Intel

Apr 12 2016

News - Legit Reviews reviews Intel Pentium G4400 IPG

The review is really light on the critial aspects for HTPC use (read MIA), but that doesn't mean it doesn't contain a lot of useful information about this budget ($65) Skylake CPU.

Jan 27 2016

News - Skylake Iris Pro pricing is out, ouch!!!

If you were waiting for Iris Pro to pickup a Skylake system, the prices have come out and they are hefty - although currently they are all Xeon models (so aimed more at enterprise workstation), so hopefully we'll see some Core branded models in a more comfortable price range soon.

Jan 20 2016

News - Intel 750 NVMe SSD reviewed @ Technology X

For most workloads, I find my PC to be I/O limited much more frequently than by the CPU, so while an NVMe SSD wouldn't find it's way into most HTPCs... I still think it's cool enough to post a review of Intel's 750 SSD Smile.

Jan 14 2016

News - Cherry Trail Intel Compute Stick reviewed @ AnandTech

The review reads a lot like the last rev, at least when it comes to HTPC performance, so I am a bit disappointed. That said, it is in interesting look at year-on-year gains in the form factor.

Jan 11 2016

News - Intel Compute Stick nets upgrade

I reviewed the original [Bay Trail] Intel Compute Stick about a year ago, and while it was neat - the media/Wi-Fi performance was a bit anemic. Of course, as is the case with many things, a little bit of time (allowing for steady march of improvement) can fix a lot. So I'm much more enthusiastic about the upcoming Cherry Trail and especially Core M versions of the Compute Stick. If you are interested in seeing what is in store, Anandtech has the skinny.

Dec 15 2015

News - What's that? Crazy non-K overclocking is possible?!?

It's been a while since I've overclocked my PC, and it's generally frowned upon to even think about overclocking a HTPC (with which I wholeheartedly agree), but this is newsworthy stuff. The concept is essentially the same as the last time I cranked my Pentium 733s up, have a mess with the bus clock because the multiplier is locked, but with Skylake the risk is much, much lower because...

Dec 09 2015

News - Is there a Skylake based Iris Pro NUC coming?

There is a lot of noise and rumor out there on the interwebs, so I don't tend to give them all equal footing, but when the guy who introduced me to Intel's Broadwell NUC at CES last year tweets about it... I sure hope they do have one coming, would love to see how it does with madVR.

Dec 04 2015

News - ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming/Aura

When I go motherboard shopping, there is one thing that makes it first on the list of must-haves - Intel NIC. So it was awesome to see that the ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura for Intel Skylake CPUs includes the I219-V. The price is right @ $129 and there's lots of good stuff like M.2, USB Type-C and DDR4 support, but there are two potential drawbacks depending on use: no DisplayPort, and it lights up.

Dec 04 2015

News - Skylake cannot handle the pressure.

Stress is difficult. Sometime almost impossible to deal with, and when that happens you're forced to break, or bend, if you happen to be a CPU. Thankfully there doesn't appear to be a "gate" associated with what is turning out to be quite an issue for some third-party HSF suppliers (see the Ars article for more detail and links). With ARCTIC (my favorite budget HSF OEM) proactively stating that all of their coolers are fine, but shipping could be the problem...

Nov 18 2015

News - TECHSPOT Reviews Intel Core i3-6100, Likes It

With Broadwell's lackluster desktop release leaving DIY builders out in the cold, I've been a bit detached from following the progression of the platform. This has changed with Skylake, and its full release for all users - not just mobile. Might just be time to modernize that aging HTPC Smile.

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