into an incredibly tiny 1.20-liter system. Great for VR enthusiasts and workload-heavy content creators, it will be Intel's smallest premium VR-capable system in the market.

The new NUC will come in two versions: NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK.
  • The NUC8i7HVK is based on the unlocked version of the new 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics, giving overclockers the ability to take the system to higher levels.
  • The NUC8i7HNK uses the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics.

Intel Announces 8th Gen Core i7 Processor with Radeon Vega M Graphics

Today, Intel is launching a first-of-its kind processor: the 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics. Packed with features and performance crafted for gamers, content creators and fans of virtual and mixed reality, it expands Intel's portfolio thanks to its optimization for small form factors like 2 in 1s, thin and light notebooks, and mini PCs.

Among the devices launching with this processor: new thin and lightweight 2 in 1s from Dell and HP as well as the most powerful NUC Intel has ever introduced. The new 8th Gen Intel Core processor will come in two configurations:
  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics (65W total package power)
  • 8th Gen Intel Core processor with Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics (100W total package power), which features an unlocked configuration

Intel Core i7-8809G "Kaby Lake + Vega" MCM Specs Leaked Again, Indicate Dual IGP

Intel revealed specifications of its upcoming "Kaby Lake + AMD Vega" multi-chip module, the Core i7-8809G, on its website. A number of these specs were already sniffed out by Futuremark SystemInfo, but the website sheds light on a key feature - dual integrated graphics. The specs sheet confirms that the chip combines a 4-core/8-thread "Kaby Lake" CPU die with an AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics die. The CPU is clocked at 3.10 GHz, and SystemInfo (from the older story) confirmed that its Turbo Boost frequency is up to 3.90 GHz. The L3 cache amount is maxed out a 8 MB. The reference memory clock is set at dual-channel DDR4-2400. What's more, the CPU component features an unlocked base-clock multiplier.

Things get interesting with the way Intel describes its integrated graphics solution. It mentions both the star-attraction, the AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, and the Intel HD Graphics 630 located on the "Kaby Lake" CPU die. This indicates that Intel could deploy a mixed multi-GPU solution that's transparent to software, balancing graphics loads between the HD 630 and RX Vega M GH, depending on the load and thermal conditions. Speaking of which, Intel has rated the TDP of the MCM at 100W, with a rider stating "target package TDP," since there's no scientifically-correct way of measuring TDP on a multi-chip module. Intel could build performance-segment NUCs with this chip, in addition to selling them to mini-PC manufacturers.

Akasa Releases Pascal MD Waterproof Case for Intel "Dawson Canyon" NUC

Akasa today introduced the Pascal MD (A-NUC40-M1) fan-less case for Intel 7th generation "Dawson Canyon" NUC boards, namely NUC7i3DNBE, NUC7i3DNKE, and NUC7i3DNHE. The case boasts of IP65-compliant waterproofing, including modular waterproof connectors at the back of the case, which connect internally with the various ports of the NUC board. Its body doubles up as a chunky, ridged aluminium heatsink, to cool the "Kaby Lake" SoC. The case measures 234.6 mm x 238 mm x 76.3 mm (WxDxH), and comes with 2 m long modular cables with connectors for power, USB 3.0, network, and HDMI. The case is recommended for outdoor builds such as digital signage, automobile, marine vessels (navigation computers), etc.

Newegg Black Friday Deals 2017

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Intel NUC Based on Intel+Vega MCM Leaked

The first product based on Intel's ambitious "Kaby Lake-G" multi-chip module, which combines a quad-core "Kaby Lake-H" die with a graphics die based on AMD "Vega" architecture, will be a NUC (next unit of computing), and likely the spiritual successor to Intel's "Skull Canyon" NUC. The first picture of the motherboard of this NUC was leaked to the web, revealing a board that's only slightly smaller than the mini-ITX form-factor.

The board draws power from an external power brick, and appears to feature two distinct VRM areas for the CPU and GPU components of the "Kaby Lake-G" MCM SoC. The board feature two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots which are populated with dual-channel memory, and an M.2 NVMe slot, holding an SSD. There are two additional SATA 6 Gb/s ports, besides a plethora of other connectivity options.

Intel Readies "Coffee Lake" Based Skull Canyon NUCs

Intel is preparing to expand its Skull Canyon line of high-performance NUC compact desktops, with new models based on its upcoming "Coffee Lake-U" silicon. The company is preparing variants based on 28W TDP Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 ultra-low power processors, and 300-series chipset. The Core i3 based parts offer 4-core/4-thread CPU configuration, while the Core i5 and Core i7 ones offer 4-core/8-thread configurations. One of these could even feature a large onboard graphics core cushioned by on-package eDRAM L4 cache. The three "Coffee Lake-U" based NUCs could be released in Q2-2018, which is quite a wait.

Akasa Intros Newton S7 and Newton AC Fanless Cases

Akasa introduced a pair of fanless mini-PC cases for Intel's "Apollo Lake" and "Kaby Lake" NUC boards, the Newton S7 and Newton AC. The Newton S7 is designed to cope with the 15W TDP thermal loads of NUC boards with Core i3 and Core i5 "Kaby Lake" NUC boards, such as the NUC7i3BNK, NUC7i3BNH, NUC7i5BNK, and NUC7i5BNH. The Newton AC, on the other hand, is designed for Pentium and Celeron "Apollo Lake" based NUC boards, such as the NUC6CAYH and NUC6CAYS.

Measuring 176.5 mm x 200 mm x 53.5 mm (WxDxH), the Newton S7 features a chunky aluminium body that doubles up as a heatsink for the SoC. It offers one 9.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch drive bay. Its front-panel ports include two USB 3.0 type-A, HDA audio jacks, a hole for IR receiver, and two WLAN antenna holes at the rear end. The Newton AC, on the other hand, measures 140 mm x 111 mm x 51 mm, with one 2.5-inch drive bay, and cutouts for front IR receiver, USB type-A ports and HDA jacks. Both cases come with options for compatible power bricks.

Shuttle Unveils the XPC Nano NC02 NUC Desktop

Following the launch of the NC01 series in a typical NUC format, the Shuttle XPC nano product range is growing once again. The NC02 models are the immediate successors and put the sixth generation of Intel Core processors in a micro-format. The NC02 models are sold as barebones PC as standard which include the case, mainboard, heatpipe cooling system and power supply unit as key components. Four different models with soldered Celeron, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 power-saving processors are available to cover as many application areas as possible.

The base model NC02U is driven by an Intel Celeron 3855U dual-core processor clocked at 2x 1.6 GHz. The 14 nm architecture as well as the power consumption of less than 10 Watt in operation promise low energy consumption and enhanced performance. With its ultra-slim dimensions of 141 x 141 x 42 mm, the housing is 13 mm taller compared to the NC01, enabling the units to support even 15 mm high 2.5" drives.

G.Skill Achieves First CMTL-Approved DDR4 SO-DIMM Kit for Intel Skull Canyon NUC

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to be the first memory module manufacturer to pass the demanding Intel Approved Testing Process with a DDR4 SO-DIMM at the intense speed of 3200MHz, the fastest DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit to be ever validated on an Intel platform. The testing and validation was performed by Computer Memory Test Labs (CMTL) on the Intel NUC Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK platform.

G.SKILL has been working closely with Intel to bring the fastest DDR4 SO-DIMM kits to the market and such milestone once again establishes G.SKILL's active role in leading the development of extreme performance computer memory for not only desktop systems, but also mini PC and laptop systems. The SO-DIMM test result has been added to the "CMTL Advanced Tested Intel Approved Memory List" on the Intel NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK website. For the CMTL test report on the DDR4-3200MHz SO-DIMM kit, please refer to this page.

Major Intel NUC Security Vulnerability Uncovered

A major security vulnerability got uncovered, affecting Intel NUC (next-unit of computing) compact system boards featuring 5th and 6th generation Core processors. It involves a BIOS-level security hole, with which an attacker with local administrative privileges can make their malware access the "system management mode," a special BIOS-level user-state, and take full control of the platform.

Intel has since released corrective BIOS updates for its 6th generation "Swift Canyon," 6th generation "Grass Canyon" and "Pinnacle Canyon" boards; and 5th generation "Rock Canyon" boards. Even the performance-oriented "Skull Canyon" NUC, which features Intel's powerful onboard graphics core, isn't spared from this vulnerability. The latest BIOS update can be installed on affected platforms using the Intel Driver Update Utility.

G.SKILL Demos DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, displays two super-large capacity DDR4 memory kits at ultra-high speeds with amazingly low CAS latencies at the Intel Developer Forum 2016 this week in San Francisco, including the Trident Z series DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB (8x16GB) and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB (8x8GB) memory kits. Both kits are featured with high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb components and operate on the latest Intel X99 platform with Broadwell-E processors.

G.SKILL is dedicated to pushing the performance limit of DDR4 kits to new heights with the latest platform generations. With the launch of Broadwell-E in May 2016, G.SKILL is pushing a 128GB (8x16GB) kit of the high end Trident Z series to a blazing DDR4-3333MHz frequency at a very tight timing of CL 14-14-14-34. Featuring the Intel Core i7-6800K processor and ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, this is one of the highest performance memory kits with such massive capacity.

Next-Generation Intel NUCs Detailed in Leaked Roadmap

Intel is preparing to launch its next-generation NUC (next unit of computing) compact desktops between 2016-17. A leaked company roadmap and slides revealed that the line of NUCs based on the company's higher-performance 7th generation Core processors could be codenamed "Baby Canyon," and the one based on its low-power Celeron processors could be codenamed "Arches Canyon." The company is readying five "Baby Canyon" NUCs under the NUC7 series, and two models under the NUC6C series.

The NUC7 series are driven by 14 nm Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 "Kaby Lake" dual-core processors, with support for dual-channel DDR4 SO-DIMM memory, and a unique USB type-C connector that routes 10 Gb/s USB 3.1, 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3, and DisplayPort 1.2. The platform's second USB 3.1 port is a front-facing type-A. The NUC6C series, on the other hand, is focused on legacy connectivity, and features an analog VGA port, besides HDMI 2.0, and a pair of USB 3.1 ports. The NUC6C series could make its debut within 2016, with the NUC7 following up in 2017.

ECS Partners with Silverstone to Develop LIVA Pro

ECS partnered with Silverstone to co-develop the LIVA Pro, a NUC-rivaling product by ECS. It consists of a custom-design all-aluminium case by Silverstone, and innards by ECS, which include an LGA1151 socket to support Intel Core "Skylake" processors with TDP of up to 65W (some Core i5/i7 low-power quad-core parts should work); Intel H110 core-logic, two DDR4 SODIMM slots, one each of M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s drive bays, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, USB 3.0 type-A and type-C front-panel ports, and more.

Patriot Announces New Viper DDR4 SODIMM

Patriot, a leading manufacturer of high performance computer memory, SSDs, gaming peripherals, consumer flash storage solutions and mobile accessories, today announced the release of the Viper DDR4 SODIMM. Designed to support gaming laptops and small form factor systems, such as the Intel NUC, to make gaming more accessible while on the go and free up desk space, the Viper SODIMM will provide a solid system upgrade.

The Viper DDR4 SODIMMs will be available individually in capacities of 8GB and 16GB and in dual kits of 16GB (2x8GB) and 32GB (2x16GB). With speeds ranging from 2400MHz to 2800MHz, the Viper SODIMMs will provide users with faster load times and improved response rates. The new Viper DDR4 SODIMMs also feature a high performance heat shield for superior heat dissipation to ensure solid performance during the most grueling gaming session with a low profile that offers flexibility to fit easily into virtually any system.

Akasa Unveils Plato X6 and Newton X6 Cases for "Skylake" NUC

Akasa announced its Newton X6 and Plato X6 line of premium fan-less NUC cases, which are compatible with Intel's latest Core "Skylake" NUC system boards. The two cases stay fan-less, and yet keep the 45W-ish TDP machine (Core "Skylake" CPU + PCH) cool, as their anodized aluminium bodies double up as heatsinks. The two cases feature slate-colored, brushed aluminium textures, with diamond-cut edges.

The Plato X6 measures 240 mm x 247 mm x 38.5 mm; features a mostly flat top and bottom surface, with passive heat dissipation happening at two vertically ridged sides. This case has room for a 9.5 mm-thick 2.5-inch drive, two USB 3.0 front-panel ports (standard header), and an IR receiver. The Newton X6, on the other hand, features more conventional 200 mm x 176 mm x 53.5 mm dimensions, with the sides and top of the case being ridged for heat dissipation. It's got the same feature-set as the Plato X6.

Intel Debuts the Skull Canyon Gaming NUC

Intel announced its first "gaming grade" NUC. As if the very concept of NUC wasn't disruptive to the small form-factor desktop segment enough, the company is upping the ante with one that's prepped for gaming. Codenamed NUC6i7KYK, the new Skull Canyon NUC is about double the size of the average NUC. It has sufficient muscle for sub-1080p gaming, but is also prepped for external graphics solutions, such as the Razer Core.

To begin with, the Skull Canyon is driven by a Core i7-6770HQ processor based on the "Skylake" architecture. This quad-core chip features HyperThreading, which enables 8 logical CPUs, 6 MB of L3 cache, 128 MB L4 cache, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580. The CPU cores run at speeds between 2.60 GHz and 3.50 GHz, while the iGPU ticks at 950 MHz. With 576 execution units, 72 TMUs, and 9 ROPs, the integrated graphics core is good enough for gaming at sub-1080p resolutions such as 720p and 900p.

Logitech Takes the Hassle Out of Building Video Conference Rooms

Today Logitech announced the Logitech ConferenceCam Kit with Intel NUC video conferencing system. Configured and validated by Logitech and Intel for performance, simplicity and compatibility, the ConferenceCam Kit includes a Logitech ConferenceCam, Intel NUC and Intel Unite application. The ConferenceCam Kit is compatible with virtually all PC-based cloud services, and does not require users to bring their own computer to start a video call. This enterprise-quality bundle mitigates the complexity and cost for businesses to scale up from a laptop-based experience, or scale beyond a boardroom telepresence system to a flexible and affordable solution for any meeting room.

"We have found that a significant number of Logitech ConferenceCams are attached to dedicated computers in meeting rooms, but purchasing, configuring and deploying a dedicated video conference system in meeting spaces can be expensive, and it's hard for our customers to know what is compatible," said Scott Wharton, general manager of the Logitech video collaboration group. "Logitech and Intel have taken the guesswork out of the equation. We researched, developed and tested the Logitech ConferenceCam Kit so it's easy to set up, easy to use and delivers the most affordable enterprise-quality video conferencing experience available today."

Akasa Intros its First Mini-STX Chassis

Akasa introduced its first case for the emerging mini-STX form-factor. Think of mini-STX as a NUC-sized (127 mm x 127 mm) motherboard with a common LGA CPU socket; or a "socketed NUC." Akasa Euler ST has cutouts at the right spots for Intel's upcoming mini-STX motherboards, with tons of room left for storage devices. The ridged aluminium body of the case doubles up as CPU heatsink, and can handle chips with TDP of up to 35W. The platform itself will support chips with TDP of up to 65W.

Patriot DDR4 SODIMMs Approved for Intel Gen 6 Skylake NUCs

Patriot, a long time, leading manufacturer of computer memory has announced the qualification of their 4GB and 8GB DDR4 2133MHz SODIMMs for compatibility with Intel's latest GEN 6 i3 NUC (Next Unit of Computing) and GEN 6 i5 NUC.

The qualification of Patriot's 4GB and 8GB SODIMMs was completed by CMTL, an independent compatibility testing lab used by Intel to qualify memory for their motherboards and platforms. Each DIMM submitted by Patriot was put through rigorous physical and environmental testing in order to be qualified as compatible with Intel's GEN 6 NUC, mini PC. Both the i3 and i5 models of the Intel GEN 6 NUCs have a maximum capacity of 32GB between its two DIMM slots and up to 2133MHz making Patriot a first rate option for a computer memory solution.

Intel Readies its Most Powerful NUC - the "Skull Canyon"

Intel is readying its most powerful NUC (next-unit of computing) compact desktop, codenamed "Skull Canyon." Slated for the first quarter of 2016 (between January and March), this NUC will feature Intel's most powerful implementation of its 9th generation Iris Pro graphics. According to FanlessTech, we're looking at a chip with Core "Skylake" CPU cores, and an iGPU with 72 execution units, and 128 MB eDRAM L4 cache, which makes up the company's Iris Pro 580 solution. It remains to be seen how small Intel can make this thing.

Intel "Skylake" NUC Desktops Now Official

Intel officially launched its new generation NUC desktops, complete with reference-design chassis; based on the company's 6th generation Core "Skylake" processors. Intel launched two main models, which each have variants based on chassis design - the NUC6i5SY, based on the Core i5-6260U processor; and the NUC6i3SY. The two each have variants with a compact chassis, with just enough room for an M.2 SSD (NUC6i5SYK and NUC6i3SYK); and those with room for a 2.5-inch SATA drive in addition to the M.2 SSD (NUC6i5SYH and NUC6i3SYH). NUC boards for the two are available without the chassis, opening things up for custom, third-party cases.

TechPowerUp News: WD Buys SanDisk, a Mighty Gaming AIO, and SilverStone RVX01

In this week's TechPowerUp News - WD's whopping $19 billion acquisition of NAND flash major SanDisk and what it could mean for both brands, MSI's insanely powerful all-in-one gaming desktop; and a fully-integrated NUC desktop by Intel following three generations of the revolutionary platform. Also, an exclusive sneak peek at SilverStone's Raven RVX01 mid-tower case!


Shuttle Shows off its Smallest Ever PC Solution

The demand for increasingly small, but high-performance PC solutions has now been met by four versions of Shuttle's NC01U model. These 29 mm slim barebones are based on the latest Broadwell generation of Intel processors. In order to cover as many areas of application as possible, they come with a selection of soldered processors ranging from Celeron, Core i3, Core i5 to even Core i7.

Their array of connectivity options helps them stand out from the crowd of NUC form factor machines. The NC01U features a Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, audio, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, RS-232 and an M.2 slot. A replaceable wireless combo module for WLAN (802.11ac) and Bluetooth connectivity also comes already fitted. The case can accommodate one 2.5" drive (SSD or HDD). The two USB 3.0 ports on the front enable rapid charging of mobile devices. Each of the NC01U models can hold up to 16 GB of DDR3L SO-DIMM memory.
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